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Renáta Anna Dezső

Gandhistory – the Beginning

Keywords: secondary education, school organization, institutional mission, Gandhi Secondary Grammar School and Boarding, educational innovation, written media representation


The Gandhi Secondary Grammar School and Boarding (Gandhi School) in Pécs, Hungary is a unique educational setting: a Romani/Gypsy national minority school, which celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2014. Between 1999 and 2004 the venue of the study served as a workplace for the researcher. During this period publications in European (Van Driel, 1999) and American (Katz, 2005) journals were published that reported on the pioneer institution. Via the present paper the author aims at contributing to the academic interest concerning the early years of the school. The investigation of the first few years of an innovative school is processed in an innovative way: this contribution summarises the institution‟s representation in relevant articles of local and national papers from the founding years (1992–1993) to 1997. What and how papers represent of a challenging minority‟s educational efforts in the first period of the transition years is well worth looking at deeply today.

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