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Blog Aktuálně.cz - Czech Republic | 04/11/2010

Education the key to the Roma problem

Despite persistent criticism from abroad Roma children are mostly taught at special schools in the Czech Republic. David Zahumenský, chairman of the Czech League of Human Rights, writes in his blog for Aktuálně.cz that the children deserve better, and calls for an end to the practice. "It is disappointing that the focus lies on filling these schools to capacity, because they produce people who will be dependent on state help. Do we really want to maintain this unsuitable model? Education is the key to the whole Roma problem. The government must finally take the steps it has long been planning and which work so well in other countries. But Education Minister Dobeš refuses to consider that option. The discrimination of Roma regarding access to education, for which the Czech Republic was already condemned by the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg three years ago, is as big a problem as ever."

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