50 years on: Education Rights for Gypsies, Roma and Travellers

Don’t miss out; places are going fast. 
The conference is free and there will be a snack lunch for those who book.

The Legacy of Plowden
ACERT mini-conference and 2017 AGM
23rd September 2017

50 years ago a report into Primary Education recognised that most Gypsies and Traveller children were not getting into school, and those who did, weren’t being treated well. Campaigners for Traveller Rights had made submissions to the enquiry, and after it was published used it to raise awareness and campaign for the education and other rights of the communities.

To celebrate the anniversary, ACERT’s 2017 mini-Conference and AGM will review what has, and has not, been achieved, and where we can go from here. Over the past few year, ACERT conferences have been interesting and enjoyable events, with the voices of community members to the fore; we believe this year’s will continue in this vein. Please come and share the day with us.

10:00am – 4:00pm
Waldo Williams Suite
FRIENDS MEETING HOUSE
173-7 Euston Road
London NW1 2BJ

Speakers & artists

Rose McCarthy, Brian Foster, Arthur Ivatts, Emma Johnson, Kelly Buckley, Kealey Sly, Besty Mobey, Screening of Hotchi by Jason Smith, Shelby Holmes, Bobby Rostas, Sapphire Grey, Ruby Smith, Jozeph Sadowski & Valdemar Kalinin, Christina Broadway, Rose McCarthy (Junior), Lisa Smith, Performance by Thomas McCarthy

Stalls
Bookstall, Travellers’ Times, Roma history exhibition, Porajmos exhibition, Friends, Families and Travellers .

These are provisional lists; check the website for updates. If you would like to participate let us please contact us.

We expect this to be a very special event and hope you will join us.

What has Traveller Education meant to you?

Over the past few year, ACERT has used its annual AGM/mini-conference to provide a platform for community members to share their experiences and perceptions. This year, we are celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the Plowden Report, Children and their Primary Schools, which laid the foundations of Traveller education and child centred education for the decades that followed. 

Display of silk-screen prints at City Hall, created in London schools for Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History month.

Most Gypsies, Roma and Travellers have stories about how education was for them, how they were treated, what they learned and how it prepared them for the rest of their lives. For most the challenges outweighed the opportunities, and it wasn’t plain sailing for anyone. We’d like anyone with a story to tell, to feel welcome to join us, to celebrate our achievements, recognise our failures and plan the way forward.

As well as pupils and former-pupils, students and former students, we’d also love to involve parents, teachers and staff of Traveller Education Services.

We hope things have improved over the past fifty years, although we recognise they have not improved enough and it has taken far too long. We hope the day will include some nostalgia, some success stories, a few laughs and some reflection on the lessons learned.

If you would like to attend, book your place here. If you’d like to participate, contact us  from the website or via Facebook.

The details for your diary are:

23rd September 2017 (10am – 4pm)
in
Waldo Williams Suite
Friends Meeting House
173 Euston Road
London NW1 2BJ

Identity Conference report

The 2016 ACERT conference Identity Now more than achieved its objective of providing an opportunity to reflect on the meaning and importance of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller identities in a range of contexts. Around 50 participants, most from community backgrounds, presented and discussed different aspects of identity and the challenges they experienced asserting and defending it. Continue reading “Identity Conference report”

Images of Identity Now conference speakers