The Right of Roma Children to education
Across Central and Eastern Europe, discrimination and non-inclusive school systems systematically deprive children from Roma communities of their right to education. In most countries, only about 20% of Roma children ever complete primary school, compared with more than 90 percent of their non-Roma peers. Those that do enroll are likely to drop out before the end of basic schooling because of racism in schools and the ill preparation of schools to meet their needs; in South-eastern Europe only 18% of Roma children ever enroll in secondary school and less than one per cent attend university. Many Roma children are tracked to ‘special’ schools and classrooms for children with disabilities simply because of their language differences. Thus there are large equity gaps in the quality of education received by Roma children and their non-Roma peers.