CVEK

14. 11. 2019

Civil society monitoring report on implementation of the national Roma integration strategy in Slovakia: Assessing the progress in four key policy areas of the strategy

Content:

This report was prepared by a consortium of seven Roma and pro-Roma NGOs under the leadership of CVEK. The report  welcomes the willingness of state authorities to adopt systemic legislative and policy measures with the potential to facilitate inclusion of disadvantaged Roma, including a new bankruptcy regulation, new regulations simplifying legalisation of parcels underneath Roma settlements, or the introduction of free universal lunch for children in their final preschool year in kindergarten and through elementary school. However, the report raises concerns that especially in housing and education, at best, there are efforts to improve living standards and education through housing and schools for Roma. Both residential segregation and various forms of segregation of Roma children experienced from early age until their secondary school studies remain the practices most ignored by state authorities. Furthermore, as illustrated through cases of poor school attendance among disadvantaged students and workfare programmes, state authorities should focus on addressing the complex social and structural causes of problems rather than blaming and sanctioning those with few opportunities to help themselves, thereby reinforcing their exclusion trap. Finally, the design of policies, monitoring and evaluation, and data collection all require the adoption of an intersectional perspective considering the particularly vulnerable situation of Roma women and children.

20. 04. 2018

Civil Society Monitoring Report on Implementation of the National Roma Integration Strategy in Slovakia

Content:

The monitoring report focuses on the structural and horizontal preconditions for the successful implementation of national integration strategy in Slovakia: governance and overall policy framework, fighting discrimination, addressing antigypsyism and education. The report also includes case studies of two localities to illustrate the potential and limits of Slovakia’s Roma inclusion policies in practice.

The report notes that despite relatively slow progress overall, we can trace palpable results, mostly through several active municipalities and through the projects of NGOs. Additionally, at least in areas such as housing, health and employment, we can see the efforts of the action plans of the NRIS to scale up successful local municipal or NGO-run projects using ESIF funds. As we argue throughout the report, nevertheless, significant efforts must be invested into actual implementation of plans into practice in all areas. Moreover, in the area of non-discrimination, especially when it comes to maltreatment by police, residential segregation and segregation in education, there appears to be limits even in the state recognition of troubling practices as a precondition for any meaningful action.

The report has been prepared by the Centre for the Research of Ethnicity and Culture (Governance and Overall Policy Framework, Antidiscrimination, Education), the Roma Advocacy and Research Centre (Antigypsyism), the Community Centre of Minorities (Case study of Veľký Krtíš), Roma Media – ROMED (Case study of Hlinné), the Association for Culture, Education and Communication, People in Need and Roma Platform.

 

The report has been prepared as part of the Roma Civil Monitor pilot project, ‘Capacity-building for Roma civil society and strengthening its involvement in the monitoring of National Roma Integration Strategies’. The pilot project is carried out for the European Commission, DG Justice and Consumers. It is coordinated by the Center for Policy Studies of Central European University (CEU CPS), in partnership with the European Roma Grassroots Organisations Network (ERGO Network), the European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC), the Fundación Secretariado Gitano (FSG) and the Roma Education Fund (REF) and implemented with around 90 NGOs and experts from up to 27 member states.

7. 02. 2018

Victims of labour exploitation or “illegal” migrants? Ukrainian workers’ labour rights protection in Slovakia

Content:

The present report intends to shed some light on the practices of employing Ukrainian nationals in Slovakia in the recent period of 2013-2017. Attention is focused on emerging trends and employment patterns among Ukrainians working in low skilled professions. The report is based on desk research using existing studies and statistical data, plus qualitative interviews conducted with Ukrainian nationals living in Slovakia, with a representative of the labour inspectorate, the National Union of Employers, Employment Institute, the Institute of Economic and Social Studies and an intergovernmental organization providing support services to migrants.
The research, as well as previous work in the field of violations of migrant workers’ labour rights, points to exploitation as an understated yet widespread issue in Slovakia. The report uses the concept of labour exploitation as defined by the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA). According to FRA3, at least four aspects need to be taken into consideration when speaking about labour exploitation of migrant workers:
1. social policies
2. freedom of movement
3. migration policies
4. criminal justice and the rights of victims of crime

10. 10. 2016

A baedeker from Foreigners to Foreigner in Arabic

Content:

The idea for the project Intercultural Guide to Lives in Slovakia came from the constantly recurring questions concerning daily life in Slovakia which we are asked during our work by incoming foreigners. The great number of them surprised us at first, we still do not have an answer to some, and it is evident that for many questions no simple answers exist. 

