Over €6 million will be paid by Austria for two projects of Roma education in the Košice region. The Austrian ambassador, Helmut Wessely, the project manager of the Austrian Agency for European Integration and Development (AEI), Alois Machalek, and the president of the Košice Region (KSK), Zdenko Trebuľa, signed a cooperation memorandum on May 5, the SITA newswire reported.
AEI and KSK have prepared two projects: one for €2.7 million and another for €3.4 million to assist in the education and employment of young Roma in the region. The projects will be realized in cooperation with the Roma communities. The projects are pilots and they are a part of a bigger project of KSK named Cesta (Road), focusing on Roma integration.
The educational projects consist of several parts, Machalek said, as reported by SITA. The first part is aimed for pre-school children and their parents to teach them basic hygienic habits and to prepare them for school. The second part is for six year-olds to improve their Slovak language skills. The third part, for children from 13 to 15 will prepare them for secondary education or for the labour market.
The project will be carried out in the eastern-Slovak town of Trebišov, where a community of about 4,000 Roma live, SITA reported. SITA
Compiled by Michaela Stanková from press reports
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5. May 2009 at 14:00