Free computer classes for Roma in KutinaOct 27, 2015
The Technical Culture Association Kutina, including informatics club BIT began with the implementation of computer classes for Roma of all ages in Kutina. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Croatia has provided support for procurement of equipment, and equipment was donated by companies EPSCO Croatia and INA.
Roma people got in this way the opportunity to acquire skills and knowledge necessary for everyday life, for which many of them left deprived due to early dropout.
For young Roma this will help in continuing their education or job search. Free access to the Internet that many residents of the Roma settlement don’t have is also significant contribution of the Information Club BIT, and computer workshop would not have been possible without the efforts of volunteers Ivana Mikulić - Pepin and Zoran Vidaković.
The work of UNDP in the Kutina area is related to the project “Better together - social inclusion of Roma in Croatia " which is being implemented with the financial support of the EEA and Norway Grants and supported by the National Foundation for Civil Society Development. The project aims to strengthen the capacity of regional and local self-government for the inclusion of Roma at the local level in six counties with the largest number of Roma.
Through the EEA Grants and Norway Grants, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway contribute to reducing social and economic disparities and to strengthening bilateral relations with the beneficiary countries in Europe. The three countries cooperate closely with the EU through the Agreement on the European Economic Area (EEA).For the period 2009-14, the EEA Grants and Norway Grants amount to €1.79 billion. Norway contributes around 97% of the total funding. Grants are available for NGOs, research and academic institutions, and the public and private sectors in the 12 newest EU member states, Greece, Portugal and Spain. There is broad cooperation with donor state entities, and activities may be implemented until 2016. Key areas of support are environmental protection and climate change, research and scholarships, civil society, health and children, gender equality, justice and cultural heritage.