Romani (Gypsy) culture and social issues.

The Romani Education Programme
of the New School Foundation

Prague, Czech Republic

Doors

I knocked on the door, I stood on the doorstep 
and they slammed the door in my face. 
This is how they punished me.

I sat on the door step and cried 
because I wanted to prove, to convince the whites 
that Roma are good. 
But they threw me out. So they won!

Oh God, teach me how I should live, 
how I should love, 
how I should pray, 
how I should sit on the door step 
and wait for the whites 
to open the door.

Patrin
A Long Journey

I looked, but I couldnít find it. 
I walked until my feet ached, 
but before me and behind me were nothing more than huge thorns. 
Everywhere I turned they scratched me, 
cut me. I didnít know what to do 
and I thought, "who will help me?" 
I stood but I could not find the way. 
I began to pray, 
to plead with God 
that some one would take me away from here. 
Then I heard a beautiful voice. 
It told me: "Stand up. 
Open your eyes, 
before you is a long journey." 

Veronika Cibriková. Age 10. 
Elementary School Dobûtice, Ústí nad Labem 
Czech Republic 
1st prize winning entry 

From the New School Foundation 
1997 Essay Contest for Romani Children 
in the Romani Language "Romano Suno

I. PROBLEMS
II. PURPOSE AND OBJECTIVES OF THE PROJECT
III. PROJECT DESCRIPTION

1. ROMANI TEACHING ASSISTANTS IN SCHOOLS

3. EXCHANGE OF EXPERTISE AND KNOW-HOW
V. EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
IV. PUBLICATIONS
VI. REGIONAL CO-OPERATION
For more information contact:

The Romani Education Programme 
of the New School Foundation 
Karolíny Svûlté 4 
110 00 Praha, CZECH REPUBLIC

Tel. +(420) 2 2421 6386 
Fax: +(420) 2 2421 6379 
E-mail: nova.skola@ecn.cz

Information current as of 21 November 1997.



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