Community Cohesion Programme
While this website and our supporting magazine hightlight the events that happen each June to celebrate Gypsy, Roma and Traveller culture there's a great deal of work that goes on behind doors closed to the public - in schools. Read about one educational programme here.
Traveller Cultures - Workshops promoting the richness of Romani culture
The Hertfordshire Achievement of Refugees and Travellers Team (ARTT), in partnership with the Hertfordshire Music Service (HMS), have developed a Traveller Music and Culture Community Cohesion Programme for schools.
The programme is aimed at Key Stage 2, 3 and 4 and includes Romani music, dance, history, language and art The programme culminates in the production of a musical.
The aim of the programme is to build the capacity of schools to promote community cohesion by teaching young people about the richness of Traveller cultures. It also encourages a positive attitude towards difference in all the pupils, and a sense of belonging for Gypsy, Roma and Traveller pupils.
A whole school assembly followed by a morning workshop with one class and an afternoon workshop with a second class (if required).
Alternatively, schools can book a Romani song and dance workshop leader to give a concert assembly and spend half a day at the school leading the workshop.
For a extra charge virtuoso violinist, Gundula Gruen, leader of The London Gypsy Orchestra offers a full day of music and workshops.
Follow-up lesson resources can be found on Hertfordshire Grid for Learning (HGfL) website:
For further information or to book please contact Janice Frith on 01438-844904
The Traveller Cultures Community Cohesion Programme:
- aimd to actively promote positive representations of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller (GRT) culture and heritage;
- gives a culturally relevant and affirming curriculum can improve attendance of pupils from GRT backgrounds.
- enables pupils from GRT backgrounds to feel safe, settled, valued and secure
One of the aims of GRTHM is to counter-balance the widespread ignorance of Traveller communities that often leads to hatred and conflict. Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History Month celebrates our culture and history by tackling the negative stereotyping and prejudices that have led to this situation.