The Comprehensive Plan for the Roma People has launched an intensive summer course to reinforce the academic skills of Roma who are preparing to sit the university entrance exam for students over the age of 25.
In recent years, the Comprehensive Plan for the Roma People is giving special attention to the promotion of education. The field of adult education is where the most innovative measures are being carried out, the most significant of which is the preparatory course for the university entrance exam for students over the age of 25. This course is given throughout the school year. At the request of the students from the most recent University Access Group (GAU), the Comprehensive Plan has launched an intensive summer course to reinforce their academic skills in a number of subjects.
Participating in this course were more than 18 Roma from various parts of Catalonia including Sant Adrià de Besòs, Barcelona, Sabadell, Martorell and Olesa. In July, they will all have the opportunity to improve their abilities in Catalan, mathematics spelling and Spanish. Classes are held at the offices of the Department of Labour, Social Affairs and Family from Monday to Friday in the afternoon for two hours.
Although most students enrolled in this intensive course were already amongst group of students who had been studying throughout the academic year to sit the university entrance exam, this intensive course has also helped to attract new students who wish to resume their studies. Maria Jiménez, a Romani woman who lives in the La Mina district, explained that she enrolled because she wanted to study the higher level vocational course in social integration. “I have been coordinating education projects in the district as an intermediary and have been in contact with children and their families. Now I would like to move forward and study a higher level vocational course in Social Integration.”
Alfredo Reyes, the director of this training programme, sees the request of Romani students to organise this intensive course as being very positive, and says that “not only do we get good results, but we are also blessed with good attitudes. These programmes will help students maintain the habit of studying and stay motivated”. This training will serve as a bridge to the 6th University Access Group, which will get underway at the start of the school year.