Commissioner’s report on visit to Lithuania (excerpt on Roma), 2017

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2 RIGHTS OF CHILDREN

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2.4 INCLUSIVE EDUCATION

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91. As regards the situation of Roma children, the European Commission Against Racism and Intolerance in its 2016 report on Lithuania recommended to “scale up the support for Roma education activities and aim at raising the level of enrolment of Roma children in pre-school education to that of the general population with a view of promoting non-segregated pre-school facilities”.41 The Council of Europe Committee of Minister in its Resolution CM/ResCMN(2016)9 on the implementation of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities by Lithuania recommended to “increase efforts to promote equal access to quality education for Roma in mainstream schools, including through the enhanced employment of Roma mediators”.42 The UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women stressed the issue of placement of Roma children in special schools or classes, the low school attendance of Roma girls and the high rate at which Roma girls are dropping out of primary education.43 The Commissioner is of the opinion that any strategy aimed at promoting inclusive education should include concrete measures to promote access to education also to other vulnerable groups, including Roma children.

41 ECRI Report on Lithuania (fifth monitoring cycle), CRI(2016)20, adopted on 18 March 2016, paragraph 72.

42 CM/ResCMN(2016)9, paragraph 2.

43 CEDAW/C/LTU/CO/5, paragraph 33.

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Document data: CommDH(2017)7 ; 19.04.2017 Link: https://rm.coe.int/ref/CommDH(2017)7

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