Almost 2000 people join project in support of Prague Romanies
The project "Support for Romanies in Prague," launched in 2005, helped some Romanies study at secondary schools and universities.
The project will end in August. Other regions have expressed interest in the model, Silajdzicova said. The authors based the project on the qualified estimates, saying that some 24,000 Romanies live in the 1.3-million Czech capital, 80 percent of whom are jobless, Silajdzicova notes.
The high unemployment among Romanies is caused, among others, by their low education and qualification level, discrimination at the labour market as well as a well-developed black labour market, she added.
Apart from Slovo 21, other civic association as well as the city, municipal district Prague 3 and a primary school participated in it, along with two foreign partners. The project has scored success thanks to partnership and cooperation of public administration bodies, NGOs and educational institutions, Silajdzicova said.
The aim was to create a model that could be applied in other Czech towns as well as elsewhere in the EU. One of the main project activities was the preparation of young Romanies for secondary school and university studies.
The authors have also addressed employees to find jobs for Romanies and launched a website offering vacancies. The project within the Equal initiative cost almost 27 million crowns.
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