The Roma Early Childhood Inclusion (RECI) reports build a detailed picture of early childhood policy and provision frameworks, highlighting the barriers and opportunities for improving the access of Roma children to appropriate and high-quality early childhood services. The principal objective of the Reports is to make information and data on young Roma children’s exclusion available to decision makers and key stakeholders with a view to advocate for equitable early childhood policies and programmes. In the first chapter, the report shows the gathered data and information about the inclusion of young Roma children in the early childhood services of four countries: the Czech Republic, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Romania, and Serbia. In the second chapter, it underlines issues – identified in each National Report – related to slow policy progress, low education level, poverty, discrimination, failures of kindergarten and primary school services as well as the lack of disaggregated data on young children and their participation in education. In the last part, the report provides recommendations for more comprehensive and inclusive early childhood services and suggests a clear policy agenda with actions to be taken by governments.
The Roma Early Childhood Inclusion (RECI) Serbia report concerns the situation of young Romani children and their families in the Republic of Serbia. Serbia has undertaken a process of social inclusion, which implies the development of policies, institutional frameworks and methodologies for enabling social inclusion as one of the essential requirements of the EU accession process. As a result of the democratic changes in Serbia the situation of Roma people has changed somewhat and early childhood services are receiving more attention. However, although Roma are the largest and the most vulnerable national minority in the country, reliable data on Roma populations do not exist. The importance of early childhood development as a crucial age to invest in and grow the country’s future social capital is just beginning to emerge.
Read the report in Serbian here.