The Roma Inclusion Office of the Government of Vojvodina, Serbia, has officially supported the implementation of the VET4 Mediation with Roma project. The activities of this Office aim at involving Roma in public life and local communities. The Office is a part of an overall strategy that is being implemented within the Decade of Roma, the Declaration of which has also been signed by the Republic of Serbia. The main aim of the Roma Inclusion Office is to improve the living conditions, level of education, employment and the general situation concerning human rights of the Roma in Vojvodina. The work of the Office is focused on four priority areas of the Decade – education, health, employment and housing.
Mediation4Roma team is basing the training design on the Code of Ethics for Mediators.
The Council of Europe developed the code within the ROMED program. Document the role, the profile and the commitment that should be adopted by mediators during their labor activity as professionals.
The Code of Ethics for Mediators establishes 10 clear and indispensable ideas. These ideas are fundamental to develop properly the figure of mediator and its relationship between him/her, public institution and Roma Community.
Some of the most relevant ideas established by the Code are that mediator should be respectful, honest and integral in the development of his/her functions, the mediator should be proactive to find solutions for the Roma Community members elaborating prevention activities. In addition, mediator should establish a confidentiality commitment by which he/she will not disclose the obtained information without the express consent of the source. On the other hand, the mediator should adopt an attitude of respect for traditions, rules and culture.
In short, the mediator’s work is to ensure the welfare of the most harmed communities acting like a bridge between the members of the Community and the public institutions.
The Regional TV of Vojvodina (www.rtv.rs) has broadcasted on the 11th of January a detailed report about the Med4Roma project and the consortium meeting in Novi Sad in october. It was broadcasted in Them Rromano, which is a very popular broadcast within the Roma community.
The estimated reach of the audience is few hundred thousand viewers, but he more important fact is that this broadcast was also on the national television (www.rts.rs) which has (naturally) much more viewers than the regional TV. This is a big dissemination succes, and we are proud with it.
In the video are interviewed Aniko Muskinja Hajnrih (provincial ombudsman), Eva Vukasinovic (ombudsman deputy for national minority rights) and Pedro Aguilera (Fundación ESPLAI).
Here, is presented the video:
Partners involved in Mediation4Roma project are working on the VET design for Roma mediators at present. Intercultural Institute of Timisoara and EARCS Speranta from Romania, are leading this process offering their wide expertise to support partners. The training process, which is linked with the previous ROMED program, is looking for the training official recognition in order to promote and facilitate Roma mediator’s knowledge, employability and position.
The training will consist in three different modules with different mediation contents. These modules are: Communication and digital literacy, intercultural mediation and specific training in the mediators workings field (Education, Health, Ocupation and General Local Community). Continue reading
The third Integrated Plan for the Roma people in Catalonia was approved the past 22nd of July. The new Plan represents the continuity of Integrated Plan for the Roma people in Catalonia which was covering the period 2009 – 2013. This new Plan has the objective of maintaining and intensifying the positive aspects of the previous Plan and also improving those aspects that may approach better results regarding with the implication and the participation of the Roma population in all the process, the framework contextualization of the public policies for Roma people at the European, National, regional and local level; the collaboration and the permanent dialogue with the local authorities and, finally, the consonance of the research findings with greater impact, that are contributing to improve the situation of the Roma people. Continue reading