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Practical obstacles and evidence of problems and differential enrollment rates for certain minorities?

Key Area:
Discrimination, Equality
10/01/2012 - 16:00
Short Answer

Yes, there are evidences of lack of accessibility of Slovenian educational system for children from Roma community.

Qualitative Info

There are evidence of inadequate enrollment rate for Roma children on various level of education.

Various reports produced by state bodies, research and non-govermental organisations refer to problems and practical obstacles in access to education for children originating from Roma community. Problems include  high rate of school failure and high number of school out-drops of Roma children, both connected with the lack of Slovenian language competence among them (consequently lack of ability to follow the educational process), but also with low expectations, non-attendance of classes, discouraging domestic conditions etc. Proportion of Roma children enrolled in the schools for children with special needs  (disabilities) is seven times higher than for majority children. There are also evidences of homogeneous classes for Roma children in kindegartens and elementary schools as a result of other measures (such as for istance division of children with different level of knowledge of certain subject), although it is a practice which has been officially abandoned. Practical obstacles includes also stygmatisation of Roma children from the part of majority children and their parents.

There have been various policy documents and measures developed by the Ministry of Education, especially after EU membership (2004) to improve access of education for Roma children and their success.


Albina Necak Luk and Sonja Novak Lukanovic: "Inclusion of Roma Children into Education in Slovenia: The Language Competence and Culture Dimensions", The Open Education Journal, 4/2011. Date of access: 9.1.2012.

Amnesty International Report on Education of Roma Children in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Slovenia, 2006, Date of access: 10.1.2012.

Amnesty International Slovenia Report, 2010, Date of access: 10.1.2012.

Strategy for Education of Roma in Slovenia, 2004. Date of access: 10.1.2012.

Groups affected/interested Roma & Travelers
Type (R/D) Anti-roma/zinghanophobia
Key socio-economic / Institutional Areas Education
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