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The 25th of November


“Do you want another?” European Campaign


Association Assistance and Programs for Sustainable Development – Agenda 21 implements this autumn the European Campaign “Do you want another?”, on the topic of climate changes. The campaign is realized at European level with the support of MIJARC Europe, umbrella organization for APDD – Agenda 21, and is co-funded by Council of Europe through The European Youth Foundation. Currently, the campaign is implemented in states such as Portugal, France, Austria, Bulgaria, Belgium, Germany, Turkey, Armenia, Malta and Macedonia.


“Do you want another?” European Campaign was created at the end of this summer, in August, during the “Rising Temperatures, Rising Voices” Summer Camp, organized by MIJARC Europe. APDD – Agenda 21 was represented by two volunteers – Raluca Tătaru and Mihaela Ioniță – and Andreea Tătaru, European Coordinator for Romania within MIJARC Europe and trainer within the event. The mission of the three participants was to come back to Romania and develop in Romania the campaign both in online and offline environments.


Recently, the campaign reached two scholar institutions – “George Călinescu” Theoretical High School from Bucharest and “N. I. Jilinschi” Secondary School from Vernești, Buzău County where pupils and students aged between 11 and 16 attended the workshops on the topic of responsible consumption.


From today on, our association will promote the campaign in the online environment. The first surprise is the launch of the the guide addressed to all of us - ”Tips and Tricks for a Resposible Life” (only in Romanian). Feel free to read and share it to your friends or use it, if needed, in educational activities. It can be downloaded here and it can be found on the webpage dedicated to our publications.


Do not miss the following news of the campaign and do not forget to follow us on Facebook! Also, do not hesitate to visit the website of the European Campaign: http://risingtemperaturesrisingvoices.net.  

 

INCLUSIVE GOVERNANCE – CLOSURE CONFERNCE

 

The closure conference of the project “Inclusive Governance” was held Thursday, on the 23rd of June 2016, at the headquarters of the European Commission Representation in Romania. The project was implemented by the association “Assistance and Programs for Sustainable Development – Agenda 21” in partnership with the National Agency of Civil Servants.


The event was attended by representatives of the partner institutions and public authorities, experts with competences in the domain of social inclusion within the institutions and public authorities, representatives of academia and non-governmental organizations, volunteers involved in the project’s activities, journalists.

The conference made possible the presentation of the outcomes and the impact of the activities. Moreover, the participants were given the opportunity to debate important aspects on the topic of social inclusion and share examples of good practices with concrete outcomes.  There were disseminated activities realized by the local public authorities as well as non-governmental organizations which managed to contribute to the decrease of exclusion risk of vulnerable groups. Some of the examples with a high potential of replication are the following: the activity of the Center of Social Inclusion of DASM Cluj-Napoca, the counseling activity offered by the Local Agency for Employment from Oltenița, the steps carried out in Buzău County in order to facilitate the access to the ”The second chance” Programme. Also, representatives of non-governmental organizations presented initiatives in the domain of social inclusion, highlighting the importance of the public-private partnership in initiating and developing such projects.


Present at the event, the President of the National Agency of Civil Servants, József Birtalan, mentioned the following aspects: “I encourage the responsible institutions in this domain to make all the efforts in order to answer better the needs of the disadvantaged groups, although, sometimes, problems might be encountered.

Also, the event was an opportunity to launch the toolkit elaborated within the project, toolkit that contains useful information for the experts in the domain (examples of local action plans, social inclusion strategies).

The project “Inclusive Governance” targeted initiatives meant to answer the issues that disadvantaged groups encounter. Thus, the project proposed coherent measures, able to contribute to the decrease of social exclusion of vulnerable groups from Buzău, Călărași, Cluj, Dolj and Mureș countries through the collabortion of public authorities and civil society.

The project “Inclusive Governance” was implemented with the financial support of RO10-CORAI Programme, funded by 2009 – 2014 EEA Grants and managed by the Romanian Social Development Fund. The total value of the project was 720,180.02 RON, of which 550,937.70 RON was co-financed by EEA grants and public co-funding was 97,224.30 RON.


