The Foundation for Education and Cultural Initiatives Step by Step – Macedonia has published five titles of picture books that are now available in electronic and bilingual form in Romani and Macedonian language. These picture books, originally part of the International Step by Step Association Reading Corner Initiative, were adapted and published now as part of the Project for Roma Empowerment for Democracy through Education, supported by the European Union and financially supported by the by the European Commision and Open Society Foundations through its Roma Parenting Support Program. Foundation Step by Step – Macedonia is implementing this project in cooperation with local organizations Nadez and Dendo Vas.
Reading and learning resources in Romani are much limited for the students in the Republic of Macedonia, and majority of Roma children usually face insufficient language competence when they enter the formal school system due to the fact that the language of instruction is different from their home language. By preparing these bilingual picture books, we are hoping to help parents and other family members, as well educators that work with Romani children, in supporting and advancing language skills of Romani children before their school enrolment and during the emerging literacy phase.
The picture books are available in the Step by Step's Digital Library or just simply click on the covers below to access each of the titles directy: