Educational Policies for the Roma in the context of the European Social Fund
Bucharest, 10 July 2012. Roma Education Fund Romania – member of the international Roma Education Fund network, whose mission is to reduce educational gaps between Roma and non-Roma populations – and UNICEF Romania are planning the fifth workshop entitled Educational Policies for the Roma in the Context of the European Social Fund – the Sectoral Operational Programme Human Resources Development (ESF-SOP HRD).
The debates held during the event provide answers to a series of vital questions as the current programmatic period is coming to an end and plans are being made for the next period of 2014-2020:
“The European Social Fund is obviously important for the development and implementation of educational policies (including for Roma education). The National Roma Integration Strategy and the educational reforms provided for in the new Law on Education are very much based on Structural Funds. Consequently, it is crucial to increase the Structural Fund absorption rate (if we want to have the resources needed to implement all reform measures and educational policies), as well as to correlate ESF planning with current educational strategies and policies” declared Eugen Crai, Roma Education Fund Romania Country Manager.
“UNICEF pays special attention to educational policies targeting disadvantaged populations, especially those addressed to Roma children. In this context, structural funds are an essential tool which, if efficiently used, may cut down discrepancies and social inequities. Such a debate is both welcome and necessary in a time where the framework of the future Operational Programmes 2014-2020 is being outlined. Decision makers and stakeholders must get the real picture of existing needs and the educational policies required to ensure the equitable right to education for all Romanian children”, stated Luminița Costache, Social Policy Specialist at UNICEF Romania.
Adina Ursulean, PR & Logistics Officer, Roma Education Fund Romania, tel. 0785.231.919, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Raluca Manța, Asistent Comunicare, UNICEF Romania, tel. 021.201.78.55, e-mail: email@example.com.