The study focuses on secondary education of Romani youth that has, so far, received little attention. Drawing on available data, mapping of CVEK in Trnava Self-Governing as well all current policy approaches, the author argues that mere prohibition of discrimination is insufficient to remedy vast inequalities in area of education between Romani and non-Romani population.
While accepting that intervention at pre-school and primary school level is most effective, the author furthermore argues that in particularly transition to secondary school should be also at the centre of policy makers. Deriving from the principle of respect of human dignity and equality, the study advocates that dominant policy approach should rely on affirmative action measures to ensure equal access of Romani youth to existing educational structures.
The final section of the study discusses a pilot model of such affirmative action measures focused on socially disadvantaged youth in the town of Skalica implemented in school year 2014/2015.
This practical handbook is designed to help teachers and other professionals working with socially disadvantaged youth in career counselling. The handbook includes numerous exercises and methods of working with children and youth from marginalized environment to ensure that they have access to quality education in particularly during transition to higher secondary education.
We have prepared the handbook in our project introducing affirmative action program in partnership with the Trnava Higher Regional Unit.