Best Ideas 2019 features all the nominated entries submitted under ‘Submit your Idea’ category. All the entries consist of innovative solutions or propositions for an enterprise that champions the Sustainable Development Goals. They can be on the conceptual, planning, or start-up stage.
Employment and Training of Slovak and Roma people from poor regions of Eastern Slovakia in a company
Explain your idea in details:
The problem is the employment and integration of the Roma and Slovak People in poor regions of Eastern Slovakia into a worthwhile working life. According to statistics, more than 400,000 Roma live in Slovakia (approximately 7.5% of the total population) and their employment rate is only approximately 15% which also means 85% unemployment. According to prognosis, more than 520,000 Roma will be living in Slovakia in 2025, which is about 9.6% of the total population. However, the problem is not that the Roma do not want to work but that they have been excluded from the world of work through the lack of formal education; bad reputation and the colour of their skin. Many of the jobs the Roma can do are low quality and low pay with the result that often the only option for them is to take no job at all and to rely on social benefits; this also carries the risk of criminal activity and unwanted pregnancy among the young. Many Roma and Slovak People have taken the decision to find work abroad. My main objective is to create well-paid jobs for Roma and Slovak people in Presov Region (which has a very high unemployment rate) and other places in Slovakia. When my project can be seen as successful it can be duplicated in other places both inside Slovakia and in other Countries. By creating good well paid jobs with training I can integrate the Roma and Slovaks into a worthwhile working life. I have fully developed products; I have the knowledge and skills to make them. I actually have customers waiting.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
My project will have a positive effect on skilled work and economic growth and also on the overall prosperity of the region and will contribute to the continued reduction in local crime and pregnancy rates among the young. The corresponding reduction will have a positive effect on the cost of local Policing; Housing; Health and Education etc. It is essential that the creation of Good; Permanent; well paid Jobs with Training is undertaken without further delay. Job creation provides an immediate and equivalent opportunity to integrate Roma and Slovak people into the workforce and into a stable life particularly in Eastern Slovakia. We all know Roma (Gypsies) have been a problem for centuries but now there is an opportunity to move this situation on.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
My plan is to create jobs for Roma and Slovak People both Male; Female and disabled by setting up a production unit to reduce poverty, inequality, and discrimination and integrate these people into a worthwhile working environment in Eastern Slovakia. The project incorporates six independent projects which can be commenced one by one. The Projects are as follows: 1. Manufacture a range of Wooden Boxes such as Jewellery Boxes, Keepsake Boxes, Toy Boxes both fixed and Flat Pack products. 2. Buy timber directly from the Forest, convert it and dry it ready for use in the Factory and for sale. 3. Upholstered Suites. 4. Contract Wood Turning and Carving. 5. Cabinet Furniture. 6. Starter Homes, Garden Officies. The projects can be split into separate parts and can be located in different Towns or Villages within the region of Slovakia. My consultant has offered his services free of charge. He has 40 years of experience in manufacturing wooden products. The Pilot project will be the production of high quality wooden boxes such as Jewellery and Keepsake Boxes. Some of these products can be viewed on a web site www.freyadesign.co.uk. Much of the decoration can be carried out by both Male, Female and Disabled people of all ages. Products also have a history of success in world markets. As this project is seen to be successful other projects will commence as listed above. I am working on a programme to find finance as follows: especially Donation, Local or National Government Grants, EU Grants, EU Regional development Grants, EU Social Grants, EU Roma Integration Grants, EU Training Grants, EU Housing Grants, EU Wage Subsidies, and Crowd Funding.
My name is Tadeas Gavala. I am from Slovakia and I am 27 years old. I work at University in Kosice in Slovakia. In 2007, I and two other Roma friends founded the first Roma-Slovak Christian band, whose members are now five Roma and two Slovaks. We call the Band F6 and given the social situation in Slovakia, we have developed a vision of reconciliation and cooperation between Roma and Slovak nations. In 12 years, we have released 6 music albums and launched volunteer-missionary activity in Roma communities, children's homes, prisons, and schools for the prevention of prejudices between Roma and Slovaks through positive experiences, reconciliation, and forgiveness. Now I am the manager of the F6 band. In 2017, we founded the Artistic Centre F6, which covered the F6 band activity whose vision is to build and support the culture, art and education of Roma and Slovaks together. We have organized the Roma-Slovak music festival known as FestRom, in cooperation with the Lamacske chvaly band, we have started the national Reconciliation Tour, mentoring and coaching the start of Roma and mixed Roma-Slovak bands, we have been shooting educational videos and much more. More information is available here: www.ucf6.sk. Now I am the main coordinator of Artistic Centre F6. In 2018, I founded Ceferino company focused on production of wooden products. More information are available here: www.ceferino.sk which is the link between my new Project.