Advocacy

REF advocates for a fair and inclusive society in order to bring educational equity for all Roma. It is pivotal for Roma students to have equal chances and opportunities to access quality education, and for Roma graduates and parents to have social and economic welfare through employment. In addition,  communities need to be empowered for their voices and interests to be heard. Educational policy frameworks need to be shaped to address institutional biases by setting up a pathway to justice, equality, and empowerment where Roma have the possibility to develop our societies together.

 

In particular, REF’s advocacy aims to match its interventions with its objectives, those being to:

– Close the gap in education between Roma and non-Roma
– Improve access to quality education
– Ensure an increased number of Roma graduates from all education levels
– Ensure access to employment
– Increase the number of Roma teachers
– Work with policymakers on changes in curricula development and design
– Combat anti-Roma sentiment in education
– Empower and engage Roma communities
– Increase the impact of REF in policy shaping

 

To do so, REF follows four pathways in order to advocate among a broad coalition of stakeholders for its vision:

  • Networking, Coalition Building, Gaining Political Support
  • Educational Policy Shaping
  • Creating Educational Platforms for Communities
  • Increasing the Employability of Roma Education Fund’s Target Group

 

In conveying its policy narrative, REF advocacy stresses a competence and ability-based approach where the main emphasis is placed on the social, economic, and political capital of Roma people all over Europe as its largest minority with considerable political, voting, and economic power.