Roma English Language Program (RELP)

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Application deadline: May 20, 2014

(this Call for Applications and applications materials can be found in Albanian, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Hungarian, Italian, Macedonian, Romanian, Serbian, Slovak, Spanish, Russian, Turkish and Ukrainian languages on our website:

Central European University (CEU), the Roma Initiatives Office of the Open Society Foundations, and the Roma Education Fund are pleased to announce scholarship opportunities for the Academic Year 2014/2015 for an 8.5-month intensive English language training for young Roma university graduates who have a low level of English.

The program is offered at Central European University, Budapest and will run from October 2014 till June 2015.

The Roma English Language Program (RELP) aims to contribute to the personal development of young Roma university graduates. The goal of the training is to enhance participants’ English language skills in order for them to successfully apply for career upgrades and internship opportunities at various local and international organizations, as well as for educational programs, such as the Roma Graduate Preparation Program (RGPP) at CEU. Furthermore, RELP works to build strong Roma youth leadership in terms of skills, knowledge, pride and commitment by providing an environment where students can engage in different activities and workshops related to the political, economic and social situation of Roma.

The full scholarship offered to all successful candidates covers the tuition fee, accommodation, health insurance, travel expenses and a monthly stipend.

Eligibility criteria:

  • Applications from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Moldova, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain, Turkey and Ukraine.
  • Candidates must have completed a course of university education and obtained a full degree or its equivalent by the summer of 2014
  • Candidates should have a basic level of English, which allows them to fill in the Application Form in English
  • Minimum computer literacy is a requirement for participation
  • Candidates must be willing to live in Budapest for the duration of the training program. The program is designed for full-time students and would require accepted students to put on hold or give up their work/other studies during the entire duration of the program.

Documents required:

1.     Completed Application Form (in English)

2.     CV (preferably in English). Recommended format is the Europass CV template, which can be downloaded at:

3.     Copy of university diploma and transcript. (For candidates who have completed their university studies, but who have not yet received an official degree certificate, a formal official statement from their university confirming the degree is sufficient)

4.     Two recommendation letters (one should be from a university professor and one from NGO senior manager). Accepted both in the applicant’s native language or English.

5.     One page explanation of the applicant’s engagement in civil society activities or/and voluntary work as well as the general working experience in any sphere. Accepted both in the applicant’s native language or English

6.     Motivation letter (in the applicant’s native language) of approximately 1000 words, explaining the applicant’s motivation for applying for the Roma English Language Program. The letter should explain what is the main reason to apply, why he/she believes is the right person to benefit from program, how the program will help his/her long-term career plan, how his/her enrolment in the program will support Roma Inclusion in general during and/or after the studies.

Please note that all the documents listed above are required.


Applying for the Program: 

Please send your application package

by e-mail to:

by post to: CEU, Roma Access Programs, Nador u. 9

H-1051, Budapest, Hungary


General Inquiries

Please contact for further information

ANNOUNCEMENT: Extending the deadline for applications for REYN Study Visit to Slovakia till March 5th 2014

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We are happy to meet request of some candidates for additional time and extend the deadline for applications for REYN study visit to Žiar nad Hronom in Slovakia , which will take place from April 7th to April 11th 2014.

The theme of the study visit is Working with the most disadvantaged and marginalized Romani communities – empowering parents and enhancing their parental skills and knowledge”.

Please fill the Application Form by March 5th and send it by email to Zorica Trikic, ISSA Senior Program Manager and Coordinator of REYN, at:

Applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered. Only applications coming from REYN members will be taken into account; if you are not a member yet make sure to register by sending an email to, before sending your application.

The applications will be reviewed by the REYN Advisory Group and the ISSA management team by March 8th and, based on the information provided in the applications, 10 candidates will be selected to participate to the study visit.  If you have not heard from us by March 9th, please assume that on this occasion you have not been successful with your application, but we hope you will consider applying again, and hopefully next time you will be selected.

 For downloading application form and short description of the study visit go to REYN blog:

We look forward to receiving your application and to providing you with an inspiring and exciting professional experience!

If you have any additional question please do not hesitate to contact us.

Zorica Trikic

ISSA Senior Program Manager and REYN Coordinator

REYN Training In two languages – English and Serbian on Quality in Early Childhood Services

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Investing in the continuous professional development of the network’s members is one of the main objectives of REYN. We strongly believe that all professionals working with Romani children and their families need to commit themselves to lifelong learning for improving their competences in order to be able to make a difference in the lives of those whom they serve.
We are glad to announce that between 15-17 November 2013 we are organizing a two and a half day training on Quality in Early Childhood Services, in Budapest, Hungary, as part of our capacity building program. For more information on the training (goals, expected outcomes and methodology) please look at the document attached with the brief description of the training.
All the expenses for meals, visas, travel and accommodation will be covered by ISSA.
If you are a REYN member and an early childhood practitioner working in early childhood services or in Romani communities, or if you are representing a Ministry or other state body responsible for quality improvement in early childhood services, or if you are doing advocacy work for high quality early childhood services and you want to explore and learn more about what quality in early childhood services means, please fill the attached Application Form by October 14 and send it by email to Zorica Trikic, Senior Program Manager and REYN Coordinator , at:
Applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered.
Note: In order to be able to obtain a Schengen visa for participants who may need it, we cannot extend the deadline.
Only applications coming from REYN members will be taken into account; if you are not a member yet please make sure to register by sending an email to, before sending your application.
Please note that the training will be conducted in two parallel groups, one in English and one in Serbian language.
The applications will be reviewed by the REYN Advisory Group and the ISSA management team by October 16th and, based on the information provided in the applications, up to max. 50 candidates will be selected (25 for English speaking and 25 for Serbian speaking group) to participate in the training. If you are applying for the Serbian speaking group you may fill your application form in Serbian language.
The results will be communicated to all applicants via email the latest on October 17th.
We look forward to receiving your application and to providing you with an inspiring and exciting professional experience!

