This project was led by the BHA for Equality (BHA) in collaboration with the Manchester City Council International New Arrivals, Travellers and Supplementary Schools Team (INA/T/SS Team) in the UK. As international partners in this project the leading organizations worked with the Fundación Secretariado Gitano in Spain and Pharos (Dutch Centre of Expertise on Health Disparities) in the Netherlands. The project focused specifically on newly arriving Roma in the partner countries. This refers to Roma who have migrated to partner countries in more recent years – particularly following the accession of several Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries – rather than focusing on long established or indigenous Roma populations.
There are widely acknowledged issues around Roma and education, with low levels of attendance – particularly at secondary school level – and poor educational attainment being two commonly cited concerns.
The objective of this project was to support the creation of transnational cooperation projects to develop lifelong learning measures for Roma integration, joining up educational and other social measures such as health, employment and housing. Furthermore, the programme aim was to raise participation and attainment levels of Roma students in education and VET (Vocational Education and Training).
The project specific objectives were:
Within this project a broad research was developed in order to explore and assess:
In this research we sought to explore some of the main underlying reasons for these acknowledged issues, from the perspective of key stakeholders. It looks at the key issues of engagement with the Roma children from the perspective of selected stakeholders – teachers and head teachers, local authorities’ educational services and voluntary sector.
What was evident from the interviews was that there were a range of issues that were sometimes interrelated, but more importantly combined to create a complex picture in relation to engagement (or lack of) in education. The research report ‘What’s working?’: Promoting the inclusion of Roma in and through education: Transnational policy review research report’ provides an overview of educational practices towards Roma in chosen EU countries, including a case study in the Manchester region, UK.
Authors: Jane Murphy
Publisher: Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Education Trust, Manchester
Authors: Lisa Scullion and Philip Brown
Publisher: University of Salford
This project was funded by the European Commission’s Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) through the Lifelong Learning Programme