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Understanding Roma culture as part of Hungarian culture


"The majority of our society regards Roma people as a problem. However, I believe that we are equal as people, equally important." As third year medical student Tamás points out, people with a shared Hungarian and Roma identity often face increased challenges in society.

That's why a college in Szeged, southern Hungary, has created a project to help its Roma students to feel more empowered and engaged.

The Christian Roma College of Szeged, Hungary, was established in 2012 to support young Roma people through higher education. Now, it is helping members to understand and promote Roma culture as part of wider Hungarian culture, through its Blessed Ceferino project.

The project’s programmes covered four priority areas: an undergraduate competence development programme, a Roma Integration Studies training programme, a talent management and convergence programme and “Cooperate”, an enhanced community engagement programme.

Thirty students took part in various community-building activities and were given individual mentoring, but a further 233 secondary school students and 30 Roma and non-Roma university students participated in the wider community engagement programme.

Thanks to the project, the young people of Szeged’s Christian Roma College have not only been encouraged to become professionally excellent, open-minded, compassionate intellectuals, but to have a strong social identity. And, importantly, the community is starting to understand Roma culture as part of Hungarian culture.

Project name Együtt működik! Boldog Ceferino Program
Duration 2016 - 2018
ESF contribution € 308,840.27
Total budget € 363,341.49
Participants 233 secondary school students have participated in the social senzitization program, as well as 30 roma and non-roma university students.
Country Hungary
Organisation Christian Roma College of Szeged
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Contact details Gonda Éva
+36 20 82 44 180
Related links 1.2. Better education
1.2.1. Opening doors to learning
1.2.3. Training that works
1.3. Giving a chance for all
1.3.1. Fighting marginalisation