News in 2013

  • In the Konik refugee camp, located in the city of Podgorica, more than 2,000 people are living in extreme poverty. They moved to Montenegro during the Kosovo conflict and have remained in the camp’s difficult living conditions since 2000. The refugee camp is a ghetto where the residents live in metal containers or barracks built from wood, plastic, and other gathered materials.

  • "Together with the World Bank, we established the Roma Education Fund in 2005. The REF is ready to help national education authorities across the EU improve their performance in educating Roma children. Indeed, its programmes currently reach more than 100,000 students each year, including more than 1,600 university students who receive scholarships.

  • In its last and final of six scholarship galas in autumn 2013, the Roma Education Fund (REF) expanded the format and duration of the event in Hungary. Already established as events for networking and sharing experiences, the Roma Education Fund sought this year to invest more time in students’ perspectives in addition to a public event.

  • The Roma Education Fund (REF) called together nearly 200 Romani university students to the premises of Sofia’s Modern Theater on Friday, November 15, 2013 to celebrate and publicly recognize their educational achievements and success. Hailing from across Bulgaria and studying across a wide range of disciplines, they all are finalists to receive the 2013-2014 Roma Memorial University Scholarship awarded by the Roma Education Fund.

  • The Roma Education Fund (REF) gathered together over 100 Romani university students from across the Republic of Macedonia on Friday, November 8, 2013. All finalists to receive the 2013-2014 Roma Memorial University Scholarship awarded by the Roma Education Fund, they are part of new generation of Romani students applying to, enrolling in and graduating from state-accredited universities in the region.

  • For the second edition of the Roma Memorial University Scholarship Gala in the Czech Republic, the Roma Education Fund (REF) expanded the format in Prague on November 8, 2013.

  • The Roma Education Fund today assembled together a group of university students in Tirana to publicly celebrate their achievements. All finalists to receive the 2013-2014 Roma Memorial University Scholarship, they are part of a growing body of Romani and Egyptian students attending universities across Albania. Studying across the academic spectrum, as both undergraduate and graduate students, an increasing number of Romani students are choosing higher education in order to advance their professional careers.

  • The Roma Education Fund today brought together over 80 Romani university students in Nitra to publicly celebrate their achievements. All finalists to receive the 2013-2014 Roma Memorial University Scholarship, they reflect a growing body of Romani students attending universities across the breadth of Slovakia and the greater region. Ranging in fields across the academic spectrum, from BAs to PhDs, an increasing number of Romani students are choosing higher education in order to advance their professional careers.