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Building culture in the classroom: the role of Romany assistants in the Romany classroom

Author(s) Iveta Kovalcikova, Juraj Kresila, Alica Petrasova  
Publisher CiCe Publications  
Year 2002  
Editor Future Citizens in Europe Ed. Alistair Ross  
Language English  
Age group -  
Systematic thinking about the changes in Roma communities is an urgent task in the Slovak Republic. Romanies represent 6.5 % of the Slovak population (Zelina, 2001). Solving the problem of Roma minority cultural compatibility with the non Roma majority has taken various forms in the course of history. After 1945, the procedures of the central bodies of the state administration of Czechoslovakia gradually manifested from free concepts: 1. the concept of social asimilation of Roma - of the 1958, when the central institutionalization of the state solution began (i.e. the 'Gypsy Question'), 2. the concept of correcting the dispersal of Roma - regarding planned and organized diffusion of Roma from highly concentrated areas in Slovakia mainly in the Czech lands (1965), 3. the concept of integration of Roma into mainstream society (1972), (Koptová, Schmidt, 2001).

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