New report on education launched by Wales based Gypsy and Traveller-led charity

30 August 2016

The report asks: What do Gypsy & Traveller children, young people and their parents really think of the education service they receive and what do they really want?

The Romani Cultural & Arts Company based in Cardiff, Wales, received a £5,000 grant earlier this year, to commission research and consultation into the opinions and aspirations of Gypsies and Travellers about the education provision on offer to their community’s children and young people.

The resulting report – Educating Gypsies and Travellers - is now ready and will be made available to all Welsh Local Authorities, the four regional educational consortia and the Welsh Government.

The report, funded by the Big Lottery ‘Awards for All’, is intended to help them to reflect upon current policy and practice and ask appropriate questions in order to improve the life chances of some of the most vulnerable and marginalised children and young people living in Wales.

Speaking about the launch of the report, Isaac Blake, Director of The Romani Cultural and Arts Company, says that Gypsy children and young people are “precious”.

“Too many of them are still being failed by public services that do not meet their needs and aspirations – this cannot be allowed to continue,” he said.

“The Romani Cultural & Arts Company hopes that the report will stimulate a genuine debate around the genuine needs and aspirations of the Gypsy and Traveller community and enable deep changes to be made so that less and less children and young people are disadvantaged and failed.”

Please download the report here: