• August, 2007

    Brno, the second largest Czech town with a strong Romany community, in cooperation with the Ministry of Education prepared an amendment to the education law to facilitate the situation of children from deprived localities, mainly of Roma origin.

  • The implementation of the Pilot Programme: "Functional Primary Education of Adult Roma" is ending this month.The aim of the Programme is raising the general level of  education of adult Roma, acquisition of primary education and skills for certain jobs, creating conditions for continuation of education and their integration into the social, economic, political and cultural life of the community.

  • One hundred equal opportunity experts are to be trained by the Hungarian Ministry of Education and Culture, as from September 2007 an “Equal Opportunity Plan” will have to be annexed to all regional grant applications submitted.  According to the measures of the Department, there will be more than 400 plans of this kind developed.

  • The European Roma and Travellers Forum is looking for paid interns to assist the Secretariat of the Forum in the preparation of the Plenary Assembly 2007 and following EU conference (26 - 29 November 2007).

    Tasks include:

    • assisting in the preparation and mailing of conference documents;
    • assisting in the organisation of travels and accomodations;
    • answering correspondence and phone calls;
    • filing and managing databases;

    Person specification:

  • Romea Civic Association is organizing training in basic computer skills for Roma adults in Prague as of September 2007.

    The Romea Educational Centre also offers free of charge internet and computer access for the interested Roma population. According to the project manager, Mr. Popisil, there are over 200 Roma people who regularly come to the centre on a weekly basis.

  • September 10-11

    REF participated in the conference organized by UNESCO and the Council of Europe “Towards quality education for Roma children, Transition from early childhood to primary education.”

  • The secondary school “Bajram Curri”, located in the suburbs of Tirana, Albania is amongst the first educational institutions in the region, which are trying to implement useful methodologies that help in smoothing of the problem of cultural differences.

  • “Slovo 21” civic group has successfully closed its university preparatory course, as 14 of the 24 attendee students, all Romani, have been admitted to local universities.

  • 10 - 11 September 2007,  UNESCO

    Education for Roma children will be the focus of a meeting organized by UNESCO and the Council of Europe on 10 and 11 September at UNESCO Headquarters. Entitled “Towards quality education for Roma children: transition from early childhood to primary education”, the meeting will bring together experts – representatives of education ministries, members of international and regional organizations, academics, researchers and civil society stakeholders – from fifteen European countries.

  • On 9-11 August 2007 , the meeting of Committee of Education of ERTF took place in Supral, Poland.
    Organizers of the event were DG -II Social Cohesion of the Council of Europe and European Roma and Travellers Forum. The themes for discussion were the situation of Roma in Europe, problems of education for young Roma and their chances in modern societies of Europe and the world.
    The meeting has been held with the participation of the following respected persons: