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Different does not mean worse! Lyceum students and pupils were told about discrimination and stereotypes
After the legal lesson in the Smila boarding school. Photo courtesy of Law Center.
After the legal lesson in the Smila boarding school.

Two legal lessons were held for adolescents by lawyers and volunteers from Cherkasy NGO "Law Center". Now, the students of the Cherkasy Physics and Mathematics Lyceum and the Smila Boarding School know about discrimination, in particular against the Roma minority, how to recognize and prevent manifestations of hostile attitude towards people on the grounds of "being different".

The first lesson on "Discrimination of the Roma community in Ukraine" by lawyers of Cherkasy Law Center NGO Andrii Nikolaienko and Valentyna Pizniakhivska was held on April 25 for students of the 8th grade of the Cherkasy Physics and Mathematics Lyceum.

Lawyers explained students the preconditions, principles and consequences that lead to stereotypes and discrimination. The vast majority of children admitted that they did not even realize how much these negative phenomena are dangerous to society and what is the responsibility for their manifestations.


The lesson at the Cherkasy Physics and Mathematics Lyceum is conducted by lawyer Andrii Nikolaienko. Photo courtesy of Law Center.

The second lesson "Countering Discrimination and Overcoming the Negative Stereotypes Against Roma Communities" was held on May 5 at the Smila Community Boarding School for 7-8th grade students.

The lawyer Andrii Nikolaienko and volunteer Kostiantyn Musenko dwell on the norms of the Law of Ukraine "On the Principles of Prevention and Counteracting Discrimination in Ukraine, as well as some of the norms of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination and the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, Article 14" The Prohibition of Discrimination "on the prohibition of any racial discrimination.


The volunteer Kostiantyn Musenko during the lesson in the Smila boarding school. Photo courtesy of Law Center.

As a positive example children were showed a video of the legendary boxer Johann Trollman, a German athlete of Romani origin, also known as the Gypsy Trollman. With his indestructible spirit, he proved that he, Roma, was nowhere worse than representatives of other nations, and the best in boxing.

To date, the Law Center already held 5 legal lessons in the framework of two projects: "Access to primary legal aid to the community, including the Roma of the Cherkasy region" and "Support to the Center for Legal Information and Consultation in Cherkass. Providing quality legal aid to the Roma community".

Both projects are implemented with the support of International Renaissance Foundation.

More photos in the gallery to the article.

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