Promoting the Social Inclusion of Children in a Disadvantaged Rural Environment

This publication summarises the policies and its results of activities which the European Union has supported regarding the inclusion of disadvantaged children in rural environments

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Cartel para la promoción de la inclusión social de niños en ambientes rurales

EU policies have increasingly recognised the importance of measures specifically targeting groups in the most disadvantaged regions and those at particular risk of poverty, such as one-parent families, minorities or persons with disabilities. The Roma population is one of the largest and most socially disadvantaged ethnic minorities in the EU.

The pilot project “Give Kids a Chance” has enjoyed considerable success throughout the incorporation of action and research elements in the region of Szécsény — one of Hungary’s most disadvantaged micro-regions, with a large and growing Roma component. (It has recently been transferred to ten other micro-regions)

In terms of achieving positive results, the main lessons learned from the Szécsény programme were the following:

  • Projects must be sustainable
  • Projects should build on previous experiences with demonstrated effectiveness and on proven principles
  • Political commitment is essential
  • The territorial approach has proven highly effective but also activities must be adapted to the different circumstances
  • Effective data collection in the Roma context, is vital
  • The involvement of universities and research centres can play a positive role in all the phases of the project
  • Access to EU Structural Funds should be simplified
  • Mainstreaming Roma issues into the general policies is very important