The state of educational segregation and ways to overcome it will be discussed during a National conference in Sofia

The scale of educational segregation and possible actions to overcome it will be discussed during the National Conference “State of Roma educational integration: from segregation to studying in an ethnically mixed environment”. It will be held on July 4th and 5th, 2022 in Sofia, in Park Hotel Moscow. It will be attended by the Minister of Education Nikolay Denkov, Deputy Minister of Labor Ivan Krastev, Deputy Minister of Education Marieta Georgieva, the heads of the Managing authorities of HRD OP  and SESG OP, MPs, ambassadors, representatives of the European Commission, UNICEF , non-governmental organizations, teachers, principals, etc. The conference is organized by Center Amalipe.

During the conference, the results of the nationally representative study on the scale of educational segregation in Bulgaria will be presented, including all districts and a list of specific segregated institutions by settlements. The study shows that there are 930 general education schools (elementary, primary, united and secondary schools), 150 vocational high schools and 483 kindergartens with a concentration of vulnerable groups (as of the 2019/2020 school year). I.e. in these institutions, between 20 and 100 percent of the parents have lower than a high school education. 120 general education schools out of this and 77 vocational high schools can be defined as segregated because they are located in regional and municipal centers with more than one school, and the percentage of parents with low education is between 60 and 100 percent. Another 65 general education schools and 83 vocational high schools are in the process of secondary segregation or under threat of segregation. The research clearly shows that:

  • Desegregation in primary schools is required in 85 cities and towns (25 regional cities and 60 others). They have 723 schools teaching mostly in the basic stage of education. 185 out of these are schools with concentration of vulnerable groups: 120 segregated and 65 at risk of segregation.
  • Regarding secondary education, desegregation is necessary in 84 localities (23 regional cities and 61 others). 159 schools out of 650 schools teaching at the high school stage have a concentration of vulnerable groups: 81 segregated and 78 at risk of segregation.

The main types of segregation situations summarized within the research will also be presented, as well as concrete successful practices for overcoming them. Based on them, the main models that can form future educational policies have been derived. The forum will also discuss political recommendations to the MES, the National Assembly, Regional Inspectorates of Education and municipalities, including proposals for legislative and regulatory changes.

The conference will be hybrid, both physical and online through the zoom.us platform. The working language through the zoom platform will be English. If you would like to register for the zoom meeting you can use the following link. Advance registration is required.

The full agenda of the Conference can be found here.

More information about the Nosegregation project can be found in the Newsletter (in Bulgarian) as well as in the Fact sheet (in Bulgarian.

 

The conference is part of the project “No segregation”. During the period November 2019 – October 2022, Center Amalipe and Fundacion Secretariado Gitano (FSG) (Spain) have been implementing the project “No segregation”, supported by the European Commission, DG Justicefrom November 2019 to October 2022. The Ministry of Education and Science in Bulgaria is associated partner to the initiative. One of the key achievements of the project is the mapping of segregation in Bulgaria with detailed information about each settlement. Successful practices for desegregation, prevention of secondary segregation and promotion of studying in ethnically mixed environments in different types of schools were researched, described and systematised.