The Cilibia Secondary School recently created a School Student Council, a forum where students are welcomed to express themselves and discuss relevant issues to the school. It is composed of 8 students, including Roma pupils, and comprises four different commissions: Discipline and Education, Culture, Legal and Sports. The second council, held on 8 November, focused on the theme “Children’s rights. I am human, therefore I have rights!”
This initiative will contribute to bringing more democracy to the school – an objective defined by the school with the support of the INSCHOOL facilitator. When preparing their Inclusive School Development plan, the school recognized that its environment could be improved by listening to the voices of all its community – including its students. This small yet meaningful step paves the way to more substantial changes.
This result reflects the positive impact that INSCHOOL can generate. INSCHOOL proposes an approach that focuses on tailored solutions to specific concerns identified by schools. Through their continued assistance, INSCHOOL facilitators support schools and focus on understanding the context, identifying key areas of concern and building the capacity of school staff and students. This intervention at the local level is crucial in facilitating change. Good practices and problematic issues identified are then shared with the national authorities to benefit the education system and generate country-wide policy change.
The European Union/Council of Europe Joint Project “Inclusive Schools: making a difference for Roma children” (INSCHOOL) aims at making a positive change and promoting equal access to quality inclusive education for all children, including Roma children. It is implemented in Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovak Republic, Romania and the United Kingdom.