Foundation “Step by Step” in collaboration with the local NGOs Nadez and Dendo Vas has
started implementing the Project for Roma Empowerment and Awareness for Democracy
through Education, financially supported by the by the European Commision and Open
Society Foundations. The Project has the overall objective of improving the situation of the Roma community, that is marked with inadequate educational levels, participation and achievements, lack of knowledge and skills for improving employability and quality of domestic and community life and poor financial situation, which has precluded Roma from benefiting from opportunities for education, employment and from participation in democratic decision-making processes on local and national level.

The official opening event was held in the premises of Center for Social Initiatives - Nadez in Shuto Orizari and was attended by representatives from the Delegation of the European Union, Ministry of Education and Science and Ministry of Labour, promary schools and kindergartens from the local community, local and international organizations, project beneficiaries and the local community.

This project offers activities that will improve education achievements, including school readiness of pre-schoolers, school performance of primary school children and literacy levels of women, and information and skills levels of Roma families for better parenting practices and proactive responsible citizenship. It will also promote Roma democratic participation in community processes and improve capacities and involvement of Roma CSOs for addressing quality and discrimination in provision of services for women and children.

The Project will be implemented until August, 2017, and will benefit Roma children and women in the Municipality of Suto Orizari and the Roma community in the Municipality Gorce Petrov, specifically: 120 children at preschool age (5-6 years), who are out of kindergarten; 210 children at primary school age (6-12 years) attending the local schools Braka Ramiz Hamid in Suto Orizari and Straso Pindzur in Gjorce Petrov; and 500 mothers and women with low literacy and education attainment levels.