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Idriz Durmish: Never give up and follow your dream, the harder the road is full of obstacles, the greater your success

Idriz Durmish is a student from Skopje, a Roma who studies molecular biology at the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, with an average of 9.8 and dreams of helping humanity in the battle against cancer, one of the deadliest diseases in the modern world.
In an interview with The Roma Times he shared his views.

Roma Times: When was the love for molecular biology born?

Idriz Durmish: Nature and living organisms have interested me since I was young. I was interested in how and where living organisms come from, where they are built and the like. I fell in love with biology in the fifth grade, while in high school I was intrigued by molecular biology. Molecular biology is a relatively new branch of biology that studies biological processes at the molecular level. It mostly focuses on the nature of the DNA molecule ie. and how this molecule carries and interprets information. New branches of genetics, such as genetic engineering for example, tend to alter the "original" DNA sequence in order to eliminate certain deficiencies (diseases, certain crop characteristics, drug production, etc.).

RT: How are you accepted and how are your capacities viewed by non-Roma?

ID: Honestly, at the beginning I was too scared to be accepted by both professors and students. However, here after 4-5 years, I can freely say that PMF is a faculty where work, knowledge and scientific curiosity are valued, while national, religious and racial affiliation are not important at all.

RT: How much free time do you have and how do you fill it?

ID; While I had lectures (already finished with lectures and tutorials in early June), I didn't have much free time because I was at college all day. We also have theoretical lectures and laboratory exercises. But I still managed to get out on the weekends, socialize, and enjoy myself like any young person. On the other hand, I love movies and books, so I often spend the rest of the day learning a good movie and leaving the books in between sessions. I have 3 more exams, so I will graduate and have more time to read books from different genres.

RT: Do you have an idol and in what area?

ID: I have more idols. In the field of physics and astronomy my favorites are Steven Hawking, Neil deGrasse Tyson and Michio Kaku. Hawking is known for his theory of the so-called. Hawking radiation coming out of the black holes, Neil Tyson is a great scientist who beautifully promotes science and brings it closer to the audience, while Kaku is one of the founders of string theory (string theory). From biologists I must mention Charles Darwin who at a time when DNA and genetics were unknown, Darwin elaborated on the extraordinary theory of evolution, and Richard Dawkins, a famous evolutionist who exclusively rational thought.

RT: Message to your peers and future generations
ID: I would recommend to all my peers and future generations to study what they love, what interests them and what makes them complete. I would also advise them to never give up and pursue their dream and remember that the harder and more difficult the road is, the greater the success.

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. "

Slovak Plenipotentiary for Romani Communities: We will focus on education and employment

The Government of the Slovak Republic took note on 25 June 2019 of the "Monitoring Report on the Fulfillment of the Strategy of the Slovak Republic for Romani Integration to 2020", which monitors the fulfillment of the activities and measures outlined in the Action Plans for the Strategy in the areas of education, employment, financial inclusion, health, housing, non-discrimination and Romani community approaches toward the majority society during 2018, and which was undertaken by the Office of the Slovak Government Plenipotentiary for Romani Communities in association with the ministries and submitted to the Government by the Interior Minister. Of 154 activities and measures designed to be fulfilled during 2018, the Office of the Plenipotentiary assessed 85 as "fulfilled", or "about to be fulfilled", 54 as "underway" and 15 as "unfulfilled".

Almost EUR 120 million was spent last year on Romani integration in Slovakia. The investment was especially about activities to increase Romani employability and employment (EUR 75 million), educational activities (EUR 30 million) and the area of housing (EUR 7 million).

Link: http://www.romea.cz/en/news/world/slovak-plenipotentiary-for-romani-communities-we-will-focus-on-education-and-employment

Additional editions of the vocabulary and grammar of the Romani language

The Government through the General Secretariat will open a call for printing additional issues of grammar in Romani language and a dictionary in Macedonian - Romani.

- According to the Strategy for Roma 2014-2020 one of the postulates of this document, as well as one of the priority goals of the same is the development and promotion of the Roma culture, language and tradition. The printing of these two publications will directly contribute to the realization of this goal - say the government press service.

The decision taken at today's government session envisions the dictionary in Macedonian - Roma language of 800 pages to be printed in 500 copies, while the grammar of the 300-page Romani language - in 1000 copies.

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