Experts of the Ad Hoc Committee of Experts on Roma and Traveller Issues (CAHROM), representing the Czech Republic, Hungary, the Republic of Moldova, Romania and the Slovak Republic met in Košice (Slovak Republic) on 7-9 November 2017 to discuss the presence of Roma history and culture in textbooks and school curricula in Europe. The thematic visit helped identifying existing gaps in education systems relating to this topic and preparing the basis for a draft CoE Committee of Ministers’ recommendation on the inclusion of the teaching of Roma history, including Roma Holocaust, in textbooks and school curricula. Special attention was given to the Roma Holocaust as it is an important part of Roma history.
CAHROM experts had the opportunity to meet teachers and pupils of the Private Pedagogical and Social Academy (Súkromná pedagogická a sociálna academia) in Košice, were the subjects of Roma history and culture are part of the school curriculum, as well as with to discuss with teachers from other parts of the Slovak Republic, teaching these subjects, on very practical issues.
The International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA), represented by the President of its committee on Roma Genocide, contributed to the visit by presenting the work of IHRA related to the Roma Genocide remembrance. The cooperation between IHRA and CAHROM will be pursued in future: an IHRA representative will be invited as an ad hoc speaker at the forthcoming CAHROM plenary meeting to be held in Athens, Greece, on 22-25 May 2018.
The Head of the Documentation Centre of the Austrian Resistance also presented the existing teaching material on Roma history and culture, prepared in the framework of several international CoE and OSCE projects, and projects with the Austrian Ministry of Education.
The report of the CAHROM thematic visit will be soon available on the CAHROM website