The news can be downloaded here.

 

Global How? Facilitating Global Learning – A Trainer‘s Manual

The trainer’s manual „Global How?“ is the result of the European project „Facilitating Global Learning – Key Competences of Members from European CSOs”, which is carried out in Germany, Portugal and Romania in response to the evident need for quality training for Global Learning facilitators working in the context of Civil Society Organizations. 

The manual aims at supporting trainers in making people fit for facilitating Global Learning processes in various contexts. Quite in the spirit of Global Learning it refrains from presenting ready-made recipes and instead provides spaces for exploring different aspects of Global Learning trainings, leaving it to the user to develop their own context-specific training conceptions. The title „Global How?” relates to a baseline study entitled „Global What? A Study on Facts and Needs of Global Learning in Germany, Portugal and Romania”, which was conducted at an earlier stage of the project. The manual is strongly based on the project partners’ expertise in training facilitators as well as their experience from conducting test training courses in three different European countries. 

Project partners of „Facilitating Global Learning“ in Germany, Portugal and Romania are Dachverband Entwicklungspolitik Baden-Württemberg – DEAB, Entwicklungspädagogisches Informationszentrum im Arbeitskreis Eine Welt Reutlingen – EPiZ Reutlingen, forum for international development + planning – finep, Instituto Marquês de Valle Flôr – IMVF, Acção e Integração para o Desenvolvimento Global – AIDGLOBAL and the Association Assistance and Programs for Sustainable Development - Agenda 21. 

This publication has been produced with the financial assistance of the European Union, in Germany of the Ministry of State Baden-Württemberg and in Portugal of the Camões – Instituto da Cooperação e da Língua. The contents of this publication are the sole responsibility of the authors and can under no circumstances be regarded as reflecting the position of the funding institutions.

More information on www.global-how.de and www.agenda21.org.ro

Download: Global How? Facilitating Global Learning - A trainer's manual
Download: Global What? A Study on Facts and Needs of Global Learning

 

Global How? Facilitating Global Learning – A Trainer‘s Manual

In March 2016, a new manual for trainings in Global Learning will be launched, marking the last project phase of the European project “Facilitating Global Learning”.

At the core of the project, a pilot training course in Global Learning has been developed, implemented and thoroughly evaluated by the participating organisations from Germany, Portugal and Romania.
Drawing on experiences made and knowledge gained throughout the course of the project, Global How? has been created to help trainers of Global Learning, Development Education, Global Citizenship Education and other related fields develop state-of-the-art educational events for training multipliers and facilitators.

Main features include chapters on overarching issues concerning the planning, implementation and evaluation of Global Learning training courses such as an outline of important aspects of Global Learning, relevant (generic) topics, texts on Adult and Blended Learning as well as principles of training.
Enriched by examples of good practice and hands-on experience from the respective partner countries and the project as a whole, this manual will present an essential and comprehensive tool for all interested in passing on the practice of Global Learning.

This project is co-financed by the European Union. The contents of the publication are the sole responsibility of the authors and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Union.

 

European Day on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse

On the 18th of November the Council of Europe marked the first edition of the European Day on The Protection of Children against Sexual abuse and exploitation promoting a new movie in order to raise awareness on this issue. In Romania, our association promoted this event using its channels, but also with the support of the high schools which have always been trusty partners in the good development of our projects. Teachers and pupils answered promptly to our call.


Many thanks to the following high schools: “Mihai Eminescu” National College (Buzău), ”Ioan Petruș” High school (Otopeni), “Grigore Moisil” National College (Bucharest), “Matei Basarab” National College (Bucharest) and “Viaceslav Harnaj” Technical College (Bucharest).


