Marijampolė

Population – 61 366
Number of the Roma – 86


Problems:

Low participation of the Roma children in the early, especially pre-school, education, negative public opinion of Roma persons.

Solutions:

Managers and employees off educational institutions should upon their initiative cooperate with Roma mediators, notifying parents of pre-school education procedures, introduce them with children’s agenda, and preparation for education;
organize cultural events intended for the acquittance with the Roma community (concerts, exhibitions of Roma creative works, introduction of the Roma history in Lithuania, publication in local media about the Roma community).

Positive aspects:

assessing key indicators (housing, health, education, poverty, etc.), the Roma in Marijampolė has a relatively better position than in other areas of Lithuania. Most of the Roma lives in private housing, a small portion of them rents a housing. A considerable part of the students are in higher grades.