Fighting Marginalization by Encouraging People to Play an Active Role in Solving Their Own Problems

The project Fighting Marginalization by Encouraging People to Play an Active Role in Solving Their Own Problems was developed in partnership with the Ethnocultural Diversity Resource Center ( .

Donor: EU Phare 

Duration: 2003-4 (9 months) 

Target groups: educators, NGO and other community leaders, community members 

The objective of the project was to fight the marginalization of disadvantaged social categories by involving them in learning activities (adult education, parents’ education, education of young children, health education) that helped develop the adults’ ability to play an active role in solving their own problems, and to contribute to their children’s success in life.

Types of activities: training, consultancy, setting up community centers, activities organized by the community in the centers.

Training for educators and NGO leaders from these villages were trained to plan, organize and carry out activities related to the community, in schools and community centers. These centers are a gathering place for those local people who wish to learn or carry out different activities.
The children involved in the project are able to overcome the setbacks in their education due to poverty. This way they are able to learn better, to integrate in the activities of the group in the kindergarten, later in school, and thus they have fewer reasons to abandon school. These children’s parents are offered training that may grant better chances of finding a job.
In the long term, the project contributed to poverty reduction, the increase of life standards, social recognition and participation of the disadvantaged groups in the life of the community.
From this project the educators who are not directly involved also benefited, by that the children they worked with performed better in school.
Through the acknowledgement of their roles in the community, the people – and especially the Roma – were better involved in the life of the community. Thus the chances of interethnic conflicts also diminished or disappeared altogether.

The activities of the project represented a première in the life of each of the communities. Among others, the relevance and the timeliness of the project were supported through the common elements of its objectives and the directions of action recommended by the Romanian Government through its promoted social and educational policies.

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