The graduation ceremony for Roma studying for the compulsory secondary education certificate for students over the age of 18 sponsored by the Comprehensive Plan for the Roma People in Catalonia was held on 20 May. The education of family members of school-age children has been recognised as successful by the European Commission.
This event was attended by representatives from the Department of Education, the director of regional services for the Department of Labour, Social Affairs and Family, the head of the Romani People and Social Innovation Programme, Josep Maria Forné (the project’s sponsor), members of the Fundació Verge Blanca (the project’s coordinating entity) and Romani collaborators from the Plan’s team.
The training to obtain this certificate is of utmost urgency for the adult Romani population. It is also in demand by Romani organisations and representatives in the region as essential for job placement and for improving the employability of people. This has also been amongst the needs identified by Roma from Lleida, in particular those from the city’s Mariola district.
The implementation of this Compulsory Secondary Education Certificate course sponsored by the Department of Labour, Social Affairs and Family fulfils the recommendations of the European Commission regarding the inclusion of Roma. Amongst its established guidelines, the EC requires Member States to encourage young Roma to pursue secondary and higher education. They are also urged to promote the equality of Romani access to education and to the labour market.
In addition, training to obtain the Compulsory Secondary Education Certificate in any region with a high percentage of Roma is one of the actions included within the scope of work for the 3rd Comprehensive Plan for the Roma People in Catalonia 2014 -2016.
→ Info: Press release from the Catalan Government’s Department of Labour, Social Affairs and Family