Raising Roma Educational Participation and Achievement: Collaborative Relationships, Transformative Change, and a Social Europe


  • Andrew Richard Ryder Corvinus University Budapest




Roma, Gypsies and Travellers, Collaborative Relationships, Inclusive Community Development, Empowerment, Social Europe, Mots clés, Roms, Tsiganes et gens du voyage, relations de collaboration, développement de communauté inclusives, autonomisation, l’Eur


The paper gives an overview of Roma, Gypsy and Traveller (RGT) educational exclusion in the European Union and seeks to provide insights into good practice through case studies focusing on Bulgaria and the UK. The paper makes a case for the promotion of collaborative relationships, where RGT communities are active partners in developing curricula and decision-making in school. It is argued in the paper that such action needs to be made in tandem with interventionist and redistributive policy frameworks at the national and European level.

Cet article offre un aperçu général de l’exclusion éducative pour les Roms, les Tsiganes et les gens du voyage (RTG) dans l’union européenne et cherche à éclairer les meilleures pratiques en se penchant sur des études de cas portant sur la Bulgarie et le Royaume-Uni. Cet article fait la promotion de relations de collaboration au sein desquels les communautés RTG constituent des partenaires actifs dans le développement des programmes d’études et des prises de décisions à l’école. L’article fait valoir qu’une telle démarche doit être accompagnée de cadres de politiques interventionnistes et redistributives aux échelles nationales et européennes.

Author Biography

Andrew Richard Ryder, Corvinus University Budapest

Dr Andrew Ryder has a long history of work with and for Gypsy Roma Traveller communities. Between 1990 and 2001, Andrew worked as a teacher in state schools and with the British Council and taught Gypsy/Roma children in the UK, Hungary and Portugal. From 2002 until 2006, Andrew was the policy officer for the Gypsy and Traveller Law Reform Coalition (GTLRC), an umbrella group which lobbied for more Traveller sites and greater social inclusion. The GTLRC was awarded the Liberty Human Rights Award in 2004.

Andrew also acted as researcher to the All Party Parliamentary Group for Traveller Law Reform from 2002–2007 and continues to provide support and advice. Between 2006 and 2009 Andrew was the National Policy Officer for the Irish Traveller Movement in Britain. Andrew is currently an Associate Professor at the Corvinus University of Budapest and an Associate Fellow at the Third Sector Research Centre (University of Birmingham).




How to Cite

Ryder, A. R. (2016). Raising Roma Educational Participation and Achievement: Collaborative Relationships, Transformative Change, and a Social Europe. Alberta Journal of Educational Research, 61(4), 417–431. https://doi.org/10.11575/ajer.v61i4.56095