Gypsy Roma and Traveller History Month
An event every year that begins at 12:00 am on of June, repeating indefinitely
1-30 June every year: Raising awareness of these communities in the UK.
Gypsies, Roma and Travellers are the largest ethnic minority community in the European Union with over 12 million people across the EU and some 300,000 in the UK. They are very marginalised and suffer extreme levels of prejudice and discrimination.
Gypsy Roma and Traveller History Month was established in Britain in 2008 as a way of raising awareness of these communities and their contributions to society, and to offset negative stereotyping and prejudices.
You can find further information and resources on the National Association of Teachers of Travellers website.
The Amnesty International UK website has lesson plans on Travellers’ Rights suitable for Key Stage 4.
The Holocaust Memorial Day Trust website has an article exploring the story of Europe’s nomads.
This YouTube clip provides a useful ‘animated history’ of Gypsies / Roma / Travellers, and you can read more on the Open Society Foundations website:
To find more teaching resources on the Global Dimension website relating to this subject, browse through resources listed under the topic of ‘Diversity & inclusion’.