- A) The 91/S/2.2/61945 SOP HRD Project “Development of the educational and assistance infrastructure for children at high risk of dropout and early school leaving”, was implemented by Children in Distress Foundation, as an applicant and grantee, in partnership with Sarulesti City Hall (Calarasi County) and Vasiliada Association (Dolj) and jointly funded through the European Social Fund, Sectoral Operational Programme Human Resources Development 2007-2013, Priority Axis 2 “Linking life-long learning and labour market”, Key Area of Intervention 2.2 “Preventing and correcting early school leaving”.
Preventing and correcting early school leaving phenomena among children who live in rural areas, socially and economically disadvantaged areas, Roma children, children with social and school adaptation disorders and promoting access to education for these vulnerable categories of children and keeping them in school,
Development and provision of educational assistance and counselling services to prevent, reduce and correct the early school leaving phenomenon for children at risk of dropping out of school or early school leaving,
Development and provision of remedial education for these categories of children,
Establishing a community support network that promotes, facilitates and supports access to education for these vulnerable categories of children after the project implementation phase,
Developing and enabling communication with community stakeholders, promoting public-private partnerships on the educational and social services market,
Formation and training of personnel involved in preventing the early school leaving phenomenon.
258 students at risk of early school leaving from rural areas and socio-economically disadvantaged areas, Roma communities,
516 parents or legal guardians.
The multiregional project was implemented in rural and urban communities in three development regions: Bucharest-Ilfov, South-Muntenia, South-West Oltenia, in the municipality of Bucharest and the Curtea de Arges town in Arges County, Craiova in Dolj County, Lipovu and Sarulesti localities in Calarasi County.
– 258 children have acquired the skills needed for social and school inclusion,
– 400 parents changed their point of view and attitude towards the importance of their child’s education,
– 232 children have improved their school performances and level of involvement in the educational process and attend daily school classes,
– 215 children have acquired and developed social skills and behaviours by participating in team efforts, and improved their networking and communication abilities,
– 216 children have acquired computer literacy related abilities and skills,
– 235 children have developed their practical and artistic skills,
– 229 parents or legal guardians or other relatives the children live with have beneficiated from social and psychological counselling services.
Twenty-five (25) volunteers, who set up the community support networks within each region where the project was implemented, were selected and trained. Sixty (60) people beneficiated from vocational training sessions. A practical guide was developed for the personnel providing educational services and support to children at risk of early school leaving and 3,000 copies were printed and distributed.
- B) The 90/2.1/S/61957 SOP HRD Project, “Practical Training of Students Programme – Child protection, from theory to practice”, was developed in partnership with the University of Oradea, Faculty of Sociology and Social Work – University of Bucharest, Faculty of Educational Sciences and Social Works in Arad, and Social Services and Child Protection Departments in Arad, Bihor, Bucharest Sector 1 and 3, No. 7 Special School in Bucharest, No. 1 School Centre for Education Inclusion in Oradea, Romanian Foundation for Children, Community and Family in Bihor and Children’s Hope Foundation in Arad.
The project was jointly funded through the European Social Fund, Sectoral Operational Programme Human Resources Development 2007-2013, Priority Axis 2 “Linking life-long learning and labour market”, Key Area of Intervention 2.1 “Transition from school to active life”.
Facilitating the transition from school to active life of students by increasing the competitiveness of the educational system and performance of internships to meet labour market’s demands.
Promoting and enhancing the inter-regional partnerships established between universities, local partnerships between universities and public and private institutions in the field, potential employers of graduates, to sustain the transition from education to active life of future practitioners in the child protection field of activity.
600 students with various majors in Humanities (social work, sociology, psycho-pedagogy).
Bucharest – Ilfov areas, West and North-West areas in Arad, Bihor Counties and Bucharest.
600 students participated in internships carried out in social centres for children run by project partners, internships which allowed them to understand the practical applicability of theoretical knowledge combined with real challenges which can stem at the workplace and to acquire skills in the field of child protection and a certain level of labour discipline,
600 students developed their practical skills while working with children and enhanced their theoretical knowledge,
300 students beneficiated from vocational counselling and career guidance,
70% of the students who participated in the project applied for a job and got hired or actively participated in subsequent courses.