A Disturbing Report Card: Croatian Government Fuels Barriers To Education For Children With Disabilities

Croatia, the War, and the Future

Luka Wagner gets to school  helped by his mum Photo: Screenshot TV hrt.hr 3 November 2014 Luka Wagner gets to school
helped by his mum
Photo: Screenshot TV hrt.hr
3 November 2014

Dozens of teacher’s aides who help students with disabilities, were dismissed on Monday 3 November pursuant to the decision made last Friday by the Croatian Ministry of Education, Science and Sport. In the counties that were successful in the competition for EU funds, funding for aides from NGOs that applied in the second call for funding applications was denied even though they were encouraged to apply for this European funding by the Croatian Ministry of Education.

In order to best understand what teachers’ aides mean to students with disabilities it’s perhaps best to read the letter by Luka Wagner, an exceptionally good sixth grader from a primary school in Rijeka, who has cerebral palsy. The text of the letter was originally published by Croatian TV – HRT.

Croatian TV reported that, as a result…

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