Open Call for Facilitators: Dikh he na Bister – Roma Genocide Remembrance Initiative 2017

This open call invites young, experienced Roma and non-Roma trainers to become facilitators in the Roma Genocide Remembrance Initiative in 2017 in order to lead an educational process of an international group of young people through a 5-day learning process about the Holocaust and about antigypsyism and human rights today. The educational process builds on the Council of Europe handbook on “Education for Remembrance: The Roma Genocide”.

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DIKH HE NA BISTER – Roma Genocide Remembrance Initiative 2017
Heidelberg (Germany), April 9 – 15, 2017
Krakow/Auschwitz (Poland), July 29 – August 4, 2017

READ the complete Open Call (PDF)

BACKGROUND OF THE EVENT & ROMA GENOCIDE REMEMBRANCE INITIATIVE

TernYpe – International Roma Youth Network, the Documentation and Cultural Centre of German Sinti and Roma and their partners gather 200 young Roma and non-Roma from all over Europe around August 2nd 2017, marking the 73rd anniversary of the “Roma Holocaust Memorial Day”. The initiative aims at raising awareness among young Europeans, civil society and decision-makers about the Roma Genocide, as well as about the mechanisms of antigypsyism in a challenging context of rising racism, hate speech and extremism in Europe.

MODIFIED CONCEPT IN 2017

  • 20 facilitators will participate in a preparatory seminar in April in Germany, and then run the educational workshops during the 5-days lasting program in Krakow.
  • 15 national group leaders will participate in a preparatory seminar in April in Germany, then prepare their groups at home, and accompany their educational process and assist the organization of the event in Krakow.
  • National groups consist of 10 people in Krakow: 2 leaders (experienced leader and “junior” leader” who participated before in Dikh he na bister) and 8 participants (18 to 30 years old, never participated before in Dikh he na bister, participants of one group shall be able to assist each other language wise in English and Romani). The overall event will have about 200 participants, including 150 participants and group leaders, 20 facilitators, volunteers and staff.
  • Preparatory seminar will take place in April 2017 in the Documentation and Cultural Centre of German Sinti and Roma in Heidelberg, Germany. It is attended by those 20 facilitators that will run the workshop sessions in Krakow, and by those 15 national group leaders (1 per country) that will prepare and lead their national groups.
  • Preparatory activities of the national groups at home are obligatory as a condition to participate in the event.
  • The educational event in Krakow will include 5 full program days! It starts with educational sessions in the working groups in Krakow, continues with a visit of the Auschwitz Museum; after another day in the working groups in Krakow, the group participates in the 2 August commemoration activities in Auschwitz, and a final day in Krakow allows to finish and evaluate the learning process.
  • The educational learning process: We aim to build an educational process, which allows participants in an internationally mixed but stable group to go through the experience of the whole event, meaning that all participants will stay in one group from the beginning until the end. In each group, facilitators will create a space of learning about the Holocaust, as well as of reflection about remembrance and the role of youth in addressing current challenges of antigypsyism, and other forms of racism in Europe today.

PROFILE OF THE FACILITATORS

  • Roma and non-Roma facilitators and trainers of non-formal education that have already a basic experience in leading non-formal educational activities;
  • Facilitators have an experience in working with Roma youth, Holocaust Remembrance and Human Rights Education.
  • Facilitators shall speak English and/or Romanes; (other languages are an additional advantage)
  • Facilitators are willing to participate both in the preparatory seminar in Heidelberg (April 2017) and in the Dikh He Na Bister event in Krakow (August 2017).
  • During the preparatory seminar, the facilitators will receive content and methodological preparation, they will prepare and develop the educational process of the DIKH HE NA BISTER event in Krakow, and they will clarify their roles and responsibilities in the project.

PROFILE OF THE NATIONAL GROUP LEADERS

  • 2 national group leaders are nominated by the official partner organizations of the DIKH HE NA BISTER initiative; it is obligatory that 1 of the group leaders of each partner participates in the preparatory seminar in April in Heidelberg;
  • Roma and non-Roma youth leaders that have already a basic experience in leading non-formal educational activities; ideally have participated before in DIKH HE NA BISTER in Krakow;
  • Experience in working with Roma youth, Holocaust Remembrance and Human Rights Education.
  • Leaders shall speak English and/or Romanes; (other languages are an additional advantage)
  • 1 leader per partner is willing to participate both in the preparatory seminar in Heidelberg (April 2017) and 2 leaders per partner in the Dikh He Na Bister event in Krakow (August 2017).
  • During the preparatory seminar, they will receive content and methodological preparation themselves, they will plan the preparatory process of the participants, and they will clarify their roles and responsibilities in the project.


THE PREPARATORY SEMINAR IN HEIDELBERG (April 2017)

Aims

  • Develop a final program for the DIKH HE NA BISTER event in Krakow including concrete working methods and materials.
  • Strengthen a clear vision and common understanding of the facilitators and national group leaders for the DIKH HE NA BISTER initiative.
  • Training the facilitators and national group leaders regarding content and educational methods.

Technicalities

  • Dates: April 9 to 15, 2017 (including travel days)
  • Place: 3 working days in the Haus am Maiberg Training-Centre (Heppenheim) and 2 working days in Heidelberg in the Documentation and Cultural Centre of German Sinti and Roma.
  • Funding: All costs covered by the Erasmus+ program (via Documentation Centre)
  • Participants: The seminar is attended by those 20 facilitators that will run the workshop sessions in Krakow, and by those 15 national group leaders (1 per country) that will prepare and lead their national groups.

APPLICATION AND SELECTION

How to apply? Register in the online application form:  https://goo.gl/forms/Rub4aVHt0ifkH4vP2

READ the complete information pack: Call for Facilitators

Application deadline: March 10, 2017 (end of day): If you fit into the participants’ profile, you may submit an application until March 10 at midnight Central European Time. The preparatory team will select up the participants on the basis of the profile outlined above, ensuring also a balance between genders, geographical regions, different types of experiences and organizations. Within few days, we will inform the candidates whether their application has been accepted or rejected.

CONTACTS: info@2august.eu

ternYpe – International Roma Youth Network: Karolina Mirga: ternype@romayouth.com

Documentation and Cultural Centre of German Sinti and Roma: Emran Elmazi: emran.elmazi@sintiundroma.de

 

PARTNERS

We aim to continue a wide partnership of the Roma Genocide Remembrance Initiative. The initiative this year is coordinated by ternYpe International Roma Youth Network, and the Documentation and Cultural Centre of German Sinti and Roma. The youth event is funded by the Erasmus+ Program of the European Commission, as well as it is administratively and educationally supported by the Council of Europe through the Special Representative of the Secretary General for Roma issues and the Youth Department.