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Bulgaria: Whether there is a Vasil Levski elementary school in Karlovo and whether it is a school restricted to Roma children; Detailed information on Roma wedding, funeral and St. George's Day (May 6th) customs

Publisher Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada
Author Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada
Publication Date 24 July 2002
Citation / Document Symbol BGR39224.E
Reference 2
Cite as Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Bulgaria: Whether there is a Vasil Levski elementary school in Karlovo and whether it is a school restricted to Roma children; Detailed information on Roma wedding, funeral and St. George's Day (May 6th) customs, 24 July 2002, BGR39224.E, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/3f7d4d5f0.html [accessed 21 September 2014]
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A representative of the Bulgarian Ministry of Education, European Integration and Bilateral Cooperation Department verified the existence of the elementary school in question by stating:

The Ministry of Education and Science verifies the existence of the elementary school "Vassil Levski" in the town of Karlovo, and referring to Art. 26 par. 1 of the Public Education Law, this school is a public school with instruction from 1 - 8 grades for all children from the region. In reference to Art. 4, par. 2 of the same Law, no restrictions or preferences could be given on the basis of race, gender, nationality, religion etc (23 July 2002)

For detailed information concerning wedding, funeral and St. George's Day customs of various Bulgarian Romani communities, please consult the attached excerpt from the book

This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the Research Directorate within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum. Please find below the list of additional sources consulted in researching this Information Request.

Reference

Bulgaria. Ministry of Education and Science. European Integration and Bilateral Cooperation Department. 23 July 2002. Correspondence from representative.

Attachment

Marushiakova, Elena and Vesselin Popov. Gypsies (Roma) in Bulgaria. Excerpted sections from chapter 3 sections 3 "Calendar Festivals and Holidays" and 4 "Family Customs and Rites." Frankfurt am Main, Peter Lang, Europäischer Verlag der Wissenschaften. (10 pages)

Additional Sources Consulted

IRB Databases

NEXIS

Internet sites including:

Balkan Human Rights Web

Bulgaria. Ministry of Education and Science.

Bulgaria. Ministry of Labour and Social Policy

Euro Education Net

European County of Origin Information Network

European Roma Rights Center

International Center for Balkan Studies

National Academic Recognition Information Centers

Patrin Web Journal: Romani Culture and History

PHARE, Multi-Country Programme in Higher Education

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