Population – 99 248
Number of the Roma – 96
Roma coordinator in Panevėžys is ELENA ALEKSANDRAVIČIŪTĖ – a volunteer in Panevėžys Children‘s Day Care Centre. She is authorized by the Vatican to deal with the issues of Roma pastoral care.
Withdrawal of young people from the educational system, weak Roma integration on local level.
Strengthening of the Roma children participation in the general education system, mediators’ work with the Roma youth encouraging school attendance;
Organization of events promoting mutual awareness between the Roma and Lithuanian cultures, artistic activities.
Panevėžys Children.s Day Care Centre running its activities from 2003, where specialists work with Roma and non-Roma children, actively contributes to the Roma integration and dissemination of the Roma culture and history.