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:
- “We are here!“
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.
- “Roma Police Club”
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 Pécs Branch“
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.
- “Roma Mentor Project”
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.