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Bratislava meeting focuses on pre-school education for Roma children

A meeting to discuss ways to improve pre-school and early-care opportunities for Roma children up to age 6, called the Third Transnational Workshop of the ‘A Good Start’ project is being held in Bratislava on June 1 and 2. The main topic is how to improve inclusive early-childhood services focusing on disadvantaged Roma children.

A meeting to discuss ways to improve pre-school and early-care opportunities for Roma children up to age 6, called the Third Transnational Workshop of the ‘A Good Start’ project is being held in Bratislava on June 1 and 2. The main topic is how to improve inclusive early-childhood services focusing on disadvantaged Roma children.

“Roma are far behind other children in their education in Slovakia, Romania, Macedonia and Hungary, the four countries of ‘A Good Start’ project”, Szilvia Pallaghy, the manager of the project for the Roma Education Fund, told The Slovak Spectator, adding that there are insufficient facilities for pre-school education in Slovakia.

Pallaghy said this is partially why Roma children account for approximately 60% of all children placed in so-called “special schools” and classes with a reduced curriculum, a step that limits their possibilities for further study and subsequent employment.

‘A Good Start’ operates in Slovakia in Banská Bystrica, Martin, Abranovce and Zborov, promoting enrolment and attendance at pre-school programmes, offering alternative education, material assistance, regular support for families provided by health-care and teaching assistants, transportation and tuition. Over 600 children have been assisted in Slovakia at a total cost of €212,890.

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.

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