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Good day everybody. My name is Isabel. Sergiu, who played earlier is my husband. I am very proud that he is the Director of a music school for young Roma boys and girls.
There are two things I would like to speak about on the theme 'Leave nobody behind'. These are Tradition and Education.
Some of you who have been coming to this event for a long time may remember my Father-In-Law Severin. He used to play the accordion at the ATD celebration. Severin passed away in 2009 but he gave to our family some very important values. These are a love of our families Roma culture and also an appreciation of education for the boys and also for the girls.
I also come from a musical family. My father and grandfather, but also my mother and grandmother were professional accordion players. It is important to us that music is not just for the men but that everyone's talent is given a chance. This is also true for education. Several of my nieces in Ireland have gone to University. They also help as volunteers at our music school Musicantia. This is what it means to me 'Leave Nobody Behind'. Thank you all for your attention.