Roma people form Europe’s largest ethnic minority and have for centuries constituted an integral part of the European society. But despite efforts at national and European level to improve the protection of their fundamental rights and the advance in their social integration, many Roma still face severe poverty, profound social exclusion, barriers to exercising their fundamental rights and discrimination. These problems affect their access to quality education, which, in turn, undermines their employment and income prospects, housing conditions and health status, curbing their overall ability to fully exploit their potential. Improving the educational situation of Roma is a critical test of the EU’s ability to achieve progress in the inclusion of all extremely marginalised and socially excluded groups. Within this context, the participation of Roma in adult learning has continued to fall, from 9,8 % of the 25-64 years old population in 2005 to only 9,1 % in 2020, thus failing to achieve the increased “ET2020” target.


Roma Plus has a unique crossborder approach, focusing on a geographical area where three Balkan Countries are meeting: North Macedonia, Greece and Bulgaria. Roma population
has proven to implement a high number of cross-border mobilities, initiating from the same cultural and linguistic origins of the Roma minority in the area. Due to these mobilities and
movements of Adult Roma, the approach in the area will be tailored to the needs of the targeted population.

Project objectives

Roma Plus project aims at the development of a new thriving peer learning experience for Adult (low-literate) Roma, increasing attractiveness of training and reducing drop-out rates among the Roma population, while enhancing the skills and competences of adult Trainers/Teachers in the use of new adult training techniques, tailored to the needs and particularities of the low-literate Adult Roma Population.

Roma Plus in numbers

  1. At least 60 Adult Roma having their literacy skills increased
  2. At least 100 Roma learners benefiting from their participation in the Massive Open Online Courses (MooC) platform
  3. At least 3 Roma Representatives and associations acting as “ambassadors” to spread the word and sensitise others
  4. At least 10 Adult Trainers/Teachers having their capacity built
  5. At least 9 participants with fewer opportunities that are going to be guided and supported by the adult teaching/training procedure of Roma Plus
  6. At least 6 Grass-root NGOs and relevant stakeholders equipped with new skills, knowledge and resources able to better help Roma people

Roma Plus expected results

Increased acceptance of the Adult Roma through their improved literacy skills

3 Intellectual Outputs

1 Joint Staff Training Event

4 Transnational Meetings, including the Kick-Off Meeting and the Final Conference

4 Multiplier Events, including a final Conference

+170 Adult Roma (learners and educators) will improve their skills and knowledge

100 posters & 500 brochures / leaflets per partner that are going to be delivered to end-users and beneficiaries.

Intellectual outputs and activities

Intellectual Output 1: Design and delivery of a Roma Adult Educators Upskilling Material in the form of OER

  • Activity 1.1: Training Needs Analysis and definition of Learning Outcomes
  • Activity 1.2: Preparation of an e-portfolio of OER for Adult Roma Trainers
  • Activity 1.3: Adaptation of e-portfolio to country specific context
  • Activity 1.4: Design the MOOC Platform & uploading of the material
    Intellectual Output 2: Design of peer learning activities

Intellectual Output 2: Design of peer learning activities

  • Activity 2.1: Desk research of current peer learning strategies in adult education
  • Activity 2.2: Design of peer learning activities tailored to increase Roma Literacy
  • Activity 2.3: Preparation of Train-the Trainers guidebook for delivery of training to Roma Population
  • Activity 2.4: Digitalization of Material and uploading to the e-platform

Intellectual Output 3: Guidance to Roma Adults using OER and peer learning activities

  • Activity 3.1: Call for participants – Roma Population
  • Activity 3.2: IDelivery of peer learning activities to Roma through the use of OER
  • Activity 3.3: Evaluation and certification (using Europass) of Roma literacy training
  • Activity 3.4: Fine tunning of OER and peer learning activities