“Right to Remember” is a self-contained educational resource for all those wishing to promote a deeper awareness of the Roma Genocide and combat discrimination. The handbook is based on the principles of human rights education, and places remembrance as an aspect of learning about, through and for human rights.
Involving young people, including Roma youth, in researching, discussing and discovering the meanings of the Roma Genocide is a way to involve them as agents and actors in their own understanding of human rights and of history.
Right to Remember includes educational activities, as well as ideas for commemoration events, and 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.
Strengthening the identity of Roma young people is a priority for the Roma Youth Action Plan of the Council of Europe. This implies the creation of an environment where they can grow up free from discrimination and confident about their identity and future perspectives, while appreciating their history and their plural cultural backgrounds and affiliations.
The Council of Europe supports young people in activities for remembrance of the Roma Genocide. In 2014 this includes educational, institutional and support to the Roma Genocide Remembrance Initiative, organised from 30 July to 04 August 2014 in Krakow, Poland in cooperation with ternYpe – International Roma Youth Network.
The handbook was developed during 2013-2014 and was publicly launched during the international expert conference “Education for Remembrance” during 31 July – 01 August 2014 in Krakow, Poland