Centropa's educational project the "Common Ground" aims to break down barriers and build bridges between various segments of Hungarian society. We encourage dialogue and fight stereotypes with the joy brought by creativity. In the 2018/2019 school year students from various ethnic, cultural, religious or social backgrounds had to create versions on the Hungarian Jewish folk song called "When the rooster calls".
In the framework of these project, disabled and Roma students got together to get to know each other and learn from one another. During the meetings, there was always a sensitizing session to get to learn about a new topic - a museum exhibition, a theater performance, and, of course, some free time for the students to meet each other. The project was partly funded by the students themselves, who organized student markets to finance their excursions.
The aim of this project was to learn about the Holocaust thorugh personal stories, especially the experiences of different minorities. Students of the two participating schools conducted interviews with Jewish and Roma Holocaust survivors, and presented the testimonies in a moving exhibition. The initiative was supported by Centropa, and the database of Centropa was also used during the research process.
Teachers: Ruszó András and Kriszta, Antal Viktória, Lenkefi Ferencné
In this special project Roma, Jewish and mentally disabled students worked together. The goal was to create an exhibition of the story of Noah. Owning to this project and working together, students from different backgrounds came closer to each other and started to understand each other's lives better.
Teachers: Szigethi Péter, Bencze Mariann, Kircz Ágnes
In the framework of this project, high school students and Roma kids of an elementary school decided to create a theater play together about the challenges of an everyday family in today's society. Students wrote the script, prepared the play and rehearsed, until the play was successfully set on stage. The director of the play was also from among the students.
Teachers: Dancsházi Ildikó, Csernyik András
In this project students created the life of an imaginary village where Roma and Jewish live in perfect coexistence, and prepared a weddig for a mixed couple. Welcome cards, decoration and a dance coreography has been created, and during this process, students learned about the folktales of Roma and Jewish communities. To create a good athmosphere, participants played a lot of music together too.
Teachers: Kovács Erzsébet, Budai Julianna, Hervoly Vanda
The See with your hands project aimed to discover the lives of blind people: how they see and experience our world without an eyesight. The participating students played soccer with their blind peers, used public transport helping them and learned to use special computers as well. By learning about each other's lives, students came closer to each other, and as an end result, they created a book together which will be exhibited in the Jósa András Museum in Nyíregyháza.
The Wandering on the long road project was meant to provide information to the students about the Romani people and the Holocaust, this way making them more tolerant and open to the world we are living in.
Teachers: Barteczka Mária, Mester Lajos, Harmati Éva,Gerstmárné Takács Beatrix
In the framework of this project, the lyrics of the students of the Green Kakas Lyceum were put to music and illustrated by the students of the Gandhi High School - so authentic Roma folk music was associated with creative writing and fine art. The best works have also appeared in the form of a coloring book and a voice recording - The famous Hungarian singer, Ági Szalóki also contributed to the studio recording, to the great pleasure of the participating teachers and students.
Teachers: Sulyok Blanka, Jakab Natália, Láng Eszter
The project aimed to bring together three groups of students with very different backgrounds and skills: students of a Budapest elite school, students of a vocational school and students with mental disabilities. Together, the children decided to write a rap song about what they learn in school, and choose history as a topic. For the song, they also created a video using the drawings of the disabled students.
Teachers: Fehér Gabriella, Nagyné Petrovics Tünde, Szabó Márta, Tevan Ildikó