EduBox

Nominated 2021

Country: Slovakia

Region: Bratislava Region

Sector: Civil Society / Social Economy

Fields of action: Poverty, Non-formal education, Interculturality

Project owner: The Path of the Youth (Cesta mladých)

Responsible person: Kristián Berecz, Soňa Koreňová

Website: Weblink

Challenge

EduBox tackles educational inequality through community intervention between Roma and non-Roma communities in Slovakia. Only 51% of Roma children continue their education into secondary school. This has a negative impact on their life and future opportunities. EduBox also tackles racism and xenophobia towards the Roma minority.

Idea

EduBox founded a tutoring centre to bring together Roma youth from Lozorno and high school students from Bratislava. We offer tutoring, extracurricular activities, and prepare young children for kindergarten. We build trust through building relationships with Roma communities.

Actors

We work with children from the Roma community in Lozorno and students from C.S. Lewis Bilingual High School in Bratislava. The students from the high school tutor and mentor Roma kids and organize activities. EduBox volunteers also include teachers and community members of the Roma community in Lozorno. The municipality of Lozorno also provides financial support to maintain the community learning centre.

Impact

The shared safe space between Roma children and young student volunteers is the project’s strength and innovation. Since EduBox was founded in 2017, we had more than 60 student volunteers, and the number of participants from both communities has increased.

Transfer

EduBox is low-cost and easily scalable. It can be easily implemented in other parts of Slovakia. The project is successful thanks to volunteers eager to discover connections between the two different worlds of Roma children in Lozorno and high school students in Bratislava.