July: Gypsy Roma Traveller History Month
What's the big idea?
July 2008 marks the first national history month for Gypsies, Roma and Travellers in the UK. It aims to explain and celebrate their history and culture through challenging myths and breaking down barriers between them and the wider British community.
You could use the assembly to challenge negative stereotypes about the Gypsy, Roma or Traveller community. The Croeso Project resource is useful for primary and secondary teachers. It begins with a general discussion of discrimination and stereotyping, before giving an overview of the lifestyle, history and culture of these minorities.
You could also incorporate the experiences of individuals. Organise for a local artist, musician or storyteller from the Gypsy, Roma or Traveller community to come to talk in assembly. If you are still struggling to find somebody, draw on the work of Richard O'Neill, a Gypsy storyteller. You can find him on the Passing Places website.
Alternatively, you could use the real life stories of children in the UK who are Gypsies, Roma or Travellers. For younger pupils, the Cyberpilots section of the Gypsy Traveller website has a series of stories, written by the children. For older pupils, the site features Beat the Bullies, a resource put together by young Gypsies and Travellers from Market Harborough.
Help, I don't have enough time to prepare
Use the Croeso Project resource: www.croesoproject.orgcroeso?p=304
Where can I go for more information?
The next assembly point will appear on June 6: Day of the African child, which takes place on June 16.