Topic 3 Scenario 3

  • Anna is a Roma child living in a city of a Member State of the EU. In this city a population of approximately 1000 Roma persons is residing. The local authorities implement projects for the proper inclusion of the Roma in the community. However, the majority of the adults and mainly the women are not able to read and write. The children are not enrolled in the school and/or they do not attend the class. Anna’s parents try to enforce the authorities to safeguard the child’s rights. The municipality proposes the solution of separate schools for Roma children after massive demonstrations of the local population. The locals consider that Roma children are not fit to be with the rest of the children in the school. They complaint that they are not vaccinated, that they are violent, that they are not speaking properly the language.
  • The same problem arises with a reception center for asylum seekers in the same city. The children who are asylum seekers face difficulties to be enrolled in schools. They are mainly Kurds from Syria, Afghans (of different ethnicities eg Hazaras, Tajiks etc) and from different African countries. Some children are unaccompanied, and remain in the reception shelter without their parents or other person responsible for them.
  • After long disputes, the local authorities enroll the children at schools. However, Local population using xenophobic and racist slogans protest outside the school and block the Roma and asylum seekers children to come to the school. They shout that Roma are dirty and that “blacks” and “foreigners” should not be mixed with their children. They threaten also the teachers who wish to help. Try to apply the Victims Directive and the Racial Equality Directive. Do you believe that both Directives apply? Identify key issues in relation to access of children to education in all the above scenarios and their protection as victims.