Irish Traveller/Roma Early Years Network launched

The Irish Traveller/ Roma Early Years Network was launched in Dublin on the 21st of June 2013. The network was launched in association with the Policy Forum and Conference hosted by EDeNn, the Irish Equality and Diversity Early Childhood National Network on the 21st and 22nd of June. EDeNn works to support the inclusion of a comprehensive diversity and equality approach in early childhood care and education in the Irish sector. The new Traveller/Roma network will maintain a focus on the rights and needs of Traveller and Roma children and families within the early childhood sector. The Irish Traveller/Roma Early Years Network is linked to the International Roma Early Years Network (REYN) and will engage with the European colleagues in furthering the aims of REYN. Several colleagues attended the event including Adrian Marsh from the Open Society Institute which generously supported the launch and conference. Financial support from OSI also enabled Roma representatives Samanta Baranja from Slovenia and Miroslav Dklenka from Slovakia to attend the event. This is a very exciting and important initiative which comes at a time when Ireland falls short in her commitment to Traveller and Roma – as pointed out by the 2013 European Commission progress report for the integration of Travellers and Roma in the Irish context.

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21.6.13. Dublin, Ireland. ECEC Policy Forum in Buswells Hotel, (organised by EDENN & Start Strong). ©Photo by Derek Speirs