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Съвременни измерения на образованието на ромските деца в община Кюстендил
Current Dimensions of Education of Roma Children in the Municipality of Kyustendil

Author(s): Ilona Tomova, Irina Vandova, Stanislava Nikolova
Subject(s): Social Sciences, Education, Sociology, State/Government and Education, Demography and human biology, Ethnic Minorities Studies
Published by: Институт за изследване на населението и човека - Българска академия на науките
Keywords: Roma; social inclusion; education; Bulgaria

Summary/Abstract: The paper explores issues associated with school integration of Roma children in the Municipality of Kyustendil (Bulgaria), where they constitute nearly 2/5 of all children at school age. Analysis is based on qualitative research conducted in 2014-2015. Among the issues covered are: Roma children’s preschool education, early dropout of school, school segregation/desegregation, access to quality education, and their vocational education and training. The focus is on the inequalities concerning access to quality education for Roma children (as well as for rural children, children in institutions, children from poor families), a problem typical for the whole educational system in Bulgaria which leads to the reproduction and reinforcement of social inequality and stratification. In conclusion, a SWOT analysis of the municipal educational system is conducted, in order to support the efforts of local authorities to find better solutions to enhance the municipality’s human capital.

  • Issue Year: 2016
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 166-198
  • Page Count: 33
  • Language: Bulgarian