Social Entrepreneurship for Roma Communities



Τhe SERCo training consists of training people with a Roma background, from local Roma communities, or with a good knowledge of Roma issues, to act as mediators between the Roma and the public institutions. The objective of the SERCo training is to provide Roma Mediators with the necessary skills for supporting the planning, establishment and sustainability of social enterprises within Roma communities.

Τhe SERCo training is conducted at two levels; the first will involve developing ideas and delivering the training programme; the second will involve the Roma communities so as to gather contextual local knowledge.

More specifically, the SERCo project will:
– develop a common methodology across the six consortium countries, based on collaborative practices and in accordance with the principles of adult learning.
– produce a clear, practical training material that will be easily used by Roma mediators themselves; It will include four modules concentrating on:

a) what is the role of the Roma mediator?
b) what is a social enterprise, why is it relevant to Romani people and what kind of business ideas can it fulfil?
c) overcoming the legal and financial obstacles for social entrepreneurship
d) planning, establishing and sustaining a social enterprise in practice: how can a mentor help?

This modular system facilitates accreditation, which will be in accordance with the European Credit System for Vocational Education and Training.

– deliver two rounds of training, continuously evaluated and updated; The first round will train 7 Roma persons in each consortium country, ideally from different Roma communities. The second round of training will follow a ‘train the trainers’ approach, as the first-round trainees will be asked to train four Roma mediators each in each partner country, with the support of the SERCo partners.

– involve Roma into training their peers; After the end of the two training rounds, the trained Roma mediators will provide personalized counselling and advice, with the aim to establish at least one social enterprise per partner country.

– promote mutual learning, sharing and cooperation between Roma community leaders and mediators, civil servants and public authorities at all levels, national, regional and local development agencies, anti-discrimination professionals, NGOs supporting Roma’s rights, Roma and general public.

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