The 4TH DIALOGUE MEETING with Roma and Traveller of the Council of Europe will be organized in Strasburg at 18-19 September 2017. The 4th Dialogue meeting will concentrate on the issue of Roma Youth Employment and Vocational Education and Training and address ways to ensure a bridge between education and employment for young Roma and Travellers. Initiatives and projects in member States related to vocational education and training, social enterprises, job fairs, the certification of professional skills for young Roma without diploma, measures to combat school drop-out and early marriages, etc., as well as funding available at European level (e.g. the NEET programme of the EU) will be discussed.
The working languages of the Dialogue meeting will be English, French and Romani.
Anticipated thematic outcomes for the 4th Dialogue meeting: To place vocational education and training (VET) at the center of the advocacy efforts regarding:
· the empowerment of Roma and Traveller youth to combat leaving education early;
· the return to education for those who dropped out early (second chance classes);
· the professional skills of young Roma and Travellers without diplomas;
· career pathway and choice – linking education and training to labour market needs.
Who can participate: Roma and Traveller individuals and experts from Roma and (non)Roma civil society with expertise in Roma youth, employment and vocational education are encouraged to participate
The Call for Participation: Interested candidates must complete an online Application Form by Friday, 25 August 2017, at 18:00 Central European Time.