THE CHALLENGES FOR THE INTEGRATION OF ROMA IN KYUSTENDIL: OPTIONS FOR INSTITUTIONAL RESPONSES

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Date of publication:  13 Sep 2016 Author:  Ilona Tomova Publisher:  Know How Center - Bulgaria Publication type:  Report / Study / Data

In March 2014, a team of researchers from the Institute for Population and Human Studies (IPHS) at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (BAS) joined the work of the project “Stopping of Marginalization of Roma in Kyustendil through the Establishment of a Model for the Development of the Community.” The project was awarded to the Know How Center for Alternative Care for Children at New Bulgarian University (NBU), funded by the Velux Foundation. The objective of the project was the development of a model for successful integration of people from the Roma community by including them in services for building of parenting capacity for the promotion of early childhood development, early prevention of dropping out of school, and alleviation of risk behavior of youth in the Roma community. The scope covers a study of the most vulnerable representatives – “poverty pockets” (for the town of Kyustendil, Iztok Residential Area (RA) and for the city of Sofia, Faculteta RA). Preschool program for children aged 4-5 and for support of their parents was launched. Skills of Roma youths – young men and women alike – for studying the problems of their own community, for identifying its resources and strengths, for formulating and prioritizing of problems and for addressing them together with the local authorities, institutions, and stakeholders from the Roma community are built.

Total number of pages: 
57
Country(s) this content is relevant to: 
Bulgaria

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