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Mobile Roma Books - Youth Exchange


5-14 April 2018 | MERSIN, Turkey

This event aims to raise awareness and initiate critical thinking at young European citizens about Anti-Gypsyism and its historical roots in Europe by using Living Library methodology to portray real life cases of everyday challenges Roma are facing.
The Roma, the majority of whom are EU citizens, constitute the largest "ethnic minority" group of the EU with apopulation of 10-12 million across Europe with the biggest number living in Turkey, Romania, Bulgaria and Spain. In Turkey they live all over the country and most known in Trakya, Çanakkale, Edirne, Tekirdag, Mersin, İzmir and İstanbul. Biggest challenges that the Roma are facing in their everyday life are: Unemployment, poverty, lack of education, lack of acceptance by the society which creates obstacles for integration and employment in public organizations. Roma are discriminated against and their rights are violated on daily basis by their neighbors, friends, colleagues and peers. This project aims to help in understanding the history, cultural structure, difficulties and injustices of the Roma people in Europe.The project aims to develop the knowledge and understanding of participating youth about active European citizenship around the values of Europe but also build a skill of interpreting real (mostly untold) stories from the Roma realities. This event aims to raise awareness and initiate critical thinking at young European citizens about Anti-Gypsyism and its historical roots in Europe. The project activities will be organized by using a very creative method of Living Library. It should bring to light the context of real situations with the Roma in different EU countries. With a strong dimension of empowerment, participants will be supported to become mediators, role models, facilitators and multiplayers in their community. We believe that the event will help the sending organizations to apply the new knowledge to teach other youngsters by applying the same methodology in their respective countries.

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Training overview

This activity has already happened!

This Seminar is

for 34 participants

from Bulgaria, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey

and recommended for

Youth workers, Youth leaders

Working language(s):



Akdeniz Roman Dernekleri Federasyonu (NGO/Others)

The Federation was established in 2008 as a fusion of 5 Roma Associations from the Mediterranean (Mersin) region to bring a momentum to development of the Roma at the fields of education, employment, housing and culture.
Since then AKROMFED gained a vast experience in implementing various projects in all these fields. It also became one of the founders of Turkey’s wide Roma platform “Turkish Roma Rights Forum - ROMFO” and with this forum established a network in four regions of Turkey.

Akromfed’s work as federation of Roma NGOs focuses on closing the educational gap between Roma and the others, is contributing towards improving housing situation, opening new employment opportunities for Roma and improving the quality of work force in the Roma community, advocates for Roma rights, strengthening the political awareness and sense of belonging trough increasing the capacity of individuals, NGOs and media, and ensuring participation of Roma all democratic and decision making processes.

Contact for questions:

Ali Daylam


Phone: 00905334123312


Travel costs will be reimbursed based on the distance band calculator of the Erasmus + guidelines. The following Maximum amount will be accepted: Romania 500 - 1999 km Max-275 Euro Spain 3000 - 3999 km Max-530 Euro Slovenia 2000 - 2999 km Max-360 Euro Bulgaria 500 - 1999 km Max-275 Euro Macedonia 500 - 1999 km Max-275 Euro Turkey 0 EUR 50% of the travel costs will be reimbursed on the spot after providing original travel proves and 50% by bank transfer after the participants send remaining travel prove documentation for their journey back. Accommodation and food is fully covered by the organizers. There is no participation fee envisaged for this event. Each participant is requested to donate a book, document, clothes or video materials about the Roma in their region to the Roma Archive and Documentation Center in Mersin.

This training activity is funded by:

The Erasmus+ Youth in Action Programme

Participants are entitled to receive a Youthpass certificate:

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