Education

Ruhama Foundation had initiated structured commnunity development processes since 2002, in very poor communities, especially Roma communities in Bihor. If at that time the organization aimed mainly addressing health action, public participation, housing and infrastructure gradually crystallized an integrated approach to community address and other interrelated areas in the city cycle of poverty: education and employment.Today, the strategy to address to the disadvantaged communities is developed by the organization and it is very clear and systematic, putting education in the center of all community development processes. Years of work in communities had proved that education is in the top of all areas of life, so that, in 2006, the education had become a central pillar of our local development programs, focusing our resources to increase the level of participation of school children coming from disadvantaged communities and for reducing the school dropout amoung Roma children.

Ruhama Foundation has proposed to test alternative educational models for Roma children, closely linked to community development processes initiated in communities in the country. Our organization is the only organization from the country which had managed to mobilize actors and organize 23 summer kindergartens  for children of Roma origin who did not attend public kindergarten, so we had improved the methodology of summer kindergarten in the summer of 2006. Over 500 children
have graduated kindertgartens summer from august 2007, and those children who were enrolled in first grade in september 2007, had managed to integrate with colleagues who have received preschool traning for at least one year in public kindergartens. The success validated the methodology developed by the Ruhama Foundation, causing the Ministry of Education and Research in 2008 to recommend this methodology nationwide, all educational stakeholders aiming to organize summer kindergartens for Roma children.

In addition to preschool education, the foundation has developed programs targeting Roma children in primary and secondary schoold pupils and students, Roma children's parents and teachers who teach classes with Roma children. All educational programs addressed to these target gruops are integrated into a unified approach that generates long term sustainable results and quotas which aims to assist Roma children through school career, up to integrate the labor market with a competent level and skills greatly improved from that of their parents.