We successfully ended carrying out our project titled “Direction Future– 25 years of freedom and the Roma– project as a part of the European for Citizens Programme”.

Here you can find a brief summary on the implementation of the project info_template_pl

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Materials developed during his project:

Book “Kierunek przyszłość. 25 lat wolności a Romowie”: https://fundacjawstronedialogu.pl/serwis/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Kierunek_Przyszłosc_e-book_fundacjawstronedialogu-1.pdf

Book “Direction: future. 25 years of freedom and the Roma people”: https://fundacjawstronedialogu.pl/serwis/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Direction_Future_e-book_fundacjawstronedialogu.pdf

Film entitled “Kierunek przyszłość. 25 lat wolności a Romowie”




Goals of the project

In September 1989 a former prime minister of Poland, Tadeusz Mazowiecki, stated in his speech that Poland was also a homeland to the national minorities. Similar declarations were made by other leaders and politicians of the former communist bloc countries. The Roma political and social movement has awakened and its activities intensified after the accession of countries with the largest percentage of the Roma population to the European Union. 25 years of freedom allowed Roma leaders from the former communist bloc countries to build their communities on democratic values – in particular those based on human rights. It also let them promote cultural diversity and non–discrimination ideas to others. Unfortunately, the public awareness of the existence and activity of this movement, which is an integral part of the recent history of Europe and the European Union, is still extremely negligible. Roma are often seen as a social problem rather than as valuable citizens who had a great impact on the shared heritage of Europe. That is why the activities planned for the project “Direction Future – 25 years of freedom and the Roma” are aimed at presenting and bringing closer to the less known, but also valuable part of the Roma history and modernity. The project was carried out from October 2014 to March 2016. As part of the project we created a film and a publication documenting the emergence of the socio–political Roma movement in Europe. As a part of this, we organised meetings and talks with the ten most active Roma leaders. We held conversations with them on the topics related to the activities that may bring benefits to this minority. They were people from both post–communist countries and Western Europe. Thanks to this we had a possibility to get to know their experiences diversified due to the national and political context. It is worth to emphasize that one of the most active and most important Roma leaders comes from Germany (Romani Rose – president of the Central Council of German Sinti and Roma), and therefore the conversation with him will refer to the fall of the Berlin Wall, which initiated the fall of communism in other parts of Europe. The premiere of our publication will take place during the debate entitled “25 years of freedom and the Roma”. What is more, thanks to this project an e–learning lesson on the history, culture and current socio–political situation of the Roma was created, as well as a website with informational and educational materials on the history, culture and current situation of the European Roma. This website will be a specific knowledge base about the Roma and also about the activities of major Roma organizations in Europe (important projects, events, dates, etc.) which will be a perfect tool to support educational activities about the Roma. The next part of the project were educational activities addressed to the leaders of the Roma communities. During the organized educational workshops we presented our materials created as a part of the project. People participating in the workshops get a chance to know how to work using the presented sources. All materials were prepared in Polish and English language, and thanks to that the scope of the project will have an European dimension. In addition, the Roma leaders come from different countries, thanks to which each story will refer to a different political and social context.


The project was financed by the European Union under the Europe for Citizens Programme.