Zorica Trikic
ISSA Senior Program Manager and REYN Coordinator
2. Application Form Participants – Training_on quality_EC services

3. Brief description_REYN Training on Quality in EC Serv


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We are very happy to announce the REYN professional development activities planned for our members in the next months before the end of the year!

Here are the planned activities:

1.  October 2013 – Study visit to Romania – Thematic focus: Integrated Community Based Approach to Early Childhood Services in Romani CommunitiesHost organization: Ruhama Foundation

2.  November 2013 – Training event in Hungary – Thematic focus: Quality of Early Childhood Services

3.   December 2013 – Study visit to Slovenia – Thematic focus: High Quality and Culturally Sensitive Early Childhood Education Services – Host Organization: Educational Research Institute, Center for Pedagogical Initiatives Step by Step

4.    December 2013 – Study visit to  Slovakia – Thematic focus: Home visiting services – Host organization: Wide Open School

More detailed information on each activity (dates, number of places, call for application, etc.) will follow soon!

All REYN members are invited to apply for participation in these activities. The selection of participation will be conducted by REYN Advisory Group and the ISSA management, aiming at selecting the most relevant applications for the topic of the professional development activity.

Because we would like as many REYN members as possible to participate in REYN activities and also because of the limited places we can accommodate, every REYN member may participate only in one in-person activity per year. 

REYN members may apply for any of the activities, but if they have been selected to participate in one, they should no longer apply for the others.

All costs (including travel costs, visas, accommodation, meals) for participation in activities will be covered by ISSA.

Stay tuned! Soon we will get back to you with more information! In the meantime we look forward to seeing you online on the REYN Blog, Facebook or the ISSA Online Community!

Warmest regards

Zorica Trikic

Interim REYN Coordinator

Kindergarten Educators invited to enroll in a free online course in Serbian language

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ISSA invites educators to enroll in a free online course, delivered in Serbian language, which aims to help practitioners working in kindergarten settings to understand their role in the processes of discrimination and oppression. This course will be particularly useful to practitioners who work in diverse settings, with a focus on inclusion of Roma children.

The course, entitled Embracing Diversity in Kindergarten Classrooms, is the result of a partnership project. ISSA and UNESCO are joining forces to further strengthen the capacities of practitioners working in kindergarten settings to address diversity, with a focus on Roma children. With funding from the Open Society Foundations and UNESCO, ISSA and CIP/Center for Interactive Pedagogy/Serbia have worked together to develop this course, building on the experience of the Education for Social Justice Program, carried out in the ISSA network. The partnership also builds on ISSA’s previous experience working with online platforms for shared learning among practitioners and in projects aiming at Roma inclusion in early years services.

This course is open to all early childhood educators who are interested in deepening their skills so that their work with children provides a foundation that will better prepare them to live and work in the 21st century, who want to feel more joy and satisfaction in their work with children and their families, and who want to interact with their peers and learn about high quality programs. We particularly welcome educators working with Roma children.

We welcome teachers who are willing to be active participants in the course, who are eager to contribute both to their own learning process and the learning of other participants through discussion and sharing of experiences. In order to join the course, participants will need reliable Internet access. They will also need to be proficient in Serbian.

Every participant who finishes the course will receive a certificate of completion from ISSA.

The course will begin in the beginning of June 2013 and will go through December 2013.

More information in the flyer attached.

The deadline for registration is 24 May, 2013. Hurry! We can only accept 20 participants.

If you would like to register, please contact Eva Izsak from ISSA  to receive the form, fill it in and send it back at

Call for participants – Training on building Roma youth leaders through active youth work

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Date of event: 19-26 April
DEADLINE for applying: 05th of APRIL

Dear friends,

Roma Youth Centre is issuing the call for participants for the Training Course “Building Roma Youth Leaders through Active Youth Work”. This training course will take place in Macedonia from 19-26 April in Macedonia. The training will gather 24 young Roma.

Participants from the following countries are encouraged to apply:

–          Lithuania                                   –    Albania

–          Slovenia                                    –    Serbia

–          Romania                                   –    Bosnia & Herzegovina

–          Spain                                        –    Macedonia

There is no any fee that participants should cover. Roma Youth Centre will provide full board and accommodation and will cover/reimburse the entire travel costs.

Participants are encouraged to note in the application form the cheapest kind of transport (bus, train, plan-economic class). Do not wait the last moment to apply. The sooner, the better.

For further questions, and to receive the call for participants and the application form, contact the organisers by email:

The DEADLINE to submit the application form is 05.04.2013

Training offered by the Council of Europe Pestalozzi Programme

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The workshop, taking place in Norway 9-13 September, aims to familiarize the participants with ways of developing and assessing intercultural competence.

Short keynote presentations as well as many activities, discussions and interactive sessions will be on the program.

Concepts and theories of intercultural learning, evaluation and assessment will be introduced and exemplified in learning activities.

A recently developed evaluation tool will be tried out helping participants to recognize and keep track of their development in intercultural competence.

Possible uses of the tool related to learning activities inside and outside the classroom will also be introduced.

As a result of the workshop, participants shall develop action plans as to how to integrate the evaluation approach and the tool itself in their own educational practice. There will be an online follow-up task after the workshop.

Application Deadline: May 1

Visit the CoE Pestalozzi Programme ( for further details and application procedures.