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Classrooms Beyond Race - Inclusive Education for Romani Children

2 November 2015

 

 

The European Roma Rights Centre organised an international conference entitled “Classrooms Beyond Race – Inclusive Education for Romani Children”. This event provided a forum to debate and frame the challenges faced by Romani children in accessing high-quality, inclusive education in the EU candidate and neighbourhood countries. The objectives of the conference were:

  • to develop legal and advocacy tools to improve access to inclusive and good quality education for all Romani children;
  • to raise awareness of segregation and barriers to access inclusive and high-quality education for all Romani children;
  • to strengthen the capacity of the NGOs working in this field; and
  • to build greater confidence among regional NGOs to address segregation in education.

The event took place in Belgrade, on 5 and 6 October 2015. Representatives of NGOs working on Roma rights, education rights, as well as human rights generally attended, from the following EU candidate and neighbourhood countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, Turkey and Ukraine.

In each parallel session, an expert speaker made a presentation on the session’s topic, introduced the issue, and shared different experiences in the field. After this introduction, participants discussed the issue based on their experiences and background.

The Conference opened discussion on a draft “Charter” on the rights of Romani children in education. The participants welcomed and contributed to the development of the draft text, prepared by the ERRC on the basis of several international legal and policy instruments. When the Charter is finalised, the ERRC hopes that it will be widely used as an advocacy tool by all in promoting the right to quality and inclusive education for Romani children.

As the participants themselves emphasised, the Conference served as an auspicious venue for the exchange of ideas fostered by the diverse backgrounds of the participants. The participants also appreciated having the possibility to discuss good practices and conduct fruitful brainstorming for future cooperation. Hence, the Conference served as ideal grounds for new networking opportunities.

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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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