ERIC Number: EJ719119
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Aug
Reference Count: 20
Emerging from the Cocoon of Romani Pride: The First Graduates of the Gandhi Secondary School in Hungary
Katz, Susan Roberta
Intercultural Education, v16 n3 p247-261 Aug 2005
Despite recent educational reforms in Hungary, only 33% of Roma who enter primary school subsequently enroll in secondary school, and a mere 0.2% progress to higher education. To address this situation, in 1994 the Gandhi Secondary School opened its doors as the first college preparatory school for Roma in Europe. In 2000, the school graduated 18 of its original 56 students. Based on interviews conducted in 2004 with 10 of these students, two of the school's founders and two teachers, this paper documents the graduates' reflections on their experiences during high school and beyond. Data revealed that students found a second family at the school--indeed a protective cocoon--but did not always feel equipped to handle the racism they encountered later in both the workplace and university.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Change, Secondary Schools, Minority Groups, Interviews, High School Graduates, Teacher Attitudes, Administrator Attitudes, Racial Discrimination
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Hungary