Roma awareness project takes place at Bradford school

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Some of the crafts made by Carlton Bolling College pupils (left to right) Ida Ladicova, Elemer Ladic and Helena Danihelova Some of the crafts made by Carlton Bolling College pupils (left to right) Ida Ladicova, Elemer Ladic and Helena Danihelova

ROMA and Gipsy pupils at a Bradford school have dispelled negative stereotypes and shared their rich culture with their classmates.

Carlton Bolling College in Undercliffe is home to at least 60 pupils of a Gipsy or Roma background, and they have held a number of events where they are given the chance to teach their classmates about their language, history, and art.

Classes also got to try traditional foods and learn Roma dances as part of the week, which took place during Gipsy, Roma and Traveller history month. The pupils led the activities, and staff say the week has proven a big success.

Ida Ladicova, 13, is from Slovakia and has lived in the UK for four years. She taught dancing during the course of the week, said it was nice to be able to bring her culture to the forefront of lessons, adding: "It has been good to show it off to all our friends."

Vicky Wood, EMA Mentor at the school, said: "It was good for the other pupils at the school to be involved with. It has all been done by the pupils, we've had students teaching Hungarian.

"A lot of the Gipsy and Roma children at the school are from Slovakia or Hungary. When people think of Roma they tend to think of negative things, so it has been good to promote the positive parts of the culture. It has been a massive success and hopefully in the coming years we can make it a bigger event."

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