In 2010 the EU set an agenda to tackle early school leavers within Gypsy/Roma/traveller (GRT) communities across Europe by 2020. The target – rates should be below 10%. However, there is little evidence that any improvement has been made.
The EU Youth Guarantee states all young people under the age of 25 should receive ‘employment, continued education, apprenticeship or traineeship within a period of 4 months of becoming unemployed/leaving formal education’. However, in 2017 the European Parliament’s assessment on the initiative showed that the program did not reach all vulnerable groups, and this specifically included Gypsy/Roma/traveller (GRT) youth.
Inspired by a group of Gypsy Traveller girls in West Wales, this project aims to look at education/opportunities/inequalities within the GRT communities in our schools.