The EU Framework for National Roma Integration Strategies up to 2020 (launched in 2011) called on Member States to develop and implement strategies following a comprehensive approach with the goal to close the Roma-non Roma gap in access to education, employment, healthcare and housing. Goals set in the area of education included ensuring access to quality education and fighting discrimination and segregation, which are prohibited by EU law. Subsequent Commission assessments identified persisting school segregation, also closely linked to housing segregation, as one of the biggest challenges. Mapping successful approaches in different local settings and on that basis identifying success criteria and drawing up operational guidance for active desegregation both in education and housing could contribute to ensuring effective equal access for all children to quality, inclusive mainstream education. .
The participants proposed the creation of a strategy and road-map for school desegregation. The strategy should be the result of a process of mapping good practices and identifying issues, observation and exploration in pre-selected schools and testing of the proposed actions to fight segregation. It would require the participation of international, national and local actors as it could influence education policies at different levels.
We aim to design and test a support intervention in a local community as a prototype for future similar types of interventions. This would involve supporting local organisations that can take on the role of catalysts for change through their interaction with local actors, including schools and children.