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Children at the primary school in Teplice who faced a wave of online racist commentaries in the autumn of 2017 received tablets and other small gifts on 28 June 2018 during the end-of-year ceremony that were bought for them by the school with the proceeds of the fundraising drive organized to express solidarity with the school by ROMEA. (PHOTO:  Jan Mihaliček, Romea.cz)
Children at the primary school in Teplice who faced a wave of online racist commentaries in the autumn of 2017 received tablets and other small gifts on 28 June 2018 during the end-of-year ceremony that were bought for them by the school with the proceeds of the fundraising drive organized to express solidarity with the school by ROMEA. (PHOTO: Jan Mihaliček, Romea.cz)

First-graders from Czech school subjected to racist attacks online receive tablets thanks to ROMEA's fundraising drive

2.7.2018 6:15 Children attending the primary school in Teplice that faced a wave of racist online commentaries in the autumn of 2017 were given tablets and other small gifts during the end-of-year celebration that were bought for them by the school with the proceeds from the ROMEA organization's fundraising campaign on their behalf. At last Thursday's celebration, graduating pupils were given a sash to wear and were accompanied by the first-graders in addition to their teachers during the ceremony.  full story

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Jana Hejkrlíková, Romani doctoral candidate: We must see each other as fellow human beings

7.5.2018 11:31 Jana Hejkrlíková is studying in the Modern History Department at the Faculty of Arts at West Bohemian University, where she leads a Scouting division in her free time. While she may not appear to be a Romani woman, she was bullied in primary school because the children there knew her mother, who does appear Romani.  full story

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videoNorway: Romani online television channel "Nevimos Norvego" to collaborate with ROMEA TV

27.2.2018 7:08 In Norway the first Romani online television programming began at the end of January of this year with an online channel called Nevimos Norvego, and the Czech Republic's ROMEA TV online program, which was created in 2002 as the first Romani online television channel, will soon contribute to Nevimos Norvego's broadcasts. The Norwegian producers will publish articles, photos of events, and brief video reports on a daily basis and will broadcast longer video programs once a month focused on subjects connected with the Romani community in Norway.  full story

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Czech Republic: Unique "Memory of the Roma" project keeps historical memory alive through video

7.2.2018 7:33 Over a cup of coffee in her apartment in Rokycany, Czech Republic, 67-year-old Květa Tůmová Tomášová recalls the stories of her family, whose roots are in the Šariš region of eastern Slovakia. She talks about labor camps, partisans, the Second World War, the postwar migration to the Czech Republic, her childhood in Rokycany, and the classroom where she and her brother Mírák were the only Romani children.  full story

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Organizers of yesterday's demonstration say politicians' allegations of "assault" by protesters in front of Prague hotel are a lie

17.12.2017 17:21 Czech MP Tomio Okamura is continuing his deceptive verbal attacks against his political opponents, posting allegations to Facebook post that his own brother, Hayato Okamura, Czech MEP Jaromír Štětina (TOP09), and an unnamed activist supposedly associated with news server Romea.cz prevented the course of yesterday's "Europe of Nations and Freedom" conference in Prague using violence and vulgarities. The demonstration organizers and the ROMEA organization have emphatically objected to these lies.  full story

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Czech Republic: ROMEA organization is a recipient of the Anticorruption Endowment's award for bravery

12.12.2017 10:16 The Anticorruption Endowment (Nadační fond proti korupci - NFPK) in the Czech Republic has given its awards for bravery this year to the ROMEA organization, to activist Jakub Čech, and to the former director of the Quality Control Department of the Road and Motorway Directorate. This award is given to people who are not afraid to point out the existence of corruption or other negative phenomena in society irrespective of the consequences for them personally.  full story

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Czech film director supports fundraising drive "THEY WANT TO GAS THEM, WE WANT TO SEND THEM TO SCHOOL!"

1.12.2017 8:31 The ROMEA organization and others, as well as many public figures, have decided to respond to the current wave of hate and racism that is spreading through the Czech Republic. Together they are joining the fundraising drive for the Roma Scholarship Program, which is supporting 86 students from all over the Czech Republic during this school year.  full story

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Czech principal expresses gratitude for solidarity shown after online racist death threats

23.11.2017 13:50 The principal of the school in Teplice that was targeted by xenophobes with hateful online attacks at the beginning of November tells news server Romea.cz that she has been surprised by the enormous wave of solidarity that has replaced that of hatred. ROMEA and other organizations, including many public figures, have decided to join the Roma Scholarship Program campaign, which this school year will be supporting 86 students from all over the Czech Republic.  full story

