The training on “Folklore of ethnic groups – Roma folklore” was held

For another year, Amalipe Center conducted training for over 40 teachers, who for the first time will lead classes in “Folklore of ethnic groups – Roma folklore.” Up to date, the training took the form of a webinar on the Zoom audio and video conferencing platform. In addition to new ones, teachers with experience in teaching multicultural classes at school also took part in the training to share good practices with their colleagues.

The first panelist in the training – Deyan Kolev, introduced teachers to the history of Roma with an emphasis on the history of Roma in Bulgaria, the main Roma groups and subgroups in Bulgaria with an emphasis on their educational attitudes, the main elements of Roma folklore and culture: fairytale folklore, calendar and family holidays, musical folklore, language, etc., as well as their interrelations with the folklore of the Bulgarian and Turkish culture.

Teodora Krumova – program manager of Amalipe Center, presented the second module to the participants: textbooks and notebooks for training in “Folklore of ethnic groups – Roma folklore”; pedagogical methods and techniques with an emphasis on interactive methods and techniques; available internet and electronic resources. In addition, it provided guidelines for involving parents and organizing accompanying activities for recording folklore and personal stories, organizing celebrations and campaigns.

The emphasis in the training was teaching in an electronic environment and the Academy for Digital Intercultural Education as a means of prevention of students from the educational system.
Although online, the webinar was turned into an interactive place for group work and presentations, which charged the participants and aroused their interest in further activities. Silvia Stancheva gave a presentation on the factors that influence early childhood development and the role of family specifics in early marriages among the Roma community

We believe that, although absent, the training achieved its goals, which is supported by the feedback received from educators:

  • “Everything was great and on a level! I’m glad I got involved 🙂 “
  • “Thank you! It was interesting and useful! “
  • “Thanks for the useful and interesting information!”
  • “Thanks! It was useful and enjoyable!