The second study visit of the Joint Project of the EU and Council of Europe “Inclusive Schools: Making a Difference for Roma Children” (INSCHOOL) was organised jointly with the Ministry of Education and the High Commission for Migration of Portugal. It took place on 24 and 25 of May in Lisbon, Portugal, and focused on the “Educational success of Portugal: evolution of inclusive education policy and practice”.  

The main purpose of this event, which benefited from the presence of Ministerial partners, educational and Roma portfolio stakeholders from Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Portugal, Romania and the Slovak Republic, was: 

  • To develop better understanding of the Portuguese experience of education reform and innovative practice in promoting inclusive education, to understand the historical and conceptual evolution in education
  • To learn about the inter-section and complementarity between education and anti-discrimination, interculturality, citizenship education and their inter-play between the different levels of governance in education (national, regional and local)
  • To introduce the organisational and curricula options (measures) that are available to schools as solution to students’ specific contexts and needs, including presentation of available mainstream and targeted measures
  • To understand the country’s context of Roma communities and students, and the available successful programmes promoting academic success in Portugal
  • To learn and exchange in-person with education practitioners in schools
  • To promote cross-country exchange, learning and transferability of good practices.