Roma people from Kutina got valuable computer equipment

Aug 27, 2015

PHOTO: Silvija Novačić, Financial director (EPCOS Croatia), Željko Nikolić, Association Head „Romski put-Kalje alu Bajaš „, Hrvoje Tomić Babić, Head of Human Resources (EPCOS Croatia)

Roma Association „Romski put-Kalje alu Bajaš“ from Kutina received from the company EPCOS Croatia valuable computer equipment that will help them in their future work, and also in the education of young Roma. The donation consists of two desktop computers and a laser printer.

Except for the association, donated equipment will be used for IT workshops for Roma which will start in middle of September. Workshops will be held in partnership with the Community of technical culture Kutina and IT association “BIT ", within the project Better together for Roma in Croatia, implemented by the UNDP Croatia, with the support of the EEA and Norway Grants.

The aim of the project is to train regional and local governments to timely respond to the needs of Roma and the problems they face every day in six Croatian counties with the largest number of the Roma population. Project activities include the development of county action plans and supporting Atlas of Roma settlements, as well as strengthening the capacity of local institutions and Roma organizations in order to develop a catalog of project ideas eligible for EU funding.

IT workshops will help to the inclusion of young Roma in the educational system and to improve their chances on the labor market, which still remain unfavorable. The data show that 40 percent of Roma have not completed primary school and the involvement of Roma in secondary education is also low, and is 46,5 percent, and twice lower compared to the than the rest of the population. The Roma community is the youngest in Croatia, with more than half the population under the age of 19, therefore the development of their potential is of great importance for society.

Any initiative that supports education and employment of Roma is an important step towards Roma inclusion into society and achieving the rights and equality, stressed Jasmina Papa, UNDP Project Manager for Social Inclusion.