The program has been implemented since the beginning of 2002/2003 by the Center for Interethnic Dialogue and Tolerance “Amalipe” with the support of the Ministry of Education and Science, the Open Society Institute and other foundations and institutions.

Problems we want to resolve:

The appearance of Roma Culture Classes was conditioned by three reasons. First, a worrying fact over the last few years is the high percentage of Roma children not being attracted or dropped out of the school system. This is a problem not only for the Roma community itself, but also for the Bulgarian society as a whole. Secondly, under the influence of others (parents, loved ones, neighbors, or just random people), non-Roma children often have deep prejudices against Roma – prejudices based on their ignorance. Once formed in children, these prejudices interfere with their normal communication with their Roma classmates, and this further reinforces the stereotypes. Third, one of the main problems facing the Bulgarian educational system, and in particular the educational content, is the low overlap of multicultural elements.

More information about the program can be found here

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