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Roma education fund

Presentation by Dan Pavel Doghi, Roma Education Fund, on the occasion of the EESC conference on 'Better Roma inclusion through civil society initiatives: focus on education, employment, housing and antidiscrimination' (Brussels, 7 November 2014).

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Roma education fund

  1. 1. RRoommaa EEdduuccaattiioonn FFuunndd
  2. 2. OOuurr MMiissssiioonn aanndd FFiieellddss ooff WWoorrkk REF’s mission is to close the gap in educational outcomes between Roma and non-Roma, through the design and implementation of policies and programs that support quality education for Roma including the desegregation of the school system. Expanding access to quality early childhood education and care Improving primary education outcomes for Romani children between ages six and fourteen Expanding access to and ensuring completion of and graduation from secondary education Expanding access to, improve graduation levels and strengthen identity of Romani students in tertiary Second-chance programs for adult education and training 1 2 3 4 5 Our key priorities cover all levels of education
  3. 3. In a tightly orchestrated campaign the support of Roma Education Fund enabled the daily bussing of children from 38 Romani families to schools in downtown Tirana from where they had been rehoused some 11 kilometers outside the city, evicted in the summer of 2013 and living on the streets for several months. At the new site, they received assistance from the city of Tirana which provided rudimentary public services including a vaccination program for young children. REF’s partners provided hot meals and educational support for 89 Romani children from the youngest of age till age 15, as well as 56 mothers who received parenting and counseling support. A volunteer assists a young Romani girl with her homework after school at the House of Colors in Tirana, Albania. Photo: Elvin Shytaj
  4. 4. WWee ddeevveellooppeedd oovveerraarrcchhiinngg ttoooollss ttoo rreeaacchh oouurr oobbjjeeccttiivveess Grants Scholarship Revolving Loans Advocacy, Research and Policy Dialogue Project Implementation Provided to consortium of civil society and public institutions implementing education reform projects Implementation of large scale ESF, IPA, Norway and EEA projects Provided to bridge funding for efficient implementation of EU funds for projects that cover all the levels of public education Financial support provided to Romani students Engage in issues affecting the education of Roma such as the prevalence of Roma in special education, segregation and desegregation and education financing REF acts in close partnership with educational institutions, municipalities, Roma NGOs, and national and international organizations/institutions
  5. 5. Croatia’s Medimurje County is the site of an ongoing REF project to enroll young Romani children in preschools and subsequently desegregate kindergartens through a long-term intervention in early childhood education and care and primary school services. Operating in four localities, in a mixture of sites that incorporate community centers, preschool facilities and kindergartens, in partnership with the local authorities, REF adopted a different approach at each site, whether a community center hosting early childhood education and care, a standalone kindergarten with several shifts of children a day or a primary school Young pupils in a village kindergarten in Medjimurje County, Croatia. in a town center. Photo: Tom Bass
  6. 6. WWee wwoorrkk iinn 1166 ccoouunnttrriieess Grants & Scholarship Scholarship Foundations Branches REF Switzerland Zug (2006) REF Hungary Budapest (2006) REF Romania Bucharest (2009) REF Slovakia Presov (2014) Serbian Branch Belgrade(2013) Montenegro Branch Podgorica (2013) Albania Bosnia and Herzegovina Bulgaria Croatia Czech Republic Hungary Kosovo Macedonia Moldova Montenegro Romania Russia Serbia Slovakia Turkey Ukraine
  7. 7. Children playing at a Mothers’ Club in Ostrava, Czech Republic Photo: Jana Baudysova With support from REF and the financial contribution of the municipal government of Ostrava, a systematic preschool education and early elementary school registration project has been established in order to prevent Romani pupils from enrolling in so-called “practical” schools that typically offer a sub-standard educational curriculum. “Looking at the children, it is obvious that they have made great progress in the Mothers’ Clubs, and I dare to say, that if the cooperation between the parents, NGOs and preschools, or later schools will continue, and the project may not only disclose new opportunities for Romani children but can also build a bridge over the persisting barriers between the Roma and the majority,” said one preschool teacher in Ostrava- Poruba.
  8. 8. WWee rreeaacchh oouutt ttoo oovveerr 110000,,000000 bbeenneeffiicciiaarriieess ppeerr yyeeaarr 2013 in numbers Beneficiaries Direct spending on our beneficiaries 110033,,111177 bbeenneeffiicciiaarriieess iinn 1166 ccoouunnttrriieess 5566 pprroojjeeccttss iinn 22001144 445511 ffrroomm 22000055 1111..11 mmiilllliioonn EEUURR Project Portfolio 11,,445533 ssttuuddeennttss 22 mmiilllliioonn EEUURR University Scholarships  REF pursues its activities through four entities established as legally separate foundations in Switzerland, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia and two branch offices of REF Hungary in Serbia and Montenegro.  The REF entities work together to ensure an effective delivery of the activities in a transparent and accountable manner. Each Foundation has its separate board with independent members for their decisions.  The three entities are coordinated by REF’s headquarters in Budapest, which has a multinational staff, of whom 63.15% are Roma from Bulgaria, Hungary, Macedonia, Moldova, Romania and Slovakia. REF has country facilitators in eight countries, who are in the majority young Roma.
  9. 9. REF has aspired to address the near complete absence of Romani health professionals from Romani communities by supporting scholarships for doctors, nurses and technicians in the health sector in Romania. Partnering together with the Media Monitoring Agency, the Sastipen Association, Association of Resident Doctors in Romania and Open Society Foundations – Budapest, the Roma Education Fund implemented a European Structural Fund project to address problem. Medical professionals supported by REF in Romania. The project incorporated tertiary scholarship, mentorship and tutorship support, as well as combating the stereotypes related to the access of Roma students to highly-qualified professions.

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  • IonelaGrigor

    Sep. 29, 2015

Presentation by Dan Pavel Doghi, Roma Education Fund, on the occasion of the EESC conference on 'Better Roma inclusion through civil society initiatives: focus on education, employment, housing and antidiscrimination' (Brussels, 7 November 2014).

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