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    International Conference

    The Right to Education for Every Child:

    Removing Barriers and Fostering Inclusion for Roma Children

    Belgrade, June 2-3, 2009

     AGENDA

     stnd1 day 2 June 2009

08.30 Registration of participants

09.00 Opening session

    Moderator: Ms. Tuende Kovacz - Cerovic, State Secretary, Ministry of Education of the Government of the Republic of Serbia

    ; Mr. Bozidar Djelic, Deputy Prime Minister for EU Integration and Minister of

    Science and Technological Development, Government of the Republic of Serbia ; Mr. Svetozar Ciplic , Minister for Human and Minority Rights, Government of the

    Republic of Serbia

    ; Mr. Zarko Obradovic, Minister of Education, Government of the Republic of

    Serbia

    ; H.E. Ambassador Josep Lloveras, Head of EC Delegation to the Republic of

    Serbia

    ; Mr. Nezdet Mustafa, Minister without portfolio, National Coordinator of the

    Decade of Roma inclusion, Government of the Republic of Macedonia

    10.00 High Power Panel: Every Child has the Right to quality Education

    Moderator- Mr. Ljuan Koka, Head of Office for Implementation of National Roma Strategy, Ministry of Human and Minority Rights, Government of the Republic of Serbia

    ; Ms. Lynn Davies, Professor of International Education, University of Birmingham,

    United Kingdom

    ; Mr. Mihai Surdu, Roma Education Fund

10.45 Break

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    11.15 Partnership in Support of Inclusion - Main Themes of the Conference

    Moderator: Ms. Judita Reichenberg, Area Representative, UNICEF, Serbia ; Mr. Steven Allen, Regional Director, UNICEF, Regional Office CEE/CIS ; Mr. Tobias Linden, Director, Roma Education Fund

    ; Mr. Simon Gray, Country Manager, World Bank, Republic of Serbia ; Ms. Jadranka Jelincic, Executive Director, Open Society Fund, Republic of Serbia ; Ms. Tuende Kovacz-Cerovic, State Secretary, Ministry of Education, Government

    of the Republic of Serbia

    12.00 Thematic Panel: Starting Early and Fostering Inclusion Moderator: Mr. Tobias Linden, Director, Roma Education Fund

    1. Importance of Starting and Including Early

    ; Mr. John Bennett, Senior Researcher for Roma Early Childhood inclusion project ; Ms. Margareta Matache, Executive director of Romani Center for Social

    Interventions and Studies, Romania

2. Ending Segregation and Fostering Inclusion

    ; Mr. Stanislav Daniel, Research Consultant, European Roma Rights Centre ; Mr. Petar Antic, Dep. Minister, Ministry of Human and Minority Rights,

    Government of the Republic of Serbia

13.30 Lunch

14.30 Parallel Working Groups (break at 16:30)

1. Importance of Starting and Including Early

    WG 1a Moderator - Mr. John Bennett, Senior Researcher for Roma Early

    Childhood inclusion project

    Presenters:

    ; Mr. Mirko Markovic, Head of Directorate for National Minorities, Ministry of

    Science, Education and Sports, Government of the Republic of Croatia

    ; Ms. Esma Zecevic, Professor, Bosnia and Herzegovina

    ; Ms. Slavica Rakic, NGO Romano Alav, Republic of Serbia

    WG 1b Moderator - Ms. Margareta Matache, Executive director of Romani Center for Social Interventions and Studies, Romania

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Presenters:

    ; Ms. Irena Mitro, Head of Directorate of Monitoring Cross-Sectoral Strategies,

    Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities, Government of the

    Republic of Albania

    ; Mr. Asmet Elezovski, National Roma Centrum, Republic of Macedonia ; Ms. Milena Mihajlovic, Director of the Center for Interactive Pedagogy, Republic

    of Serbia

2. Ending Segregation and Fostering Inclusion

    WG 2a Moderator Ms. Judit Szira, Roma Education Fund

    Presenters:

    ; Ms. Angelina Skarep, Adviser for Education, Ministry of Education of the

    Government of the Republic of Serbia

    ; Mr. Toni Tashev, Country facilitator of Roma Education Fund, Republic of

    Bulgaria

    ; Mr. Iulius Rostas, Research Institute Cluj, Romania

WG 2b Moderator - Mr. Petar Antic, Dep. Minister, Ministry of Human and

    Minority Rights, Government of the Republic of Serbia

    Presenters:

