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Guide for Roma school mediators/assistants

Involving Roma mediators in the school can serve as a powerful tool to facilitate relations between teachers, other school staff and parents of Roma children. This Guide for Roma school mediators/assistants provides a wide range of tools and practical guidelines that can be adapted to different contexts.

Toolkits and tools
Council of Europe, EU/international

2009

School personnel and mediators for school and out-of-school support of Roma children in education

Guidance on best practices (to improve the design of policies and practices)

The guide is intended to provide staff with wide-ranging tools and practical guidelines that can be adapted to different contexts. The guide considers the profiles of school mediators and assistants, as well as their role in facilitating relations between the school and the Roma community(ies), between teachers and other school staff and parents of Roma children. The guide is therefore designed to help improve the work of Roma school mediators and assistants by providing structured day-to-day activities and highlighting aspects of mediation that are often not used in practice.

The guide provides advice and guidance, and discusses:

  • what Roma school mediation is
  • the role and responsibilities of a Roma school mediator
  • the essential skills of Roma school mediators
  • organisational suggestions - various examples of activities to be implemented at different stages of the mediation process (beginning, midterm, etc.) and guidance on how to evaluate the implementation of the action plan
  • practical guidelines on how to work/deal with school management

Council of Europe, Directorate of Education and Languages, Division for the European Dimension of Education. Designed by Mihaela Zatreanu and Calin Rus.