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Ramona Surlea, winner of the title “Social Worker of the Year to combat discrimination against minorities”

DSC_0429On the evening of March 21, 2017, Ramona Surlea stepped on the stage of Romanian Athenaeum to receive the title of “Social Worker of the Year to combat discrimination against minorities”, awarded at the National Gala of Excellence in Social Assistance.

With a great deal of joy and emotions, Ramona has sent a strong message about the importance of giving trust and empowering people  who belong to minorities, so that they will be inspired to become positive examples for their entire communities.

Congratulations, Ramona! You are an example to us and we are proud to be your colleagues!

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“Let us be proud of European values” – Joint letter of more than 160 NGOs to EU leaders concerning migration issue

In the face of migration crisis, European leaders are at a crossroads and can still chose the path to walk on. However, their responses and reactions haven’t been well aligned with true EU values that all EU member states have adhered to.

Rather than seek to protect people fleeing brutal wars, persecution, human rights violations, instability and extreme poverty, EU institutions have become preoccupied with stopping people reaching Europe and trying to quickly expel those who do. Only last week, European Commission recommended locking up child migrants while they or their parents wait to see if they have been granted asylum. Not only is forcibly detaining children never in the child’s best interests, it is in breach of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child – a set of laws protecting children that every EU nation has signed up to.

EU member states and institutions can either let fear erode the fundamental values they so often preach about yet practice less and less, or they can truly embody the principles the EU was founded on almost 60 years ago.

Over 160 NGOs (including Terre des hommes) demanded European leaders take the second option today (8 March) and called on European governments’ to take inspiration from citizens across Europe welcoming refugees and migrants into their communities and donating money, time and resources to help them.

Click here and read their joint letter in English.

60 children to benefit from Alternative Education Club in Ferentari, due to grant extension offered by Canton Geneva

The Alternative Education Club is a project implemented by Policy Center for Roma and Minorities in the ghetto area of Ferentari, Bucharest. In its 7th year already, the project works on diverting the attention of Roma and non-Roma children/youth from a life of crime and drug consumption by keeping them focused on the positive implications of continuous learning.

Ever since 2012, Policy Center combines non-formal education (i.e. football, street dance, drama, music) with remedial education (development of basic skills in reading, writing, math) and manages to keep children away from drugs and associated risks (prostitution, human trafficking, HIV and hepatitis), the more since, from its empirical observations in the field, some worrying trends can be identified on this matter:

- 1 in 2 children has a member of the family or an acquaintance addicted to drugs;

- all the children are constantly exposed to used syringes on the streets of the ghetto;

- all the children interact on a daily basis with a drug addict (encounters on the streets or in the buildings they live in);

- drug use can start as early as 8 years old, but the most common period is between 12 and 16 which overlaps with teenage years and it is usually connected to school drop-out;

- direct proportionality between spending time on the streets of the ghetto and drug use;

- in the case of girls, drug abuse is connected to prostitution (drug consumption is an accelerator in becoming a prostitute due to the high costs of the drug addiction; their high degree of vulnerability as sex workers is maintained by the drug lords who provide drugs to sustain the dependency).

To combat these risks, 2015, Canton Geneva decided to support the project implementation and awarded a total grant of 111363 CHF  to Policy Center, which were invested in a year-long program of activities, all throughout 2016, for 50 children and youth, age 10 to 16, from schools no. 136 and 147, close to the ghetto area in Ferentari. Terre des hommes Romania mediated the grant allocation and ensured the monitoring and evaluation of the project activities.

At the end of 2016, after a very positive review of the project results, Canton Geneva offered a grant extension in value of 100200 CHF which will now be used by Policy Centre for Roma to deliver non-formal and remedial education for 60 children (Roma and non-Roma) from schools no. 136 and 147 and to raise awareness about the risks of drug addiction among parents and teachers.

“Talking to the outside world about the risk of becoming a drug addict is psychologically demanding for the Roma and non-Roma children in Ferentari. Following our 2015-2016 experience, we concluded that is essential to continue the work with two psychologists in Schools no 136 and 147 and to prepare the children for this intense experience”, argued Raluca Negulescu, deputy director and project manager at Policy Centre for Roma.

