With 10 to 12 million members, Roma constitute the largest ethnic minority in Europe. A reason related to their long-standing discrimination is their low education level which leads to a contemporary segregation. In addition, actual education deficits, discrimination, prejudices and clichés as well as missing motivation, self-chosen isolation and the lack of self-knowledge of Roma are also responsible for their limited access to education and employment.
A large threshold for the access to education and employment, however, is the missing proof of their informally and non-formally acquired competences. Therefore, the recording, assessment and acknowledgment of those competences of Roma are the center of our project. This way it will contribute to the implementation of the national Roma Integration Strategies in the partner countries as part of the Europe 2020 Strategy, particularly to the increasing of the employment rate and the reduction of the threat of poverty of Roma.
For the first time, the ROMINKO project enables the target group in all partner countries to provide a clear image of their personality, assess and recognize and existing strengths and weaknesses, so they can plan a realistic future, consider education and employment plans and get motivated to face education and labour market requirements. Educational institutions, labour administrations, NGO and employers, already familiar with Roma, receive through the project appropriate tools, methods and practices to involve Roma as learners, apprentices, job seekers, employees and partners and to make possible their participation in education and employment.