Traveller, Gypsy and Roma rights
Human rights belong to everybody, regardless of race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.
Article 2 The Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Around the world people are fighting oppression because of their identity. These activities encourage students to explore the rights of ethnic minority Traveller, Gypsy and Roma communities.
Activity pack: Travellers' Rights
Age group: 13+
Curriculum: Citizenship/ PSE/ Social Studies
The main activity in this resource pack explores the conflicting views on the land rights of Traveller groups and invites students to explore and try to resolve the issues through role-play and discussion. The resource includes Teacher's Notes to guide you through the activities and photocopiable worksheets for students. One or two lessons will be needed to complete the activities. Full curriculum links are provided at the end of the resource.
June is Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History Month
Gypsies, Roma and Travellers are the biggest ethnic minority community in the European Union.
Around 300,000 Gypsies, Roma and Travellers live in the UK and this month is an opportunity to celebrate the ways these communities have enriched UK culture, and also to highlight the marginalisation and extreme levels of prejudice and discrimination they often face.
Explore these issues with our teaching resource on conflicting views on the land rights of Travellers and a selection of other recommended resources below.
Other recommended resources:
- Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History Month website
Up-to-date facts about Gypsy, Roma and Travellers plus magazines to download, a myth and truth activity, information on the history of the community, competitions involving a wide range of creative activities and a comprehensive list of events taking place around the country.
- Film: Pavee Lackeen
The story of a young traveller girl, Winnie, and her family's day-to-day struggle with poverty, faceless bureaucracy, and prejudice in contemporary Ireland. Winnie lives with her mother and siblings in a trailer on the side of the road in Dublin, and the film follows her struggle as she searches for her identity as a young Traveller girl. The film could provide teachers with ways of discussing destitution and identity that co-exists beside relative prosperity. Film website