Giving Memory A Future
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In Europe

© Stefano Pasta 2010.

  • The Roma in Europe are a young population: their average age is 25 years, compared with 40 years for non-Roma; 37.5% of them are under-15, in comparison with 15.7% for non-Roma (Source: EU).
  • Roma minors who complete primary school: 42% of the total, compared with the European average of 97.5% (Source: EU).
  • Roma minors attending secondary school: 10% of the total (Source: EU).
  • In Eastern Europe, 64% of all Roma girls are enrolled in primary school compared with 96% of their non-Roma peers: these statistics reflect the Roma’s socioeconomic status (Source: UNICEF).
  • In Eastern Europe 50-80% of all Roma minors attend what are de facto “special schools” (Source: Council of Europe).

  • In the Czech Republic 30% of Roma children still attend schools for children with mild mental disabilities, compared with 2% of non-Roma children.
  • Many reports warn of discrimination against Roma and Sinti people, both in their access to education and in the schools they attend.
  • According to the European Commission, “Member States should ensure that all Roma children, whether settled or not, have access to quality education and are not subjected to discrimination or segregation.”


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