Lifelong learning is a big issue all around the globe. Almost all countries face structural change and need to qualify or requalify the adult population. This makes lifelong learning especially important for Galati, a region that is not only struck by structural change but also faces the closing of many of its vocational schools and has many adult people that lack proper training and have lost hope.
Many middle-age women in Galati have a hard time getting into the job market or to become self-employed. This is especially true for women who are divorced, singles, single mothers or daughters that need to give support to their old parents. The main reason for this is the low-skill level of the women and the lacking opportunities to turn this situation around. There are not enough training or education offerings available and also no system to provide the women with information about existing ones.
The poor situation of these middle-aged women often devolves to their children, which often find it difficult to advance socially.
The FairCare concept is an initiative of the Deaconry of Württemberg and their Romanian partner organization AIDRom and deals with providing fair and legal employment for Eastern European caretakers. Together with the Deaconry we want to adapt this concept to our project regions Galați and Brăila. We will help women engaged in the home and palliative care sectors to become more self-reliant and self-confident in their abilities. Our goal is to help them to develop entrepreneriual thinking and eventually get jobs in nursing centres or to become self-employed. These women will then act as positive role models for other women in this area.
To achieve our goals, we will modify proven and develop new training modules concerned with the empowerment and qualification of middle-age women. At the same time we will develop a women network that will serve as an information and training plattform. Through this network we will train the women in the soft (confident demeanour, writing resumes, public speaking) and hard skills (care taking tasks, psychological treatment, commercial aspects), raise awareness for the importance of lifelong learning and provide information about job offerings as well as legal aspects. Furthermore this network will be a meeting point for the women and will give them the opportunity to share their experiences and learn from each other.
The Project is going to be developed by the Archdiocese of the Lowe Danube in cooperation with AIDRom and it is financed by Diakonie Württemberg and Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports from Baden-Württemberg. Moreover, partners are available in Galati and Braila, with the support of the Archdiocese.
- Identification of participants for trainings within the parishes of Galati and Braila
- Implementation of trainings
- Selection of a group of 5-8 women who will start their own companies
- Establish network for further counselling and monitoring of progress
The main goal of this project is to establish a wider guidance, counselling and training offer for educationally disadvantaged people in Germany, Bulgaria and Romania. This will be done by transferring innovative approaches and by promoting best practice examples to employees of counselling and educational institutions. Therefore all partners will identify, develop further, compile and disseminate successful methods for better guidance offerings. After implementation of our activities the unemployed and the ones with little or no access to further education will be better integrated into society and the labour market.
Education has a great importance in shaping the personality of young people. The basic goals of education are to impart the necessary qualifications for future employment but also to teach the children the society’s values and how one has to behave in a community. One of the principles of education is that all children should have equal access and opportunities. However Galati is far away from satisfying this principle as many families cannot afford good schools. Next to the problem of lacking access, there are also shortcomings familial environments of the children. Many families are headed by parents that are not present as they work abroad or are headed by parents that have serious issues in their own life and therefore fail to take proper care of their children. As a consequence many young people in the current generation of children do not receive the education they need and deserve.
The project focuses on providing equal educational opportunities for all children right from the start of their scholastic careers, regardless of ethical or social background. As this requires a comprehensive approach we aim to foster and encourage the cooperation and dialogue between parents, teachers/professors, non-profit organizations and charity foundations. Together we want to achieve a common goal: helping children to become responsible and socially aware human beings that have the qualifications to build up an existence in Romania.
The most important actors in this ambitious project are the parents. Therefore we will motivate as well as involve them from the beginning and make sure that they feel comfortable in their changing roles. By using innovative materials from the proven KiFa (A children and family education organization established by Neumayer) program we will empower them to become more self-reliant and take up their roles as modern and active parents.
Another strong focus will be on the institutional development and the regional and international cooperation. For this purpose our project approach will include the administrative districts of Braila and Galati, psychological counseling centers, youth welfare offices, schools and churches and our partners in Germany the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports from Baden-Württemberg as well as the KiFa organisation. The German partners will draw on their knowledge and design a concept for the interconnection of the Romanian partners and their capacity development. Furthermore KiFa will use their experience in teaching the people how to get engaged in developing their own communities.
- Conduct common event taking place at the Archdiocese with all representatives of clerical day-care centers from the regions Galati and Braila
- Supervisision of knowledge transfer carried out by exchange programme of KifA
- Dissemination of newly-learned knowledge to Romanian colleagues in trainings sessions
- Implementation of volunteering programs with the goal of involving retired women: teachers, professors, educators, psychologists and younger women
- Organization of special events taking place regularly: Breakfast Day, Father’s Day etc.
- Implementation of mentorship programme