Is Skopije right to open a school just for Roma?

The nomadic Roma population of Macedonia will be able to attend a unique school from next September. In a residential district of the capital Skopije, the first secondary school built explicitly for the Roma will open its gates. Together with two new primary schools, it will allow Roma children to begin and complete their schooling in their own language. This isn’t just rare; it’s actually a unique opportunity, seeing as the Romani language isn’t taught in Macedonia’s schools, except as an option in the third year. The school, built over 4,000 metres squared, has a library, a gym and many other facilities. By offering scholarships and several benefits for those enrolling, the Ministry of Educationhopes to combat Roma absenteeism, which is typical of the community, instead encouraging general student participation in lessons.