Slovakia plans to remove Romani children from their families
The Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico said today (March 9) that the government proposes a system, in which Romani children will be taken from settlements and be placed in boarding schools.
“The idea that Romani children have to be removed from their families and put into boarding schools, when they could be educated in normal schools near their homes, is clearly against the best interests of the child. Uprooting from their surroundings and removing them from their families, is an attack on their identity,” said Halya Gowan, Europe and Central Asia Programme Director of Amnesty International.
The fact that some Romani families living in settlements – as other families in Slovakia – experience challenges to supporting the education of children because of poverty, language barriers and other factors, highlights the need for government to provide support and assistance to all to overcome such barriers.
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