Crystal's Vardo is a new play for 7 - 11 year olds to raise awareness of Gypsy and Traveller history and culture and to address the problem of bullying in schools. It has been premiered in Brighton (four separate performances to date) and we now want to take it into schools in other areas.
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The play addresses, in an entertaining and engaging way, the issue of the bullying of Gypsy and Traveller schoolchildren. A report by the Childrens Society in 2007 showed that some 85% of Gypsy and Traveller children had experienced racism and discrimination and that nearly 70% had experienced actual bullying. Racism against Gypsies and Travellers is still regarded as 'fair game' in the press and media, and much of this stems from lack of knowledge about these communities.
By teaching children about the history and culture of Gypsy and Traveller communities and the way that they have been persecuted through the centuries we hope to foster a better understanding between the travelling and settled communities. Solving the problem of racism and discrimination against Gypsies and Travellers is a long haul but the more we can educate our children the more progress we will make.
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