A participatory action research on improving the educational experiences of Roma children by fostering cooperation between the Roma community, University and NGOs in Canakkale

Eryaman M. Y., Kuşku H.

The Fourteenth International Congress of Educational Research , Çanakkale, Turkey, 27 - 30 October 2021, pp.107

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Summary Text
  • City: Çanakkale
  • Country: Turkey
  • Page Numbers: pp.107
  • Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University Affiliated: Yes


The purpose of this participatory action research study was to improve the educational experiences of the Roma children through fostering collaboration between Roma community, Tasavvuf Society of Canakkale Onsekiz Mart University (COMU) and various local NGOs including Turkish Educational Research Association in Canakkale. The literature indicates that the local stakeholders (universities, municipalities, public schools and NGOs) are commonly engaged in a sustainable local development of Roma communities in Europe and Turkey, nevertheless their activities are not sufficiently linked. This research study developed a community-based strategic approach led to substantial improvement of educational experiences of the Roma children, through the Mevlana Culture Center of COMU – Roma community and local NGOs cooperation, especially in the fields of democratic participation, inclusive education, community empowerment, values education, dissemination of information, innovative educational practices. The findings of the study demonstrated that approaches towards effective solutions to the problems faced by the Roma children to be successful in education and social life require a common commitment by individuals, community leaders, NGOs, municipalities, and other local stakeholders.