Roma/Ciganos/Gypsies/ Gitanos and education (formal and non-formal): past and present
Professor Assistant at Faculty of Architecture, University of Lisbon, Portugal; Researcher at Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (ISCTE-IUL), CIES-IUL, Lisboa, Portugal. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Professor Assistant at Portuguese Open University (UAb). Researcher at Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (ISCTE-IUL), CIES-IUL, Lisboa, Portugal.
Researcher, Romanian Institute for Research on National Minorities
According to the European Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA, 2012), the World Bank (2014) and other international agencies, Roma people and families are severely affected by social and economic vulnerability, stemming from a complex set of factors that are interrelated. As a result, there is still a great deal of persistent inequality in the various European countries in terms of access to schooling and success in education by Roma individuals and families. Education is important for the social and cultural rights of individuals and one of the main keys to entering the formal employment market and guaranteeing the basic conditions of survival. Despite the effects of some social and educational policies, the majority of Roma continue to have low levels of education and high rates of school failure, dropout and illiteracy, and low rates of higher education graduates compared to non-Roma. Although there has been an increase in the educational attainment of European citizens, there are still persistent inequalities between Roma and non-Roma, more than that gender inequalities as well, which greatly affect Roma women. It should be noted that several recent researches have shown that continuity of school trajectories depends to a large extent on public policies and programs, but also with other explanatory factors inherent to the individual, the type of support of his family group, the presence of reference figures, the importance of peers and institutional factors inherent to the functioning of the public school. In this context of discussion, it is important to understand the factors of success and school continuity, but also the reasons that still justify the high rates of school dropout and failure
In sum, this panel, entitled Roma/ Ciganos /Gypsies/ Gitanos and Education aims to discuss this social reality from a multidisciplinary, and transversal point of view, sharing knowledge and practices, in different countries. In this sense, we appeal to the participation of researchers who share a set of analyses with paradigms of analysis and diverse methodologies (using different techniques and methods, such us ethnographies, interviews, observation, surveys, etc.), but which certainly contribute to broaden our knowledge about the articulations of families, individuals, school and public policies in our societies. Recent studies, as well as others with a historical component will be welcome.
The deadline for receiving abstracts for the panel is 31 March 2017. Papers intended for the open panel will be reviewed by the program committee and the panel organizers.
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