President Pavel urges young Romanies to follow their dreams and inspire others

Photo: Vít Šimánek, ČTK

President Petr Pavel and the First Lady received a group of Romany high school and university students at Prague Castle on Thursday. In an unprecedented gesture of support for young members of the Roma minority, he encouraged them to follow their dreams and inspire others.

One of the first events the new Czech presidential couple, Petr Pavel and his wife Eva, organized at Prague Castle was a meeting with a group of talented young Romanies. It was a message to the Roma minority that the head of state was aware of their problems and believed in their potential. President Pavel congratulated the group of students on having overcome one of the greatest threats to their personal development -prejudice.

“Prejudice often comes from a lack of information, from imbedded stereotypes and an unwillingness to listen to each other. You are bright examples that show it is possible to break out of this vicious circle.”

Fourteen young Romanies – future historians, economists and police officers – spent an hour and a half chatting with the presidential couple, talking about their problems and hopes for the future.

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Author: Daniela Lazarová