”Mihai Eminescu” National College marked the day by organizing a caravan in 12 schools from Buzău County, 3 schools from Vrancea County and Bucharest. 1500 pupils and 30 teachers were informed about the “1 in 5” Campaign of the Council of Europe and shared the materials and videos. The campaign was organized by 25 pupils who collaborated with other colleagues, students’ ombudsmen from partner schools in this event.


„Viaceslav Harnaj” Technical College promoted this initiative by organizing an interactive workshop on the topic of children abuse which was attended by 30 people and 10 teachers. The activity was focused on comprehending the concept of sexual abuse on children and ways to avoid being a victim, signs indicating such a fact and people/institutions that can offer aid in combating and overcoming this kind of events. A workshop on the same topic was organized at ”Ioan Petruș” High school from Otopeni too. Young people were informed about this global issue by watching the last video launched by the Council of Europe on this topic. Eventually, they debated the images and created a range of posters with key messages in order to combat sexual exploitation. At “Matei Basarab” National College, 63 young people were involved in a debate on the topic of children trafficking in sex industry. The aim of this event was to prevent these problems by raising awareness on its causes and ways to attract the victims in such facts without even noticing. Also, the young participants discussed about the laws that should be applied in order to minimalize the negative effects of human trafficking.

 

Press Release - Educational Exhibition FOOD

 

From December 2nd till December 4th 2015, Association "Assistance and Programs for Sustainable Development - Agenda 21" alongside "Virgil Madgearu" Economical College Ploiesti (Prahova County), are organizing the educational exhibition FOOD. A cloud of words, objects and concepts, displaying installation, print and projection.

The exhibition in Ploiesti is paralleled by the 2015 "Virgil Madgearu" College Celebration Days. As part of the project "EAThink2015.Global Learning for Change in EYD2015 and Beyond: European Youth Engagement from School Gardens to Sustainable Food Systems", co-financed by the European Union, the educational show represents  the adaptation of "Food Cloud " Exhibition's concept, as it was displayed in Milan EXPO 2015, in Italy.

We invite you to discover a cloud of words, objects and concepts, all telling stories on food from different points of view, to stimulate a reflection on what is behind and inside what we eat.
The educational space aims to show some of the most significant and surprising interactions and transformations of food. The goal is to amaze and make us reflect on the consequences of the aggregate purchase choices and consumption, environmental impacts, social consequences and the challenges to be met to support sustainable food systems and small-scale agriculture.

As art form, installation art was chosen, made of boxes and objects linking two concepts each, highlighting the differences between them, such as food and food miles.
The exhibition revolves around 24 keywords, each word being represented by an object, a display or abstraction that represents a point of view, alongside a short text that begins to explain, through definitions and data, connections and relationships, all in a simple but attractive manner. The words together are one of the possible indicators of a research on agriculture and food today, from local to global.

The keywords are: water, food miles, carbon, fuel, pollution, packaging, biodiversity, traditions, market, seasons, soil, insects, farmers, seeds, health, forests, migration, sovereignty, pesticides, cocoa, wallet, waste, goods, information.

Alongside the installation, a short presentation of the winners of the European primary and secondary schools photo competition "Food and alternative food systems " will be projected. The competition ran in all 12 countries participating in the project. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=muwFm1bRNN8 )

The opening of the  exhibition will be held Thursday, December 3rd 2015, 13:00 AM, at "Virgil Madgearu" Economical College Ploiesti (24 Rudului St, Ploiesti).

Organizers: Association "Assistance and Programs for Sustainable Development - Agenda 21"
"Virgil Madgearu" Economical College Ploiesti
Curator: Alexandra Radulescu
Partner: Ministry of Education and Scientific Research Romania

The press release can be downloaded from here.

