ROMA ARE EQUAL: Alternatives to Poverty, Racism and Exclusion in Education and Employment
The discussion paper ‘Roma Are Equal: Alternatives to Poverty, Racism and Exclusion in Education and Employment’ gives a basic overview of barriers and good practice in Roma economic and educational inclusion focusing on 8 EU member states (Belgium, Czech Republic, Hungary, Greece, Italy, Romania, Slovenia and Spain); this focus allows for a comparative analysis of old and new EU member states, including countries hit extremely hard by the recession or still grappling with the challenges of transition, encompassing points of relevance and interest for all EU member states. The discussion paper helps raise a series of questions, which it is hoped might help prompt further debate in the quest for Roma economic and educational inclusion.
The paper tries to raise important discussion points for a wide range of stakeholders, some of whom have educational and training expertise but have not worked with Roma communities before or work within Roma civil society but are unfamiliar with some of the broader policy debates. The key aim of the paper is to give a basic overview of key concepts and generate a conversation between Roma communities, civil society and service providers as to how Roma educational and economic inclusion can be assisted.
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