Projects / Preserving and popularizing Roma culture in Central and North-East Bulgaria

A great amount of the folklore treasure of Roma in the region was collected and edited within the project. As a result two books were published: Roma folklore from Central Bulgaria (author: Deyan Kolev) and Tales, Legends and Songs of Central Bulgarian Roma (in Bulgarian and English, authors: Deyan Kolev, Teodora Krumova, and Stefan Yordanov). In the second part of the project two pilot groups in Roma folklore were established in the villages of Vodoley and Balvan with the support of the Municipality of Veliko Turnovo. The results from the pilot including of Romani issues in school showed: raised interest and active participation on behalf of both, Roma and non-Roma students; positive attitude in behalf of the parents. The implementation of the second part of the project was monitored by the Ministry of Education and Science.

Dates: August 2001 - July 2002.

Grant organizations: Open Society Institute, Budapest.

Partnering institutions: Regional Educational Inspectorate, Veliko Turnovo, Department of Education - Municipality of Veliko Turnovo, the primary schools of "Hristo Smirnenski" and "St.John of Rila" in the villages of Vodoley and Balvan.

Places of implementation of the project: Central Northern Bulgaria.

Target groups: Roma communities in Central Bulgaria, 58 students in the primary schools of "Hristo Smirnenski" and "St.John of Rila" in the villages of Vodoley and Balvan.

Sustainability of the project: The established model for creating mixed groups for studying Roma folklore has been multiplied during the next school year (2002/2003) in 16 schools.

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