Mobilities, Transitions, Transformations
INTERCULTURAL EDUCATION AT THE CROSSROADS

Geopolitical, National, Symbolic frontiers in SE Europe in times of modern immigration

Geopolitical, National, Symbolic frontiers in SE Europe in times of modern immigration. Refugees and Roma populations in priority

Co-organized by the University of Macedonia, University of Western Macedonia and the University of Thrace, Greece

Discussants: Nektaria Palaiologou, Ioannis Manos, George Mavrommatis

Ethnographic engagements at international frontiers, Giannis Manos, Aristotle 
University & Nektaria Palaiologou, UoWM

Roma students: needs and priorities
Mikael Luciak, a former IAIE Board

Education of Roma Children in Eastern Europe Countries: A comparative study

Giorgos MAVROMMATIS - Christina KIMOGLOU - Pelagia-Alexandra TALANTI - Maria TSECHELIDOU - Kornilia CHANOU

Faculty of Education Sciences, Democritus University of Thrace, Greece

Unaccompanied refugee/asylum-seeking children: identity and education
Anastasia Karagianni & Georgios Mavrommatis, University of Thrace

 

Education of Roma Children in Eastern Europe Countries: A comparative study

Giorgos MAVROMMATIS - Christina KIMOGLOU - Pelagia-Alexandra TALANTI -  Maria CHEHELIDOU - Cornelia CHANOU

Faculty of Education Sciences, Democritus University of Thrace, Greece

The main aims of the institution of public education in the Nation-States, is to provide knowledge and skills in order to facilitate the creation of wealth and to support upward social mobility. Parallel to that, one of the main aims of public education is the cultural homogenization of the nation, while, during the second half of the 20 th century, public education operated – especially in Europe - as a mechanism for the promotion of the social inclusion of the minority populations (both ethnic/religious/cultural and social). However, at the same time education operated and still operates, as the main mechanism for the reproduction of the

society, with the certain structure (power relations, inequalities etc.) The present paper examines the progress have been made on the education of Roma in Europe during the last decade of the 20 th century and the first decade of the 21 st century in Europe. Based on the reports of the Fundamental Rights Agency, the paper examines the type of education provided to the Roma children aiming to arrive to ascertainments regarding the way and the range the certain provisions facilitate the social inclusion of the certain category of pupils. The research focuses in the Eastern Europe Countries – more specifically in the type of education provided and on the results it brings – since the first overview of the existing information shows that there are significant deviations on the degree of inclusion of the Roma, for certain political reasons.

Unaccompanied refugee/asylum-seeking children: identity and education

Anastasia KARAGIANNI & Georgios MAVROMMATIS

The aim of this paper is to explore the ways in which the unaccompanied children’s identity is (re)considered and (re)framed following the perspectives of the agents who support them and according to the context’s (social, political, cultural) impact.
The specific ‘group’ of children we interacted with was a group of unaccompanied asylum-seekers, hosted at a so-called shelter for unaccompanied minors in northern Greece. They temporarily lived in Greece until they were reunified with their family which had already settled in another European country.
Our research attempts to shed light on the following:
Are the unaccompanied children merely considered / ‘labeled’ as vulnerable or resilient within this context? Within each different perspective, which needs or strengths are determined and by whom; which general objectives are set by the agents and why?
On the other hand, to what extent do the children express their needs and negotiate their position? How do they respond to the adults?