Conference Programme

Broaden Horizons Conference - Networks and Experiences for Successful Roma Inclusion, was held according to the following programme:


Wednesday, November 25th, 2015

20:00-21:00 Welcome drink (Balnea Hotel, restaurant)
Hosts: Gabi Ogulin Počrvina, Metod Pavšelj, RIC Novo mesto


Thursday, November 26th, 2015

9:00–9:30 Registration of participants

Conference Hall: Session I – plenary session*


Introduction: Roma music (Mišo Kontrec & Company)

Welcome note by:

  • Marjeta Gašperšič, Director, RIC Novo mesto
  • Stane Baluh, Director, Office for National Minorities of the Republic of Slovenia
  • Branko Soćanac, Director, Government Office for Human Rights and Rights of National Minorities Republic of Croatia
  • Janja Rošer, President of the Council of the Roma Comunity RS
9:45–11:00 Introduction into the topic European Executive Agency (Emilia Venot, EACEA, Brussels)
Keynote 1: Between rights and responsibilities, Vlasta Nussdorfer, The Human Rights Ombudsman, the Republic of Slovenia
Keynote 2: The Roma in EU, Jožek Horvat Muc, President of the Roma Union in Slovenia and European Roma Union
11:00–11.30 Coffee break
11:30–12:40 Roma music (Mišo Kontrec & Company)
Keynote 3: The Roma in Slovenia, Roma women between tradition and modernity, Janja Rošer, President of the Council of the Roma Comunity RS
Keynote 4: Fundamental abilities – a prerequisite for success in life, Petra Javrh, Slovenian Institute for Adult Education
Project Finally and project e-RR, Gabi Ogulin Počrvina, Ana Granda Jakše, RIC Novo mesto
12:40–14:00 Networking lunch
* The plenary session of the conference was broadcast live on the conference website as well as on the website and the portal EPALE via a link provided.

Session II (parallel) – Exchange of experiences and practices

14:00–15:45 Conference hall: Employment opportunities – how to create and exploit them
Chair: Gabi Ogulin Počrvina
Sharing their experiences:
  1. Klaudija Šterman Ivančič (Educational Research Institute, Slovenia): Enhancing competencies of Slovenian youth to enter market: PISA perspective
  2. Srdjan Marinković, Gabi Ogulin Počrvina (project Finally, Slovenia, Serbia): Financial literacy for a better life
  3. Tajana Posavec (Croatian Employment service, Croatia): Better perspective of Roma women in the labour market (project)
  4. Marina Veljača, Višnja Vranešič, Ivica Hermeščeč (CES CO, Croatia): Active labour market policy measures and activities for Roma integration implemented by HZZ
  5. Darko Rudaš (Romano Kher, Slovenia): Roma craft cooperative in a Roma settlement
  6. Matej Tisaj (Association EPEKA– social enterprise, Slovenia): Roma café – experiences in social entrepreneurship
  7. Sandra Sarnowska, Poland: Roma way to career
Hall 2: Projects for Roma – sustainability of results (experience exchange and discussion with participants)
Chair: Maja Radinovič Hajdič
Hall 3: Roma integration in the education process
Chair: Renata Zupanc Grom
Sharing their experiences:
  1. Tina Dović (Elementary School OŠ Grm, Slovenia): Literacy of Roma children:  Analysis of Oral and Reading Competences
  2. Ljiljana Tokić (Dječji vrtić Cvrčak, Croatia): Integration of Roma children
  3. Kostas Diamantis Balaskas (Action Synery S.P., Greece): Roma T&T
  4. Lynette Šikić-Mićanović (Institute of Social Science Ivo Pilar, Croatia): Roma early childhood inclusion (Project RECI+)
  5. Ariana Stanca Vacaretu (RWCT International Consortium, Romania): Literacy cubed – focus on Roma families (project LIT3)
  6. Jagoda Novak (UNICEF Croatia, Croatia): Ready together for successful inclusion of Roma children in education
  7. Helena Prosen Zupančič (OŠ Dragotin Kette, Novo Mesto, Slovenia): Challenges in the educational process of Roma children who are involved in an adapted educational programme
15:45–16.15 Coffee break
16:15–18:00 Conference Hall: Stereotypes and prejudice – challenges for all (round table)
Chair: Vera Klopčič
Sharing their experiences: Alenka Janko Spreizer, Marina Lukšič Hacin, Jožek Horvat Muc, Janja Rošer, Tea Sulič, Darja Brezovar
Hall 2: The diversity of support services for Roma integration
Chair: Stanka Preskar
Sharing their experiences:
  1. Teodora Krumova, (Amalipe Center, Veliko Turnovo, Bulgaria): Every student can be a winner: reducing the drop-out rate among Roma students
  2. Tina Strnad (Development and Education Centre Novo Mesto, Slovenia): Mobile support service for Roma – the path of Roma empowerment
  3. Andreja Luštek (Association for Developing Voluntary Work Novo Mesto, Slovenia): Roma children also need organized informal everyday activities in their home environment
  4. Savka Savova (Hesed, Bulgaria): One approach, many solutions
  5. Patricija Pavlič (CIK Trebnje, Slovenia): A mentoring system for Roma teenage girls and women on their vocational and educational path (MS4ROW)
  6. Željko Krištofić (Elementary school OŠ Orahovica, Croatia): Roma wheel on the path of education

