News in 2008

  • Under the Presidency of the Republic of Serbia, XIV. International Steering Committee (ISC)_ Meeting was held in Belgrade on September 4-5, 2008.

    ISC parties agreed as follows:

    Recommendations:

    1. Priorities of the Serbian Presidency are: housing (legalization and improvement of informal Roma settlements), combating discrimination in education, development of evaluation and monitoring system.
    2. Decade Members will continue efforts aiming at the development of the European Roma Policy.

  • September 15th marked the beginning of the new school year in Bulgaria and the end of school segregation for approximately 200 Roma students in Blagoevgrad. Students, who were attending sub-standard Elementary School No. 1 in Blagoevgrad, are moving to several city schools where they will get a better education and learn in an integrated environment with their peers from other ethnic groups for the first time.

    September 17, 2008

  • WARSAW, Poland, August 1, 2008  - Poland's Education Minister plans to shut down Gypsy-only school classes following complaints they are discriminatory.

  • The Board of the Roma Education Fund is very pleased to announce that after a long search, it has appointed an Executive Director to take charge of all operations, including grant making for Roma education, capacity building, policy development and research in different aspects of Roma education, and the Fund’s comprehensive university scholarship program.

  • The Roma Education Fund is pleased to announce that its seven desegregation projects in Bulgaria is being now funded by the EU Structural Funds, under the Operational Programme  Human Resources Development (OP HRD) as announced by the Bulgarian Ministry of Education on March 14, 2008.

    This is a crucial development which marks the transition of the school desegregation projects from grassroots to state-supported action and opens new prospects for their sustainability.