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On the 31st of October and 1st of November 2019, representatives from SUMNAL were present on the kick off meeting in Hungary regarding the K204 Erasmus + project “RomАBC goes Western Balkan”.

According to UNESCO, an estimated number of 73 million adult Europeans are considered as functional illiterates. This is equal to 1/5 of the employable population aged 18 to 64 years. In the partner countries of the project this concerns totally 13.8 million adults. According to experts the share of functional illiterates among adult Roma there is 40 to 60 percent. Comparably high is the share among the 25 to 40 year old Roma. Thus, often functional illiteracy is the reason for the hindered access of Roma to education and employment. It also hinders the maintenance or increasing of their employability. Alphabetization measures are mainly offered for the majority population and partially for migrants, but not particularly for Roma. This is necessary to consider their special needs in the improvement of their reading and writing skills. Existing offers lack co-ordination and interdisciplinary co-operation in the planning and implementation. Binding respectively uniform quality standards are completely missing. “RomABC goes Western Balkan” will be realized by partners from Serbia, North Macedonia with SUMNAL – The association for development of the Roma community, Germany and Hungary and aims particularly at the reduction of the number of functional illiterates among adult Roma, the improvement of their employability and the increasing of their participation in adult education measures. With that, the project contributes in the long run concretely to the increasing of the employment rate and the reduction of the number of Roma concerned by poverty and social exclusion.