Edited By Beth Blue Swadener, Laura Lundy, Janette Habashi and Natasha Blanchet-Cohen
4 What’s Right in Children’s Rights? The Subtext of Dependency
Education of Roma Children Through the Dependency Lens
What’s Right in Children’s Rights?
The Subtext of Dependency
Panagiota Karagianni, Soula Mitakidou, & Evangelia Tressou
The notion of dependency and its impact on the continuing exclusion of Roma from the Greek public and social domains is the focus of this chapter. The ideology of dependency affects institutional policies, including educational programs, and thus affects the autonomy implied in the broader agenda of children’s right to education. Drawing from our work in a program for the education of Roma in northern Greece,1 we unpack the issue of dependency as it is constructed in public imagery for Roma children and their families. A critical analysis of the welfare dependency pathology that informs public discourse and policy will reveal its harmful impact on the process of children’s inclusion in the educational system, a right that has been traditionally undermined and violated so far.
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