Hall 3: Policies and activities in the field of Roma health
Chair: Julija Škarabot Plesničar
Sharing their experiences:

  1. Eva Nemcovská (Trnava University, Slovakia): Training packages for health professionals to facilitate the access and improve the quality of health services for migrant and ethnic minorities including the Roma (MEM – TP project)
  2. Daniela Kállayová (Trnava University, Slovakia): Research and project activities focused on migrant and Roma health at the Public Health Department
  3. František Dolák (Faculty of Health and Social Studies, University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice, Czech Republic): The objective indicators and subjective perceptions of obesity and overweight among the Roma minority in the region of South Bohemia
  4. Radka Prokešová (Faculty of Health and Social Studies, University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice, Czech Republic): The influence of selectedaspects of life style on obesity and over-weight among the Roma minority in the region of South Bohemia
  5. Peter Letanovsky (the Surgeon General’s Office of the Armed Forces of the Slovak Republic, Slovakia): Health policy and vulnerable groups´ programme in Slovakia
  6. Mojca Šenica, Vanja Jenič (Healthcare Centre Novo Mesto, Slovenia): The promotion of health among the Roma
  7. Elisa Trimeri (La Piccola Carovana Cooperativa Sociale, Bologna, Italy): SRAP, Bologna 2010-2013
  8. Magdalena Rothova (ACEC, Bratislava, Slovakia): Healthy Communities – The transformation of the grass roots project into a national one
Hall 4: Networking Corner
Hosts: Metod Pavšelj, Gregor Sepaher, Bruno Vuljanić
20:00–22:00 Networking cocktail – Hotel Balnea, restaurant
Hosts: partnerships Finally and e-RR

Note: Due to the incomplete data on the academic titles of the speakers at the international conference Broaden Horizons, we had to to set the programme without the titles. We apologize for any possible inconvenience and thank you for your understanding.


Friday, November 27th, 2015

8:30–9:00 Registration of participants



Conference Hall: The role of the broader community in Roma integration
Chair: Marjeta Gašperšič
Sharing their experiences:
  1. Marijana Jašarević (World Bank, Country Office, Serbia): The World Bank and Roma inclusion
  2. Igor Takáč (Implementation Agency of Slovak Ministry of Employment, Social Affairs and Family, Bratislava, Slovakia): Social field work in municipalities (2012-2015) – achievements and visions for the future (national project)
  3. Boryana Parvanova (Habitat for Humanity Bulgaria, Bulgaria): Successful home improvement and community support practices of Habitat for Humanity Bulgaria
  4. Oana Marcu (Codici Social Research Agency, Milan, Italy): Building a participatory local action plan: the role of social research
9:45–10:15 Coffee break



