Breaching the wall of anti-Roma discrimination is a ‘win-win’ for all Europeans, the Council of Europe’s lead Roma expert will declare in Athens tomorrow.
At the 3 February launch of the Dosta Campaign in the Greek capital, Jeroen Schokkenbroek, the Special Representative of the Secretary General for Roma issues, will call for an end to the “deplorable rejection” of Roma communities.
Schokkenbroek will tell an audience, which includes education minister Fofi Gennimata, that social and economic improvements for Roma people are now pan-European issues after the political changes of the past 20 years.
He will also discuss the measures taken by the Council of Europe since last October’s ‘Roma Summit’ of governments and international institutions, stressing the recent launch of the Roma mediator programme.
There are some 260,000 Roma people in Greece. The Ministry for Education, Lifelong Learning and Religious Affairs is committed to a three year programme (2010-2013) to improve the access of Roma children to mainstream education and will take measures to combat Roma absenteeism from school. The ministry will also employ Roma school mediators in the Aspropyrgos area.
Greece is also a beneficiary country of the Council of Europe’s training programme for school, health and employment mediators.
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