The Ombudsman of Bulgaria Offers a Program for Increasing Literacy Among Roma Children

During a conference on Roma integration, the Ombudsman of Bulgaria Maya Manolova said that only 14% of Roma families speak Bulgarian in their homes. According to Manolova, this is the reason why Roma students even in upper classes are not literate and don't know Bulgarian all that well. 

This is why Manolova is trying to push forward a program for making Roma children more literate. She believes that this is key to the minority's integration. She is vouching for pre-school education to be obligatory for children 4 years of age. This way, children from minorities will be given the opportunity to start learning Bulgarian from an early age which will help them throughout their further education. 

Another tendency that can be seen is that Bulgarian education has skipped a generation in most Roma families. This means that Roma children who can speak Bulgarian have learned it from their grandparents because their parents had fallen victims to an educational system that wasn't fit for integrating them. 

 

Vasil Manev

Vasil Manev is a student in Computer Science and an aspiring columnist, studying in Heidelberg, Germany.

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