• Roma children near Sibiu are studying in schools for the handicapped, as fears of an apartheid in learning between Romanians and Roma grow.

    Report by Ana Maria Nitoi, published in The Diplomat Bucharest

  • Over the last school year, more than 20.000 disadvantaged students and their mentors received financial support by the scholarship program of the Ministry of Education in Hungary. Application packages for the current school year must be submitted till 8th October.

  • 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.