Schools should be more welcoming for gypsy children – study

​​​​​​​School should be a more welcoming place for young gypsy children, advocates a study to be presented in Lisbon tomorrow, recommending “encouraging family participation, having intercultural mediators in school, health and workplaces, and a knowledge of gypsy history”. The recommendations are contained in the book “Gypsies/Roma and education – collaborative research and practices of co-production of knowledge”, which set out to understand how gypsy children progress through the State school system. Speaking to Lusa, the leader of the research stressed that one of the starting points had to do with “the low percentage of gypsy pupils, especially in the third cycle (7th, 8th and 9th years of schooling), but above all at secondary school level”.