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INSCHOOL as innovative approach to inclusion - "We need more projects that take into account local specificities of local communitites"

On 30 September 2019, the hearing of Ms Mariya Gabriel as Commissionner-designate, Innovation and Youth touched upon the subject of inclusion of Roma children in European education systems.
Brussels 30 September 2019
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(c) European Commission

(c) European Commission

Upon questioning by Slovak MEP Pollak on the way the commissioner-designate intended to make sure that Roma children receive equal opportunities in European education systems and therefore equal chances to succeed on the employment market, Ms Gabriel responded:

"We know how difficult it is for Roma children to be integrated in the classical system, so we need to experiment. When I say "experiment", I'm thinking of one project in particular, and that's the INSCHOOL Project. These are new schools, which are inclusive in 5 different countries, that will be created not just to focus on Roma children but what's new here is that there will be more work done together with families and communities. Change won't only come through the work with the children, or the work in the education system. It also needs the involvement of parents and communities, but that will require more involvement of local authorities."

She went on to underline the importance of tackling inclusion in schools: "This is a project that really impressed me, it's in preparation and I'm very interested to see what will happen: 31 schools in 5 different countries - I think there may be a basis there to build for the future. So, inclusion - that's always important, but what I would like to see is more projects taking into account local specificities of local communities and I want to see these initiatives multiplied, I think we can do more.