The University of Texas  Romani Scholar Honored By Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II

The queen gave Ian Hancock the title of Officer of the Order of the British Empire for his work studying Romani culture and its people, whom many incorrectly call Gypsies.

In the forward to Ian Hancock‘s 2010 book, “Danger! Educated Gypsy,” his editor described Hancock as an “unusual man.” Now, the professor emeritus in English and linguistics at the University of Texas at Austin has accepted an award that further sets him apart from the average scholar: in December, Queen Elizabeth II of Britain made him an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.

Hancock says he started his academic career studying Creole languages, but he shifted toward teaching Romani studies once he became tenured at UT.

“Romani is the proper word for a population known, incorrectly, as Gypsies,” Hancock says.
Hancock, who is Romani, says his students misunderstood what “Gypsy” meant at first.
“Several of the students who showed up [to his first Romani studies class] were barefooted and had beads and earrings and the works, long dresses,” Hancock says. “When they found out that it was a much more serious course than that, I lost a number of students.”

Part of that misunderstanding, he says, came from the many negative stereotypes about Romani people. They’re often thought to exist on the fringes of society, and are associated with fortune-telling and baby-stealing, Hancock says. Even some of his colleagues initially resisted his efforts to study Romani people as an official, distinct culture.
“If we as a population cannot be taken seriously, then the problems that we face can’t be taken seriously,” Hancock says.


System solutions for solving Roma problems

Only 2.1 per cent of Roma children are involved in pre-school education in the Republic of Northern Macedonia, but this figure will increase.

The Ministry of Labor and Social Policy has refreshed the system, because all the reforms that we implement are mostly related to the poor citizens. "The Republic of Northern Macedonia has only 30% of children enrolled in pre-school education, which means a smaller number of Roma children included than 2 , 1 percent.

The positive effects that have been given so far by the implemented projects and the systematisation of some of them in state-funded public policies are the greatest proof that the achievements of Roma students are not lagging behind compared to other non-Roma students when they are provided with the necessary conditions and favorable opportunities for education.

According to him, the new strategy of the Roma Educational Fund, 2021-2030, is based on three strategic goals, ie good results from the learning and transition in the labor market and the public.

In Serbia, children still studying at school are "Gypsies"

Although they are well known and registered at the national and international level, the terminology "Gypsies" has been replaced since 1971 with the terminology "Roma", it is not used in many places and ways.

Proof of this is also in Serbia at the elementary school. Josif Pancic in Belgrade, where the teacher of the second grade students shared the story "The Gypsy and the Dynasty". The assumption is that the teacher wanted the children to share some texts that might emerge from such stories. But in that department there was one student of Roma nationality, and you might ask yourself, How did that child feel?

Just on the eve of April 8, the International Roma Day, instead of giving them the task of learning more about the Roma and eliminating the gypsy "Gypsies", so learn more about Jul Brinner, Charlie Chaplin, Roni Wood, Ava Gardner or Joaquin Cortes et al.
To what extreme is the growing stigmatization and anti-mood disposition. A typical example of this is this example from Serbia. So how long?

Announcement for enrollment of pupils in public high schools was announced

The competition for enrollment of pupils in public high schools for the 2019/2020 school year provides a total of 35,690 student places, 24,581 in Macedonian language, 10,123 in Albanian, 952 in Turkish and 34 in Serbian.

The number of students enrolled in the ninth grade in the school year 2018/2019 is 20,030 students.

For vocational education for a period of four years, 18,365 vacant places are envisaged, 5,490 vacant positions are for vocational education for three years, while 408 vacancies are foreseen for vocational education for two years. There are 10,713 free places for gymnasium education.

The first registration and enrollment of students is done on 17 and 18 June 2019.
The second registration and enrollment of students will take place on June 24 and 25, 2019.
The third registration and enrollment of students will be performed on July 1, 2019,
The competition is announced at


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