Obstacles and opportunities for the Roma education in Sisak-Moslavina County

Sep 4, 2015

PHOTO: UNDP HRVATSKA

Buying textbooks and financing transportation remain the biggest problems

On the occasion of the beginning of a new school year, the mobile team, which operates within the UNDP’s project Better Together - social inclusion of Roma in Croatia, visited on September 2, 2015 Roma settlement, Capraške Poljane. The aim of the visit was to discuss about the obstacles that Roma people face in education and finding solutions for it. 

More than 50 participants identified buying school books as the biggest problem. In fact, currently free textbooks are provided only for first grade students of elementary school, while students of higher grades of elementary school and high school need to buy the books by themselves. For Roma who live in Capraške Poljane, and who are socially vulnerable, the cost of books and school material is often too expensive, so many Roma children go to school without all necessary books and other equipment. 

Financing of transportation for secondary school students is also one of the problems, because the City of Sisak only finances the transport of elementary school students while high school students need to pay or organize transportation by themselves. Because of the relatively small number of the Roma students who go to high schools, participants agreed that free transport for the Roma students needs to be organized regardless the school that they go in. 

Therefore, it was agreed that data on the exact number of Roma high school students in Sisak will be collected to determine the exact number of children who need transportation. 

The project Better together for Roma in Croatia - Area-based approach for Roma inclusion is being implemented with the support of EEA and Norway Grants. The aim is to enable six Croatian counties with the largest number of the Roma population to adopt the better policies, measures and activities and to provide solutions to social problems that the Roma minority face in their everyday life. Thematic visits of mobile teams are part of the project activities through which Roma people can access information and advice in a quick and effective way.