On identity, diversity and equality – two minorities, two histories
”On identity, diversity and equality – two minorities, two histories” provides educational resources (background materials, lesson plans and PowerPoint presentations) produced by Asociatia Tikvah for teachers, primarily in Romania.
The resources prompt discussion about identity, stereotypes and discrimination whilst inviting students to consider how these factors have impacted upon the histories of the Roma and the Jews.
We try to encourage a learning experience that is interdisciplinary and so these resources can be used in a number of ways:
- as background research material relating to identity and diversity; or the history and culture of the Roma or the Jews
- as a complete lesson plan to be used in a History or Social Science class (or series of classes) through using the whole or selected parts of the materials
- selected materials to be used in an interdisciplinary context, perhaps in Literature or Arts activities.
The resources are divided into four components. Firstly, three PowerPoint presentations (Who are the Roma?, Who are the Jews? and (human rights-related material) On identity, diversity and equality). The three can be used together or in pairs, but they can also be used independently, according to a teacher’s preference and to the type of lesson that is delivered. The fourth component is the background material for teachers which expands upon the information included in the PowerPoints and suggests two interactive activities for students (one to introduce the topic and one to conclude). It also includes tips for teachers on carrying them out, instructions relating to the use of necessary materials, examples of questions for debriefing sessions etc.