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Sustaining Change for Roma Education in Montenegro


The Roma Education Fund was selected by the Delegation of the European Union to Montenegro as a major partner to Help e.V (Hilfe zur Selbsthilfe e.V) in implementing an IPA-funded project “Promotion and Protection of Human Rights of Roma, Egyptians and Other Vulnerable Groups.” The project will run for 18 months in the municipalities of Berana, Niksic and Podgorica. Other partners under this project include the Montenegrin Ministry for Human and Minority rights, the Montenegrin Red Cross (MRC), the Centre for Democracy and Human Rights (CEDEM) and the three respective Montenegrin municipalities.

This IPA intervention introduces educational measures to over 1,200 preschool, primary and secondary school and university students in the targeted regions. It also includes a component addressing Roma health, whereby Roma and Egyptian health mediators in Berane and Niksic will be supported in their efforts to strengthen health awareness among the Roma community. In addition, at least 100 Roma and Egyptians are to receive direct support in a package including job search advice, paid internships, vocational training and income generation grants. In parallel, 60 employers from the region will undergo motivation and anti-discrimination training. Roma and Egyptian employment specialists will assist the state of Montenegro in the provision of these activities.


At the launch on February 15 in Podgorica, Minister for Human and Minority Rights of Montenegro Mehmed Zenka was joined in his remarks by representatives from the Ministry of Labor and Social Care, Ministry of Education, Ministry for Health, as well as national agencies for anti-trafficking, employment and child and social protection. Local government representatives, teaching professionals and NGOs from Berane, Niksic and Podgorica also attended as part of this coalition to bring about sustainable change for disadvantaged children and youth.  


This European funding mechanism incorporates social inclusion at its core and envisages assistance to state and local institutions for the prevention of child begging, anti-discrimination measures, social housing and local action planning in social inclusion. For instance, 10 Roma and Egyptian civil society organizations will be awarded sub-grants to work on raising awareness on political and minority presentation, domestic violence and early marriages, women and youth empowerment and music education for children.


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Source: Roma Education Fund


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