ROMA IN THE SCHOOLS OF MALOPOLSKA. REFLECTIONS ON THE PILOT GOVERNMENT PROGRAM FOR THE ROMA COMMUNITY IN MAŁOPOLSKA PROVINCE, 2001-2003 (Polish title below)
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(Polish title: Romowie w malopolskich szkolach. Uwagi na marginesie Pilotazowego programu rzadowego na rzecz spolecznosci romskiej w wojewodztwie małopolskim na lata 2001-2003 / Title in Roma language: O Rroma dre Małopolskaqere skole. Rigutne note pas-e Pilotitko programa vas-o lachipen e Rromenqero dre Malopolskaqero kotorthem dre bersa 2001-2003). In the years 2001-2003, in the Nowy Sacz County and Tarnow municipality area, The Preliminary Governmental Program For Roma Community in Malopolska Voivodeship for 2001-2003 had been carried out. The solutions examined in the process has been implemented since 2004 across the whole country within the framework of The Governmental Program for Roma Community in Poland. The authors of both schemes assume that the major factor determining the existing situation of the Roma in Poland is their poor education. Analysis by the government administration of the reports compiled during the years when The Preliminary Governmental Program had been in development leads to conclusion that in the period 2001-2003 the implementation of educational obligation in Malopolska Voivodeship improved among its participants. The achievements of that period preserved. Importantly, The Preliminary Governmental Program, resulted in two new positions - of Roma Assistant and Supporting Teacher - taking firm root the Polish educational system. Their presence in the educational institutions has greatly improved relationships between Roma families and school. The present knowledge of the effects of governmental schemes for Roma community in the education area does not allow for precise conjectures on consequences of the change in educational situation for the Roma community itself. Taking into account that these efforts may accelerate the assimilation process, methods should be considered that would allow to control them constantly.
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