News

  • 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.

  • Strasbourg, 14 November 2007—In a momentous decision for Roma across Europe, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights, by a vote of 13 to four, ruled today that segregating Roma students into special schools is a form of unlawful discrimination that violates fundamental human rights.

  • Five schools and three NGOs from the Western Balkans became winners of the Council of Europe “Schools and Civil
    Society Awards” today for their work for promoting intercultural dialogue and better understanding of Roma culture.

    The prizes have been awarded as part of a joint Council of Europe and European Commission awareness raising campaign: “DOSTA! Go Beyond prejudice, discover the Roma”.

  • Germany,  October 16-17, 2007

    Judit Szira, REF Senior Policy Advisor and Beata Olahova, REF Program Officer represented the Roma Education Fund in the International Symposium at the Foreign Office, Berlin on October 16-17, 2007.

  • An agreement was reached during the Venice seminar organized by the Roma Education Fund on the creation of a network of Roma University Centers to strengthen practical and applied research on Roma issues, facilitate exchange of researchers and students between centers and countries and improve communication between the research communities working on Roma Issues.

    The seminar titled “Embracing the future: Identity, culture and artistic expression in education of Roma children. The Role of University centers” took place in the prestigious Istituto Veneto di Scienze Lettere ed Arti.

  • 14-16 October 2007

    The seminar is titled “Embracing the future: Identity, culture and artistic expression in education of Roma children. The Role of Roma University Centers.
    The concrete objective of the seminar is to launch a network of Roma University centers across Europe.
    The seminar will take place in Venice from October 14 to 16  as part of the program of events around the first Roma Pavilion at the Venice Biennale of contemporary Art.