The inclusion of Roma through quality successful educational experiences


Background

More than 10 million Roma people live in the EU, making them the largest minority group in Europe. They are the most discriminated and socially excluded group, especially in accessing education, employment, healthcare and housing.

The lack of education among Roma is one of main causes of their current situation. Few Roma children and young people go to school and their educational performance is poor, which subsequently worsens their employment opportunities. Roma face serious constraints in access to education. This is evident in low educational enrolment rates for Roma children, while segregated schooling persists. Poverty and low income also undermine access to education.

The shortage of economic capital among Roma communities hinders school attendance as parents lack the necessary financial resources to afford the costs of school material, clothing and food. Poor housing conditions also affect Roma children’s school attendance and performance as they face adverse geographical boundaries in accessing schools by living further away from schools.

Special schooling remains a key aspect of Roma education. Roma children are often placed in ‘special schools’ for children with special needs where they follow simpler curricula than mainstream schools. In the case where Roma children are sent to regular schools they fail to receive the same quality education as the non-Roma children because of irregular attendance or insufficient support.

Thus, this project was originated from the need to improve the educational level and life condition of the Roma. The key to reach these aims is to boost education participation for Roma children. This can be better achieved by raising awareness of the successful educational experiences in promoting Roma education. The ROM-UP! project will offer concrete successful measures in order to ensure that all Roma children have access to quality education, ensuring primary school completion, reducing the number of early school leavers and promoting the access to the tertiary education.
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