News and Events

  • It takes guts and persistence to become a doctor even if one starts from a position of privilege, otherwise it takes much more than that. Throughout its 10 years’ of existence the Roma Health Scholarship Program has supported 536 beneficiaries to become doctors and nurses, often times overcoming deeply frustrating disadvantages and prejudices. They are the living examples of how strong and resourceful Roma youth are.

  • Roma Education Fund is looking for a new Financial Officer who will be a part of the Financial and Administration Department of REF. The Financial and Administrative Department is responsible for the overall financial management of REF, including the grant making, grant monitoring, contracting and risk management processes.

  • Misrepresentation or total absence of Roma are both typical in the hundreds of schoolbooks reviewed by the eight Junior Researchers who participated in a discourse analysis workshop last week. The seminar is part of the project titled Representation of Roma in European Curricula and Textbooks, run by REF, the Council of Europe, and the Georg Eckert Institute.

  • Roma Education Fund defines a new strategic direction for 2021-2030 based on an assessment of REF’s operations, trends and approaches to promote inclusive education and counter discrimination and priorities to achieve its mission. The framework provides a simplified Theory of Change showing the logic of how interventions contribute to achieving REF’s mission.

  • In April 2018 Roma Education Fund launched our project to support the studies and employment of young Roma in Hungary, Slovakia and Romania. The program will support beneficiaries through four academic years from 1 April 2018 until 31 December 2022. The call for Hungarian Roma young parents in Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg county and Budapest has just opened, REF now awaits applications. 

  • Eight Junior Research Fellows have arrived at the Georg Eckert Institute for for a 12 day workshop on International Textbook Research (GEI) to inquire the "Representation of Roma in European Curricula and Textbooks".

  • Roma Education Fund (REF) is seeking seven  Research Assistants (RA) be a key member of a team tasked to conduct a community needs assessment in Western Balkans and Turkey for the project Increased Education Opportunities for Roma Students and Roma Youth. This is a short-term and part-time opportunity of two months, where the research assistants will develop data collection methodology and implement field research, as well as assist in data processing, analysis and drafting a report.

  • Here is a heartwarming story from Kosovo where volunteers build tables and chairs for little children to do their homework. These corners serve as a creative space for children who just started school in households where there is a lack of space.

  • 'It is pleasure to meet the collective intelligence of Roma youth in one room', said Nadir Redzepi, the Executive Director of REF while welcoming the Russian, Moldovan and Ukrainian participants at the Law and Humanities Program Annual conference. The convention was held in Chisinau, Moldova on 5-6 July 2018, with 40 participants from the aforementioned countries, and also representatives of REF Headquarters.

  • The Law and Humanities Scholarship Program is holding its annual conference on the 5th and 6th of July in Chisinau, the Republic of Moldova. The two-day meetup features keynote speaches on Roma identity and the importance of human rights; panel discussions on educational and cultural rights; presenations on visibility of Roma education, World Café presentations and team building sessions, among others. The event is organized by the Roma Education Fund, Centrul National al Romilor, and the International Renaissance Foundation.