The roma community is not interested in their sons and daughters’ studies.

Scientific Evidence Platform Hoax The roma community is not interested in their sons and daughters’ studies.
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A hoax heard many times at school from some teachers is that the high rate of school failure in the Roma community is due to the fact that their families have no interest in their studies and in having good results; ensuring that the little interest in education is a cultural characteristic of this community.


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Sandra Girbés

Currently, we have an abundance of scientific evidence to refute this hoax. These studies provide evidence on the factors that are contributing to the educational success of Roma students, and the involvement of their communities in their educational paths. For instance, among these factors are the implementation of successful educational actions which involve Roma communities in school and education (e.g. educational or decisive participation).

García-Carrión, R., Molina-Luque, F., & Roldán, S. M. (2018). How do vulnerable youth complete secondary education? The key role of families and the community. Journal of Youth Studies, 27(14), 701-716. doi: 10.1080/13676261.2017.1406660

Girbés-Peco, S., Macías, F., & Álvarez, P. (2015). De la Escuela Gueto a una Comunidad de Aprendizaje: Un Estudio de Caso sobre la Superación de la Pobreza a Través de una Educación de Éxito. International and Multidisciplinary Journal of Social Sciences, 4(1), 88–116. doi: 10.17583/rimcis.2015.04

Flecha, R., & Soler, M. (2013). Turning difficulties into possibilities: engaging Roma families and students in school through dialogic learning. Cambridge Journal of Education, 43(4), 451–465. doi: 10.1080/0305764X.2013.819068

Esther Roca

I want to share two pieces of researches that help to overcome this hoax.

The first is research that shows how Roma women and girls are organising themselves to overcome the barriers that prevent many girls from accessing education. This contribution shows how Roma women are developing social movements that make it possible for more and more girls to continue their studies. It is an example of how the Roma community is leading essential transformations to overcome the exclusion to which Roma people have traditionally been exposed.

Aiello E, Amador-López J, Munté-Pascual A, Sordé-Martí T. Grassroots Roma Women Organizing for Social Change: A Study of the Impact of ‘Roma Women Student Gatherings’. Sustainability. 2019; 11(15):4054.

The second research shows a unique case study of a school. It reflects the critical role that egalitarian dialogue between teachers and the Roma community plays in their participation in school, leading to an improvement in children’s school results.

Andrea Khalfaoui, Rocío García-Carrión & Lourdes Villardón-Gallego (2020) Bridging the gap: engaging Roma and migrant families in early childhood education through trust-based relationships, European Early Childhood Education Research Journal, 28:5, 701-711.

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