|Roma assistants in Viennese schools|
Since September 2000, Roma school assistants have been working on behalf of Romano Centro in selected Viennese schools with a high percentage of Roma pupils. Initially, the project was financed by the Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, Arts and Culture (BMUKK) and the Vienna Integration Fund (later becoming Municipal Department 17); a few years ago, however, the City of Vienna stopped its support, and expenses now have to be covered solely by funding from the BMUKK. Roma school assistants liaise between teachers, pupils and parents. They motivate and accompany children in class, assist teachers with problems in understanding and try to facilitate parental access to school. For the children, school assistants as native speakers play an identity-generating role; for the parents, they act as confidants, thanks to their understanding of the cultural and traditional background.
Every effort is made to ensure the continuous further development of the programme, which currently, due to lack of funds, can unfortunately not be extended to more schools. Sadly, we have also so far tried in vain to promote the desirable integration into schools’ social work, in order to give more pupils the chance to profit from the specific quality of Roma school assistance.
Tasks of Roma school assistants:
Schools offering Roma school assistance:1030 Wien, SPZ Petrusgasse 10, Roma-Schulassistent: Manuel WeinrichŽaklina Radosavljević