 

International exchange workshop for teachers (EYD2015)

An international exchange workshop for teachers took place at Cascina Triulza, the space dedicated to civil society at Expo2015. A delegation of 5 Romanian teachers together with the Educational tutor for EAThink2015 project attended the 3 day workshop, between the 16th and the 18th of October.
The international workshop had the following goals:
(1) to share a common methodology for working with their classes;
(2) to create a common glossary on food and sustainable agriculture (teachers taking part in the international workshop will have the task to develop in their national language a short teachers' guide for their colleagues, describing a common methodology and including a glossary on food which will be published on the web-platform);
(3) to strengthen teachers' competences in Global Learning and development issues; 
(4) to share teacher's previous experience on the subject. Moreover, during the International exchange workshop common guidelines and criteria for the best practice collection were defined. 

Testimonies


Teacher Catalina Neagu, „Ioan Petrus” General High school, Otopeni, Ilfov County
„«Milano Expo» was, for me, more than a «discovery trip» through the countries which were present; here, we did interesting activities during the project, we met new people, we worked within teams, we were happy seeing our names on the displays showing the photo reportages competition, and here, more than anywhere else, «we felt and thought global».”


Teacher Madalina Filipoiu, Economic High school „Virgil Madgearu”, Ploiesti, Prahova County
"Participating at this event represented for me a novel experience, both due to the location in which it took place and the way it was organized. In my opinion, Expo Milan 2015 successfully managed an interethnic and intercultural approach of a major nowadays problem, food. The facts that during the workshop we were organized in groups with members from different countries, and that we approached mutual interest problems, were overall a very interesting experience.  I met people who have the same concerns as I do, think like me, but belong to other cultural spaces. I realized that more things can be done through education, for our future, and this project creates the necessary framework.


Teacher Elena Lucia Balan, Higher Commercial School "Nicolae Kretzulescu", Bucharest
"Participating at EAThink2015 project organized by “APSD - Agenda 21” Association, offered me a unique opportunity to make a correct perspective regarding the difficulties raised by the global long term development and healthy nutrition.
At the workshop, there were teams of professors participating from 12 countries over Europe and Africa, teams who have made presentations of the most important activities within this project. There were interesting presentations, which enabled a real exchange of experience, regarding educational systems and the way in which there were integrated in different countries curricula, subject matters which have as main purpose the education for global long term development and healthy nutrition.
Undoubtedly, a professional gain was the participation at the debates organized in groups, constituted from teachers from different countries, having different educational experiences. I was part of a French speaking group, with 8 teachers from France, Portugal, Romania and Senegal, group which truly impressed me due to the involvement of participants, based on very different experiences, for a debate regarding “biodiversity”.
In the end, I appreciated the high academic level of the presentation sustained by the Italian teacher Massimiliano Lepratti (ACRA-CCS) over the aspects related to “Global learning”, who brought into discussion the numerous implementation difficulties of creating lessons based on new curricula, in an entire new perspective. "

 

 

MEETING GLOBAL LEARNING MULTIPLIERS

Assistance and Programs for Sustainable Development – Agenda 21 organized on July 13th, 2015, a working meeting with the participants in the global learning multipliers training that took place on October 2014 and March 2015. The aim of the meeting was to identify which were the best experiences of the participants during the training, as well as after, in the practice phase, when they multiplied the global learning activities within their own organizations. The training reunited 16 NGOs and aimed at forming their representatives as global learning multipliers.
The conclusions of the meeting will be used in the elaboration of the first chapters for Romania of the Global Learning Multiplier Manual, a publication that will be developed based on the experience of the global learning multiplier trainings realized in Germany, Portugal and Romania.

The meeting is part of the project Facilitating global learning – key competences of members of European CSOs, implemented by a consortium of organizations from Germany, Portugal and Romania: the main applicant DachverbandEntwicklungspolitik Baden-Württemberg (DEAB) – Germany; partners: Forum for international development + planning (FINEP) – Germany, EntwicklungspädagogischesInformationszentrumEPiZimArbeitskreisEine Welt Reutlingen e.V. – Germany, InstitutoMarquês de Valle Flôr – Portugal, AIDGLOBAL - Acção e Integração para o Desenvolvimento Global – Portugal, Assistance and Programs for Sustainable Development – Agenda 21 – Romania.

