Preventing bullying and discrimination of Roma children

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World Anti-Bullying Forum

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World Anti-Bullying Forum

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On average, 41 % of Roma surveyed in the nine EU Member States (Bulgaria, Czech, Greece, Spain, Croatia, Hungary, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia) felt discriminated at work or when looking for work, education, housing, or health opportunities.

About the Project

Research Aim

We will investigate the type and frequency of bullying that Roma children face in schools across Europe. The outcomes of this research will be recommendations to educators and policy makers so that Roma children’s right to access and participate in education is improved, early school leaving is reduced and more Roma children complete secondary level schooling.

Background

Increasing access and participation in education for Roma youth is a key priority for UNESCO and the Council of Europe. In particular, the Council of Europe published goals for the next ten years designed to overcome segregation, stigmatisation and marginalisation of the Roma and to make society more inclusive for them. In particular, they aim to reduce the rate of early school leaving among Roma children by half by 2028; and to increase the amount of Roma youth who have a secondary school diploma by four times.

Education free of harassment or violence is a human right. Despite this, many Roma representative groups claim that their children continue to experience bullying and other forms of discrimination because they are Roma. Bullying has been linked globally to poorer school attainment, truancy and early school leaving, not to mention poorer mental and physical health. Access and participation of Roma children within the education systems in Europe is important if they are to achieve equality and further opportunity for inclusion, wealth and prosperity. Reducing bullying in education is an essential objective if societal attitudes towards the Roma community and other marginalised groups is to change.

Research Proposal

The objectives of the research are:

  1. To investigate the type and extent of bullying that Roma children experience in schools across Europe
  2. To determine if there are differences in countries across Europe and why these differences might exist (e.g., better legislation or policy that could be harnessed elsewhere)
  3. To investigate gender issues and discrimination among girls in particular
  4. To determine the useful methods of intervention for bullying or Roma children so that recommendations can be made to the respective legislators and Education Departments in order to reduce bullying
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