Foundation PACT, Partnership for Community Action and Transformation, Romania, carried out two activities within Citizen Participation Week 2011.
Volunteering – an active citizenship experience! (Kick off meeting of the European project “Future active citizens: volunteering as an exercise of democracy”)
Within the European project “Future active citizens: volunteering as an exercise of democracy”, PACT organized a meeting on September 20th, 2011 at the premises of the National College “Mihai Viteazul” in Bucharest, with approximately 100 young people from six high-schools in the city. This meeting marked the start of the “Future active citizens: volunteering as an exercise of democracy” project which was implemented during September 2011 through to December 2012 by 8 partner organizations from 7 European countries. The event brought together representatives from three Romanian organizations experienced in working with volunteers, and partners in this project: Save the Children Romania, New Horizons Foundation, and PROVOBIS – National Resource Center for Volunteering, as well as teachers and parents.
Throughout the event, high-school students had the opportunity to learn about the work of the NGOs involved in the project and their latest achievements. Through this meeting, PACT wanted to raise awareness on the importance of volunteering and its role in everyday life. In addition, the students learned more about the project activities, objectives and expected results.
The project “Future Active Citizens: volunteering as an exercise of democracy” arises under the program “Europe for Citizens” (2007-2013), which is designed to support a wide range of activities and organizations to promote “European active citizenship” and to involve citizens and civil society organizations in the process of European integration. ”Future Active Citizens: volunteering as an exercise of democracy” is intended for high school students since young people are aware and willing to participate in a European debate on a real issue which is the theme of year 2011 at European level: volunteering. The main objective of the project is to encourage young Europeans to become active citizens, informing them about the meaning and practice of volunteering, based on direct experience of civic and voluntary organisations. It will also allow both voluntary and civic organizations to develop a better understanding of their own action in the European framework, and allow teachers to experiment with a new form of informal learning.
More pictures from the above-mentioned event can be viewed here:
Local NGO partners: Save the Children Romania, New Horizons Foundation, and PROVOBIS – National Resource Center for Volunteering.
The World of NGO’s, Austria
Consumer Protection Society, Slovakia
Zavod Nefiks, Slovenia
Rutland Citizens Advice Bureau, UK.
Press release about the event can be found here.
PACT also supports the largest national social involvement project so far: “Let’s Do It, Romania! – Cleaning across the whole country. In one day!” It is a unique social volunteering project, which involves cleaning the entire country of the cities’ outskirts trash, in one single day. In 2010, over 200,000 volunteers participated in the National Cleaning Day, and in 2011 over 250,000 volunteers were involved in achieving these broad actions.
Website: http://www.letsdoitromania.ro; Blog: http://blog.letsdoitromania.ro
The Initiative Group of Cornu village, Prahova County, participated in ecological activities held on September 24th across the No. 1 National Road (Campina, Cornu, Breaza). The Initiative Group of Cornu village is one of the groups participating in our core program of building community based organizations, which is currently running its 5th round within the June 2010 – November 2012 time span.
There were 13 volunteers involved in accomplishing this activity. In the first stage, volunteers investigated the waste locations by mapping action and then, on September 24th 2011, by greening actions they managed to collect 90 garbage bags. The beneficiaries of this activity are on the one hand the participants (13 volunteers), the community members from localities neighbouring the cleaned area – around 50.000 inhabitants (Campina, Cornu, Breaza, Poiana Campina) and those driving on the No. 1 National Road (the most traveled road in Romania).
Another example of an organization involved in this action is the Muscel Association for Education and Culture from Campulung town, Arges county – a more experienced local organization, also developed through PACT Foundation’s above mentioned program, in earlier years. More pictures on the Let’s Do It, Romania! Action may be viewed here.