The project is financed by the European Commission through the Program Non-state actors and local authorities in Development. Raising public awareness of development issues and promoting development education in the European Union.

For more details, ninacugler@agenda21.org.ro or at phone number 021 311 40 76.

 

 

APSD  - Agenda 21 attends the European Youth Conference “Let’s take care of the planet”

APSD - Agenda 21 team is glad to announce that 6 high school students from "Matei Basarab" National College and Buzau Technical College will attend the 2nd European Youth Conference « Let’s Take Care of the Planet ». The event will take place from May 20 to 22, 2015, in Brussels at the Committee of the Regions and the European Economic and Social Committee, gathering 80 youngsters representing thousands of youth from 14 European countries.
Also, Florina Potirniche (projects' coordinator) and Andreea Tataru (volunteers' coordinator) will join the facilitators and trainers' team.
We'll keep you in touch and, of course, we'll publish photos during the event!

The Young Europeans Let’s Take Care of the Planet project aims to encourage dialogue between young Europeans on sustainable development issues and to enhance their capacity for action and commitment in order to move towards sustainable societies. This project is in line with the objectives of education for sustainable development and for international citizenship. By giving young people the means to take into consideration the entirety of a situation, it prepares them to debate socially important issues in such a way that they can take a stance in an enlightened way and implement considered actions.

General objectives:

  • In Europe, to reinforce the socially responsible impetus and commitment of the young citizens on the issues related to a sustainable development
  • To give concrete continuity to the international process initiated by the Brazilian Ministry of Education, by contributing to diffuse, open debate and implement the international Youth Charter - Let’s Take Care of the Planet - that was jointly written by youth from 47 countries, in Brasilia in 2010
  • To allow the European young people to express their ideas to political and economic local actors, and to international authorities
  • To Bring a contribution of the youth to Rio+20 event
 

Bucharest, the 1st of April  2015

PRESS RELEASE
TRANSPARENCE AND QUALITY IN PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION THROUGH SOCIAL MEDIA

           

Assistance and Programs for Sustainable Development – Agenda 21 in partnership with National Agency of Civil Servants invite you to the monitoring at the capital level workshop, within the project “Transparence and quality in public administration through social media”, financed by EEA 2009-2014 grants, within NGO Fund in Romania, event which will take place on April 2nd 2015, 10:00 a.m., at the Prefect of Bucharest’s headquarters, from Piata Presei Libere 1, B body, 3rd floor.

The event will consist in both presenting the internal monitoring reports realized by the four partner public institutions (Bucharest Prefecture, Sector 6 Town Hall, Bucharest Town Hall, Sector 6 General Direction for Social Assistance and  Child Protection), and the external monitoring reports realized by the local volunteer team involved in the project.

The workshop is organized with the purpose of evaluating the implementation of social media type instruments by the four public institutions involved in the project from Bucharest. The project “Transparence and quality in public administration through social media” carries between May 1st 2015 and April 30th 2015 and it aims to increase the role of civil society in promoting the principles of good governing and citizens participation in the process of elaborating local policies and promoting the fundamental right of citizens to participate in public matters, through creating efficient communication and consultation channels between the citizens and the 20 public institutions/authorities involved in the project.

The main results aimed in the project refer to creating efficient communication and consultation channels between the citizens and public institutions/authorities, increasing the level of transparency and good governing of 20 institutions and their capacity of attracting the citizens in decision-making processes through using social media networks, supporting volunteering for community benefit, involving the civil servants on a volunteering base in the process of implementing the project, promoting the No Hate Speech campaign, multiplying and extending good practices in other 10 counties.

The total value of the project is 82.684,50 euro, of which 70.648,50 Euro is co-financed by EEA grants.

Please send the confirmation of attendance at the event via email at office@agenda21.org.ro or andreea.tataru@agenda21.org.ro. Person of contact is Andreea Tătaru, assistant manager.

Nina Cugler
Executive president, APSD – Agenda 21

The press release can be downloaded from here.