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videoCzech ombudswoman supports fundraising campaign for school whose first-graders were racially abused online

22.11.2017 14:05 ROMEA, other organizations in the Czech Republic and many public figures have decided to respond to the current wave of hatred and racism that is spreading throughout the country. They are joining the Romani Scholarship Program campaign supporting 86 students from all over the Czech Republic this school year.  full story

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ROMEA raises funds to support Czech school subjected to racist attacks online

17.11.2017 14:46 ROMEA, along with other organizations and many public figures, has decided to respond to the current wave of hatred and racism that is spreading through the Czech Republic. Together they are joining a campaign to promote the Romani Scholarship Program which, during this academic year, has already supported 86 Romani secondary school students from all over the Czech Republic.  full story

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Roman Koky: Prejudice just drives me further, education is the most important thing

22.9.2017 7:44 Like any Romani person, I have sometimes had to go through difficult situations. Especially at primary school, where my brother and I were subjected to racist remarks from other students day in and day out.  full story

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Veronika Hlaváčová: Young Roma have what it takes to rise above prejudice and be motivated

14.9.2017 14:45 Veronika Hlaváčová of Pardubice, Czech Republic is a member of the young generation of successful Romani people who care about their future and are doing their best to do something for it. Her parents have raised her since childhood to be educated and responsible, and she is proud to be the first college graduate in her family.
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Tomáš Bystrý began at ROMEA 15 years ago, today he decides what news Czech Radio will broadcast

5.9.2017 9:29 As of March of this year Tomáš Bystrý, an ambitious 28-year-old Romani man, has been working at Czech Radio in the very prestigious position of news editor. During a hot afternoon this past August we interviewed him about his new job and much more.  full story

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Czech prosecutor says death threats and racist abuse committed through Facebook not necessarily crimes

2.8.2017 9:32 The ROMEA organization filed more than 10 reports of suspected crimes at the beginning of this year against persons who used online social networks to post racist verbal attacks against Romani people and members of other minorities, including threatening them with physical destruction. The Prague 1 District State Prosecutor subsequently sent just four of those reports to the Prague 1 District Police Directorate for investigation.  full story

On Thursday, June 29, 2017, commission in ROMEA interviewed Romani university students requesting a scholarship from the Roma Education Fund (PHOTO: Zdeněk Ryšavý, Romea.cz)

Romani Students Propel Themselves Forward, Aiming to Further Their Education

3.7.2017 10:20 On 29 June the ROMEA organization in Prague interviewed several Romani students applying for scholarships from the Roma Education Fund. A panel of five evaluated the students, selecting the most qualified as recipients of scholarships to continue their education.

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News server Romea.cz to broadcast LIVE ONLINE from Prague celebrations of International Romani Day

8.4.2017 10:16 News server Romea.cz is broadcasting live through its official Facebook page direct from the events in Prague being held on the occasion of International Romani Day. "We want our readers to get the most faithful possible sense of the atmosphere accompanying the Prague celebrations of International Romani Day. Live broadcasts through social networking sites are currently very popular and make it possible for us to get information in an interesting form to the biggest number of those who support us, as well as to people who sometimes have biased notions about Romani people. Maybe next time they won't just watch the celebrations through
Facebook but will come among the Romani people themselves," Zdeněk Ryšavý, the director of ROMEA, says.  full story

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Filip Sivák: Critical thinking is the greatest benefit of an education

15.12.2016 0:07 On 9 December, the ROMEA organization handed out its traditional Romano Suno awards for the Literary Competition for Romani Students at the American Center in Prague. The contest was announced on the occasion of International Romani Language Day.  full story

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Czech Republic: ROMEA journalist interviewed by Radio Wave about death of young Romani man

27.10.2016 9:15 The death of a young man last week was the culmination of a conflict between customers at a pizzeria in the Czech town of Žatec which local police officers intervened in. Romea.cz reporter Jitka Votavová has recapitulated what is known about the case in an interview for Radio Wave.  full story

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Czech Republic: Romani high school students receive scholarships at ceremony, sponsors are convinced education is an investment

27.10.2016 6:16 "The fact that we are here today, and that the hall is full to the last seat, is a testament to the fact that the allegations that Romani people are not interested in education are a myth. By coming here today, you are aiding in dispelling that myth. We thank you for doing that," said Jitka Votavová, who coordinates ROMEA's Scholarship Program for Romani Students of High Schools and Higher Vocational Schools on Monday, 24 October at the opening of the celebratory gathering of scholarship recipients at the Kaiserstein Palace in Prague.
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