Integration by Education in the 21st Century - a Challenge for Public-Private-Partnerships

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.

The objective of the symposium was to find successful examples of public and private co-operation in the field of integration through education that may serve as models for developments in Germany and in other OECD-countries. At the same time, the aim was to identify the potentials and limitations of public-private co-operation and to reach an understanding of those general conditions that promote success.

The conference brought together about 450 practitioners from private multinational corporations and private foundations working in the field of inclusive education worldwide. The conference covered challenging topics such as: successful models of inclusive education programmes from an international perspective, learning from good examples:
International best practice, lessons learned and options for action as well the political framework and the role of the state.

Among the keynote speakers were: President José Manuel BARROSO, Angela MERKEL, German Federal Chancellor, George Soros, Founder and Chairman, Open Society Institute and Dr. h.c. mult. Bill Gates, Founder and Co-Chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Mr. George Soros, in his keynote speech: ‘Integration projects of the Open Society
Institute: Lessons learned’; spoke about successful programs of the Roma Education Fund aimed on integration of Roma into mainstream education systems.

The event was an excellent opportunity for networking and to share good practice in the field of inclusive education.

Speeches of Mr. Soros in their full lenghts: