Kaolinovo

General Information
 
ROMACT Cycle: 
Ongoing
Mayor of the Municipality: 
Nida Ahmedov
Contact Person within the Municipality: 
Gulten Mahmud, expert - Education, healthcare and culture department/Sublie Sali, health mediator
Facilitators: 
Diyan Dankov
Total population: 
12 093
Source: 
Census 2011
Roma living in the Municipality: 
1 675
Description of the Municipality: 

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Kaolinovo Municipality is located in North-Eastpart of Bulgaria and is one of the constituent municipalities of Shumen District. There are 16 settlements in the municipality of Kaolinovo, whose population numbers 21.379 people (Bulgarian, Turkish and Roma ethnic groups). The active population in Kaolinovo Municipality represents 48.00% of the total population in the region, Kaolinovo being one of the municipalities with very high unemployment rate – 54,48%. Officially, they are 1.675 Roma persons in the city, the settlements with significant Roma population being Todor Ikonomovo village (where live 49% of all Roma from Kaolinovo municipality), Branichevo (with 15%), Lyatno (with 14%), Dolina (with 10 %) and Takach (with 7%).
 
The main problems of the community are:

  • - high unemployment rate
  • - low quality of education
  • - significant number of people without health insurance (about 90% of Roma community)
  • - road infrastructure in the villages

 
 

The ROMACT Process

Kaolinovo municipality joined the ROMACT program in April 2017.
 
The long-term priorities identified by the Community Action Group are: 
 

Identified problems
Work with families for engaging them in school activities
Work with students for raising their motivation for learning
Qualify teachers to work in multicultural environment – trainings, seminars, exchange of experience etc.
Implement informational campaigns among the Roma community regarding the use of health care insurance
Perform regular medical screenings for the persons with no health security
Take measures to improve the work of the urgent medical assistance units
Organize activities focused on legalization / solving the problem with the unlawfully built constructions
Securing appropriate qualification courses / suitable professions
Attracting investors to create jobs
Improve the learning abilities (with focus on the Bulgarian language) through additional informal in-class and out-of-class forms

The Municipality Action Plan for Roma Inclusion was updated based on needs identified by the CAG and adopted by the Local Council on 22 May 2018.

Several trainings were provided:
 
- Training on Local Government and Administrative Services for municipal councilors and mayors
- Training “Approaches for working with Roma communities”
- Capacity building activity "Elaboration of quality projects for social inclusion within the OPS”
- Meeting with the local authorities to further establish the commitment of the municipality to develop and implement policies which are directed to the Roma community
- Training on group consolidation

Media
Kaolinovo presented his work on "Romact" http://bnr.bg/shumen/post/100911505/kaolinovo-predstavi-rabotata-si-po-romakt
 

Timeline Points

31 Mar 2017
Step 1- Becoming Commited- Signature of the letter of commitment
28 Apr 2017
Creation of CAG
20 Nov 2017
Creation of Taskforce
10 Dec 2017
Step 2- Agreeing on needs and plans- Finalisation of Community Priorities list
22 May 2018
Step 3- Translating priorities into measures& projects- Adoption of Municipal Action Plan for Roma Integration
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