Radio Prague published an article on November 13th about Czech students who wanted to draw attention to segregation in modern education in the Czech Republic. The group of Czech university students organised a series of events in the capital of the Czech Republic: Prague. These events mainly focused on the segregation of Roma children in Czech schools and the media image of the country’s Romani minority. Human rights group Amnesty International as well as the European Roma Rights Centre were also involved.
This week’s events were not unique. Last year the students organised a similar event in order to draw attention to this problem. As Volynsky states:
the campaign follows up on a 2007 verdict by the European Court for Human Rights which ruled in favor of 18 Romani students from the northern city of Ostrava, confirming their families’ claim that they were unjustly placed into so-called special, or practical, schools for disabled children, and denied access to a regular education. The court also stated that this was a common practice in the Czech Republic that needed to be stopped. But five years on, human rights advocates are saying little progress has been made. (Volynsky)
Following one of my previous posts on linguistic equalities a quote from Adam Podhola is in place here
Don’t give into the stereotypes that you see in the media. It is about creating dialogue, it’s about understanding. I think one of the problems here is that we underestimate the Roma culture. It is just as important as Czech culture, and [their values] are just as important as the values that we have. And I think we should try to learn more about Roma culture, because it will help us deal with the problems in the future. (Volynsky)
Are you familiar with similar cases in your own surroundings? Do not hesitate to share your thoughts and experiences!
You can read the entire article on the website of Radio Prague.
Moreover, if you want more information concerning these events you can go to the following website: www.ipusa.cz.
- Masha Volynsky – Radio Prague, ‘Students highlight segregation in education during Roma Week’, http://www.radio.cz/en/section/curraffrs/students-highlight-segregation-in-education-during-roma-week, consulted 16-11-2012.