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Amala School ~ Romany Music and Language Workshops July 15-30, Valjevo, Serbia

Started by Tina B (Tinari) Jul 10. 0 Replies

Amala SchoolWho has been in the past and how was your experience?Who is going this year and what are you looking forward to experiencing the…Continue

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A Chance for Change

Started by Qristina Zavačková Cummings. Last reply by Hans Wahler Feb 27, 2012. 13 Replies

My city, Cincinnati, OH in the USA is doing a series of TED talks. According to their website, "each year, the world's leading thinkers and doers gather for an…Continue

Romani children from Czech "practical schools" master English mainstream education

Started by Qristina Zavačková Cummings Feb 14, 2012. 0 Replies

News server ČT24 reports that a study by the British organization Equality has shown that Romani children who attended "practical schools" (previously the "special schools") in the Czech Republic…Continue

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Comment by Els on December 11, 2011 at 14:13

Dear Hans,

Let's try to keep the issues separated a bit. I know that all is interconnected (we work on education through culture and housing also deals with education). But it is very confusing to start tackling everything in one group. Education mainly deals, I believe, with 1. education of the majority, as there is a big lack of knowledge among non-Roma. And 2. with education of Romani youth: good mainstream schools and no segregation. Education could also deal with our planned tours along schools and universities, which will be a combination of education and art. I hope that we can agree upon this. Maybe we should really reorganize the groups and also establish one on housing and food and employment. We need to think about a good name for this group. Our Khetanes site needs some maintenance.

Kind regards,

Els

Comment by Ciuin Ferrin on December 13, 2011 at 0:30
Dear Els and all,
I am currently working on two programs of Holocaust education designed   for middle to university levels. This program is in the co-ordination stage   currently, working between O Porrajmos Education Society and another private   researcher in the States.
The program is designed to be taught in stages and may be taught in as   little as one hour, though a five hour program is recommended. This   programming is stemming from testimonies taken from Sinti survivors who were   interviewed in the 1980s by Dr. Gabbie Tyrnaur. It is my hope that this   program will be used in conjunction with the materials sold by the United   States Holocaust Memorial and Museum. I have chosen the package from the USHMM   because schools consider the materials from the Museum to be the highest   authority, though we know this is questionable. The materials we are working   with would not be sold at the Museum, but available online for purchase from   OPES.
We would love to incorporate a section in the three to five day program   of art inspired during or by the Holocaust. Art is a way to bring a new   feeling into the the classroom, a new dimension most historical programs leave   out.
This program will be tested in middle schools as early as the end of the   2011-12 school year, though the following school year seems more   attainable.
If this program is successful, I would like to make the curriculum   available to all teachers from middle to university levels.
Also, I feel that we should co-ordinate and participate in ceremonies on   January 27, April 8, and August 2 of every year. Candle light vigils, wreaths   in rivers, planting trees, are just some of the ways the days have been marked   in the past. This not only shows our respect for our own history, giving us   the opportunity to claim our history and teach it to those around us.   Education is the key to unlocking the present.
If anyone is interested in assisting with this project, or with finding   venues both in the States and in Europe for exhibitions, teachings, or vigils,   please let me know.
Baxt,
C
Comment by claire-lyne xylena apotheloz on December 13, 2011 at 0:52

Dear Ciuin I am interested in Candle light vigils, wreaths in rivers, planting trees...

looks like I am going to be in California for the 8.of april day - will talk to sani rifati about this.

(it would be in the sebastopol - petaluma area)

Baxt

X

Comment by Ciuin Ferrin on December 13, 2011 at 0:58

Wonderful! I need to contact him as well for another project. Someday I will get to his festival in May, but I had the pleasure of meeting him at the Romani Studies Conference at Berkeley in November.

There is interest in doing a wreath here as well as a candle lighting in the evening here in Iowa and I will begin planning it in January. The difficulty with April 8 this year is that it is Easter Sunday. I may need to schedule activities for Saturday the 7th.

