Roma children across Europe continue to be denied equal access to quality education

18 September 2012

 

 

Brussels, September 11, 2012 - The European Roma Policy Coalition (ERPC) calls on European governments to make a firm and unambiguous commitment to end school segregation.

“Roma children across Europe continue to be denied equal access to quality education, and continue to face racial discrimination and segregation. In terms of access and achievement the gap between Roma children and their peer

s is simply unacceptable. The failure to remedy this is not just an abuse of human rights, but in policy terms a calamity that will cost Europe dearly in the future,” stated ERPC Chair Ivan Ivanov following today’s launch by the OECD and the European Commission of the annual report Education at a Glance 2012. 

These annual reports enable policy-makers in OECD countries to compare how they deliver education and training, and to draw conclusions for future policy. When it comes to delivery to Roma children, policy makers have failed abysmally. Their failures are long-standing and evident; as are their failures to draw just and sustainable conclusions for future policy.

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