Different places: Project market
You can visit the following project stalls:
  1. Early marriage – culture or abuse? (Adult Education Centre Kočevje, Slovenia: Barbara Mavrin, Marjan Hudorovič)
  2. Successful inclusion of Roma into Education II (Adult Education Centre Kočevje, Slovenia: Maja Rupnik, Milena Petek)
  3. SORO  Cooperation for Roma health (Adult Education Centre Kočevje, Slovenia: Julija Škarabot Plesničar)
  4. e-RR – e-Roma Resource (RIC Novo mesto, Slovenia: Ana Granda Jakše, Simona Pavlin; CES RO Karlovac, Croatia: Mihovil Mates)
  5. FINALLY – Financial literacy for the Roma (RIC Novo mesto, Slovenia: Gabi Ogulin Počrvina)
  6. Training packages for health professionals to improve access and quality of health services for migrant and ethnic minorities including the Roma (MEM-TP) (Trnava University, Slovakia: Eva Nemcovská, Michal Rafajdus)
  7. Romano Kher | Roma house (Romano Kher, Slovenia: Lidija Šömen)
  8. A better perspective for Roma women at the labour market (CES CO Zagreb, Croatia: Tajana Posavec)
  9. With REYN and REYN Slovenia to quality education of Roma children (The Educational Research Institute ERI, Slovenia: Samanta Baranja)
  10. Day centre KHER ŠU BEŠI (The Social Work Centre Trebnje, Slovenia: Nataša Smolič)
  11. The work of a Roma assistant and a volunteer in the past and present in the Roma settlement Hudeje (Milijana Glikić, Slovenia)
  12. Day centre for Roma children (Association for Developing Voluntary Work Novo Mesto, Slovenia: Andreja Luštek)
  13. Roma assistants in classrooms (POU POUKA, Karlovac, Croatia: Ivana Latković)
  14. Our work (Primary school Bršljin Novo mesto, Slovenia: Mateja Hadler, Metka Uršič, Lidija Lampe)
  15. The Roma at our school (Primary school Dragotin Kette Novo mesto, Slovenia: Jasmina Škrbec Masilo, Ksenija Pejanovič)
  16. Every student can be a winner: reducing the drop-out rate among Roma students (Center AMALIPE, Bulgaria: Teodora Krumova)
  17. Global integration in Toulouse (CATHS, France: Luc Monnin)
  18. International and civic opportunities for people facing discrimination (ADICE, France: Eudes Bastid, Capucine Del Medico)
  19. Integration of Roma communities living in the area of city Lille and its surroundings (Dispositif Areas de la Sauvegarde du Nord France, France: Patrick Vigneau)
  20. LITERACY Cubed Focus on Roma families (Consortiul International LSDGC, Romania: Ariana Stanca Vacaretu)
  21. MS4ROW and EXP ROM (CIK Trebnje, Slovenia: Tanja Vrčkovnik)
  22. Together towards knowledge – Growing hearts from Kerinov Grm (Centre for School and Outdoor Education, Slovenia: Tamara Vonta, Teja Mešiček, Jasna Hudorovič, Šarenka Hudorovac)
  23. Eco ethno roma fashion (NGO Romano Veseli, Slovenia: Milena Tudija, Tatjana Vidmar, Helena Škrbec)
  24. Rencont’roms nous  (Rencont’roms nous, Toulouse, France: Farida Aouladomar, Nathanaël Vignaud)

Exchange of practices and experiences
You can follow the presentations:

Conference hall:
Chairs: Maja Regina, Brigita Herženjak
Sharing their experiences:

  1. Trajko Petrovski Beograd, Serbia, Centre of Education, Research and Social Care Romani Emancipacija): Anthropological, linguistic and dialectological research of Roma in NRW (Germany)
  2. Michal Kozubík, (Institute of Romany Studies, Nitra, Slovakia): Slovakia Traditional Roma culture
  3. Farida Aouladomar, Nathanaël Vignaud (Rencont’roms nous, Toulouse, France): Rencont’roms nous – a cultural organisation to include Roma population
  4. Maja Rupnik (Adult Education Centre Kočevje, Slovenia): Project Successful inclusion of Roma into education II
  5. Barbara Mavrin (Adult Education Centre Kočevje, Slovenia): Early marriage – culture or abuse?
  6. Zlata Vranešič (OŠ Mirana Jarca Črnomelj, Slovenia): Integration of Roma children into the educational process in primary school Mirana Jarca Črnomelj,
  7. Alenka Bašelj (Osnovna šola Šentjernej, Slovenia): Getting acquainted with storytelling
  8. Mateja Hadler (OŠ Bršljin, Slovenia): OŠ Bršljin – We all progress
  9. Metka Uršič (OŠ Bršljin, Slovenia): OŠ Bršljin – We all work together
  10. Lidija Lampe (OŠ Bršljin, Slovenia): OŠ Bršljin – We are all successful
  11. Maja Koretič, Olivera Mirković (CŠOD Leskovec pri Krškem, Slovenia): Growing hearts from Kerinov Grm
  12. Jasna Banovec, OŠ Dragotina Ketteja, Slovenia):  Roma students who attend a primary school with an adapted education programme – occurrence and resolution of violence
  13. Janez Doltar (Municipality of Novo Mesto, Slovenia): The consequences of poor control of the social transfer effect
  14. Juliette Delescluse (UNDP, Croatia): Is a move from activation as a social policy measure and employability to employment possible?
  15. Mojca Klobučar (OŠ Šmihel, Slovenia):  Pebbles in the mosaic of tolerance – creative work with Roma students
  16. Ioanna Renien (Greece): Socio-Medical Centre of the Municipality of Megova

