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CAHROM Thematic visit on enhancing the effective realization of Roma children’s compulsory school

24-26 April Chisinau (Republic of Moldova)
Strasbourg 19 April 2018
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CAHROM Thematic visit on enhancing the effective realization of Roma children’s compulsory school

Members of the Ad hoc Committee of experts on Roma and Traveller Issues (CAHROM) from the Republic of Moldova, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Greece, Hungary, the Netherlands, Poland and Ukraine will meet in Chisinau at the invitation of Moldovan authorities to discuss compulsory schooling for Roma children and education as the most efficient tool towards the mid-term improvement of the situation of Roma Communities and the added-value of ensuring access to vocational education for Roma youth. They will share good practices and lessons learned from their respective country and discuss the follow-up to be given to ensure the effective realization of Roma children’s compulsory schooling. They will also visit the Roma settlement in the village of Vulcanesti and meet with the local authorities, teachers, parents and children.


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