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Zsuzsanna Dome, also affectionately and respectfully known as Dada Suzi, was born in 1984 in Budapest, Hungary. After graduating from the University of József Attila in Szeged with a degree in History, she began a career in the teaching field. She studies chinese language at Budapest “Dharma Gate” Buddhist College. From an early age she was curious about social work and the arts. After her twenties, Suzi also became involved in various types of voluntary work including demonstrations, programme coordination, etc.
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Jai Bhim Network invited me (Pardeep), Bharat and Swati to visit their school, organisation and participate in the various activities carried out by them for the betterment of Gypsy/Roma community of Hungary. Gypsies/Romas are about 6-7% of total population of Hungary. They live the live in separate ghettos! Their lifestyle is alien to Hungarian people, despite they are living with them from about 700-1000 years. Gypsies/Romas have with social acceptability since the time they left India, probably around 1300 AD. They have been discriminated and prosecuted for centuries. They are the first to be suspected and booked in any crime and indiscipline. The word “Gypsy” is used as an insult to indicate “a cheat”. Very few Hungarian people seems to have actually met gypsies/romas, but they have all the stereotypes that these gypsies are dirty looking, cheaters etc. or they have seen them in movies only where gypsies/romas are shown as a degraded character.
Due to our successes, more and more people get into contact with us. Many of them ask: how can they volunteer at us?
The two most important features of our institution, the Dr. Ámbédkar Secondary Grammar School, Vocational School and Elementary School for Adult Education, is that first, unlike other secondary grammar schools we focus on teaching Roma students and second, we employ approaches of reform pedagogy in our everyday work (Waldorf, Freinet, Mahatma Phule, Paolo Freire). For more information about our work please see: ____________________________________
Our organization is entitled to host volunteers. If you would like to join our team, you can participate in the following activities: tasks related to preparation, data collection, administration, coordination, organization, communication, service or art falling into the scope of activities defined in the statutes of the Jai Bhim Network.
Due to our constant success, more and more people get into contact with us. Many of them ask: how do we operate?
The first thing an outside observer notices is that while in other secondary grammar schools one cannot see Roma students, one can see at our school. It is also usually noted that approaches of reform pedagogy appear in our everyday work (Waldorf, Freinet, Mahatma Phule, Paolo Freire).
The founder of the Dr. Ámbédkar Secondary Grammar School, Vocational School and Elementary School for Adult Education is the Jai Bhim Network. The founder is an ecclesiastical organization, the school is ideologically committed. However, this commitment is not very similar to what we know from other church schools: e.g. there is no compulsory religious instruction.
Ministry of Social Affairs and Labour
Department of Social and Civil Relations
Reference number: 10145-3/2009
Jai Bhim Network
Szabadság u. 21.
Subject: Decision on Registration
I have examined the request for reporting voluntary activities in the public interest submitted by the Jai Bhim Network on the paper referenced 10145-0/2009. Based on the presented documents I have taken the Jai Bhim network in the register of volunteers under the number 01088 according to § 12 (2) of the Act LXXXVIII of 2005 on voluntary activities in the public interest with the following content of data:
- Host organization:
a) name: Jai Bhim Network
b) seat: 7623 Pécs, Szabadság u. 21.
c) Tax number: 18329618-1-02
d) Filing registration number of budgetary organization:
e) Type: ecclesiastical legal entity