PESG Sports School
PESG Sports School is an adult education institution founded in 2001, and has been operating under this leadership since 2007 with its headquarters in Zagreb. All programs implemented by the PESG have the expert opinion of the Agency for Vocational and Adult Education and the decision of the Ministry of Science and Education. About 10 years ago, the PESG Sports School recognized the importance of including Roma in education in order to enable their integration into society and, as an ultimate goal, finding a job. So far, we have conducted basic education for Roma (more than 400 participants) and training for simpler occupations in order to provide them with access to the labor market. Also, for many years, the institution has been preparing and implementing EU projects aimed at vulnerable groups, including the Roma.
PESG Sports School has extensive experience in the implementation of European projects, either as a holder or as a partner. We have been participating in European projects from the very beginning, through IPA pre-accession assistance, measure IV Human Resources Development, where we were the holder of the project “Development of a training program for chefs for traditional, local and regional cuisines – Tastes of Tradition”. As a partner, we participated in the project “New Skills for New Better Jobs”, the implementation of this project was within the operational program Human Resources Development.
The institution has experience in the implementation of projects from the European Social Fund, and since 2018 we are the holders of two projects from the said fund: Adult education to professionals and Education – the key to success in tourism. As part of the project Education – the key to success in tourism, as a result of the project, a modern online learning platform E – skola was created, which is in line with the new information and communication technology environment. In addition to the modern platform, we have developed two specific occupations to empower participants to work with tourism and specific groups. A chef for dietary dishes and a collaborator in tourism have been developed to work with specific target groups. We also included 40 young Roma under 25 in the project who underwent education and professional practice.
The university is a partner in two ESF projects: Improve life rural people and ProAktivno – professional activation for employment.
In addition to the ESF, we participate in projects funded by the European Regional Development Fund in the project Croatian Quality in Adult Education.
The PESG project team has several years of experience in working with projects, implementing adult education programs and working with Roma.
The Association for the Development of Charitable Work Novo mesto (DRPDNM) is a non-governmental humanitarian organization that deals with issues of public interest in the field of social welfare, youth and culture in Slovenia and beyond. The mission of the DRPDNM is to contribute to the development of an inclusive and open society that accepts all and is based on the motto of the European Union “United in diversity”. The emphasis in the work and activities of the DRPDNM is precisely the social inclusion of minorities, especially the Roma, and encouraging the development of NGOs and civil dialogue.
The implementation of activities and programs is performed by both professional and volunteer work. The society is based on the principles of solidarity, tolerance, volunteerism, participation in the creation of policies on climate change (care for the environment), awareness of citizenship and intercultural dialogue through the involvement of different groups of citizens. The Society operates in 21 municipalities in southeastern Slovenia and cooperates with over 1,500 NGOs.
The main activities in which the company participates are:
- promoting the work of NGOs and strengthening social entrepreneurship
- strengthening civil dialogue.
The strategic goals of the Company are:
- Investing in long-term employees to ensure continuous implementation of the program and strengthen volunteer work
- Engagement in the field of visibility of the Company for interested stakeholders in order to cooperate with them (public administration, business people, socially excluded groups)
- Empowerment of specific target groups (youth, socially excluded and NGOs).
In order to implement the integration of specific target groups who are socially excluded, the Society organizes a Day Care Center for Children and a Day Care Center for Roma children (Brezje Day Care Center, Šmihel Day Care Center) with encouragement for intercultural dialogue.
The Society participated in the implementation of projects for youth empowerment, unemployment reduction, inclusion of young people with fewer starting opportunities through projects from the European Social Fund: Cultegration, Living Together, CULTURES – PRACTITIONER, Regional NGO Center, Active Citizenship; in cooperation with Roma communities Youth in Action (Fight against unemployment through youth networking). They also implemented projects from the European Fund for the Integration of Third-Country Nationals: Kulturneval.
The programs are based on the achievement of two strategic goals: a program of social integration and the improvement of basic skills and the strengthening of local communities with an emphasis on adult Roma.
Society often organizes round tables, public forums, conferences, TV shows to raise awareness of the importance of intercultural empowerment of society and the inclusion of Roma in society.