 

EAThink2015.
Global Learning for Change in EYD2015 and Beyond: European
Youth Engagement from School Gardens to Sustainable Food
Systems

The project “Global learning for Change in EYD2015 and Beyond: European Youth Engagement from School Gardens to Sustainable Food Systems” started in January 2015. APSD – Agenda 21 is one of the 14 co-applicants from Italy, Portugal, Poland, Malta, Cyprus, Hungary, France, Slovenia, and Romania. The main applicant is Fondazione ACRA-CCS from Italy.

The overall objective of the project is to contribute to increasing EU youth awareness of, and engagement in, post-2015 public debate and the contribution of EU development cooperation policies to global sustainable development.

4.200 Primary and secondary school teachers (42.000 beneficiaries), 42.000 Students (390.000 beneficiaries), 140 Migrants/young volunteers, Local Authorities, Civil Society Organizations, Foundations will be among the target groups.

The objectives will be reached through the achievement of four expected results, based on four key steps:
1. Enhancement of teachers’ knowledge, skills and attitudes in relation to Global Leaning methods;
2. Increase, among students, in the level of knowledge of global issues and commitment to sustainable development;
3. Active mobilization of European students for alternative food systems, the right to food and sustainable agriculture;
4. Selection and dissemination of tools and methodologies at EU level.

We estimate that, by the end of the project (in 2017), students will have had access to several educational resources and initiatives addressing sustainable food systems, global interdependencies, and the right to food through different methods, all aimed at enhancing their critical understanding of global phenomena and fostering a change in their attitudes towards a more active commitment to justice, fighting against poverty and sustainable development for all. The proposed activities will strengthen civic and social competencies (critical learning, planning, communication, cooperation, autonomy) aimed at nurturing responsible citizens.

The project is co-financed by European Commission through the Program Non-State Actors and Local Authorities in Development. Raising public awareness of development issues and promoting development education in the European Union.

For more info click here.

 

The 20th of December 2014

Press release


Assistance and Programs for Sustainable Development – Agenda 21, in partnership with National Agency of Civil Servants, organized the second part of the training course for volunteers within the project “Transparency and quality in public administration through social media”, financed thorough EEA 2009 – 2014 Grants, within NGO Fund in Romania. The event took place in Bucharest, between the 30th and the 31st of October at the Romanian-American Foundation.


The projects aims to increase the role of civil society in promoting principles of good governance and citizen participation in the policy making process at the local level and promote the fundamental right of citizens to participate in public affairs. The total value of the project is 82,684.50 euro, of which 70,648.50 Euro – is co-financed by the EEA grants.


The aim of the event was to design the activities dedicated to the No Hate Speech Campaign which will be organized between the 3rd and the 12th of December in every county involved in the project. Another objective of this event was to set the monitoring procedures for the 60 events that will be organized by the public institutions through social media channels. 24 people attended the training course: volunteers and representatives of partner NGOs (Act Integration, Association NIKE, UN Youth Association in Romania, Center for Studies in Political Ideas, Association Valori Dobrogene, Doriana Foundation, Peace Action Training and Research Institute of Romania) from Cluj, Mehedinți, Tulcea, Suceava counties and Bucharest, partners’ representatives and experts in communication and in monitoring procedures of public institutions.


Virginia Mateș, member of PATRIR, the coordinator of volunteers in Cluj county considers that  ”attending this training course for volunteers from Bucharest, in the project ’’Transparency and quality in public adminitration through social media”, was a wonderful experience because it offered the opportunity to share experiences with participants from other counties, acquire knowledge and learning new methods in order to realize a campaign and develop new monitoring methods”.


“The training course for volunteers offered a better understanding of the specific of No Hate Speech campaign and the way that volunteers and partners NGOs will realize monitoring activities for the public institutions involved in the project. Creativity, competence, making the most of the specific expertize of each participant, communication and interactivity are the key words which define the whole training course” declared Nina Cugler, the project manager.


