Vlado Rafael: Integrating the Roma? I Know We Can, Though the Reasons Preventing it Never Cease to Amaze Me
In the summer, the V4 Revue wrote about the breakthrough decision by the Slovak courts that ordered the school in Šarišské Michaľany, a small village in the east of the country, to abolish the practice of segregating Roma from non-Roma children. A non-governmental organization eduRoma, whose mission is to help create mixed classes and introduce teaching techniques designed to make the school a better experience for all pupils, has been active in the village since February of this year. We spoke with Vlado Rafael, eduRoma director, about the multitude of little steps as well as the shocks accompanying this undertaking, about the Slovak debate on the Roma and about what’s ailing the education system.
Roadmap to Resolving the Issue of Overrepresentation of Romani Children in Special Education - Analysis of Realistic Measures
Feel free to download the new publication, produced by the Slovak Governance Institute (SGI), whose reviewers are Vlado Rafael and Igor Andre from the civic association eduRoma. The publication addresses the issue of overrepresentation of the Romani pupils in special schools in Slovakia.
Answers to Questions on (de) Segregation of Roma Students in Slovak Education System
To completely describe segregation and its consequences for Roma students in the process
of education in Slovakia is not an easy task and it represents an undoubtedly great ambition
of this publication.
Collection of books for school in Sarisske Michalany
Civic Association eduRoma decided to organized collection of books for school in Sarisske Michalany which is focus on improving reading skills of each child and eliminating the segregation in the school. 31th of March – 5th of June 2014.
Discussion: Campaign in European Elections in Slovakia, PR or Vision?
On the 7th of May the director of eduRoma Vlado Rafael took part on the discussion in Zilina which was organized by V4 revue with the support of Open Society Foundations.
eduRoma became part of an initiative Slovakia for All
On the 30th of April civic association became part of an anitiative Slovakia for All. Slovakia for All is an initiative,, which wants to give Slovakia a new story content. It represents a vision of the country where everyone can feel like at home, regardless, their nationality, gender, sexual orientation, social status, the language spoken where they come from or whether they have any health disadvantage. It is looking for what we as a people havein common, not what divides us. Slovakia for everyone is trying to bring people who believe that diversity is natural..
Meeting of the Chief school inspector and the Ombudsman
On the first of April the representatives of State School Inspection according to the invitation of Civic Association eduRoma met with the Ombudsman Jana Dubovcová and her colleagues as well as academic experts to discuss about problem of segregation Romani children at schools in Slovakia.
The Examples of Proper Education Experience of Roma People in Latvia and Slovakia
25th of March 2014 Our civic association eduRoma – Roma Education Project had a meeting in the office of OpenSociety Foundations with their representatives and also with representatives from Amnesty International Slovensko and we were talking about inclusive education and about reality in Slovakian schools where the right to equal treatment is violated by segregated education of Roma children.
Meeting with representatives of the State School Inspection
3rd February 2014 The second meeting with representatives of the State School Inspection was organisated by eduRoma, Amnesty International, Advisory Service for Civil and Human Rights in cooperation with the Institute of Social Antropology of Comenius University in Bratislava.The topic was the problem of monitoring of segragation Romany children in schools in Slovakia
Workshop in Prešov
23th January 2014 Vlado Rafael from civic association eduRoma is presentating to the activists from non-govermental organization the solution of problem of segragation in the school in Šarišské Michaľany. Workshop was organisated by National Democratic Institute and Foundation of Milan Šimečka in Eastern Slovakia in Prešov
Center of Cooperating method of teaching
On January 2014 Civic association eduRoma helps the school in Šarišské Michalany to rebuild an old classroom to the Center of Cooperating method of teaching. Lessons and acitivities with children are starting in February 2014
Workshop in Danišovce
17th January 2014 Vlado Rafael from civic association eduRoma is presentating to Romany activists the solution of problem of segragation in the school in Šarišské Michaľany. Workshop was organisated by Advisory Service for Civil and Human Rights in Danišovce in Eastern Slovakia – district Spišská Nová Ves
Christmas party for all children
16th December 2013 Civic association eduRoma together with school in Šarišské Michaľany organisated a Christmas party for all children.
Our activities in September
30th August - 18th September 2013 We bring you a short overview of our September activities.
Educational and motivational trip of Roma and non-Roma pupils
Between September 16-18, 2013, civic association eduRoma with support of the US Embassy in Slovakia, organized an educational trip for Roma and non-Roma children from the school in Sarisske Michalany.
Sport dayOn August 11, 2013,
we organized in cooperation with the Elementary school of Sarisske Michalany a SPORTS DAY for all children with the aim to have fun, compete in the spirit of fair-play and under the motto:"Also sport can unite"
The 2nd training of teachers and student-volunteers
|July 1-3, 2013 |
eduRoma with extensive support of the US Embassy realized the 2nd training of teachers and student-volunteers in Drienica near Sabinov
First training of student-volunteers
May 17,2013 first training of student volunteers in mentoring and tutoring at the Faculty of Orthodox Theology at the University of Presov in Presov.
Lecture of American professor Garry Orfield
April 22,2013 Lecture of American professor Garry Orfield
First meeting with teachers from the school in Sarisske Michalany
March 2,2013 we are analyzing their needs and listening actively
Nomination of members into the Commission for inclusive education
February 2, 2013 Vlado Rafael, Stanislav Cina a Jaroslav Valaštiak are nominating local authorities from Sarisske Michalany and Ostrovany into the Commission for inclusive education