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The pilot training on the “RomaABC Goes Forward” project took place from 13-24 September in Kiskunhalas, Hungary. The aim of the training was to educate leaders, trainers and mediators who are already implementing or will implement literacy courses for adult Roma. The course was attended by two representatives from each partner country: Germany, Greece, Hungary, North Macedonia, Romania, Serbia and Slovakia.

During the training, the following was done:

– Formation of expectations related to the training, explanations on the topic “adult education”, course plan, learning and perception types;

– Presentation of the intellectual results of the project: the curriculum for alphabetization courses for  Roma, the handbook for course leaders and mediators, blended learning alphabetization course for Roma, webinar for trainers;

– Brief presentation of the free health protection measures and available state benefits in the partner countries, the history and culture of the Roma in Europe, the motivation of the Roma in adult education measures;

– Group work for preparation of categorization interviews with potential participants, what the first day of the course should look like and presentation of an opportunity for “Learning at another place”;

– Group work on preparation of the training materials for alphabetization exercises in the areas of reading/ writing, numeracy, IT basics, health and basic human rights;

– Quality standards for implementation of alphabetization courses for Roma ;

– How to teach in the section “Learning to learn”, for example: How can the trainer contribute to the success of the course ?, the learning history and learning balance of the trainer and the participants, which conditions are needed for learning;

– Presentation of the exercises using the developed training material;

– Discussion on which content should be transmitted via video, and which through live sessions on the blended alphabetization course for Roma and the webinar for trainers.

The next partner meeting will be in November in Bitola, North Macedonia.

The project is funded by the European Commission through the Erasmus + program.