Schools at the margins

Laura Figazzolo

published 13 December 2011 updated 17 January 2022

The global economic crisis, which started unexpectedly in 2008, struck societies with its consequences on public budgets and education funding, in particular. Effects have been more direct and profound in Central and Eastern Europe, whereas it has taken some time for the Western side of the continent to perceive them.

This study tries to explore the conditions of relatively small schools, and, in particular, of socio-economically disadvantaged groups, at the periphery of societies in four selected countries: Poland, Romania, Serbia and Slovakia. It aims at seeking first-hand impressions of local teachers in order to put them in the broader perspective of education policy trends in the region.