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December 2012 – Curbing Anti-Gypsyism through Arts – Innovative Ways to Achieve Social Inclusion – II

Project Name: Curbing Anti-Gypsyism through Arts – Innovative Ways to Achieve Social Inclusion – II
Financer: Open Society Foundations
Partners: Policy Center for Roma and Minorities
Implementation time frame: December 2012 – December 2013
Budget: 13000 USD
Objectives:
  • Changing negative attitudes towards the Roma minority and promoting social inclusion among Roma and
    non-Roma children from the vulnerable community of Ferentari, through dance, music and theatre
    (drama)
  • Improving school attendance and performance of the Roma and non-Roma children from the community
  • Stimulating active citizenship among the Roma and non-Roma parents from the aforementioned community
    by involving them in the education process of their children
Results:
  • 70 Roma and non-Roma children from the community participated weekly in the streetdance classes
  • 12 Roma and non-Roma children participated weekly in theatre (drama) classes
  • 6 Roma and non-Roma children participated weekly in guitar classes
  • Creating a street-dance crew, formed by 11 Roma and non-Roma children from the community –
    Born4Trouble (B4T)
  • Improving school attendance of the target group by 20% comparing to the control group
  • Improving academic performance of the target group by 60% comparing to the control group
  • According to parents, teachers and educational assistants, the children from the target group have
    become more cooperative, disciplined and have improved their self-esteem
  • 3 children who were initially attending the “Second Chance” educational program have performed so
    well that are now enrolled in the full-time daily educational system
  • 20 parents from the community were actively involved in the activities, along with their children
  • B4T won the 5th place at the International Hip-Hop Championship – Oradea and the International
    Nymphea Hip-Hop Championship
  • Developing an artistic collaboration with one of the most prestigious contemporary dance companies –
    Battery Dance Company – New York
  • 2 members of the B4T dance crew participated in a TV dance competition for children

Curbing anti-gypsyism through Arts