Terre des hommes Romania will proudly support and closely monitor the implementation of this project in 2017 and wishes a lot of success to the project team in their endeavours! For more details about the project, please go to: http://policycenter.eu/en/clubul-de-educatie-alternativa-cea/

Romanian young people go through respect-based training and become youth facilitators

Bucharest, Romania: Five young people were trained as co-facilitators for the LEAP project in Romania. The three-day training was held between 26th of October and 2nd of November. The group established its own rules, which include respect, attention to youth and each other, creativity, “smiles and hopes”. The youngsters felt inspired to declare their wish for openness, to work with empathy and keep the spirit of success alive. They agreed to exercise patience and stay committed to their involvement in the whole process.

The 5 co-facilitators had chosen to symbolize their group rules through a tree, „as it grows – the trunk means the respect. The sun is the goodness that makes the clouds (lack of care) to fade away.”

The training focused on project objectives, child’s rights and human rights, participation; communication and active listening, feedback, working team techniques, facilitation techniques, resilience and acceding personal resources. In addition to this, the training sessions provided opportunities for the youth to study the toolkit developed in the project for them and to start preparing the presentations for their peers affected by sexual violence.

The new knowledge acquired through training delivery has been the most appreciated by the young co-facilitators („it helps them in life and helps the people around them”), next to „the group atmosphere”, personal interactions that helped them open up and make friends and last, but not the least, the way the training days were structured, using both lectures and games.

How to communicate with families and children affected by migration? 25 social will attend a training in February to find the answer

Between 23 to 24 February 2017, 25 social workers from Arges and Valcea counties are expected to attend the third training course on effective communication with and for people affected by migration (children whose parents are working abroad, children repatriated or refugees and their families etc).

Organized within the project “Regional Resource Center for Child Protection in Southeast Europe” and endorsed by CNASR, the course aims at developing the capacity of social workers to communicate effectively with migrants, as well as with other social actors or with their colleagues in an effort to ensure an integrated social protection to those in need.

In social casuistry, children affected by migration and their families represent a vulnerable group with special communication needs as a result of the psychosocial stress that they are experiencing temporarily or an indefinite time period. The ability of social workers to communicate and relate in a proper way with these beneficiaries is crucial in order to reduce the tension and anxiety, as well as to identify the best measures of protection or social assistance.

The training course was held for the first time in Craiova, 27 to 28 June, 2016, and then re-delivered in Bucharest, on September 20 to 21st, 2016. Social workers attending the course from Pitesti will receive updated content and will join a network of more than 40 colleagues from the southeast region, who learned to be good communicators, astute and careful in dealing with vulnerable people.

 

Bucharest Court, a welcoming host for 17 youngsters involved in a documentation visit

DSC_0757On October 12th, 2016, the Bucharest Court opened its doors to a group of 17 students of the “George Calinescu” School No. 148, currently participating in the “Children’s Rights Court” project.

Similarly to their peers’ visit at the Prosecutors’ Office, this documentation visit enabled the young people to learn how the legal bodies work in Romania and to engage in an open dialogue with experts in the legal field.

Through the courtesy of Mrs. Paula Iacob, First Registrar of the Court of Bucharest, the young students received a guided tour through the court facility, discovering with great interest its various departments and understanding how different cases come into trial, including those relating to children and youth.

DSC_0781Towards the end of the visit, the students had the privilege to meet with Mrs. Laura Andrei, President of the Court and to discuss with her in the Council Room. In a very friendly atmosphere, Mrs. President of the Court encouraged youngsters to ask question and provided them with answers about the Court’s history, the formation of judges, the specific problematic of trials involving children and many others.

At the end of the visit, the youngsters felt one step closer to understanding how children’s rights are protected and insured by the courts in Romania. At the same time, by discovering that they are supported in their inquiries, their confidence in their own ability to participate in the project has increased.

Further, the young students from School No. 148 will use the information they’ve acquired following the visit and transfer it into game scenarios, which are in the process of being developed within the project.

