I am Nieves Heredia I am 25 years old, I live in the Mina, I am married and I have a girl.
I always liked school, studying and getting good grades. Since always I have been clear that I wanted to study and not settle for only the graduate. To all this I have to say that my educational trajectory has not been followed nor perfect, I mean, that I have also had seasons that I have stopped studying and also repeated second of baccalaureate; all combined with periods of discouragement. But even so, I have never given up and continued with my studies.
Currently I am still studying, specifically this course I will enroll in the second cycle of upper secondary education. My goal today is to make the career of teaching children and be able to be a teacher of the school in my neighborhood.
As for being a gypsy and having studies, I do not consider it a bad thing, since you are simply trained and you can choose according to what jobs that without training would not be possible. I am still a gypsy, and proud to say it anywhere. Our culture is very rich in values and traditions, and a fundamental part we are women. Apart from being the main ones in charge of transmitting to our generations their culture we are fundamental pillars within the structuring of our houses, that is to say, we are essential for our town. Sometimes it seems that we do not have so much weight but the reality is that: we are mothers, we take care of our families, we collaborate and we work to pull of our homes, etc. That would be the gypsy people without their women.
With all this I want to see Roma children, especially girls; that we have to prove ourselves and the rest of society that we can and are worth for it. Today we need gypsies in all areas of society whether teachers, doctors, social educators … the question is to make ourselves visible and strong and let everyone see how far the gypsy people are able to reach. And for this fundamental part is education, is the main way to achieve it.
I would like my example to help young gypsies and gypsies, to motivate them and once and for all to launch ourselves without fear of achieving our dreams because I am sure we can get them.