• Thirty five young adults, predominantly Roma, received their diploma of „Equal Opportunity Policies” in Budapest, Hungary on 09/03/2007. The Roma Civil Rights Foundation(RPA) together with the ELTE University Legal Clinic and the Street Law Foundation have pursued a 200 million HUF worth training program founded by the European Union.

  • 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”

  • With the help of the IBM the Hungarian Business Leaders Forum has launched a talent supportive program “ROMASTER”, that assures applicants to be receiving financial support, mentorship program, and professional training. The program is open for talented high school students who avow themselves Roma, and are prepared to continue their studies in higher education institutions in the fields of law, technology/ engineering, economics or business studies after high school.

  • 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.

  • The Word Bank in collaboration with the Government of Italy will organize a youth conference in Rome, from May 21-25, 2007 on “Young people in Eastern Europe and Central Asia: From policy to action“.   The conference plans to bring together policy makers and young people from Eastern Europe and Central Asia (ECA) to discuss topics related to implementation of policies for young people in particular the participants will discuss the significance of high youth unemployment in specific ECA countries and how best to integrate or reintegrate disadvanta

  • 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.

  • City Hotel Bratislava, October 26-28, 2006, Bratislava-Slovakia

    Organized by International Step by Step Association and Nadacia Skola Dokoran (Slovakia)

    The meeting will bring together professionals working in the field of early childhood development. Presentations, workshops and round table discussions will be organized during the meeting with the participants of more that 30 countries. One of the objective of the conference is to empower the educators, professionals, families and policy makers to promote social inclusion.

    International Step by Step Association