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Romani Student Movement leaders in the Czech Republic Vladimír Čermák (left) and Vladimír Kočko (right).
Romani Student Movement leaders in the Czech Republic Vladimír Čermák (left) and Vladimír Kočko (right).

Czech Republic: Romani Student Movement says Roma must be involved in addressing affairs that affect them

20.7.2018 11:04 Earlier this month, Romani college students in Ostrava, Czech Republic officially established their group called the Romani Student Movement. In an interview for ROMEA TV, they say they are convinced that only by involving Romani people themselves in addressing affairs that affect the Romani community will effective solutions be found to various problems.  full story

Czech Republic: Romani secondary school students can apply for scholarships, deadline is 15 July

18.6.2018 10:11 Romani secondary school students are now able to apply for scholarships for the 2018/2019 school year from the ROMEA organization. Online applications can be sent in until 18 July through the online application form at www.romskastipendia.cz.  full story

videoSlovakia: Romani girl from bad neighborhood did the best on entrance exams, now tutors others

15.6.2018 13:37 Eva Marie Duždová, a Romani girl from Slovakia, is living proof that we should abandon our prejudices and not look at the world in terms of black or white. Eva just came in first place during the entrance examinations for an eight-year college preparatory school in Prešov.  full story

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Vanesa Horváthová: I hope there will be more Romani doctors, journalists, lawyers and police officers

30.5.2018 17:19 They are young, they are studying, and they have dreams. Romani students have joined the campaign in the Czech Republic called MÁM SEN! I HAVE A DREAM!, a matching grant challenge by the US-based Bader Philanthropies and the ROMEA organization, and have decided to tell their stories in order to support other Romani youth continuing their educations.  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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videoCzech Republic: Romani students send video message for International Romani Day

10.4.2018 7:31 During the fifth BARUVAS meeting at the end of March in Týnec nad Sázavou, Czech Republic, 22 students in different areas of secondary education filmed a video with a strong message. The clip was published by news server Romea.cz on the occasion of International Romani Day (8 April).  full story

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Czech Republic: More than 3 000 Roma celebrate International Romani Day on a square in Ostrava

9.4.2018 7:54 More than 3 000 people, the vast majority of them Romani, assembled on Saturday afternoon on Svatopluk Čech Square in Ostrava to celebrate International Romani Day. The initiators of the event were two Romani students, Vladimír Čermák and Vladimír Kočko.  full story

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England's first Romani lawyer was born in the Czech Republic, helps domestic violence victims

22.3.2018 12:27 Denisa Gannon comes from a Vlax Romani family in the Czech town of Nový Bydžov. Despite the fact that her parents do not know how to read or write, they have always supported their daughter in her education.  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 Fulbright Commission calls on Romani students to apply for social enterprise summer school in the USA

15.11.2017 7:48 The Fulbright Commission in the Czech Republic is calling for Romani students of colleges and higher vocational schools to apply for a five-week Summer School on the topic of "social enterprise" at a US university. The aim of this visit is to introduce European students from socially disadvantaging environments to American culture and society and to give them experience in accessing civil society.  full story

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Dr Erika Horváthová: Romani people's basic problem in the Czech Republic is low educational achievement, but it's improving

9.10.2017 10:12 In Erika Horváthová's family education comes first. Both of her parents have degrees, and she herself has just completed her medical degree at Charles University.  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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Police officer and Romani community member Petr Torák is now an "ambassador"

9.9.2017 14:13 British police officer Petr Torák has become an ambassador for the Roma Scholarship Program implemented by ROMEA, o.p.s. in the Czech Republic. Torák, about whom Romea.cz has reported HERE and HERE, is of Romani nationality.  full story

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videoRomani psychology student who is a ROMEA scholarship winner featured on Czech Television

8.9.2017 9:30 "Our parents never went to college, but I was told I would go to college by them at home from an early age," Roman Koky, a Romani student of psychology, says in a reportage produced by the "168 Hours" program on public broadcaster Czech Television. Along with his brother Michal, who is studying pharmacy, Roman Koky has attended a recent "Baruvas" ("We Are Growing") meeting of Romani high school and college scholarship recipients.
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They didn´t believe he was a university student, but he didn´t give up. Baruvas helps young Roma grow.

15.6.2017 8:57 During the first weekend in June, the third meeting of Romani students in the Baruvas program ("We Are Growing", in Romanes) - part of the Roma Scholarship Program offered by the ROMEA organization - happened in Prague. The aim of this regular event is to give Romani students room to get to know and motivate each other and support their identity and personality development through various activities and workshops  full story

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Czech Republic: Romani law student from Slovakia says feeling her teachers cared about her future was a big help to her

9.6.2017 9:40 Since January, news server Romea.cz has been publishing interviews with people making a contribution to interethnic coexistence under the series title "Together We Can". Since May these interviews have begun to feature questions about some words that frequently seem to be losing their meaning because their definitions are no longer agreed on here - terms such as "Czech", "gadjo", "Rom", etc.  full story

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International Duke of Edinburgh's Award given to students in Prague

7.6.2017 10:27 The international Duke of Edinburgh's Award is a program that has run for 60 years in more than 140 states and involved more than eight million young people worldwide.
Established by the British royal family, it has attracted more than 2 000 participants in the Czech Republic.  full story

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VIDEO: Romani students spend the weekend in Brno's Cejl neighborhood

21.3.2017 9:33 A video has been produced of the Baruvas meeting of Romani college and high school students to show what the atmosphere and course of such a meeting is like. Romani college student Tereza Heková, who attended the meeting, contributed to filming the footage and to its postproduction processing.  full story

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"Baruvas" Romani student meeting in Brno, Czech Republic confirms that education makes sense

14.3.2017 7:11 "It was a brilliant feeling to see Romani people around me who are interested in education, who are motivated, who have dreams and vision. I am glad that none of us are alone in this now. Personally, it gave me a lot of new energy and appetite to work on myself even more, because I have the hope that it makes sense to do so," says Martin Dudi, a student of Philosophy and Religion at the South Bohemian University who attended a meeting of Romani college and high school students, "Baruvas", that took place in Brno during the first weekend in March.  full story

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Czech Republic: The English College in Prague fundraises for Romani student scholarship

18.2.2017 10:41 Students attending The English College in Prague are holding a benefit concert for the school's Václav Havel Scholarship in collaboration with the National Gallery on 22 February at Prague's St. Agnes Convent to raise money for a Romani student to study at the prestigious secondary school. "We study at a school where our accent, nationality, religion, sexual orientation or skin color do not matter. We appreciate that, and therefore we would like to make it possible for another Romani pupil to study together with us," the invitation to the event, authored by the students, reads.  full story

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