    ; Representative of the Government, Bosnia and Herzegovina (TBC)

    ; Mr. David Mark, Open Society Institute

    ; Mr. Norbert Szucs, Szeged University, Hungary

18.00 Cocktail

     ndrd2 day 3 June 2009

    09.00 High Power Panel: Education is a Vehicle for Social Inclusion Moderator: Ms. Jadranka Jelincic, Executive Director, Open Society Fund, Republic of Serbia

; Ms. Victoria Mohacsi, Member of the European Parliament

    ; Mr. Calin Rus, Director, Director of Intercultural Institute from Timisoara,

    Romania

    ; Mr. Osman Balic, Coordinator of the League of Roma Decade, Republic of Serbia ; Video ( Documentary)

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    09.45 Thematic Panel: Equal Access to Quality Education Moderators: Nina Arnold, Senior Education Specialist, World Bank 3. Supportive Classroom and School Environment

    ; Ms. Tatjana Vonta, Director of the Developmental Research Center for

    Educational Initiative Step-by-Step, Republic of Slovenia ; Ms. Marija Aleksandrovic, Secretariat for Education, Province of Vojvodina,

    Republic of Serbia

4. Public Financing of Inclusive Education

    ; Mr. Christian Bodewig, World Bank Expert

    ; Ms. Rosalind Levacic, Emeritus Professor of the Economics and Finance of

    Education at Institute of Education, University of London, United Kingdom

5. Monitoring Discrimination in Education

    ; Mr. Aleksandar Baucal, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade, Education

    Support Program - Open Society Institute, Republic of Serbia

11.30 Break

12.00 Parallel Working Groups

3. Supportive Classroom and School Environment

    WG 3a Moderator - Ms. Tatjana Vonta, Director of the Developmental Research Center for Educational Initiative Step-by-Step, Republic of Slovenia Presenters:

    ; Ms. Mariana Mitkova Bancheva, Chief Expert, Ministry of Education and

    Science, Government of the Republic of Bulgaria

    ; Ms. Radmila RangelovJusovic, Director, Step-by-Step Center for Educational

    Initiatives, Bosnia and Herzegovina

    ; Ms. Rozalija Ilic, Roma Information Centre, Republic of Serbia

    WG 3b- Moderator - Ms. Jadranka Stojanovic, Open Society Fund, Republic of Serbia

    Presenters:

    ; Mr. Marko Jokic, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Education and Science,

    Government of the Republic of Montenegro

    ; Mr. Dusko Kostic, Student, Teacher’s faculty in Osijek, President of Roma NGO

    LUNA, Republic of Croatia

    ; Mr. Jaroslav Balvin and Mr. Hristo Kyuchukov, Institute for Romani Studies,

    Republic of Slovakia

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4. Public Financing of Inclusive Education

    WG 4 Moderator - Mr. Christian Bodewig, World Bank Expert

    Presenters:

    ; Mr. Gheorghe Sarau, General Inspector for Roma Children Education, Ministry of

    Education, Romania

    ; Mr. Gabor Daroczi, Director of Roma versitas program: Scholarships and

    mentorship programs in Hungary

    ; Ms. Ljubica Kiselicki, assistant mayor for cultural and educational development,

    City of Subotica, Province of Vojvodina, Republic of Serbia

5. Monitoring Discrimination in Education

    WG 5 Moderator - Mr. Aleksandar Baucal, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade, Education Support Program - Open Society Institute, Republic of Serbia

    Presenters:

    ; Mr. Stanislav Cina, Office of the plenipotentiary of the Slovak Government for

    Roma Communities, The Slovak Republic Government Office ; Mr. Ljatif Demir, Minister’s Advisor, Government of Macedonia

    ; Ms. Milica Simic, Coordinator, Expert committee on education of the League of

    Roma Decade, Republic of Serbia

13.30 Lunch break

14.30 Parallel Working Groups (con’t)

15.30 Break

16.00 Final Plenary: The Way Forward

    Moderator: Moderator: Mr.Gordon Alexander, Senior Advisor for Social Policy, UNICEF, Regional Office CEE/CIS

1) Working groups’ reports on the five Conference themes

    ; Five Working Groups’ moderators

2) Presentation of the Conference Outcome Document

    ; Ms. Tuende Kovacz - Cerovic, State Secretary, Ministry of Education of the

    Government of the Republic of Serbia

3) Conference closing

    ; Mr. Zarko Obradovic, Minister of Education, Government of the Republic of

    Serbia

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