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Discrimination still the number one issue affecting young Roma and Traveller children

Experts and advocates for child’s rights, early childhood development, and Roma inclusion met in Leiden on October 27 to support the growth of REYN-Romani Early Years Network. Building on the network’s experience in providing professional development opportunities to practitioners working with Romani and Traveller children and their families, REYN opened its strategy design for participation to partners outside of the network. In the discussions about the challenges Roma and Travellers are facing in early inclusion, discrimination was top of the agenda.

ISSA’s Powerhouse – Results of the 2015 Membership Survey

Last year, 2015, was an outstanding year for ISSA: new members, a new strategic framework for growth until 2018, Peer Learning Activities - which produced dynamic learning and cooperation among members, and a growing portfolio of programmatic initiatives.

At ISSA we assert ourselves to be “A learning community powered by its members” and having just concluded our latest Membership Survey we can see this to be very much the case.

ISSA and Members: Promoting inclusion of Romani children – through TOY

Combatting segregation of young Romani children and enhancing social cohesion of local communities are the core principles of TOY for Inclusion project, implementation of which starts in the beginning of 2017. Toy libraries and intergenerational learning in early education are the key concepts the project employs.

Putting the Early Childhood Inclusion of Romani children in the policy spotlight

Roma empowerment and support for early childhood inclusion were the core topics during the roundtable meeting in Brussels hosted by ISSA and Bernard van Leer Foundation. The event brought together implementing organizations, leading European foundations and representatives of the European Commission concerned with Roma inclusion and was aimed at discussing policy recommendations for EU institutions, donors and governments to better support the inclusion of young Romani children and their families.

New Early Childhood Workforce Initiative launches its website

A new global initiative co-hosted by ISSA and Results for Development Institute (R4D) is now online. Both organisations are very happy to share this new online platform which promotes knowledge and information on the Early Childhood workforce. The website is meant for those who work for and with professionals and children under eight years old and their families and aims to be used as:  

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