REF's goal is to close the gap in education outcomes between Roma and non-Roma, through the design and implementation of policies and programs that support quality education for Roma, including the desegregation of the school system REF Strategy 2015-2020 is built around four core priorities: (i) Access to compulsory education, (ii) Access to tertiary education, (iii) Strengthen civil society capacities, (iv) Build the evidence for effective policy making
Objectives are to improve access to Education for Roma at all levels: (i) Early Childhood, (ii) Primary, (iii) Secondary, (iv) Tertiary, and (v) Adult Education.
Children from early childhood to 15, students, parents, adults from marginalized and vulnerable Roma and non Roma communities in Western Balkan economies.
REF's growth in terms of outreach has been remarkable: In 2005 REF reached 5'000 beneficiaries; ten years later REF's average annual beneficiaries are 100'000. From 2005 to 2014 its activities have reached a total of approx. 235'000 children and young people and 375'000 couples of parents