The Latest issue of the European Education (Taylor and Francis Group) opens a debate on the Decade of Roma Inclusion with an introductory part authored by Christian Brüggemann (Humboldt University of Berlin) and Eben Friedman (European Centre for Minority Issues). The introductory part frames the contributions to the special issue by presenting the Decade in context and design, also attempting a preliminary assessment of the Decade’s institutional legacies. Following a brief overview of each contribution, the editorial outlines directions for research on the education of Roma in the aftermath of the Decade.
About the Decade of Roma Inclusion
The Decade of Roma Inclusion (2005-2015) can be understood as a joint effort of European governments and international organizations to fight exclusion and marginalization of Roma communities. Based on coordination efforts and financial support that has been institutionalized through the establishment of the Decade Secretariat, the Decade Trust Fund and the Roma Education Fund, the Decade has been the core reference and baseline framework for a multitude of research activities, initiatives and interventions with education being a key priority.
The Decade has contributed to the internationalization of Roma education discourse and triggered large-scale fundraising possibilities for education. Nevertheless, only little change has been observed at the local level and many Roma communities seem not to have benefited from this international endeavor.