Officializing and intensifying ancestral knowhow

In order to help the young Gypsies to take advantage of the knowledge transmitted from "father to son", Fnasat has undertaken a major campaign for access to several varieties of professional teaching in the main countries withy large gypsy populations. The best means to guarantee their future. 

"The Kesaj Tchave project is truly an initiative that will help take the children of Kesaj out of the ghetto."

Jozef Legény

Fnasat, a national federation grouping the associations active in matters of solidarity with Gypsies and Roms, has initiated projects in Bulgaria, Romania, Slovakia and France addressing youth education.

One of the pitfalls facing the harmonious integration of young gypsies in the countries where they settle - even temporarily - is in fact their lack of training. In Bulgaria, for example, only 15% of gypsy children pursue a secondary education, and the figure is down to 10% in Romania. In most of the families, craftsmanship is transmitted within the family circle - "informal" knowhow which is not recognized by the various national education systems, no more than by potential employers. Fnasat is therefore developing the "Roms et Voyageurs" program to reinforce this informal learning and earn it some official recognition.