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Exhibition on Roma education and Roma Holocaust memorials

Inauguration ceremony held on 28 May 2014 by the Permanent Representation of the Czech Republic to the Council of Europe opened the exhibition on Roma education and Roma Holocaust memorials.

In the presence of the Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni and the Deputy Minister for Education, Youth and Sports Jindřich Fryč, guests were welcomed by the Permanent Representative of the Czech Republic to the Council of Europe, Ambassador Tomáš Boček, who in his speech stated: “The Roma situation in Europe has been identified in the report of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe on the state of democracy, human rights and the rule of law as one of the main problems and challenges. We can then understand this exhibition as a contribution of the Czech Republic to the necessary reflection on this issue.”

The first part of the exhibition, prepared by the National Pedagogical Museum and Library of J. A. Comenius in Prague, is focused on education of Roma children. Within its framework various forms of support to the contemporary education and social inclusion of Roma children, ongoing support programs and leisure time activities focusing on personal development, are presented to the visitors. Historical overview of the Czech and Czechoslovak education system is included as well.

The second part of the exhibition named Roma Holocaust memorials targets life of Roma people in concentration camps during the Second World War and reveals the fate of these establishments in the following years and decades. These examples illustrate actions taken by the Czech Republic to tribute to the memory of victims. In addition, a project supervised by the National Pedagogical Museum to build a Roma Holocaust memorial in Hodonín by Kunštát is presented.

On the occasion of opening the exhibition the Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni highlighted the continuous efforts to improve the situation of Czech education and Roma education in particular, which has reached significant improvements. The Deputy Minister for Education, Youth and Sports Jindřich Fryč also emphasized achievements of the Czech Republic in the field of social inclusion of Roma.

The exhibition located in the foyer of the Palace of Europe can be seen by 6 June 2014.

Výstava vzdělávání (foto: Martin Horák)