 

Baxt,

C

Comment by Tina B (Tinari) on December 18, 2011 at 22:12

Good Sunday, C,

I am interested in helping with the curriculum project, to ensure that the curriculum is available and palatable for all, from the skills, knowledge and authentic assessment to the marketing. I look forward to your correspondence.

take care, 

Tina

Comment by Ciuin Ferrin on December 18, 2011 at 22:21

Good Sunday to you as well. I look forward to the help! I am currently working on comparisons with the USHMM Teacher's Guide. When I have fully researched it, I then need to make sure my work will flow smoothly with it as well as be able to stand on its own. Not looking forward to those fine details. When I have something tangible, I'll send it to you for your opinion.

 

Baxt,

C

Comment by Tina B (Tinari) on December 18, 2011 at 23:47

Well done, C! Engineering effective lessons is an art form. Thank you!!! And aligning curriculum details are one of my specialties, so thanks for including me when the time comes.

Comment by Ciuin Ferrin on January 31, 2012 at 10:46

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Service for the Victims of O Baro Porrajmos

Service for the Victims of O Baro Porrajmos
by Ciuin Ferrin on Sunday, January 29, 2012
Last night The People's Church in Cedar Rapids held a wonderful candle lighting ceremony for Rromani victims of the Holocaust. I wanted to share with you some of the beauty we shared.
Reverend Tom Capo opened with a call to join us. Here is his text.
"Good evening and welcome to People's Church Unitarian Universalist. I an the Reverend Tom Capo, minister here at People's. Last week I heard about the Romani people. I held certain misconceptions and prejudices that I was not even completely aware of. Much of what I knew of the Romani people was based on movies or television shows- broad strokes about a people I really knew little about. Generalizations that painted a picture of a people who stole and cheated anyone they could and put curses on others. But as we all know, prejudices and oppressions are based on these generalizations. I did not know that the United Nations had excluded the Romani people from the annual Holocaust Memorial services. I did not know how many Romani were killed during the Holocaust. I did not know that the Romani people were being oppressed throughout Europe. I did not know that some Romani in the United States were afraid to embrace and express their Romani heritage because they would be oppressed here or their business would lose customers if they expressed their heritage. I did not know, but now I do. I am awakened to this injustice, and I feel a need to support this community and to open this church to a remembrance for this people. I have learned that there are some Romani people believe that when they die, their soul will remain alive so long as they are remembered. As we worship tonight, let us keep the souls of the Romani people who suffered during the Holocaust and who are suffering throughout the world in our thoughts and prayers. Let us remember them."
This statement from Els de Groen, President of the World Artist Initiative Khetanes, was read aloud.
"Imagine a world with plenty of jobs, proper housing, health care, clean water, and proper nutrition for every human being. It would be a world without discrimination; a world where human diversity would be a source of inspiration for arts and education; a world where mankind would appreciate one another for their beauty and uniqueness as we do flora and fauna of the world. Now, take a look around our world: unemployment, homelessness, disease, and hunger. It's a world of booms and slumps, and of wealth and suffering. In this world, human variety is not perceived as richness but as a threat or potential for corruption.
Seventy years ago, Hitler's racial doctrines convinced people that once Jews and Roma were removed from existence, the Third Reich would be a paradise for the Aryan race. Approximately 6 million Jews and 1-3 million Roma perished in the darkest period in Europe's history. Though over seven decades have passed, survivors of the Holocaust must be shocked at how many of today's social attitudes parallel with those of the 1930s. Once again, in the face of many ills plaguing the world, the human race is resorting to populism, calling for scapegoats. Once more, Europe leads the way in this modern day witch hunt, and once more, the Romani people are being victimized. Fingerprinted and registered like common criminals, murdered in arson attacks, collectively deported, and defamed by the social media, the Romani people once again face the crimes they endured in the Holocaust and the situation worsens with each passing day.
