The last phase of the project “We protect Roma children and families – PROTECTION FOR ALL” consists of 4 parts: online lessons, thematic workshops, sessions with psychologist and field work for informing the hard-to-reach Roma regarding the protection measures against Covid-19.
The first part consisted of 8 online lessons on different themes with the children-beneficiaries of the project. For that purpose we hired 4 educators and each prepared 2 lessons with online activities, During the first lesson, the children were introduced to their rights during Covid-19 through presentation and drawings they made. On the second lesson they shared experience about how to protect themselves and their families during the pandemic and presented it with drawings.
During the third lesson the children had activities connected with the autumn season. They read a short story, learned a song and made a tree with printed leaves from apple in red, yellow and green color. The fourth lesson was dedicated to the celebration of “The convention for the children’s rights” through conversation, as well as drawing, cutting and gluing of children and hands in different colors.
The fifth and sixth lesson were dedicated to gaining skills for coloring and mathematical operations.
During the seventh lesson the children learned a New Year’s song and drew a Christmas tree. The last lesson was dedicated to learning of the traffic regulations, i.e. the function of the traffic light and some traffic signs.
The second part of the last phase consisted of session with psychologist. We had 6 sessions with the purpose to inform the beneficiaries about the mental health and how to maintain it during the pandemic. They were also introduced with the states of stress and anxiety, the ways and techniques of dealing with them, as well as the domestic violence as a consequence and ways how to deal with that. All sessions were held online via Viber and the Zoom platform. For the preparation and the holding of the sessions, we involved a graduated Roma psychologist. We also we had a consultant psychotherapist from Great Britain and we provided translation from English to Macedonian for her involvement.
The third part consisted of organizing 7 workshops on different topics connected to the Covid-19. Six of the workshops were held online via Viber and the Zoom platform. We had conditions to organize a workshop with physical presence only for one.
The first workshop was held by the educator Gzime Kominovska on the topic “The importance of the preschool education in conditions for Covid-19”. The second workshop was themed as “How to be friendly oriented towards the environment during Covid-19”, talking about the pollution during the pandemic and which actions we need to take for its prevention. The workshop was held by M.Sc. Liljana Tanevska Arsova, specialist on local development.
The next workshop was held by Loreta Stankovic, themed “The educational system during the Corona virus” with the goal to introduce the beneficiaries with all online platforms and ways of education during the pandemic. The fourth workshop was held by Dr Eli Dimovska, specialist on family medicine.
During the workshop, the doctor spoke about the virus, its symptoms and ways of prevention and protection. The next workshop was held by the gynecologist Vladko Gjorgievski, themed “How to maintain the female reproductive health during the Covid-19”.
The penultimate workshop was held with physical presence in hotel “Milenium” in Bitola, respecting all protocols and protection measures. The theme of the workshop was “How the Roma women can stay active in the fight for equality in conditions of Covid-19”, and was held by Sibel Bajram, English language teacher and Roma women’ rights activist. The last workshop was themed “Energetic efficiency during Covid-19”, and was held by the educator Elena Temelkovska.
As last-fourth part from the last phase of the project we had field activity with the goal of informing the hard-to-reach Roma who collect iron, paper and plastic to survive. For this purpose, one filed worker met this group of people in order to inform them about the virus, the measures, as well as the ways of protection against it.
This last phase contributed for the successful completion of the project, especially in fulfilling the main goal – education of the Roma population for and during the Covid-19 pandemic. The project was financed by the OSCE – Mission in Skopje.