The Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights visited Slovenia

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Accessibility to education of Roma children and children of migrants in Slovenia
During his visit to Slovenia from 20 to 23 March, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Nils Muižnieks, examined the situation of Roma, migrants and asylum seekers and of the increasing number of people living in poverty in the country. He stressed the centrality of human rights to ensure that Slovenian society is truly inclusive.
Dr. Nils Muižnieks has also been talking with the Minister of Education, Maja Makovec Brenčič, about the accessibility to the education of Roma children and children of applicants for international protection in Slovenia. The Minister also emphasized that the Ministry insists on the principle of inclusion. Educational policy in Slovenia is trying to implement an inclusive paradigm with a wider inclusion of all vulnerable groups, including the integration of children with special needs in mainstream schools, whereby systematic support to facilitate integration is provided. Through various carried out projects, more than half of Roma children in Slovenia has access to additional aid in the form of Roma assistants or additional learning assistance. The Ministry has prepared a document entitled “Integration of immigrant children into the education system of the Republic of Slovenia« which defines systematic aspects of the integration of immigrant children. According to the vulnerability of the population dedicated to the integration of children, special emphasis is given to the integration of children of applicants for international protection and children with international protection in the educational system. The document also sets out specific actions that were made by Ministry of Education in year 2016/2017, with the intention of the improvements of integration of immigrant children into the education system.
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