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The Association for Development of the Roma Community in Macedonia “SUMNAL” – Bitola started with the realization of the project: “Virtual classroom to support the realization of school obligations among Roma students from I-V grade during COVID-19”, supported by an ad-hoc grant from Civica Mobilitas. The general goal of the project is to focus on the organization of virtual classrooms for educating and implementing teaching activities of Roma students from I-V grade during COVID-19.

For that purpose, the association in cooperation with teachers from the primary schools “Kliment Ohridski”, “Gjorgi Sugarev”, the library “St. Kliment Ohridski” from Bitola and university professors are working together to organize virtual classrooms that will help Roma students not to fall behind with their school activities and responsibilities. Through the realization of this project, it is possible to apply online teaching forms and methods for realization of the learning process, as well as application of creative methods and techniques for developing creativity in the learning process among Roma students from I-V grade. The planned activities of the project will facilitate the learning process and will encourage creativity in the educational process among Roma students.

Given the fact that today everyone faces a serious challenge called COVID-19, the disruptions that occur in society as a result of the pandemic COVID-19 greatly impair the future and the well-being of children. But thanks to the technology that connects people in their homes, many opportunities have opened up for students and teachers. It is a fact that the school is not only a place for learning, but also a place for socialization, care and training, common space. Although it is a period of pandemic, where human lives are at stake, serious efforts are being made not to neglect the education of children, especially children who are part of marginalized groups. In that case, the technology acquires greater power and significance for the smooth realization of the educational process.

It is especially important that Roma children from I-V grade have constant support from professionals. The professionals put their professionalism in function of the identified difficulties that Roma students have in certain subjects by organizing classes where dedicated work is done on overcoming school subjects and obligations. In addition, their creativity is encouraged and the knowledge and opportunities for further learning and education are enriched. The project is implemented online, using the Zoom platform, so that none of the participants and the team are exposed to any danger from the virus.

The SUMNAL team calls for strict adherence to coronavirus measures.

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