Supporting vulnerable groups during a coronavirus
In the current epidemic situation, one thing was immediately clear: the disadvantages of a viral emergency were magnified and the isolation of the transition to online life was only increased. When we had to suspend our personal presence in the municipalities where we were working with disadvantaged groups because of the coronavirus, we immediately asked ourselves: how were we going to reach the Roma communities we had been [...]
In the current epidemic situation, one thing was immediately clear: the disadvantages of a viral emergency were magnified and the isolation of the transition to online life was only increased. When we had to suspend our personal presence in the municipalities where we were working with disadvantaged groups because of the coronavirus, we immediately asked ourselves: how were we going to reach the Roma communities we had been working with? How can we redesign our programmes so that they are not left without support? What can we do as people who want to show our partners the power of participation and cooperation? In the municipalities where we are present, we have approached Roma mediators, key people in the communities, our school partners, and thanks to e-mail and exchange programmes, we have quickly found new ways in the new space. This was also possible because we already had living contacts in these municipalities, we could turn to each other with confidence.
How do we continue our programmes in the era of the Crown Jewel?
- In Nyírbátor, the parents' and teachers' group works through a messenger group - coordinated by our colleague and the local mediator. It quickly became clear which children did not have any digital devices and which ones did not even have access to paper-based learning materials. Parents started to organise, a chain of info was set up, and they started helping each other. After connecting parents and teachers, we are now turning together to the municipality to try to replace the digital tools as soon as possible, with local cooperation. The problem of not being able to use Chalk at home has also been raised by teachers and parents. One of the teachers, with the help of a member of staff, has prepared a short guide. Several homeworkers came to the school.
- In Chobanka and Nagydobos, the Games Library continues to operate online. On Facebook. We engage local parents in shared games, activities and conversations that make it easier to structure and enjoy the increased family time together, and to relieve the stresses and strains of the learning slump at home.
- Onga Roma health mediators sew mouth masks for children and adults during the epidemic. The Roma mediators are members who assess the needs of the local Roma community and work together locally to make the masks available. Erzsébet Kótai became a Roma health mediator under our "Together for better health: with us" programme. We are very grateful to her and very proud of her! Thank you!
- In our desegregation project, we worked with our research colleagues to create an online questionnaire to get a clear picture of the disadvantages faced by children, parents and teachers in disadvantaged schools in the transition to digital education. Our online questionnairewe want to target teachers who teach in schools with a high number of disadvantaged and/or Roma children. We want to get teachers' views on the transition to a digital curriculum. The questionnaire is a joint project of the Rosa Parks Foundation, the Motivation Association and Partners Hungary. We ask all stakeholders to fill in the questionnaire and circulate it among their colleagues, as the clearer we can see, the more effective we can help.