Using our imagination and intellect is not a luxury only to be engaged in during times of prosperity, but more so as an absolute necessity in times of recession. We must use our ability to reason to keep racism from spreading. After all, history does not repeat itself. It is us that repeats history. We are once more allowing the senseless deaths of the Nazi victims, and only the sense to be had is in the words "Never Again". "Never Again" should these crimes be endured by the human race. Use your imagination! Imagine that we are capable of creating a world that exposes the fairy tale lies of racial superiority. This one act of mental power won't alone create the ideal, prosperous world, but it will be a far better one and the best memorial for millions murdered in the Porrajmos and the Shoah."
This was the call to meditation and prayer.
"Let us join together in prayer or meditation. Spirit of love, God of many names, be with us and honor the Romani people. A human life is sacred. It is sacred in its living and it is sacred in its dying. We grieve at the loss of so many Romani people; people who lost their lives for no other reason than the culture they were born in and that they cherished in their hearts. We also grieve for those Romani people who are oppressed; oppressed for no other reason than the culture they were born in and that they cherish in their hearts. We will remember those who have passed on, but we know in our hearts there is more that needs to be done for those alive today. We must reach out with our hands to help those in need, we must let them know that they are not alone, and there are those of us who will walk with them, who see them as people who deserve the universal human rights that all people deserve, who see them not as caricatures or as objects, or as the "Other", but as real people, with feelings of love, and hope, and sorrow, just like we have, with the same human frailties and pain that we all carry. They are no different than us, but they need us because there are some people in this world who treat them as the "Other" - to be shunned and banished and oppressed. Let is remember that nothing can take the place of outstretched hands of human sympathy and understanding, the spoken and silent assurance given by friends - let us remember we have all walked the way of sorrow, of pain, of hopelessness in times past and felt loss. Let us assure them that when they find themselves feeling sorrow or loss, pain or oppression, that they do not walk alone."
And Dr. Ian Hancock sent these words to be read as the votive candles, placed on the circle of our flag, were being lit.
"For us in the United States, the horror of the Holocaust resonates so harshly in our memory because of the enormity of the loss of life it caused, because it occurred in the West and because it happened in living memory. Hitler's attempt to create his Master Race and to dominate all the lands around him, involved both military action and genocide. The two populations targeted for annihilation following the directive of the Final Solution were the Jews and the Roma, both people's losing between a half and three-quarters of their respective populations in Nazi-occupied Europe. We commemorate those tragic losses each year in ceremonies such as the one we are attending today. But we must also be fiercely aware that unless we continue to remember and examine such genocides, history can repeat itself. There have been other genocides since 1945. The Romani people have been subjected to the very same treatment in post Holocaust Europe that Hitler imposed upon them in his Third Reich: there have been forced arrests and incarcerations; there have been sterilizations, there have been neo-Nazi murders, all recorded in this the twenty-first century. We must be ever vigilant, ever alert to the early warning signs of another impending genocide. God bless the memories of those lost in the past, and God protect those who are being targeted in the present time."
O Porrajmos Education Society would like to thank the People's Church for their kindness and generosity in this beautiful ceremony, a ceremony the UN was unwilling to give us.

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Amala School ~ Romany Music and Language Workshops July 15-30, Valjevo, Serbia

Started by Tina B (Tinari) Jul 10. 0 Replies

Amala SchoolWho has been in the past and how was your experience?Who is going this year and what are you looking forward to experiencing the most?Who wants to go in the future?I fit in the third…Continue

Tags: Valjevo, Serbia, Language, Music, School

A Chance for Change

Started by Qristina Zavačková Cummings. Last reply by Hans Wahler Feb 27, 2012. 13 Replies

My city, Cincinnati, OH in the USA is doing a series of TED talks. According to their website, "each year, the world's leading thinkers and doers gather for an event many describe as the highlight of their…Continue

Romani children from Czech "practical schools" master English mainstream education

Started by Qristina Zavačková Cummings Feb 14, 2012. 0 Replies

News server ČT24 reports that a study by the British organization Equality has shown that Romani children who attended "practical schools" (previously the "special schools") in the Czech Republic have had no problems attending mainstream elementary…Continue

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