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Training of Trainers

Module Description

With the Training of Trainers, the PAL ART project (“Boosting positive narrative on Romani integration through Arts”) aims to give trainers that are willing to get involved or are planning to participate in classes and lessons aiming to promote the positive narrative of Romani through art training and in art techniques, enriched knowledge about topics considering the Romani background, culture, traditions, exclusive education and artistic influence.

The training consists of the following six modules (in order to get access to the contents remember to click on the “Take this Course” botton):

Lesson 1: To be Roma

The first lesson gives an introduction to Romani history, presents individual historical milestones, and describes the plight of the Roma, which often borders on slavery. At the same time, the author presents the rich cultural customs and traditions of the Roma in the various countries they inhabit and the origins of the Romani language.

Lesson 2: Legislation

The second lesson introduces the issues of discrimination and intolerance, legal definition, the European framework or the role of the European Parliament. It also provides the trainers with basic legal documents such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, etc. and other instruments of the United Nations or the European Union for the protection of fundamental rights. The lesson also introduces the functioning of the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights. The author concludes the lesson with the situation of the Roma minority, individual programs of the European Union for the integration of Roma minority and the challenges it faces.

Lesson 3: Romani as part of the EU cultural heritage

The third lesson comprehensively links the themes of culture, identity, history and the present and places them in the current European context. It begins with the phenomenon of the Romani language, reflects on the specifics of the Romani family and its structure, customs and clothing, Romani art, theatre and cinema, and the possibilities and challenges of the New European Agenda for Culture. This lesson promotes culture-based creativity and innovation and the creation of new job opportunities. Roma culture is an integral part of European culture and a testament to its diversity, richness and originality. It also looks in more detail at the Creative Europe financial framework and in the 2021-2027 budget period, when funding for both areas, namely media and culture, is to be strengthened.

Lesson 4: Narrative in Arts

The fourth lesson gives an introduction to storytelling as central to the history of visual arts across every culture and time period in human history. By presenting narratives, a powerful tool for transferring knowledge and culture is being delivered. It presents the story of humanity over 30,000 years to the present. The story, that is being told, is the story of all of us. It begins with one of the first depictions of man in a Chauvet cave, continues through ancient Egypt, Rome and Greece, Christian art, the Renaissance and into the present day.

Lesson 5: Inclusive teaching & acceptable learning

The fifth module has as its main theme inclusion as a process of involving individuals in society and the community. Culture plays an important aspect in this process, both as a mediator and as a platform that enables inclusion. The three basic principles of inclusion, according to the author, are active citizenship through political participation, existing interactions in the family and community and participation in the labour market.

Lesson 6: Romani positive narrative

The sixth module introduces the audience to Romani realities with an emphasis on Romani culture. It introduces individual Romani musical and literary personalities, artists and their works (Djankgo Reinhardt, Věra Bílá, Jaques Leo, ...). The module also focuses on the influence that Romani culture had on European culture, especially Spanish and Hungarian culture. The author also called for the inclusion of Roma history in the teaching of European history.

Extra: The current situation of the presence of the Roma in each partner country

In this extra, you will learn more about the current situation of Roma presence in the different partner countries through a clickable map of Europe showing the flags of the different partner countries.


This training aims to: