News in 2013

  • REF Romania’s Board of Directors appointed Mr. Dan Pavel Doghi as Interim Country Director for the Roma Education Fund ‒ Romania, starting in October 2013.

  • By THE EDITORIAL BOARD, International New York Times
    Published: October 17, 2013

    "A few European countries are taking steps to deal constructively with discrimination against the Roma. Recognizing that poverty is a real problem, Berlin has launched an ambitious plan to provide housing, education and medical care for Roma children. In Serbia, the Roma Education Fund is helping to get Roma youth to attend high school, and in Hungary an innovative program is teaching Roma students English."

  • When diggers arrived one morning in early August to evict 37 Romani families from Ruga Kavaja in Tirana, no thought was given to the future of its youngest inhabitants. No social protection agency intervened. No alternative housing had been prearranged. Homes suddenly were splinters and dust and families were told to move on. Promises made on the first day of school by Albania’s Minister of Social Welfare and Youth, Erjon Veliaj, to alleviate the situation have yet to materialize.

  • Number of teachers voiced their concerns when the Czech School Inspectorate obliged them to submit statistics on Roma pupils. In a Czech Television’s “Události, komentáře” on 26 September the data collection has been discussed by Monika Šimůnková, Czech Republic’s Human Rights Commissioner, and Jiří Pilař, head of the Association of Special Pedagogues.  Jan Stejskal, REF Country Facilitator for the Czech Republic was invited to provide expert opinion.

  • Today, the Roma Education Fund invited its colleagues, friends, associates and neighbors to pause for a moment and celebrate together our efforts to bring justice, equality and inclusion to all aspects of our societies.

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    De notre envoyée spéciale à Eforie Sud
    Mise en ligne : mardi 22 octobre 2013

  • With this week's peaceful start of the new school year in Medimurje County, the Roma Education Fund would like to remind the Croatian prime minister that membership in the EU brings certain obligations and that Croatian schools have a responsibility to provide quality, inclusive education to all children and should enroll all eligible Romani students.

  • Operating for almost a decade in Hungary, tanodas are community-based extracurricular schools. They run after school and aim to support and teach disadvantaged Romani students; they aim to foster their success at school and improve their future chances in the labor market and social integration, since the Hungarian public education system has failed to respond to their needs. Tanodas offer tutoring based on individual development, community, cultural and sport activities, and work to strengthen the relationship between schools and parents.

  • REF Romania has produced a short video about mentors, teachers and children involved in the project "Equal Education Opportunities for an Inclusive Society." The movie was presented during the closing conference for the project on August 14, 2013. The project was implemented by the Roma Education Fund Romania from September 2010 to August 2013 and was co-funded by the European Social Fund through the Sectoral Operational Program Human Resources Development 2007-2013.

  • As thousands of children head back to school, the Roma Education Fund has opened a new branch office in Podgorica, Montenegro. The office is instrumental for REF to coordinate and monitor its school desegregation project at Konik camps 1 and 2 in Podgorica. After a trial period of one year providing access to quality education in the camp led by REF, the Montenegrin government, in partnership with Unicef, Help and REF, has agreed to desegregate preschool and primary education for the many children who have resided at Konik Camp since the Kosovo conflict of 2000.