Prof Dr Tove Malloy presented some of Europe’s best practices with regard to organizing minority education at the European Parliament. What are the key standards and relevant norms of management and how are they implemented in practice across Europe?
On Tuesday, 2 February 2016, Prof Dr Tove Malloy participated in an expert consultation meeting on minority education at the European Parliament in Strasbourg. The topic of the consultations was “Saving and maintaining mini minority schools – best practices in the EU”.
The consultations included presentations by international experts, followed by discussions. The aim of the event was to reflect on the importance of mother tongue education for traditional minorities. The consultations were organized by the office of the Slovak member of the European Parliament, Mr József Nagy.
In her speech, Prof Malloy highlighted a few European practices with regard to organizing minority education. Her presentation underlined the relevant standards guiding minority education, and established the Four-A-scheme, envisaging:
- Availability (such as: functioning educational institutions and programmes, trained teachers and competitive salaries),
- Accessibility (such as: non-discrimination, physical and economic accessibility),
- Acceptability (such as: form and substance acceptable to both pupils and parents, relevant curricula and teaching methods),
- Adaptability of the minority education (such as flexibility to adapt to needs of changing societies and communities and to needs of students in their diverse social and cultural settings).
While explaining different components of the Four-A-Scheme, Prof Malloy emphasized theory versus implementation in practice by pointing out deficits and challenges to minority education.