Press Release 1 _ Launching the project

Press release

Mihai Eminescu Trust launches the project “ȘURA: Laboratory of experimentation and inclusive civic involvement”

Sighișoara, Mureș County
February 26, 2021

The BARN: Experiential Laboratory for inclusive civic engagement will respond, in an integrated way, to the needs of the community identified in meetings with villagers in recent years: the need to strengthen the community, creating an infrastructure for civic involvement, organizing extracurricular activities and socio-cultural inclusion of vulnerable groups.

The project will take place over a period of 36 months in Archita village, Vânători commune, Mureș county. It is developed by the Mihai Eminescu Trust Foundation, with the financial support of Active Citizens Fund Romania, a program funded by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA Grants 2014-2021. The slogan of the program is We work together for a green, competitive and inclusive Europe.

The total financing of the project is 270,804 Euro, of which the financing of EEA Grants is 240,804 Euro, to which is added a co-financing of 30,000 from the Mihai Eminescu Trust Foundation.

The aim of the project is to cultivate social activism to increase social cohesion among community members in the village of Archita.

The direct beneficiaries of the project are 210 people, children, young people and adults from the village, as well as employees and volunteers of civil society organizations in the region and the Mihai Eminescu Trust Foundation. Of these, 25% will be from the Roma minority group. The project activities include the identified needs and the measures proposed by the locals, which we hope will motivate them to be actively involved in the implementation, by participating in activities, but also with ideas or volunteer work.

The project’s priorities are to increase the capacity and inclusion of the Roma minority, to include young people, to protect the environment, to promote the principle of gender equality, to increase the capacity and sustainability of NGOs and the civil society sector.

The project will include the development of a non-formal program of inclusive civic education, the establishment of the civic activism club ȘURA, facilitating dialogue between institutions and community members, advocacy exercises and actions, but also exchanges of experience with civil society organizations in the area.

Within the project, a barn in Archita will be rehabilitated and refurbished, in order to create a multi functional community space, which will favor the interaction between the different social categories and the activation of the civic involvement of the community. The barn will therefore be open for the organization of community programs, but also for the development of cultural events for locals and tourists.

A Civic Activism Club will be set up for children and young people in Archita, who will be motivated to get involved in educational-civic-creative activities. They will actively participate in the design of a sports field and an interactive themed garden.

The project also includes the organization of 14 educational workshops for civic involvement and two editions of a summer camp, and the theme will focus on topics such as cultural empowerment, cultural education, healthy habits for the environment and respect for oneself and others. , strengthening self-esteem, knowledge of the traditional culture of the Roma minority and other topics relevant to increasing the understanding of the civic role in the community.

Other activities include working hard to support and empower Archita civil society to become involved in decision-making. Study visits will be organized in the local administrative units in Vânători commune, Mureș county, two study visits outside the commune and five volunteer actions in the community.

The actions of involvement and development of the local economy include the organization of four income-generating events in the community: two brunch and two editions of the “Archita’s Day” event, as well as four exchanges of experience with other associations in the area.

The project also includes organizational development actions, such as advocacy and fundraising training for the team and volunteers of the Mihai Eminescu Trust Foundation.

ȘURA: Laboratory of experimentation and inclusive civic involvement is intended to be a model that can be replicated in the future in other villages in the area and which transposes the conviction of the Mihai Eminescu Trust Foundation that a society is much stronger when its citizens are actively involved in development their communities to become active actors of change.

The Active Citizens Fund Romania program is financed by the EEA Grants 2014-2021. The overall objective of the Grants is to reduce economic and social disparities and to strengthen bilateral relations between the 15 beneficiary and donor states (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway).

The program is administered by the consortium composed of the Foundation for Civil Society Development, the Partnership Foundation, the Resource Center for Roma Communities, the PACT Foundation and Frivillighet Norge, which acts as a Fund Operator designated by the FMO – Grants Financial Mechanism Office EEA and Norway. Active Citizens Fund Romania aims to strengthen civil society and active citizenship and increase the capacity of vulnerable groups. With a total allocation of EUR 46,000,000, the program aims to develop the long-term sustainability and capacity of the civil society sector, intensifying its role in promoting democratic participation, active citizenship and human rights while strengthening bilateral relations with donor states Iceland. , Liechtenstein and Norway. For more information about Active Citizens Fund in Romania, please visit www.activecitizensfund.ro For more information about EEA and Norwegian Grants, visit www.eeagrants.ro

The Mihai Eminescu Trust Foundation has its headquarters in the Cojocarilor Tower in Sighișoara. Mihai Eminescu Trust has over 20 years of experience in revitalizing and invigorating communities, Transylvanian cultural and natural heritage and has implemented so far over 1300 restoration projects, community development, afforestation, non-formal education for children and courses vocational training for adults.

Communication Manager Michaela Türk, Mihai Eminescu Trust Foundation
mtuerk@mihaieminescutrust.org

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