Evaluating the Impact of Roma Inclusion Policies on the Educational Experiences of Roma Girls in Moldova
In the Republic of Moldova, 1 in 5 members of the Roma community are illiterate. Within the population of illiterate Roma, females are significantly overrepresented. It is only within the last decade that this issue has been addressed by the Moldovan government and so far, policies to reduce this inequality have been ineffective. In this research, I will analyze the impact of Moldova’s most recent Roma inclusion policy and identify the social forces which keep Roma girls from attending schools. My research will be guided by the following questions: How have Moldova’s Roma inclusion plans impacted the physical and social barriers to the education of Roma girls according to the policy’s makers, Roma leadership, Roma activists, Roma families and Roma girls themselves? What is the relationship between social reproductions for Roma girls at home and social reproduction at school and do these similarities and/or differences impact Roma girls’ access to education?
CGS Senator Malcolm Wallop ‘Conversations on Democracy’ Award
This project will evaluate the efficacy of the Roma inclusion policy in Moldova based on the lived experiences of Roma girls, and will give voice to those in the Roma community who are often unheard.
To address these questions, I will use qualitative methods including interviews, focus groups and document analysis, and I will focus on learning the perspectives of Roman children and families. These methods will be based upon the principles of activist research which emphasizes advocacy and collaboration. In total, I will conduct approximately 45 interviews across five locations, pending IRB and parental approval, to assure an accurate representation of the current status of Roma girls’ access to education in Moldova. Interviews will be conducted with relevant stakeholders including policymakers, Roma NGOs and Roma leadership; however, I will prioritize Roma girls and their parents by conducting 24 out of 45 interviews with them. To further validate my findings, I will also conduct focus groups with Roma families I have interviewed to allow for discussion of the validity of my findings as part of my data analysis.
When completed, my research has the potential to assist the Roma community and Moldovan policymakers in generating inclusion strategies which take into account the unique identities of Roma girls and their experiences in education.
Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies | Women's Studies
Hein, Lindsay, "Evaluating the Impact of Roma Inclusion Policies on the Educational Experiences of Roma Girls in Moldova" (2017). CGS Student Awards 2017. 12.