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Bosnian Ministry of Human Rights and Refugees Announces Plan to Address Romani Education Problems

29 July 2004

The Bosnian Ministry of Human Rights and Refugees, together with the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina, at the end of February 2004, introduced an Action Plan on the Educational Needs of Roma and Members of Other National Minorities in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Action Plan is to have retroactive effect to the beginning of the 2004/ 2005 school year. With specific regard to access to education of Roma, the Action Plan identified five overarching goals with par-ticular actions required for the achievement of each. Within the framework of the Action Plan, the relevant authorities are responsi-ble for: 

  • Promoting systemic change in order to ensure accommodation of the educational needs of Roma;
  • Removing financial and admin-istrative barriers to Romani school enrolment and comple-tion. Special budgetary means, based on available funds, should be allocated within the 2004 budget lines and progressively increased as conditions allow;
  • Preservation of the Romani lan-guage and culture;
  • Garnering the support and par-ticipation of Romani parents and communities; and
  • Increasing the representation of Romani teaching staff and sen-sitising non-Romani teaching staff to the needs of Romani students.

In other news related to the education of Romani pupils in Bosnia and Herzegovina, on March 2, the Republika Srpska-based news agency SRNA reported that a conference was held in Banja Luka regarding the education of Roma children in el-ementary schools in Republika Srpska. Ms Olivera Damjanovic of the international non-govern-mental organisation Save the Children, which organized the event, stated that "a small per-centage of Romani children at-tend elementary schools, and it often happens that children who start school soon stop their edu-cation." A number of Roma chil-dren had been enrolled in schools during the 2003/2004 school year, most of whom were reportedly attending integrated classes. However, according to the Republika Srpska-based daily newspaper Glas Srpske of Janu-ary 5, 2004, a segregated Romani class, attended by thirty-three Romani pupils, was formed at the Jovan Ducic elementary school in Bijeljina.
(Glas Srpske, SRNA, ERRC)

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ERRC submission to UN HRC on Hungary (February 2018)

14 February 2018

Written Comments of the European Roma Rights Centre concerning Hungary to the UN Human Rights Committee for consideration at its 122nd session (12 Narch - 6 April 2018).

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The Fragility of Professional Competence: A Preliminary Account of Child Protection Practice with Romani and Traveller Children in England

24 January 2018

Romani and Traveller children in England are much more likely to be taken into state care than the majority population, and the numbers are rising. Between 2009 and 2016 the number of Irish Travellers in care has risen by 400% and the number of Romani children has risen 933%. The increases are not consistent with national trends, and when compared to population data, suggest that Romani and Traveller children living in the UK could be 3 times more likely be taken into public care than any other child. 

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Families Divided: Romani and Egyptian Children in Albanian Institutions

21 November 2017

There’s a high percentage of Romani and Egyptian children in children’s homes in Albania – a disproportionate number. These children are often put into institutions because of poverty, and then find it impossible ever to return to their families. Because of centuries of discrimination Roma and Egyptians in Albania are less likely to live in adequate housing, less likely to be employed and more likely to feel the effects of extreme poverty.

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