The first step to develop the Roma Mediators’ Training was the organization of pilot test in el Prat de Llobregat the 11th and 12th of May. The City Council of El Prat de Llobregat offered support to the event and explained the Roma mediation process that the city council has already developed in San Cosme’s Neighbourhood for 25 years. Continue reading
A public event in Timisoara (Romania) was celebrated the past 21st of April. The meeting was dedicated to discuss and reflect on mediation in the field of education and the role of school mediators. During the meeting, Mediation4Roma consortium reminded the importance of VET certification in Europe, emphasizing the importance to look for the support of national certification centers during the implementation of the training.
The Roma Inclusion Office of the Government of Vojvodina, Serbia, has officially supported the implementation of the VET4 Mediation with Roma project. The activities of this Office aim at involving Roma in public life and local communities. The Office is a part of an overall strategy that is being implemented within the Decade of Roma, the Declaration of which has also been signed by the Republic of Serbia. The main aim of the Roma Inclusion Office is to improve the living conditions, level of education, employment and the general situation concerning human rights of the Roma in Vojvodina. The work of the Office is focused on four priority areas of the Decade – education, health, employment and housing.
After more than 20 years of mediation between Roma children, their families, schools and local municipalities, Catalonia has young Roma very well prepared with post-compulsory education. Young Roma are taking the lead in neighborhoods’ assemblies and local councils in order to express what it means to be Roma today, and how Roma community is facing day by day racism and the multiple ways of discriminations and high levels of poverty that they suffer.
Mediation4Roma team is basing the training design on the Code of Ethics for Mediators.
The Council of Europe developed the code within the ROMED program. Document the role, the profile and the commitment that should be adopted by mediators during their labor activity as professionals.
The Code of Ethics for Mediators establishes 10 clear and indispensable ideas. These ideas are fundamental to develop properly the figure of mediator and its relationship between him/her, public institution and Roma Community.
Some of the most relevant ideas established by the Code are that mediator should be respectful, honest and integral in the development of his/her functions, the mediator should be proactive to find solutions for the Roma Community members elaborating prevention activities. In addition, mediator should establish a confidentiality commitment by which he/she will not disclose the obtained information without the express consent of the source. On the other hand, the mediator should adopt an attitude of respect for traditions, rules and culture.
In short, the mediator’s work is to ensure the welfare of the most harmed communities acting like a bridge between the members of the Community and the public institutions.