Czech Republic: Must try harder - Ethnic discrimination of Romani children in Czech schools

Wednesday, 22 April, 2015

Extract from the report: Romani children in the Czech Republic have for decades suffered systemic discrimination in primary education. Many are placed in so-called practical schools designated for pupils with mild mental disabilities. Those in mainstream schools are often segregated in Roma-only schools and classes or otherwise treated differently. Reports of racial bullying and ostracization by non-Roma pupils, and even open prejudice by some teachers, are frequent (...) This report presents the findings of new research carried out in 2014; it focuses on four major locations in which delegates visited around 30 schools, spoke to school directors, teachers, parents and pupils, and ran a series of workshops for Romani children. A thorough reform of the primary education system in the Czech Republic is needed to address the scale and systemic character of discrimination against Roma. Amnesty International calls on the government to make an unequivocal commitment to address the problem and start a reform that would address ethnic prejudice and discrimination head-on.

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