Nina Cugler
Executive president, APSD – Agenda 21

The press release can be downloaded from here.

 

The 8th of December 2014

INTOLERANCE AFFECTS YOU TOO!


Assistance and Programs for Sustainable Development – Agenda 21 organizes between the 3rd and the 12th of December the public campaign against hate speech: Intolerance affects you too! The campaign will take place in Bucharest, Cluj-Napoca, Drobeta Turnu Severin, Gura Humorului, Suceava, Tulcea, Turda and will be realized by civil servants in 20 public institutions and by volunteers of 8 NGOs from Bucharest and Cluj county, Mehedinți county, Suceava County, Tulcea county, involved in the project as local partners.


The activity is part of the project ,,Transparency and quality in public administration through social media” financed through EEA 2009 – 2014 Grants, within the NGO Fund in Romania, coordinated by the association ,,Assistance and Programs for Sustainable Development – Agenda 21” in partnership with National Agency of Civil Servants.


The campaign is realized taking into account the continuously recording of cases of violation of fundamental human rights which manifest thorough verbal and physical attacks on minority groups, immigrants or on organizations which defend the human rights in Europe. The campaign wants to raise the awareness on the consequences of hate speech which associate to phenomena such as: intolerance, discrimination, social exclusion and incite the propagation of negative stereotypes addressed to individuals or groups. In order to counterattack these aspects, EEA and Norway Grants gathered their forces to the Council of Europe in order to support  the No Hate Speech Movement (campaign designed against the hate speech) initiated by Council of Europe. The hate speech represents a cross priority of NGO Fund in Romania, financed by EEA Grants.


The camapign’s materials realized by partner public institutions and NGOs: stikers (APSD-Agenda 21), movies realized by partner NGOs (CeSIP and Urbaniac in Bucharest, PATRIR in Cluj-Napoca, ANDA and Art Integration in Mehedinți, Doriana Foundation in Turda and APSD – Agenda 21), posters (APSD – Agenda 21, Turda Town Hall and Tulcea Prefecture in partnership with the associations Valori Dobrogene and Drumuri Dobrogene, Gura Humorului Town Hall and Cluj Prefecture), leaflets (CeSIP Association and volunteers from Bucharest), flyers (Tulcea Prefecture in partnership with the associations Valori Dobrogene and Drumuri Dobrogene), leaflets, calendars (Bucharest Prefecture) will be published on the websites and Facebook pages of partner institutions and associations. Several dedicated events will be organized: debates, stradal activities, contests, theatre plays.


About 5000 citizens, politicians, civil servants, students will be involved in the campaign as promoters or beneficiaries.


Nina Cugler – project manager, e-mail: ninacugler@agenda21.org.ro

The press release can be downloaded from here.

 

RADIO SHOW – FACILITATING GLOBAL LEARNING


On November 10th, 2014, Mrs Nina Cugler, executive president of the association, participated in Planet Radio – Bruxelles Connection radio show in Radio Romania Cultural. The main theme of the show was the project Facilitating Global Learning – Key competences of members of European CSOs, with focus on the training on global learning dedicated to multipliers from Romanian NGOs. Other debated topics were: the agenda post 2015 and European Year of Development – 2015, feedback and perspective of participants in the training.

Together with Mrs. Nina Cugler, the following were guests at the show: Adriana Zaharia, Communication Coordinator – FOND Romania, Diana Velica – founder member of ASAP (Academics Stand against Poverty Romania) and member of ARCADIA – participant in the training and Anamaria Suciu, Volunteers Coordinator – Contraceptive and Sexual Education Society.

The project Facilitating global learning – key competences of members of European CSOs is implemented by a consortium of organizations from Germany, Portugal and Romania: the main applicant DachverbandEntwicklungspolitik Baden-Württemberg (DEAB) – Germany; partners: Forum for international development + planning (FINEP) – Germany, EntwicklungspädagogischesInformationszentrumEPiZimArbeitskreisEine Welt Reutlingen e.V. – Germany, InstitutoMarquês de Valle Flôr – Portugal, AIDGLOBAL - Acção e Integração para o Desenvolvimento Global – Portugal, Assistance and Programs for Sustainable Development – Agenda 21 – Romania.

