First Encounter of Roma youth, students and families of Portugal
‘Letras Nomadas’ a Roma organisation from Portugal has organised a meeting during 29-30 In Lisbon with representatives of the Roma community, national and municipal authorities and relevant Portuguese stakeholders.
The objectives of the meeting were to raise the awareness of Roma parents about the importance of education, motivate young Roma through positive examples of educated and integrated Roma young people and develop conclusions for future actions. The encounter of this kind was an important milestone for the Roma civil society in Portugal since they had the very first opportunity to discuss issues of education at a national level with high profile of expertise and institutional representatives.
The event brought together around 100 participants out of which 70 Roma students and family representatives. After careful analyses of the education situation in Portugal, participants developed conclusions on how to proceed and improve their educational status.
The event was co-supported by the Youth Department of the Council of Europe.