MINELRES: ERRC Opposes Ethnic Boarding Schools in Slovakia

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Sat Mar 13 20:03:39 2010

Original sender: European Roma Rights Centre <errc@errc.org>

BUDAPEST, 10 MARCH 2010: Today the European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC)
sent a letter of concern to the Prime Minister of the Slovak Republic,
Robert Fico, condemning his 8 March 2010 statement that ethnic boarding
schools are the sole solution to the lack of development in Romani
communities in the country. In its letter, the ERRC recalled that
discrimination against Romani school children is well documented and
widespread across Europe, including Slovakia, and stressed that
segregation of Romani children in special schools was held illegal by
the European Court of Human Rights in the case D.H. and Others v. the
Czech Republic. 

Speaking on this issue, ERRC Managing Director Rob Kushen said:
“Segregated education is not only illegal and immoral, but it will not
lead to good educational outcomes. If Romani children are going to be
integrated into society, that integration must start at the earliest
stage, in kindergarten and primary education, without segregation and in
inclusive environment.” 

The ERRC called on the Slovak Government to adopt sustainable measures
and reforms to the educational system that facilitate the integration of
Romani children into mainstream schools and that promote inclusive
education with quality outcomes for all children. The full text of the
letter is available here: http://www.errc.org/db/04/42/m00000442.pdf

For further information, contact: 

Rob Kushen, ERRC Managing Director, rob.kushen@errc.org 
Stano Daniel, ERRC Research Consultant, stanko.daniel@errc.org 
© ERRC 2010. All rights reserved

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