Children with Disabilities. Have you learned about that in school?

All children have the right to education without discrimination, regardless of their race, ethnicity of nationality, disability, skin colour, religion or language, regardless if they are girls of boys.

Have you learned about that in school?

Romania has a long tradition of special schools for children with disabilities, supported also by the society’s opinion that disabled children are best educated in segregated conditions. In 2015, according to the statistics published by the Ministry of Labour, Family, Social Protection and Elderly, 752,931 people with disabilities – including 60,289 children – lived in Romania. In 2013, approximately 60% of the children with disabilities were enrolled in the general education system (Ministry of Labour. Situation of children with disabilities on December 31st 2013), but the data published by NGOs, the average percentage of children with disabilities enrolled in pre-university education was only 38% (IPP, Monitoring report on Romania’s readiness to enforce the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, 2013). The lack of schooling is seven times higher for children with disabilities in comparison to children without disabilities, while the early drop-out rates are double compared to the general population.

(Source Report by Nils Muižnieks, Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe, 2014)

No Comments Yet.

Leave a comment