The Role of Volunteering in the Integration of Roma Children in Schools-Lessons for the Republic of North Macedonia

Merita Zulfiu Alili 1 , Veli Kreci 2 , Alexander Krauss 3  and Nada Trunk 4
  • 1 Faculty of Contemporary Social Sciences
  • 2 Faculty of Contemporary Social Sciences
  • 3 Institut für sozialwissenschaftliche Beratung Regensburg, Germany
  • 4 International School for Social and Business Studies, Slovenia

Abstract

Education (good teachers and good schools) is crucial for the successful integration of vulnerable groups in the society. Multicultural diversity presents an opportunity to make schools more inclusive, creative and open-minded. Although there are different projects and activities for Roma inclusion in schools, the number of Roma children attending formal education is still very low. Without having attended formal education, the chances for social exclusion are high and minimal for leading a self-defined life. To increase the rate of school registration and the rate for completion, long-term policy interventions and financial support from international donations are needed. This paper aims to analyze the general situation of Roma children and youth the age of pre-school education, primary and secondary education, as well as the engagement of youth in volunteering activities as a significant role in the inclusion of Roma children in schools. Engagement in volunteering activities can help young people to be more integrated into society, as through volunteering they gain valuable experiences, new skills, and competencies that can improve their employability possibilities and enhance their attitudes towards citizenship.

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