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How to make sense of the right to education? Issues from the case of Roma people

Elias Hemelsoet (UGent)
(2012) ETHICS AND EDUCATION. 7(2). p.163-174
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In most cases, discussions on the right to education focus on the way access to education can be warranted for all and which aims should be pursued in rather abstract terms. This article approaches the topic starting from the case of Roma people. The particularity of their living circumstances raises the question what it is that we are aiming at when trying to realize a universal right to education for them. After confronting their social practices with the education system, three suggestions are made how to make sense of a right to education. First, the need for a holistic approach towards human rights is expressed. Second, the right to education is thought of in terms of a right to qualification. Finally, an open dialogue of social practices is proposed, as a fixed idea of what the school should look like is not desirable in a multicultural society.
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right to education, Roma

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Hemelsoet, Elias. 2012. “How to Make Sense of the Right to Education? Issues from the Case of Roma People.” Ethics and Education 7 (2): 163–174.
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Hemelsoet, E. (2012). How to make sense of the right to education? Issues from the case of Roma people. ETHICS AND EDUCATION, 7(2), 163–174.
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Hemelsoet E. How to make sense of the right to education? Issues from the case of Roma people. ETHICS AND EDUCATION. 2012;7(2):163–74.
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Hemelsoet, Elias. “How to Make Sense of the Right to Education? Issues from the Case of Roma People.” ETHICS AND EDUCATION 7.2 (2012): 163–174. Print.
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  abstract     = {In most cases, discussions on the right to education focus on the way access to education can be warranted for all and which aims should be pursued in rather abstract terms. This article approaches the topic starting from the case of Roma people. The particularity of their living circumstances raises the question what it is that we are aiming at when trying to realize a universal right to education for them. After confronting their social practices with the education system, three suggestions are made how to make sense of a right to education. First, the need for a holistic approach towards human rights is expressed. Second, the right to education is thought of in terms of a right to qualification. Finally, an open dialogue of social practices is proposed, as a fixed idea of what the school should look like is not desirable in a multicultural society.},
  author       = {Hemelsoet, Elias},
  issn         = {1744-9642},
  journal      = {ETHICS AND EDUCATION},
  keyword      = {right to education,Roma},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {2},
  pages        = {163--174},
  title        = {How to make sense of the right to education? Issues from the case of Roma people},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17449642.2012.733603},
  volume       = {7},
  year         = {2012},
}

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