In Hungary over the years Norway has supported a number of projects in order to increase knowledge and awareness of Roma issues, promote education, employment and integration of Roma into the broader society. Among the recent projects are:
The project of the Roma Press Center aimed to reduce the support of extremist ideas among ordinary people, by overshadowing the one-dimensional thinking about the Roma population.
In their campaign, ordinary and extraordinary Roma people were introduced who are successful in their profession, for example: baker, bus driver, factory director, etc.
The project of the Fraternal Association of European Roma Law Enforcement Officers (FAERLEO) created a model initiative that can support to build trust between law enforcement agencies and those Roma people - mainly youth - who live in segregated and disadvantaged area of the capital city of Hungary.
Uccu Roma Informal Educational Foundation has been organizing forums for years in schools, where students can discuss issues related to the Roma without taboos and have a personal meeting opportunity with the Roma trainers. By this project, the foundation established a new group of volunteers in Pécs.
- “Way to the heart through flavors“
Colorful Pearls for Southerner Roma Women’s project comprises a food tasting event where Roma women cook and serve authentic and low-cost foods from their own recipes. The long-term goal is to decrease prejudice among Roma and non-Roma people, and to facilitate the social advancement of Roma women. The target group is the Roma and non-Roma population of Pécs.
Video about the project with English subtitles can be found here.
Bhim RAO Assosiation and its cooperating institutions involved primary school pupils – Roma and non-Roma students to participate in cultural workshops led by selected Mentors. The long-term goal of the project was to change perceptions concerning Roma people and to provide self-esteem for Roma children.
The Norwegian embassy congratulates all Roma on the occasion of the International Romani Day.