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Victimisation in schools (bullying/harassment/racist violence) ?

Key Area:
Discrimination, Equality
26/01/2012 - 23:36
Short Answer

Some reports provide indications of  Roma pupils being victims of bullying and harassment in schools in Slovenia, but also of Roma pupils' violent behaviour.

There are surveys that reveal homophobic violence in secondary schools in Slovenia.


Qualitative Info

The Amnesty International report on education of Roma in Slovenia (2006) refers to Roma children as "targets for bullying and harassment", while the report on human rights in Slovenia by the US State Department (2010)  - referring to information gathered by the Amnesty International and the Roma Council - reveals that Roma children are exposed  to certain forms of violence also by the schools since "public school officials in Novo Mesto required Romani students to shower, using school facilities before classes, subjecting them to ridicule and humiliation".

At the same time some official documents produced by schools reffer to violent behaviour of Roma pupils as a reason why parents of non-Roma pupils request separate classes.

According to the survey done by  Legebitra, a civil society organisation that promote rights of LGBTQ population, 35 percent of the LGBTQ population in secondary schools in Slovenia have been victims of some kind of violence (including physical attacks targeting mostly gays). In some cases LGBTQ students in secondary schools have been victims of bullying and harassment not only by other students but also by teachers.

Studies on "second generation of immigrants from former Yugoslavia in Slovenia"  have also revealed specific experience  of young members of national minorities from other parts of former Yugoslavia (Albanians, Bosniaks, Croats, Serbs etc.) with verbal,  emotional and physical violence in school (in the role of both  victims and perpetrators).

According to the studies and discussions on violence in schools in Slovenia, the violent behaviour of students  have not been  officially  perceived and addressed in schools in the context of ethnic divisions, but rather by reffering to family relations and eventually to other structural conditions such as class differences.


False starts - The exclusion of Romani children from primary education in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Slovenia, Amnesty International Report 2006, Date of access: 26.1.2012.

Human Rights Report - Slovenia, 2010, US State Department, Date of access: 26.1.212.

Poročilo o izvedenih ukrepih pri reševanju romske problematike v Občini Trebnje v letu 2004 (Report on implemented measures to solve the Roma situation in the Municipality Trebnje in 2004), Date of access: 26.1.2012.

"I know it is a kind of violence agaist Roma pupils...", article in Mladina weekly, 14.4.2011, Date of access: 26.1.2012.

"Pedri raus! Homofobično nasilje v šolah" (Gays raus! A homophobic violence in schools), an article by  Simon Maljevac and Jasna Magić,  Sodobna pedagogika 60(4), 2009, Date of access: 28.1.2012.

Še vedno: vsepovsod nasilje (Violence is still everywhere), Narobe, 10.4.2009, Date of access: 28.1.2012.


"Čefurji so bili rojeni tukaj - Življenje mladih priseljencev druge generacije v Ljubljani" (Čefurji have been born here - A life of young immigrants of second generation in Ljubljana), a study by Bojan Dekleva and Špela Razpotnik, Institute for Criminology within the Law Faculty in Ljubljana, and Faculty of Education in Ljubljana, 2002.

"Dosje: Druga generacija@juž", a documentary film by TV Slovenia, 13.6.2006, Date of access: 27.1.2012.

Report with summary of findings of the project STAMINA-Formation of non-violent behaviour in school and leisure time among youths from violent families (2009 – 2011) in Slovenia, Austria, Germany and Spain, 2011, Date of  access: 27.1.2012.




Groups affected/interested Migrants, Roma & Travelers, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender, National minorities
Type (R/D) Anti-migrant/xenophobia, Anti-roma/zinghanophobia, Homophobia
Key socio-economic / Institutional Areas Education
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