The first online monitoring system of the school segregation* developed in Romania was released today by the Advocacy and Human Rights Center - CADO and the Resource Centre for Public Participation - CeRe, during the event held at the European Public Space in Bucharest. The system will be used during the next 6 month by five local organizations that will collect data from 500 schools in northeastern Romania. The data collected will generate the North East Romania School Segregation Map which will be available in 2016 on www.cado.org.ro.
The online monitoring system targets segregation in Botoșani, Iași, Neamț, Suceava and Vaslui county. Five local organizations, Support Centre for Social Reintegration of Vulnerable Groups Botoșani, Pro Roma Association Iași, Filocalia Foundation Iași, Pro Ipsi 2012 Association Neamt and the Association of Community Development Advisers Suceava, will collect data on school inclusion / segregation in 500 schools in the counties mentioned above.
"During the monitoring process we'll collect quantitative and qualitative data regarding the compliance with Order no. 1540/2007 on banning school segregation of Roma children. Data entered into the online system will generate research reports that will enable us to identify areas at high risk of segregation. The reports will be able to underpin strategies for the improvement of the concrete situations in which Roma children are separated from majority children in schools."- Cerasela Banica, President CADO
The online monitoring system of school segregation is conducted within the project "School for all children". The project is run by the Advocacy and Human Rights Centre and the Resource Centre for Public Participation during April 2015 - April 2016. The intervention strategy involves creating the integrated monitoring system of school segregation in Botoșani, Iași, Neamț, Suceava and Vaslui in cooperation with five local organizations; developing the first interactive online map on school segregation in the North East Romania and opening the first Legal Assistance Center for School Segregation Victims in Romania.
* School segregation is a social phenomenon that involves the separation between students belonging to minority groups from the students belonging to majority. Most commonly, in Romania, students are divided on ethnic lines. Although banned in Romania since 2007, school segregation of Roma children is still present in the public education system. There are schools where Roma pupils learn in classrooms, floors or even separate buildings. There are also schools that teach only Roma students.