Our idea was a book that looks different to the ordinary guidebook for a country. So then, do not look into it for facts about the country’s area, the number of inhabitants, or precise instructions on what you may and may not do. Our guide, by taking the qualities or strangenesses of Slovakia as perceived by people from outside, aims to enable new arrivals and old-established residents alike to look at ordinary situations from different perspectives and to taste, with a pinch of spice and salt, what we’re cooking together.

10. 10. 2016

A baedeker from Foreigners to Foreigner in Russian

Content:

The idea for the project Intercultural Guide to Lives in Slovakia came from the constantly recurring questions concerning daily life in Slovakia which we are asked during our work by incoming foreigners. The great number of them surprised us at first, we still do not have an answer to some, and it is evident that for many questions no simple answers exist. 

Our idea was a book that looks different to the ordinary guidebook for a country. So then, do not look into it for facts about the country’s area, the number of inhabitants, or precise instructions on what you may and may not do. Our guide, by taking the qualities or strangenesses of Slovakia as perceived by people from outside, aims to enable new arrivals and old-established residents alike to look at ordinary situations from different perspectives and to taste, with a pinch of spice and salt, what we’re cooking together.

10. 10. 2016

A baedeker from Foreigners to Foreigner in English

Content:

The idea for the project Intercultural Guide to Lives in Slovakia came from the constantly recurring questions concerning daily life in Slovakia which we are asked during our work by incoming foreigners. The great number of them surprised us at first, we still do not have an answer to some, and it is evident that for many questions no simple answers exist. 

Our idea was a book that looks different to the ordinary guidebook for a country. So then, do not look into it for facts about the country’s area, the number of inhabitants, or precise instructions on what you may and may not do. Our guide, by taking the qualities or strangenesses of Slovakia as perceived by people from outside, aims to enable new arrivals and old-established residents alike to look at ordinary situations from different perspectives and to taste, with a pinch of spice and salt, what we’re cooking together.

10. 10. 2016

A baedeker from Foreigners to Foreigner in Slovak

Content:

The idea for the project Intercultural Guide to Lives in Slovakia came from the constantly recurring questions concerning daily life in Slovakia which we are asked during our work by incoming foreigners. The great number of them surprised us at first, we still do not have an answer to some, and it is evident that for many questions no simple answers exist. 

Our idea was a book that looks different to the ordinary guidebook for a country. So then, do not look into it for facts about the country’s area, the number of inhabitants, or precise instructions on what you may and may not do. Our guide, by taking the qualities or strangenesses of Slovakia as perceived by people from outside, aims to enable new arrivals and old-established residents alike to look at ordinary situations from different perspectives and to taste, with a pinch of spice and salt, what we’re cooking together.

30. 05. 2016

Complex Instruction Program leaflet

Content:

In an attractive form of a leaflet, we are introducing the main conclusions from our research on Complex Instruction Program as one of the tools of inclusive education and its potential implementation in Slovak schools. This leaflet thus serves the teachers, school principals, and policymakers who are interested in learning more about the basic principles of the program and get a brief insight into the experience of the primary school in Hejőkeresztúr with an education of children from diverse backgrounds.

24. 05. 2016

Complex Instruction Program: Working together towards inclusive education

Content:

The publication introduces the conclusion of a short-term research project, which was conducted in the spring of 2016 in the primary school in the Hungarian village of Hejőkeresztúr. The school has been for long trying to create an inclusive environment for its students, on the classroom level mainly with the help of the Complex Instruction Program. The core of this research is thus a case study of the school which draws on interviews with the school principal and teachers, focus groups with children, classroom observation, as well as interviews with other actors, mainly the village mayor and the public policy analyst. The case study is supplemented by the review of scientific literature dedicated to this pedagogical program and a comprehensive analysis of the application of the Complex Instruction Program in the Slovak education system.

21. 12. 2015

Equal Opportunities: Support of Education of Romani Youth at Secondary Level through Affirmative Action

Content:

The study focuses on, so far, largely marginal topic of Roma education at university level. Available data suggest not only enormous ethnically determined inequalities, but also tendencies of Romani youth to disproportionally opt for social work studies. This is probably caused by societal stereotypical expectation about desirable study and work traits of Roma.

Drawing of experience of the US, the author argues that changes in societal stratification and access to prestigious jobs and positions require ensuring equal access to quality university education in lucrative areas.  A significant portion of the study thus focuses on both positive and negative experience with affirmative action programs in the US over the last four decades that are relevant also for the context of Roma in Slovakia.

The final section of the study discusses the first affirmative action pilot program called You also have a chance! Implemented by CVEK in partnership with the University of Economics in 2014/2015.

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