News and Events

  • The Open Society Institute and the Roma Education Fund announces the seventh year of the “Roma Memorial University Scholarship” (RMUSP) Core Program that offers a merit-based open competition for Roma nationality students in Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Macedonia, Romania, Serbia and Montenegro, Slovakia, and Turkey.

  • The Advisory Board of Chance for Education Public Foundation aims to support students in the final semester of high school studies, with the purpose of providing support for those who live under adverse financial conditions and who would not be able to continue their studies without the support provided.

  • The National Action Plan „Roma in Latvia” is the first duration period of the state policy paper and action plan in the period of 2007 – 2009.

  • The Roma Democratic Development Association in Skopje in cooperation with the Open Society Institute, Roma Initiatives Office in Budapest is organizing the Western Balkans Decade of Roma Inclusion Conference “Continuous Dialog among Actors and Challenges for Implementation”

  • The Ministry of Social and Labour Affairs (SZMM) jointly with the Roma Education Fund have initiated a program for increasing the educational success of children living in Roma settlements. The REF is supporting settlements participating in the social and residential integrated model program of the SZMM the program was announced in 2005.

  • REF and the famous music production company Putumayo World Music have just signed a partnership agreement. A portion of Putumayo’s proceeds from the sale of the new Gypsy Groove CD, that has been released in March, 2007, will be donated to the Roma Education Fund. The grant will be used to support Roma NGO projects and scholarships. 
    Visit Putumayo's website to listen to sample tracks or to buy the album.

  • Budapest, April 2-3, 2007

    The Roma Education Fund has the pleasure to inform you about the international Conference on Education Reform to Support Roma Inclusion to be held in Budapest on April 2-3, 2007. The Conference is organized in collaboration with the Hungarian Government in the framework of the Decade for Roma Inclusion.

  • On October 16, 2006 REF Board reviewed electronically 19 project proposals for a total amount of 2 667 447 Euro. The Board approved 5 projects for a total amount of 289 540 Euro.  The Board approved one international project, one from Macedonia, one from Romania and two from Slovakia, on a variety of topics: Access to university education, information campaign on the importance of Roma education, support for pre-school education and programs to avoid Roma children to be sent to special schools and special classes. All projects reviewed had be sent to REF before August 2006.

  • The serious concern aired in an REF policy note about the potential risk of the Roma children not being enrolled in the new compulsory preschool education in Serbia   has motivated Roma NGOs to gather in order to discuss how to prevent this risk. As a result a round table on “Enrolment of Roma Children in pre-school programs, primary and secondary school” has been held in Belgrade, Serbia, on June 9th 2006.

  • 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.