Category Archives: Roma Rights and Education

Recommendation CM/Rec (2009) 4 of the Committee of Ministers to Member States on the Education of Roma and Travellers in Europe

This recommendation proposes that the governments of member states should draw on the principles set out in the appendix to the recommendation in their current or future educational reforms, implement education policies that focus on ensuring non-discriminatory access to quality education for Roma and Traveller children and that Roma and Traveller children are effectively accepted in school.

Link Recommendation CM/Rec (2009) 4 of the Committee of Ministers to Member States on the Education of Roma and Travellers in Europe

Guide for Roma School Mediators and Assistants

education of roma ENThis document is a guide aimed at all categories of staff from the Roma community working to improve schooling conditions for Roma children. Roma mediators and assistants working in schools share a common core of activities – facilitating relations between the school and the Roma communities, and between teachers and other school staff and parents of Roma children. The guide’s content is designed to help improve the work of Roma school mediators and assistants and reduce the impact of any undesirable effects, providing wide ranging tools and practical guidelines that can be adapted to different contexts.  It aims to support a more structured day-to-day activity and highlights aspects of mediation that are often not used in practice. It gives organizational suggestions and a step by step plan that has five separate phases. It also provides practical guidelines for working with school management, families and how to best communicate effectively.

Link Guide for Roma School Mediators and Assistants

Recommendation No. R (2000) 4 of the Committee of Ministers to Member States on the Education of Roma/Gypsy Children in Europe

This recommendation proposes guiding principles of an education policy
for Roma/Gypsy children in Europe addressing

  1. Structures
  2. Curriculum and Teaching Material
  3. Recruitment and Training of Teachers
  4. Information Research and Assessment
  5. Consultation and Co-ordination.

Link Recommendation No. R (2000) 4 of the Committee of Ministers to Member States on the Education of Roma/Gypsy Children in Europe

The Situation of Roma School Mediators and Assistants in Europe

The report presents the results of an analysis developed in the framework of Council of Europe’s project “Education for Roma Children in Europe” as a continuation of the activities on Roma mediators and assistants initiated in 2004 and the need for providing a European framework and support from the Council of Europe in the form of a Guide of Roma School Mediator. The report provides a more complete view on the status in all the member states of the Council of Europe with regards to the implementation of the provisions of the Recommendation R(2000)4 on the use of Roma mediators and assistants based both on an enquiry made among the educational authorities of the member states and on additional research.

Link The Situation of Roma School Mediators and Assistants in Europe

Political and Legislative Framework for the Education of Roma Children – Reference Texts and Support System

This document identifies legal frameworks and initiatives undertaken at international and national levels that demonstrate the political commitment to the amelioration of Roma, highlighting education as an important priority. The paper provides an overview of international official texts related to the education of Roma children, an overview of initiatives and programmes of international organization for the education of Roma children and a comparative analysis of national initiatives of Council of Europe member states for the education of Roma children.

Link Political and Legislative Framework for the Education of Roma Children – Reference Texts and Support System

Teaching Kit for Roma, Sinti and Traveller Children at Preschool Level

This is a teaching aid designed to prepare Roma, Sinti and traveller children for entry into the first year of primary school and stop them falling behind at school.  Section 1 summarises literature on the subject and sets out the conclusions drawn from the analysis. Sections 2 and 3 give a broad outline of school curricula in Europe and of the specific situation of travellers. Section 4 sets out a practical proposal for producing a teaching aid designed to bring Roma children who have not attended nursery school up to the required standard. The conclusion outlines the expected results, and the section on prospects suggests two ways in which this project could be extended. The appendices list the various skills to be acquired by the end of nursery school. The text also provides several examples of activities aimed at parents, put in place by international bodies and other governmental or private organisations.

Link Teaching Kit for Roma, Sinti and Traveller Children at Preschool Level