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Breaking from tradition for education by Nenică Mădălina

A son of copper-smiths gives up the tradition in order to study more. Cătălin Stănescu comes from a family of copper – smiths gypsies from Târgu Neamț. For the majority of those from this ethny it is normal that after 4 classes would give up school and learn the crafts of the fathers. At the age at which others were getting married, Cătălin chose school, a rarely met thing in the ethny which he comes from. The young man is now a master’s degree student within the University of „Al.I. Cuza” from Iași specialization Public Policies and Institutional Manage...

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A quiet child by Paul Bălhuc

Alex Tofan, from village Zmeu, Lungani local authority, is a quiet child. Life next to his three brothers, in a house made of adobe, with a leaky roof above his bed, has not broken him. It does not affect him that at school his colleagues laugh of him because he is short, has big ears and does not have slippers. He has got a new friend that encourages him permanently to go to school. Since he was five, Alex has slept with his older brother, on a bed next to the wall. Every time there was a heavy rain, the water was seeping through the roof and wet the old bed linen. ...

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A Victorious Family’s Life by Simona Popovici

A grandmother raises a family with many hardships. In the centre of Iași, in a building shaken by earthquakes, burnt by the summer sun, as a palace with an aged respect, there are two bunches of people who measure their fate day by day. They smile sincerely in search of good, although other souls would get older in such a situation, would grow only disappointment that wouldn’t have equal chances and respect. Violeta Pașa is a woman of 53 years old, with a diploma for a souls raised from among the ruins of the endured fights, of the moments in which she hid her face ...

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Iulia’s pursuits by Andreea Badoiu

A student becomes an activist because she wants to accept her own gypsy identity and bring a change in the society. In the 11th grade Iulia Damian was the president of the Pupils Education Council from the high school „Alexandru Rosetti” of Vidra, Ilfov County, after she won at a difference of only five-seven votes. She wanted to stand for it because she liked to get involved in projects and she saw in the competition a chance that could have helped her to organize different events in the school where she studied, but also to accumulate some experience. She ...

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Feminine gender, Romani ethny – A Successful example through education

She is a normal young lady, with higher education, with a beautiful family and with a rich life. She never took into account the patterns in which the society wanted to frame her and she ended up being a model for Romani ethny women. She was born in a family with 4 brothers – the eldest, of 18 years old and the youngest, of 12 years old. She was the longed for little girl, her parents miracle and the wonder of the boys from the house. She lived in clover, loved and protected, spoilt and treated gently. Today is, still, their miracle. Because the love and clover didn’t ...

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The Story of a Young musician by Roxana Ioana Pandel

“The boy learnt, because he was ambitious, but for music and love for books …” After 50 kilometres from Iași to Huși and Vaslui, the road passes through Pietriș, Dolhești commune. On a wide & dusty road, an old lady appears in front of me, swinging with two buckets of water. She heard of Tîrșu Nicolae, the accordion player and of Violeta Măcinoi, the singer of traditional Romani music: “Beautiful people, who knew how to make people forget about their sadness or bitter moments. Before they were the finest musicians from the area, people were coming to ...

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The layers of Valeni people by Alexandra Filip

In 2012, the town hall in Piatra Neamt gathered the Romani living in the main social housing blocks in town and moved them to Valeni. Meanwhile, beyond the Bistrita river, the old village inhabitants and the new comers had to learn how to live together. The simplest way to get to Valeni is to take the old, white minibus, which goes through Piata Mare, in Piatra Neamt. “The bus departs from here at every hour, at 10 past and twenty to, every hour”, says a lady with big and fluffy hair kept at the back of her head in a coloured elastic band. She is wearing warm and ...

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A mother for more by Corina Nitescu

A woman of 50 years old changes the life of some children from an after-school. In a modest flat from Bucharest from Ferentari area, Militaru family speaks about what kind of role education has in a child’s life. The conclusions are alike: „Without education you are not seen well anywhere” and „you don’t do anything without education”, says the mother Maria Militaru, Educator of the Club of Alternative Education from within the organisation ‘’Policy Centre for Roma and Minorities’’. The children learn this through small examples, which are access...

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Etiquettes by Ana Maria Costache

A student of gypsy ethny learns to bear her identity After I told her that I would like to take her an interview, Georgiana prepared thoroughly with notes. She turns on her tablet with her forefinger easily trembling and I foresee the first lines: My name is Georgiana C*, I am 23 years old, I am a Bachelor in Journalism at the University from Bucharest and I am of gypsy ethny. You probably already labelled me, but I am asking you to read more than that. Up to the age of 14, Georgiana wondered many times for she why her father is darker skinned than her, but she ...

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These children will learn how to fly by Simona Roxana Poclid

In the press from Iasi it is written in bold letters and sarcastically the title: „The library shared with the gypsies from Păcurari on ‚’’manele’’ rhythm”. The only rhythms of the building from the Main Road Păcurari, number 29 are of poverty and incapacity. In the ex-subsidiary ,,Garabet Ibrăileanu”, a building with bars at the windows, the plaster of the walls fallen down and holes in the ceiling, without drinking water and central heating, live 19 people in a fight for adaptation to the world beyond the pieces of fence standing upright. As ...

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