British teacher giving a future to Roma children

Jane Bouvier and Roma children
Jane Bouvier (back, right) takes Roma children to a Marseille football match

British charity founder Jane Bouvier told Oliver Rowland how she helps hundreds of Roma children to go to school

Teacher Jane Bouvier was spurred into action to help migrant families after she saw a television report in 2012 about how a Roma shanty town in Marseille was set alight by an arsonist.

She said: “I was shocked and decided to do something, although at the time I didn’t know what. But when I met the people I realised their children didn’t go to school. I had assumed somebody would be helping the parents make sure they went but it wasn’t the case.”

Ms Bouvier, who speaks native-level French, is from Middlesbrough in north-east England but her family moved to Brussels when she was six and she came to Marseille 15 years ago where she met her French ...

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