Mary Tupan-Wenno et al.: This session will present stories and experiences of Europe’s indigenous communities as well as examples of successful programs. Aspiring children to go to higher education has become an important policy aim in many countries around the world. The earlier children start their pathway in education the better prepared they are to continue in higher education.
The growing demands for knowledge workers in general and in the sciences specifically is an important argument for Governments to invest in pathways to higher education. The question is whether these pathway programs are truly inclusive.
This is why SiS Catalyst partners have differentiated activities to reach out to children from communities that are structurally underrepresented in higher education throughout Europe.
The Roma community can be considered as a hidden potential for Europe, however their proportion in higher education is almost negligible. In this session we will explore how children’s university programs can increase aspiration and orientation of Roma youth to go to higher education. Different experts from or working with Roma communities in Europe are invited to share their experiences.