Press release 2 _ First activities of the project

Press release

Mihai Eminescu Trust Foundation organizes in Archita the first activities of the project “ȘURA: Experiential Laboratory for Inclusive civic involvement”

Sighișoara, Mureș County
July 7, 2021

The ȘURA: Experiential Laboratory for Inclusive civic involvement, in an integrated way, to the needs of the community identified in the meetings with the villagers in recent years: the need to strengthen the community, create the necessary infrastructure for civic involvement, organize extracurricular activities and socio-cultural inclusion of vulnerable groups.

The project takes 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 first civic activation activities of the community started in June, when four non-formal education workshops were organized for 30 children from grades I-IV and V-VIII, together with volunteers of the Mihai Eminescu Trust Foundation and in close collaboration with the local general school. Through a playful approach, the little ones learned to know themselves, learned more about trades and professional opportunities in their village, as well as what volunteering means. They met a karate practitioner and a local wood carving craftsman in a workshop dedicated to hobbies and passions.

These activities will continue until the end of July, with five other workshops in which children will interact with members of a modern dance troupe from Sighisoara, talk to a financial expert, a traditional weaver and will have the opportunity to learn interesting things about emotions together with a university lecturer from a Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences at a prestigious university. All workshops aim to motivate the involvement of a group of young people in the establishment and operation of the Civic Activism Club “Șura”.

At the same time, the project organized a meeting with parents and children in the community attended by more than 50 people. In a relaxed setting, the Foundation members responsible for implementing the project socialized with the participants and facilitated discussions to identify potential civic initiatives, as well as their wishes and expectations regarding their and children’s involvement in the project. The meeting was organized in the barn garden where the project will take place.

In July, the tender for the contracting of the restoration and refunctionalization works of the barn in a multifunctional community space is launched, and in August the actual start of the works is foreseen.

ȘURA: Experiential Laboratory for 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 states and the 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

For more information on EEA and Norwegian Grants, visit

The Mihai Eminescu Trust Foundation is based 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

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