Romani Early Years Network – REYN

No more lost Romani and Traveller generations

Global leader Sinisa-Senad Music from Croatia

Global Leaders for Young Children work in different countries to help children of minority communities. The one thing that emerged when we met them at the World Forum on Early Care and Education in new Zealand, is that despite the differences and the distances these communities often share similar issues. The Global Leaders for Young […]

Luca Bravi

The ‘gypsy pedagogy’, which in the last half century has hindered all pedagogic actions directed at Romani children in Italy, marks a sad era that we must overcome. This is the conclusion reached by “The Roma child: from gypsy pedagogy to innovative educational practices” conference, held in Sesto Fiorentino, Italy, on May 19-20. The event […]


For non-governmental organisations, fundraising is part of the daily routine. Drafting project proposals, searching for grant calls and forming partnerships is often a crucial part of our job description. But just when we thought we had mastered the craft, another challenge has emerged. Not only must we be effective and efficient, top in design and […]


During the last week of January, the Romani Early Years Network Croatia provided members of REYN International – early childhood practitioners, activists and experts from Bulgaria, Hungary, Slovenia, Serbia, Ukraine, Kosovo, Czech Republic and the Netherlands – with a unique opportunity to see the results of their work. Today, reflecting on the study visit and […]

A preschool class in the Roma settlement of Ponorata, Romania, on September 10, 2013.

PONORATA, ROMANIA - SEPTEMBER 10:  Maria Gheorghiu, co-founder of the Romanian NGO OvidiuRo, teaches young Roma children in the pre-school class in the abjectly poor Roma settlement of Ponorata on September 10, 2013 in Ponorata, Romania. OvidiuRo is attempting to get young Roma children to regularly attend pre-school through a coupon incentive system for food at Ponorata and 23 other Roma communities across Romania. Between 400 and 500 Roma live in squalor at Ponorata, few have access to electricity and 95% of them are illiterate and unemployed. Many Roma from Ponorata have spent time in France to earn money, mostly through begging and scrap metal collection.  (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

“Forced immersion in the majority language instruction is failing children, particularly ethnic minorities” “Education should start from the known and go to the unknown. Instead, the education system is starting from the unknown” “It’s very difficult to pick up abstract concepts in a foreign language.” Htin Zaw, Senior Public Relationship Officer, NGO Shalom Foundation, Myanmar […]