DREAM – A Participatory Approach in the Education Environment to Overcome Discrimination of young Roma on new media – is an European project aimed to analyze the proliferation of stereotypes against Roma Community in order to create an innovative and highly communicative toolkit for schools.
In a context where Roma communities are affected by the proliferation of misleading information and biased communication with discriminatory attitudes, young teenagers (11-14 y-old) must be prepared to enter the online world with proper tools. To do so, the project analyzed the main forms of stereotypes and discriminative behaviors that affected young people and their families, in order to create an innovative and highly communicative toolkit for schools. The toolkit has been co-created through the engagement of the key agencies for the growth of the child.
A background study to identify stereotypes and discrimination of Roma in online and off line (particularly focus on woman) among target pupils and assessment of awareness and the capability to respond to online misinformation
Co-Creation of a toolkit
Parents, teachers, operators and pupils have been put to work togheter in order to build training tools for fighting against online discrimination. This tool, built with digital technology, includes factual data, interviews and images about Roma on the basis of the real discrimination patterns.
Training in schools
Realization of a pilot test of the toolkit in each school involved covering the issues of discrimination with a focus on media analysis and media production. This activity makes able to validate the methodology and also contributes to the empowerment of specific actors as parents, teachers and pupils.
The partnership for this project has been carefully built in order to combine different mix of skills and the large capacity for action in the territory of the involved organizations. In this framework the partnership was built around 4 countries – Spain, Romania, Bulgaria and Italy – countries in which the problem of Roma discrimination is strongly perceived. Different type of actors where selected: 4 NGOs (Fundació Privada Pere Closa; the center for interethnic dialogue and tolerance Ampalie; Arci Solidarietà and the association Gipsy Eye); 3 schools with large presence of Roma students 1 private company (Ares 2.0) that can support the project from the technical-point of view