With 10 to 12 million members, Roma are the biggest ethnic minority in Europe. A relevant reason for their permanent discrimination is their low education level. Due to that the disadvantages are especially obvious in the education sector. A real segregation exists. Of course, actual education deficits, discrimination, prejudices and clichés of the majority population as well as missing motivation, self-chosen isolation and the lack of self-knowledge of Roma are 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 centre 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.
ROMINKO project enables the target group in all partner countries for the first time to give a clear image of their personality and to recognise and assess existing strengths and weaknesses clearly. Based on this, they can plan a realistic future, check education and employment plans and build up motivations in order to face requirements of the education and labour market due to their strengths. Educational institutions, labour administrations, NGO and employers are familiar with the target group Roma and receive through the project appropriate instruments, methods and practices to involve Roma as learners, apprentices, job seekers, employees and partners and to make their participation in education and employment possible.