Inclusion From The Start

Published by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO),7, place de Fontenoy, F-75352 Paris 07 SP, France, and the Council of Europe, Strasbourg,F-67075 Strasbourg Cedex, France.

Like other children, Roma children have a right to education. That right is inviolable. It is firmly inscribed in international conventions, human rights treaties and ministers’ recommendations, such as the Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989), the UNESCO Convention against Discrimination in Education (1960) and the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers recommendation to member states on the education of Roma / Gypsy children in Europe (2000). The right to education includes, as emphasized by the Committee on the Rights of the Child in its General Comment No. 7, the young child’s right to early childhood care and education services.

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