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Small armies of teachers, social workers and police officers are swarming across Bulgaria to carry out a Herculean task -- convince tens of thousands of Roma parents to send their children to school.It is part of a new state initiative aimed at tackling soaring illiteracy and a high number of teenage pregnancies in the impoverished community, which accounts for 10 percent of Bulgaria's seven million people.An estimated 130,000 children do not attend school in Bulgaria, Education Minister Krasimir Valchev told reporters recently. A majority of them are Roma.To reverse the trend, the government has mandated more than 1,000 teams of specialists to travel around the country, the European Union's poorest member state, and talk to Roma families.Of seven homes visited by one of the teams AFP accompanied on a recent morning in Bulgaria's largest Roma ghetto in the southern city of Plovdiv, Zatie Marinova was the only parent to open her door.
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