Hungary trip

May 27, 2012 at 5:31 pm

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I’ve just returned from a short trip to Hungary with a group of UK teachers and educators, aimed at learning more about the situation for Roma youth there and building links between schools and communities. In some ways the choice of Hungary as a destination was a little odd, as a small proportion of the UK’s Roma migrant population happens to come from that country – far more hail from Romania, Czech Republic and Slovakia. However, Budapest is the unofficial centre of the Roma ‘industry’ – with a number of important Roma NGOs based there. During our week we visited three  city schools, where the British teachers delivered some lessons to the children, who were both Roma and non-Roma. We also visited a village an hour or so from the city and met with Roma elders to learn about the situation for them and their young people. We met with people from the Soros Open Society Roma Initiatives, and watched a hugely inspiring presentation from the young and energetic team at Romedia Foundation. Check out their amazing video work if you don’t know it. Then at a Roma conference on Friday we met many impressive activists and students, among them many Eastern European Roma. I wasn’t reporting on the trip – I was simply along for the ride, learning what I could and taking some photos for the group. My mind is still a bit frazzled with it all but I’ll share a few further thoughts and images over the coming days.