Panevėžys

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.


Problems:

Withdrawal of young people from the educational system, weak Roma integration on local level.
Solutions:

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.
Positive aspects:

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.