“Ending school discrimination of Roma: the Role of Equality Bodies”

13 October 2016, Brussels
The European Roma Information Office (ERIO), in close cooperation with the European Network of Equality Bodies (EQUINET) organised a workshop with Equality Bodies, anti-discrimination experts and Roma representatives on 13 October 2016 in Brussels.
Within the framework of the Race Equality Directive 2000/43 (RED) and national laws on equal treatment as well as on education, the workshop focused on how Equality Bodies can stop school segregation and discrimination of Roma children and ensure their equal treatment in education.
Roma children across the EU continue to be denied equal access to quality education and still face discrimination and segregation. They are educated in inferior segregated environments or sent to “special schools” (schools for children with special needs with simpler curricula than mainstream schools). The European Commission initiated infringement proceedings against Czech Republic (2014), Slovakia (2015) and Hungary (2016) for breaching the Race Equality Directive 2000/43 (RED) in their treatment of Roma school children and where Roma children are significantly over-represented in “special schools” and segregated in mainstream schools.
The aims of this workshop were to:

  • Promote cooperation between Equality Bodies and civil society to jointly address discrimination against Roma, including in education
  • Foster discussion between different Equality Bodies, civil society and anti-discrimination experts on challenges and effective practices to end discrimination in education of Roma children
  • Assist Equality Bodies to work effectively with Roma to tackle discrimination

Presentations and contributions:
Anne Gaspard, Equinet
Javier Sáez, Fundación Secretariado Gitano
Promociona Programme (Fundación Secretariado Gitano)

Useful links:
ERIO Paper "Implementing National Roma Integration Strategies and the Racial Equality Directive: Challenges and solutions for Equality Bodies"

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