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The Education of Gypsy Childhood in Europe, Final Report

Project ID: HPSE-CT-1999-00033


The name given to the project The education1 of Gypsy chilhood in Europe is OPRE ROMA, which from the Gypsy language Romany, could be translated as LONG LIVE THE GYPSIES. The research was carried out in three European countries: Spain, France and Italy, from March 2000 to March 2003 and incorporated ethnographic research in Portugal (the city of Evora) and in Bosnia.
Its main objective was to provide a diagnosis on the education and socialisation processes of Gypsy/Roma children for policy makers at European level and those in the state administrations of the countries involved, and for the academic community and European society in general. It is the first transnational research project carried out in this field of study to take an interdisciplinary perspective and employ various methodological approaches. The ethnographic research in both rural and urban settings has given us an insiders' perspective of the various Gypsy/Roma groups, while at the same time, we have been able to accurately analyse the socioeducational dynamics occurring in the school through the ethnographic study of this context. The sociological investigations carried out in the three countries have enabled us to obtain, from a macroscopic perspective, a general picture of the social, political, economic and educational dynamics that affect Gypsy/Roma children and their processes of interaction with the school. Data obtained from surveys carried out into teacher perception of the educational reality experienced by the Gypsy/Roma child have complemented these analyses to provide a full overview.

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