TERNI ROMANI BACHT - DANCING GROUP
Foundation for Social Integration PROM 53-638 Wrocław 57, POLAND skr. pocztowa 57159 tel./fax 71-359-29-21
biuro @ fundacjaprom.pl
Terni Romani Bacht - dancing group for children and youth is a part of a Foundation’s programme focused on educating and integrating Lower Silesian Roma society. PROM leads series of actions - the aim is to keep open an intercultural and intergenerational dialogue in which Roma will be actively engaged. Starting from children PROM invites whole families to take part in actions and activities, social campaigns (Jedni z Wielu - One of Many) and the cultural life of Lower Silesia – European Capitals of Culture (ECOC) 2016.
PROM has two Social Integration Centres in Wroclaw where Roma as well as Polish and Ukrainian children come to play, learn and take part in variety of integrating activities. One of the Centres is a place where Terni Romani Bacht has its regular meetings and rehearsals. The group having at the moment 18 dancers in the age between 5 and 16 - gathers around whole families of different economical and social background - around 60 persons which is ⅓ of the whole Roma population that PROM works with daily and around ⅛ of Roma population that we meet during the year (they come for help from the food bank, school materials for children and legal advice).
Terni Romani Bacht - Young Roma Happiness is a dancing group founded in 2008. It’s main aim is to promote and explain Roma culture by inviting children of different nationalities to dance and play together.
The group takes part in big intercultural events as Kalejdoskop Kultur in Wroclaw, Romane Dyvesa in Gorzów and many more.
The idea is to gather not only children, but also their families around all events that Terni Romani Bacht takes part in. It opens the possibility to invite them to different activities like courses of hygiene and healthy cooking for mothers, cultural events for kids with parents - ECOC 2016, meetings for youth. We speak through children to parents until we find individual language and trust of adults which is our main objective. Good relation with parents gets back to children in the way they are treated and educated.
All together it gives us an opportunity to build a trustful and open community.
Language of the supporting documents:
- Civil society, including Roma community
- local or regional
Parents of dancing group (60 pers.):
Meetings at hygiene courses, common events, legal advices, everyday help (food bank, basic needs)
Roma Community (500 pers.):
legal advice, food bank, school materials for children
Above are the main points of interest of Roma Community in Wroclaw.
We meet the expectations not only by giving the help, but also by encouraging adults to take part in what they children are involved and by a constant dialogue with the society.
Children meet for dancing rehearsals twice a week for an hour and daily in the Centers for Social Integration form 3-6 pm, where they get basic help (homework, food, care) and are encouraged to take part in cultural events not only connected with dance and Roma, but also national and international culture (to show that they are not a separated group, but a part of Europe), history and heritage. Above all, we care to make the everyday life of children pleasant and healthy by taking them to cinemas, theatre, sports parks, etc.
The financial basis for functioning of the project is the governmental grant, that covers the dancing instructor and transport of the children in case of a concert. All additional activities are dependent from additional projects or grants the PROM Foundation applies for.
approx. 6, 200 Euro per year
Governmental programe for Roma community in Poland 2004-2013 and govermental Programe for Roma inclusion in Poland 2014-2020
What are the keys to success of this action? :
- belief in children’s abilities to teach adults a new form of dialogue
What were the main difficulties encountered?:
- adults approach
- financial resources
- lack of proper space to practice
What would you recommend to those carrying out a similar action?:
- constant dialogue
- listening to actual needs of the group
- taking the Roma groups out of the “comfort zone” of Roma events, festivals, etc., to show them that their culture is a part of European heritage and they can be accepted in non-Roma societies