Czechs hand over chairmanship of Roma inclusion project

The Czech Republic on Monday handed over chairmanship of the Decade of Roma Inclusion project to Macedonia. The project, initiated in 2005 by the World Bank and the Open Society Institute, is an international effort on the part of 8 central and east European countries to tackle a wide range of educational and social disadvantages faced by Roma communities in this part of the world. During its cahirmanship the Czech Republic established five priorities – giving Roma children equal opportunities in education, improving the position of Roma women and children, involving the Roma in local administration and improving the media profile of the Roma minority.