Centre for Education Initiatives

Organization: Centre for Education Initiatives (CEI) 
Project: Roma Children in School
Location: Jelgava, Latvia
Target group: Families at risk

Centre for Education Initiatives (CEI) was established in 2001 with the aim of promoting public awareness about the role of education in creating humane and democratic society and to promote life-long learning for the people of Latvia. The CEI has been working in the area of Roma inclusion since 2003. 

In Latvia, many Roma children face challenges receiving equal education and integrating into the local community due to segregation, discrimination, language barriers and financial and social difficulties in their families. These children are more likely to be enrolled late, repeat grades, and to eventually drop out of school than non-Roma students. 

The goal of the 'Roma Children in School' project is to increase the inclusion of Roma children in the general education system and their families' integration into their local communities. This project will establish an after-school center in the school premises, where a Roma mediator – who has finished a Roma teacher assistant training course and has the local Roma population's trust – will conduct activities aimed at helping the children in school. The after school program will provide homework support, workshops for parents regarding education and positive parenting, family home visits, and multicultural and inclusive education training for teachers. 

For more information, contact:
Susanne Drakborg 
susanne.drakborg@childhood.org