"Mr Carlos Alonso recalled that "this programme is being implemented after the signature in March of a cooperation agreement with the Insular institution. It is developped through the "Juntos en la misma dirección" initiative (Together in the same direction), in partnership with Universidad de La Laguna". He went on explaining "it is an initiative in line with the commitment of the Council to achieve a more integrated and just society in which multiculturalism enriches us as individuals and as a people."
The idea of ROMED is to hire mediators experienced in working with the Roma community, whose duties and responsibilities include facilitating communication between Roma and public institutions. The mediators establish a relationship of trust and open communication with representatives of local stakeholders. They try to understand the situation and reflect the different views, opinions and feelings; they establish the contact between the parties, ensuring effective communication and facilitating and strengthening communication between the Roma community and public institutions in areas such as health, education, housing and employment."
via ROMED NST in Bosnia and Herzegovina
ROMED1 mediators in Bosnia Herzegovina represent an important added value to the overall process of Roma integration in the country.
The ROMED Programme has been now recognized in BiH as the most valuable resource for local institutions, as well as the donors and International organisations.
In order to present the successful implementation of the ROMED Programme in BiH, the National Support Organization- Romalen from Kakanj, gathers some of the good examples and practices in the short video below.
Posted on 08/02/2016
With the Second session of Training of Mediators complete in Macedonia, an additional 31 mediators obtained their ROMED certificate on the 19th of April 2015. Ms. Firdez Zekira, mediator trained through one of the previous sessions and working within the Roma Information Center in Berovo talks about her perception on mediation and the support she will be able to provide to new mediators from Berovo.
Informative film on Roma mediators in Bulgaria - mentioning ROMED.
Produced under the "Effective programmes for active integration/inclusion of the Roma in South East Europe" (PAIRS) financed by the Programme for transnational cooperation in South East Europe
via ACM Youtube channel
In this interview given to the High Commission for Migration in Portugal, Luis Romao talks about his experience as school mediator, role model and since 2013, local faciliators in ROMED2 in his community of Elvas.
An informative film on Roma Mediators in Brussels - by the ROMED partner organisation - Foyer from Brussels, Belgium.
Reaching the Other Side was filmed in a suburb of Skopje, Macedonia, which is the biggest Roma settlement of Europe - Suto Orizari. The movie was produced as a support to the sustainable establishment of Roma Health Mediator program. Sustainability of Roma Health Mediator program is one of the priorities for the Roma Health Program / Open Society Foundations Budapest, (Hungary) in six countries, (Macedonia,
Serbia, Slovakia Ukraine, Romania and Bulgaria).
Directed by Milutin Jovanovic
Watch the video here