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Roma youth and the dream of education through contact and socialization

Avdives Khetanes

Knowledge in traditional Roma culture is transmitted orally and is usually associated with the wisdom of the elders. They are the ones who remember the old customs, traditions, and legends, and they are also the ones who became wise through life gained experience. On the other hand, formal education in European systems promotes an abundance of ideas, which doesn’t necessarily cater to young Romani’s needs. The eternal conflict of Roma acculturation cannot be overcome without an empathic understanding of their real needs for socialization, without an acceptance of the fact that, for them, tradition takes precedence and must be recognized (including in mainstream educational processes).

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Creative teenagers and young adults who grew up in Ferentari neighborhood in Bucharest write articles about Roma culture, with editorial guidance, as part of “Avdives, Khetanes!” (translation “Today, together!”) project implemented by Amfiteatru Foundation.

“Avdives, Khetanes!” aims to increase inclusion and develop the premises for a better quality of life for Roma children in Belin commune, Covasna county and in Ferentari marginalized neighbourhood (Sector 5, Bucharest).

The project is implemented by Amfiteatru Foundation in partnership with Belin Community Development Association for Belin commune and by Amfiteatru Foundation in partnership with the City Hall of Sector 5 for Ferentari and benefits from a 856.678 euros grant from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the SEE and Norway Grants as part of the Local Development Program.