Roma Youth in Bulgaria Unprepared to Enter Labor Market

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A quarter of all young people in Bulgaria entering the labor market come from the Roma community, according to Dr. Elena Kabakchieva of Health and Social Development Foundation.

Some 25% of all 16-year-olds are inexperienced and unprepared, Kabachieva told the participants in the National Conference dedicated to the integration of Roma held in the National Assembly, Monday.

In order to have desegregation, steps must be taken for the involvement of the local institutions governed by the municipalities, which proved to be a successful model in Sofia. Kabakchieva noted that 15-17-year-old Roma youngsters can no longer get professional training after having left school early which is a vicious cycle, Bulgarian agency Vesti reported.

A number of measures must be introduced, such as the development of social skills of adolescents through social services aimed at pregnant women and parents of young children, through alternative service for an early development (4-6 years) for children who do not attend kindergartens, Kabakchieva insisted.

A total of 69 Bulgarian municipalities have centers which focus on early childhood development, said Bogdan Mirchev, a representative of the Hanns Seidel Foundation. These centers receive funding by the World Bank under a social inclusion project.

The National Conference is held in the eve of the International Romani Day on 8 April.

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Fr Jack Hackett - 9 Apr 2014 // 16:33:47

I am not being na?ve, merely stating that by just giving these people everything without their having to work for it is entrenching them even further into that mentality. These groups should not receive special grants which others do not get, and the parents should work for their benefits, not just sit waiting with their hands out - a behaviour which the children will watch and emulate if they are not given another worldview. And this idea will also enable skilled Bulgarian retirees to supplement their meagre pensions

Seedy - 9 Apr 2014 // 10:24:47

There seems to be a bit of confusion here: it's not so much that they're "Unprepared to Enter the Labor Market" but rather that they're "not prepared to enter the Labour Market", ie they see no point or profit in working when it suits them better to let someone else carry out the "Labour" and then simply rob them....

cuckooben - 8 Apr 2014 // 20:51:31

Cigani apprentices. Great idea, I had it too. They appeared to be interested in restoring scrap bicycles, and, in hindsight, I wasted several hours being shown how to do this by them. Apparently bikes don't need spokes, nor ball bearings, nor brakes + tyres, so much as a good splozh of wbite paint and some string to hold the "tyre" together.
They conceeded that the tyre was best with a tube in, pumped-up, and so I went to the trouble of making a little driver to take those shraeder valves out. Next day they had "lost it".
Their skills lie in finding ways of getting into your fragile assortment of old tat in order to see if there might be something for them to remove to the "recycling yard". Some of them have become very successful at this and now have transit vans, and impressive wads of tenners to flash "with a view to buying plassmass, stomana, etc.". Sadly they cannot tell the difference between those things and a dozen or so brand new electric motors wbich you invested in some years ago to use in wind-turbine systems, or an old oscilloscope project you started 30 years ago -ong before this type of animal had driven your nai e and helpful spirit clean rounx the twist.
For how much a week was it ?7

Fr Jack Hackett - 8 Apr 2014 // 16:16:21

I know of some charities working for this group and they seem to concentrate on raising money and giving the children and young adults everything they need. This is a very bad start. I would have thought that it would be better to use the centres these young people attend to train them for the workplace so they can have some pride in themselves as well as see a life ahead of them other than crime, begging or prostitution. There are many older people here with a wide range of skills who I am sure would be willing to train these young people in exchange for a top up of their pensions

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