Martin Kaleja - From a Roma settlement in Slovakia to the Czech academic world

Assoc. Martin Kaleja has gradually gained his professional experience as an educator and researcher at Masaryk University in Brno (Czech Republic), University of ваstava (Czech Republic), Comenius University in Bratislava (Slovakia), and Hellenic University in Opava (Czech Republic). Faculty of Public Policy and Associate Professor at the Center for Empirical Research.

He is also a member of the Board of the Czech Government on Roma Issues, chairing the Education Committee.

Otherwise, he spent his childhood and his teenage years in a Roma neighborhood near Presov in the east of Slovakia and still had a desire to be a teacher.

During his education and career, Kaleja faced prejudice in elementary school.

Kaleja believes that a growing number of Roma are completing higher education in this part of the world and that it is not a dramatic jump from day to day, but rather an intense process.

Looking at life today and his perspective is: “And after all today when a skinhead gets into a tram and looks for a certain person, he will find it. It can hardly be explained to such a person that I am an associate professor who teaches at a school. "

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