An extensive databank of teaching and learning materials for teachers of Romani is now hosted on the ECML website: www.ecml.at/teachingromani. The materials developed in six Romani varieties range from proficiency levels A1 to B2 for learners at primary, secondary and tertiary levels and constitute the largest resource of its kind for the teaching and learning of the Romani language based on European standards.
The materials were originally developed under the European Commission’s Key Actions 2 programme in 2011-13, with the Karl-Franz University in Graz coordinating the initiative. Extensive use was made of the Council of Europe’s Curriculum Framework for Romani (CFR) and two European Language Portfolio models In their development, with the resources are focused on raising literacy levels in Romani and on training teachers of Romani.
Both the original initiative and the ECML’s current Quality education in Romani for Europe (QualiRom) training and consultancy offer set out to promote the inclusion of Romani in education systems and to contribute to the integration of speakers of the language by improving the educational situation of Roma children, raising the self-esteem of Romani speakers, contributing to the emancipation of people with a Roma background, and promoting equality of opportunity as a basic human right.