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Diplomats visit special schools in Banská Bystrica and Banská Štiavnica

British Ambassador to Slovakia Michael Roberts, Irish Ambassador Kathryn Coll, Romanian Ambassador Florin Vodita, Hungarian Ambassador Antal Heizer, and US Embassy Chargé d'Affaires Keith Eddins will, on Wednesday, June 24, visit special elementary schools in Banská Štiavnica (Banská Bystrica Region), and Banská Bystrica, the US Embassy in Slovakia announced on June 23.

British Ambassador to Slovakia Michael Roberts, Irish Ambassador Kathryn Coll, Romanian Ambassador Florin Vodita, Hungarian Ambassador Antal Heizer, and US Embassy Chargé d'Affaires Keith Eddins will, on Wednesday, June 24, visit special elementary schools in Banská Štiavnica (Banská Bystrica Region), and Banská Bystrica, the US Embassy in Slovakia announced on June 23.

The diplomats will be accompanied by representatives of the embassies of the Czech Republic, Spain, and Canada, as well as representatives of NGOs such as Amnesty International, the European Centre for the Rights of Roma, the Milan Šimečka Foundation and the National Democratic Institute.

From 11:00 to 13:00 the diplomats will visit a special elementary school in Banská Štiavnica and a special elementary school in Banská Bystrica. In 2009, Slovakia took over the presidency of the Decade of Roma Integration. During 2010, Slovakia and other members of the Decade initiative will discuss strategies for improving the education of Roma children, as well as housing, (national and cultural) identity, and conditions for employing Roma. The diplomatic community hopes that this trip will provide a first-hand view of the structure and reality of Roma education in Slovakia.

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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