The Association of Roma Friendship “Luna” was founded with the aim of promoting, developing and promoting social dialogue. In its work, it advocates for the improvement of the position of members of the Roma national minority in resolving economic, health, political, educational and general social issues. Special emphasis is placed on working with adult Roma, children and young people to provide them with the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and skills needed to participate in the wider community. The association is based on the principles of tolerance, advocacy of equality, respect, understanding, solidarity and respect for fundamental human rights. For many years, the association has been connecting adult students with educational institutions in order to be able to develop the necessary competencies for the labor market and train themselves.
The goals of the association are visible in encouraging education for democratic citizenship, promoting non-violence and building peace. Organizing education on combating and preventing violence, learning about the benefits of volunteering and participating in intercultural dialogue. Young people are encouraged to participate in civil society and integrate into the local community through strong advocacy to promote a culture of dialogue in order to combat discrimination against members of all vulnerable groups. Young Roma are also encouraged to nurture their cultural, historical and national identity and to present themselves to the rest of the local community by organizing festivals and cultural events. Through its interactive integration, the Roma community is encouraged to contribute to the development of an inclusive, tolerant and modern local and European society.
The association strongly advocates the inclusion of Roma in society, and through positive cooperation with the Croatian Employment Service and the organization of forums to raise awareness and importance of adult Roma education and help in inclusion in the labor market. The Association of Roma Friendship “Luna” is a mediator between the Roma national minority and the local population in Beli Manastir and the surrounding area, but operates throughout Croatia.
Through the implementation of various activities, they strongly advocate for Roma education and inclusion in the labor market.
Women's Association Romkinja
The Association of Roma Citizens in Serbia has been operating since 2013 with the main goal of connecting, improving the position and providing assistance to Roma in the field of education, health and social care.
The aim of the association is to ensure the integration of the Roma population and strengthen the process of emancipation of women in the fight against gender discrimination and provide support to Roma participating in educational programs.
The association achieves its goals through projects in which it advocates the integration of the Roma population into Serbian and European society, with an emphasis on combating historical prejudice and all forms of discrimination, respecting differences of identity, human dignity and basic civic values.
The association provides full support to members of the Roma community in order to exercise their rights in the use of health services, access to the labor market and family law. In addition, the association helps to overcome language barriers.
Through its activities, the association wants to map the Roma population and their needs, providing them with support to get out of Roma settlements, camps without fear of prejudice and discrimination.
The association also strongly advocates cooperation with other organizations, and participates in activities organized by other associations and NGOs. They also advocate cooperation with government representatives in order to more successfully integrate Roma in Serbia.
The specialty of this association is to provide support to young Roma women and women in general, through daily counseling on understanding family law, providing support in employment and finances. Through such an approach, the association empowers women and builds their self-confidence and opens them to society as a whole. To improve the media image
The Roma Women’s Association is especially engaged in the field of promoting and protecting the rights of Roma women.
In Rome, in response to the poor representation of Roma and Roma women through associations, the Roma Aps Association was founded. The association was founded in 2010 in order to understand the needs of the Roma population and Roma women in Italy.
Since its establishment, the activities of the Roma Online Association have been present in the initiatives and social life of the Roma community. Through various activities, they want to strengthen the emancipation of women in the fight against all forms of sex discrimination and provide support in the education of Roma and Sinti.
In its work and activities with adult Roma, the association conducted a series of trainings through which more than 500 adult Roma strengthened some of their competencies needed for integration into society.
In order to meet the set goals, they participate in projects that support the integration of the Roma population into Italian and European society. They strongly advocate the fight against historical prejudice, any form of discrimination, calling for understanding, mutual respect, respect for diversity and different identities, respect for fundamental human rights and civic values.
The association fulfills its goals by undertaking actions and projects that will help and promote the integration of the Roma population into Italian and European society, combat prejudice and discrimination by concrete, broad procedures, respecting different identities, equal dignity and fundamental civic values. Through their work, they fight against prejudices against Roma and all forms of discrimination, direct and indirect against the Roma population.
The association provides social support to members of the Roma community and provides free advice on exercising their rights in health services, finding a job and understanding family law.
In Italy, too, the Roma population is segregated, locked up in Roma settlements or camps, I want to help myself by mapping the population and open them to participate in the process of full integration in Allied society, and then in European.
The special emphasis of the association is in connecting Roma women and improving their living conditions through education, networking and empowerment.