Right to Remember (2017)

A Handbook for Education with Young People on the Roma Genocide

“Right to Remember”, 2017 is a self-contained educational resource for anyone who wishes to promote deeper awareness of the Roma Genocide and the fight against discrimination. The handbook is based on the principles of human rights education and places remembrance as an aspect of learning about these rights.

Strengthening the identity of young people of Roma origin is a priority of the Council of Europe’s Roma Youth Action Plan. This implies the creation of an environment where they can grow up without discrimination and be confident in their identity and future perspectives, while appreciating their history and their plural cultural backgrounds and affiliations.

The Roma Genocide carried out before and during the World War II, had a profound impact on Roma communities across Europe and played a central role in understanding the prevailing Antigypsyism and discrimination against Roma people.

Involving young people, including Roma youth, in researching, discussing and discovering the meanings of the Roma Genocide is a way to make them active as agents and actors, helping them build their own understanding of human rights and history.

“Right to remember” includes educational activities, ideas for organizing commemoration events, as well as information about the Genocide and its relevance to the situation of the Roma people today. It has been designed primarily for youth workers in non-formal settings, but it will be useful for anyone working in education, including in schools.

The second edition of the handbook, published in 2017, includes changes mainly in the introductory part.

*The handbook is issued in English and Russian with full online access on links below.

• Council of Europe. Manuals and Handbooks. Council of Europe – official website: https://www.coe.int/en/web/youth/manuals-and-handbooks
• Ellie Keen, Rui Gomes (Ed.). 2017. Right to Remember. A Handbook for Education with Young People on the Roma Genocide. (2nd edition). Council of Europe: https://rm.coe.int/16807023d1