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EU flagChildren’s Rights Court is a project funded by the European Commission (JUST / 2014 / Action Grants), gathering six partners at transnational level – Terre des Hommes Lausanne Hungary (applicant), National Network for Children in Bulgaria, Brave Phone Croatia, Terre des hommes Italy, Terre des hommes Romania and Victim Support UK – who aim to develop an online simulation game, informing children and youth about their rights during various civil, administrative and criminal legal proceedings. The game will be conceptualized and adapted to the specific context of each partner country, benefiting from the expertise of national experts, and will empower the future  young  users to fulfill their rights and obligations in order to avoid risky situations.

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29 Youth in documentation visit to the Hearing Room and to the Prosecutors’ Office of the Bucharest Court

IMG_20161005_104010A group of 29 young students from the National College “Mihai Eminescu” Constanta, actively involved in “Children’s Rights Court” project, have travelled on October 5th to Bucharest, for a documentation visit to the Chamber of Hearing and to the ProsecutorsOffice of the Bucharest Court.

The visit was organized by Terre des hommes Foundation to facilitate youngsters’ direct information on judicial proceedings that involve children and youth and which may serve as baseline for the educational game that they have to develop within “Children’s Rights Court” project.

The visit’s hosts were: Mr. Alexandru Georgescu, senior prosecutor, Prosecutors’ Office; Mr. Bocu Julian, Chief Commissioner, Capital Police; Mr. Trusca Marian, Prosecutor, Prosecutors’ Office.

For 2 hours, the 29 young guests have addressed question after question, receiving most relevant information on: the roles of forensic investigators, prosecutors and psychologists in investigating cases which involve juvenile offenders; what are the rights and obligations of child witnesses; how to swear an oath; what entails a statement; how the child witnesses’ identity is protected; when and how lie detectors are used; what’s the difference between an author and an accomplice; at what age becomes effective the criminal liability; which are the most common situations when children come in conflict with the law; what is the legal posture of a child who turns out to be forced to commit a crime etc.

IMG_20161005_122248The question and answer session was followed by a visit to the specialized Juvenile Hearing Room in the Prosecutor’s Office, which has been arranged through “AUDIS” project and was officially inaugurated on June 3th, 2016. The juvenile hearing room is a device designed to prevent re-traumatisation of children in and to identify accurate information, necessary to legal proceedings.

The entire visit was highly very appreciated by the young people from Constanta who felt both ready to move forward in developing game scenarios within the project, as well as particularly motivated to pursue a career in the legal field.

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EU flagChildren’s Rights Court is a project funded by the European Commission (JUST / 2014 / Action Grants), gathering six partners at transnational level – Terre des Hommes Lausanne Hungary (applicant), National Network for Children in Bulgaria, Brave Phone Croatia, Terre des hommes Italy, Terre des hommes Romania and Victim Support UK – who aim to develop an online simulation game, informing children and youth about their rights during various civil, administrative and criminal legal proceedings. The game will be conceptualized and adapted to the specific context of each partner country, benefiting from the expertise of national experts, and will empower the future  young  users to fulfill their rights and obligations in order to avoid risky situations.

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What kind of Children’s Ambassador would you be? ChildHub helps you find the answer

game tdhImagine you are the Children’s Ambassador today. Imagine that you have great political power, know many influential people, your voice is heard all across the world. How would you use this chance to make a better world for the children? What would be the first thing on your agenda?

Are you ready for such a challenge?

Child Protection Hub for South East Europe has a game ready for you that will help you answer the question. Click here to play and find out what your decisions say about your personality.

Child Protection Hub for South East Europe is a regional initiative that promotes continuous improvements of child protection practices and policies in South East Europe. We equip professionals, academics and policy makers in child protection with good practices and new technologies, so we may impact the lives of children and families in the region.

Stories collected after the media trip in the south

The media trip in the south has been a 3-days foray of 9 journalists and bloggers in the land considered to be one of the poorest in Romania, which turned out to be rich in diligent people.

Cristian Munteanu took snapshots, while Anca Vancu (Adevarul), Claudiu Constantin (blog.claudiuconstantin.ro), Andreea Dogar (GreatNews), Dana Gont (danagont.ro) and Raisa Beicu (raisabeicu.ro) used their best words to tell the story of these people of modest condition, but with a remarkable character.

It’s your turn to venture in a tour of the south. Click on the images down-below and discover with each item a new perspective on a changing world. You’ll see, it’s changing for the better.

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