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The nomadic or semi-nomadic way of living, unemployment, poverty, as well as the stereotypes and prejudices that exist towards the Roma people, contribute to these differences.
The research supported by UNICEF and  the European Commission in BIH, conducted by the NGO „Budimo Aktivni“, has confirmed that the lack of education of Roma parents and poverty are the greatest  obstacles for their children's education. The report reveals the fact that only 1,5 % of Roma families were visited by the social workers. This illustrates the level of marginalization of Roma families from the deliverance of regular social services. Around 40% of Roma children do not have access to the basic health care; but still there is a number of children that have been immunized. Around 16% all of parents interviewed didn’t know which diseases their children were immunized against. The results of the latest research, conducted in Bosnia and Herzegovina by OSCE, indicate that even 64% of the Roma children do not attend primary school. There are negative prejudices expressed towards the Roma children, their peers who belong to different ethnic groups reject them.  In comprehending the differences that exist between the Roma and the non-Roma children, one should keep in mind that the Roma use two, sometimes even three, languages: their mother tongue, the Roma language (within which there exists differences), and then the local Roma dialect, and the language of the country in which they live. Nevertheless, the Roma do not have a written tradition: the cultural patterns are transferred in a verbal fashion. The nomadic or semi-nomadic way of living, unemployment, poverty, as well as the stereotypes and prejudices that exist towards the Roma people, contribute to these differences.


 

 
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