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Training Course, Dikh He Na Bister - Roma Genocide Remembrance

The training activity took place
in Krakow, Poland
organised by Dikh He Na Bister de
29 July - 3 August

Aims & objectives

I was engaged as a trainer on the project within the framework of DIKH HE NA BISTER (LOOK BUT DO NOT FORGET!) - Roma Genocide Remembrance Initiative.
DIKH HE NA BISTER main youth event took place from 29 July to 3 of August in Krakow and in the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, with participation of 400-500 young people from around the world. This year was held commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the 2 of August - Roma Holocaust Memorial Day.
The main idea of this project was to introduce young people to the genocide that happened to the Roma and Sinti in Auschwitz during the World war 2. The plan was to raise awareness of young people about the fact that there was an intention to destroy all European Roma and Sinti in the same way there was intention to destroy all European Jews. The program consisted of number of workshops. The aim of this workshops was to bringing young people closer to Roma history, culture, but also to raise awareness of anti-Gypsyism and segregation of Roma throughout history. The project involved 30 facilitators and 15 groups with 20 to 25 participants each group. During the project, participants had the opportunity to visit Auschwitz 1 and Auschwitz Birkenau. They were provided with guides who gave them information on what was going on in the camp from 1939. until the end of the war. Particular focus was placed on Block 13, known as the Roma Ghetto.

Target group & international/intercultural composition of the group & team

We had 15 groups of 20-25 people. Each group had two trainers. We had participants from all over the world. Europe, Russian Federation, United States, China, India. Like the participants, the team, which consisted of 40 people, was very diverse.

Training methods used & main activities

We were using non-formal education methods: workshops, theater, role play, group discussions, work in small group, study visit.

Outcomes of the activity

The aim of the project was to motivate young people to learn more about the Holocaust that happened to the European Roma and Sinti. The young people have gained new knowledge and have shown a clear desire to speak and educate others on this very important topic, through concrete future projects.

Your tasks and responsibilities within the team

My task, as one of trainers, was to design workshops in accordance with the theme of the project. Also, my job was to introduce young people to the subject of the project using non-formal education methods.

I worked on this training for 6 days as a full time trainer.

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