Following the success of the 2015 “Building a Roma Living Library” in Milan, Italy, in September 2015 we are happy to announce a new opportunity for REYN members to participate in this innovative training.
The latest “Building a Roma Living Library” training will take place on January 26th – 29th, 2016, in Skopje, Macedonia, as a part of our capacity building program.
The Living Library attempts to challenge prejudice by facilitating a conversation between two groups of people: the Books and the Readers. In the Living Library, books are not made out of paper; books are people of flesh and blood, with all their experiences, with prejudices that affect them and influence their lives. The Living Books are willing to share their personal experiences of discrimination or social exclusion with the Readers and most importantly, Books give Readers the opportunity for dialogue and exchange opinions with them, in the hope that through this process most common stereotypes will be challenged and therefore the attitudes and behaviors of wider society will be changed. Through personal contact with the Living Book, Readers will understand that we are not defined by belonging or not belonging to different groups and that we are all individuals, similar or different, but above all we are human beings with our own stories.
For more information on the training (goals, expected outcomes and methodology) please look at the document attached with the brief description of the training.
All the expenses for meals, visas, travel and accommodation will be covered by ISSA. This training is open only to REYN members: if you are not already a member of REYN you can join here.
If you are a REYN member and an early childhood practitioner working in early childhood services or in Romani communities, or if you are representing a Ministry or other state body responsible for the quality of education, or if you are doing advocacy work and you want to explore how to challenge existing biases towards Romani communities, and learn more about what you can do to promote inclusive, high quality learning and living environments for Romani children please fill out the Application Form no later than January 6th, 2016.