Late December 2014, the Romanian National Council for Combating Discrimination (NCCD) hold a conference aimed at promoting the project “Strenghtening anti-discriminatory measures at national level through large participation of professionals and civil society”. This project was carried out by the NCCD together with the Council of Europe, as a part of the programme “Children and Youth at Risk and Local and Regional Initiatives to Reduce National Inequalities and to Promote Social Inclusion” within the European Economic Area Financial Mechanism 2009-2014. While the overall programme objective is preventing and combating discrimination at all levels in Romania, this project’s purpose is to contribute to the development of Romania’s national strategy to prevent and combat discrimination for the period 2014-2020.
Within this framework, MPG Deputy Director Isabelle Chopin and two experts, Barbara Cohen and Romanita Iordache have drafted a report aiming at identifying and describing European good practices relating to non-discrimination and equality of opportunity within the field of education which are relevant for the Romanian legal and institutional context. The report highlights the fact that the field of education should be an effective entry point for tackling discrimination and effectively building a more inclusive, more equal society. It presents different models of pro-actively preventing and combating discrimination in education in countries across Europe. These identified successful practices that triggered encouraging results aim at providing new ideas and encouraging new initiatives for Romania in the context of the new strategy and of future legal and policy initiatives on education. The report was presented at the December conference.