News and Events

  • REF Board met in Budapest on June 22 to review project proposals. It reviewed 36 Projects for a total amount of Euro 4.432.067. The Board approved 18 projects for a total amount of Euro 1.695.862.

  • “From Segregation to Integrated Schooling the way forward”  in Brussels on April 28.


    The REF supported a major international conference on school desegregation titled “From Segregation to Integrated Schooling: the Way Forward” co-organized by the European Network Against Racism(ENAR) and the European Roma Information Office (ERIO).

  • The REF carried out its first REF monitoring mission to review two projects under implementation in Serbia, assess the adequacy of its monitoring procedures, discuss with the Government and Roma civil society education reform and its impact on Roma Education. The REF team was in Serbia from April 16 to April 21, 2006.

  • The consultation on REF Serbia country strategy took place in Belgrade, Serbia, on April 20th. The meeting was hosted by the Ministry of Human and Minority Rights, and representatives of Roma NGOs, the League for the Decade of Roma Integration, the National Council of Roma National Minority, the Roma Secretariat and the Advisor to the Prime Minister on national minorities have participated in the discussion.

  • The Roma Memorial University Scolarship Program’s call for applications for the 2006-2007 academic year

    http://www.soros.org/initiatives/scholarship/news/rmusp_20060127.

  • The REF Board met in Budapest on March 1 and 2, 2006. All the Board members were present. The Board session was chaired by Costel Bercus. The Board approved 12 projects committing an additional Euro 2,100,000.

  • The Board of Directors of the Roma Education Fund has met in Budapest to review progress in setting up the Fund’s Program Office, identifying the first projects that the Fund may finance, and to evaluate the 2005 work program presented by the Director.

    A number of important decisions have been made by the Board, which will make it possible for REF now to undertake the actions necessary for evaluating. Approving and funding education projects. The decisions include:

  • REF staff began to coordinate its work with the National Coordinators of the International Steering Committee of the Decade of Roma Inclusion. After the most recent meeting of the Steering Committee in Prague, a number of countries were visited,

  • The REF Board met for the first time in its new Budapest office on September 9, 2005 to review the first cohort of its education projects, progress in establishing the organization, and the 2005 work program.  Four education projects were approved subject to satisfactory arrangements that need to be worked out with the project implementing organizations and some of the governments involved.  Once all pending details are settled, all REF projects will be listed on our website.

  • The Roma Education Fund has opened its operational office in Budapest, Hungary on September 1, 2005.

    It can be reached at the following address and telephone numbers:

    1056 Budapest Váci utca 63. II. 1.
    Phone number:  235-8030
    Fax number:  235-8031