Hall 3:

Chairs: Melita Oražem, Tina Strnad
Sharing their experiences:

  1. Beáta Danišová (Úsmev ako dar – centrum Mak, Trnava, Slovakia): Let’s look forward to the countryside
  2. Greta Persico (independent researcher, Italy):  Good ideas and bad practices in Italian Sinti political participation experience
  3. Katarina Črtalič (OŠ Bršljin, Slovenia): How the e-RR platform supports my work in classroom
  4. Julija Škarabot Plesničar, Petra Majer (Adult Education Centre Kočevje, Slovenia): Project Cooperation for the health of Roma people
  5. Janja Pečelin (OŠ LA Grosuplje, Slovenia): OŠ LA Grosuplje – Examples of good practice
  6. Antonela Vovk (OŠ LA Grosuplje, Slovenia): OŠ LA Grosuplje, The challenges, brought by solutions
  7. Petra Radujko (OŠ LA Grosuplje, Slovenia): The importance of teamwork when working with young Roma at the secondary level of primary school
  8. Lili Vavžik (OŠ Grm Novo mesto, Slovenia):  Successful work in the classroom
  9. Andrej Prah (OŠ Šmihel, Slovenia): Individual programme for Roma pupils
  10. Samanta Baranja (Educational Research Institute, Slovenia): Providing access to quality pre-school programes for Roma children and their parents
  11. Jana Vranešič, Darinka Jerman (OŠ Milke Šobar Nataše Črnomelj, Slovenia): Working with Roma pupils in the primary school OŠ Milke Šobar Nataše Črnomelj
  12. Ana Popović (Faculty of Economics, University of Niš, Serbia): Consumption patterns of Roma – how to set priorities
  13. Zvonka Potočar (RIC Novo Mesto, Slovenia): Support to a female Roma participant from inclusion in education to employment
  14. Manuel Vesel (General Police Directorate, Ministry of the Interior, Slovenia): Project TOGE-THER (SKUPA-J) – successful implementation of preventive police activities at working in the Roma community
  15. Yvan Bogati (Collectif Roms Chakaraka, France): A cultural and social action at the local level working towards the integration of Roma people with the establishment of an orchestra with Roma musicians
Hall 4: Networking corner
Hosts: Metod Pavšelj, Gregor Sepaher, Bruno Vuljanić
12:45–13:15 Review and closing remarks
13:15–14:45 Networking lunch (Hotel restaurant)
14:45–16:00 After conference networking

Note: Due to the incomplete data on the academic titles of the speakers at the international conference Broaden Horizons, we had to to set the programme without the titles. We apologize for any possible inconvenience and thank you for your understanding.


The conference was held in the Slovenian and English language. Simultaneous translation was provided on the first and the second day for all the plenary sessions, workshops and round tables, while on the second day on the project market the staff was available to assist participants communication.


The conference was led by Marjeta Gašperšič, director of RIC Novo mesto.


Parallel Programme

In the parallel programme were presented:


Photo exhibition ESTRANGEMENT
Author: Tina Dović


Photo exhibition ROMA AMONG US
Author: Borut Peterlin


Exhibition GROWING HEARTS FROM KERINOV GRM / Vodžorja zur Krugljo ber barjove
Authors: Roma Educational Incubator Krško – RII Krško


Photo exhibition A BRIDGE TOWARDS ROMA
The authors of the photos are the students form the grammar school Novo Mesto and Eppingen and also the Roma involved in the primary school for adults at RIC Novo Mesto: Jaka Piletič, Nuša Kastelic, Joy Lauter, Johnny Benz, Tabea Meingast, Dalibor Jurkovič, Aleksandra Hudorovac


Eco– Ethno Romani fashion project
The brand Amulet was created within the project Eco – Ethno Roma Fashion


Dance performance of young Roma women from Kočevje (activity within the project SORO – Cooperation for the health of Roma people)
Performing: Anita Vlašič, Mirjana Bartol, Jasna Švarc, Veronika Tivadar, Cvetka Vlašič, Darinka Kovačič, Nataša Vlašič, Laura Horvat, Petra Hudorovič, Ismeta Kovač, Azra Železnik, Tamara Bartol