Fellow Since 1999
Coop Oktató Oktatási Centrum
This profile was prepared when Péter Lázár was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 1999.
The New Idea
Peter has begun to implement and institutionalize his own unique techniques to deal with teaching gypsy children and their parents life skills at the same time they study in school. Peter Lazar has won the trust of his own gypsy community as well as with educational institutions, teachers and local administrators through his multi-faceted program for gypsy children and families. The program base is in the dormitory, called simply Dear House by the children, which first opened in September 1995. Here gypsy boys and girls from the ages of 7-14 live and study together, forming a family with the teachers who live with them in the dormitory. The Dear House Project is designed to improve developing Roma grassroots communities through many of its programs, which include primary school training, developing local clubs, vocational training and mental hygiene courses and new teaching methods for primary school teachers and students in their last year of college. Peter has also initiated training towards an 8th grade diploma for Roma parents. Another part of the program is the Cooperating Schools Network which functions to facilitate positive approaches to teaching Roma children, building up partnerships between educational institutions, and the transfer of information in order to find areas where institutions can cooperate in order to create a talented and developing information network.