The project is financed by the European Commission through the Program Non-state actors and local authorities in Development. Raising public awareness of development issues and promoting development education in the European Union.

The radio show can be listened in here.

 

Bucharest, November 5th, 2014

Press Release

Public Administration closer to the citizen through Social Media

Association “ Assistance and Programs for Sustainable Development-Agenda 21”, in partnership with National Agency Of Civil Servants, has organized the training course for civil servants within the project “Transparency and quality in public administration through Social Media”, funded by SEE 2009-2014 grants, within the NGO Fund in Romania. The event took place between the 20th and the 22nd of October, at Lev Or Hotel, no. 25, Occident Street, Bucharest.

The projects aims to increase the role of civil society in promoting principles of good governance and citizen participation in the policy making process at the local level and promote the fundamental right of citizens to participate in public affairs. The total value of the project is 82,684.50 euro, of which 70,648.50 Euro – is co-financed by the EEA grants.

The purpose of the event was the training of 40 civil servants from 20 public partner institutions in the project, from Cluj, Mehedinti, Tulcea, Suceava Counties and Bucharest in the topics of social media in public administration. The course introduced participants in the complex field of social media channels and the way public administration can use them and included an exchange of experience in how to use social media in public administration and a component dedicated to fighting the hate speech. Participants have designed activities and posts for the 10th of December, a day dedicated to the project, promoting the No Hate Speech Campaign in partnership with local NGOs and with the support of volunteers involved in the project. There have been identified in the course h procedures for monitoring the 60 events that will be organized by public institutions through social media channels.

Attending the opening of the course, Mr. Birtalan József, ANFP president, emphasized the importance that social media have in the modernization of public administration, guidance stipulated by all European and national strategic documents in the broader context of e-government management.

"The course has a significant potential to move public administration toward the citizen, a change of attitude of civil servants in relation to citizens, promoting in all the institutions’ activities involved in the project non-discriminatory practices and increasing tolerance in intra and extra institutional relationships." said Nina Cugler project manager.

Nina Cugler
Executive President, APSD-Agenda 21

 

 

Bucharest, October 24th, 2014


PRESS RELEASE
TRAINING FOR GLOBAL LEARNING MULTIPLIERS

Assistance and Programs for Sustainable Development – Agenda 21 organized the first part of the Facilitating Global Learning training, addressed to members of non-governmental organizations from Romania. The training took place in Bucharest, during October 15th – 18th, 2014.

The training aims at developing the key competences of the participants in the field of global learning, at continuously increasing the number of multipliers that work in the field of global learning, at improving the quality of multipliers’ activities, as well as at motivating and preparing the participants for getting involved in actions of and for facilitating events in the field of global learning.

16 non-governmental organizations from Romania participated in the first part of the training. In March 2015 the second part will take place. In between, the participants will apply the knowledge and competences they gained, by organizing and implementing at the level of their organization and local community global learning activities addressed to the organization’s target groups.

This training is based on the results of a research study realized by us at the end of 2013. The results for Romania showed that “there are different interpretations and understandings of Global Learning among the non-governmental organizations” and that “Global Learning is only partially understood or limited to the NGOs own experience.” Thus, the training modules were designed considering the needs in the field expressed by the NGOs members themselves. We want to contribute to increase the number of multipliers active in Global Learning in Romania”, said Nina Cugler, executive president of the association.

The training is part of the project Facilitating global learning – key competences of members of European CSOs, implemented by a consortium of organizations from Germany, Portugal and Romania: the main applicant DachverbandEntwicklungspolitik Baden-Württemberg (DEAB) – Germany; partners: Forum for international development + planning (FINEP) – Germany, EntwicklungspädagogischesInformationszentrumEPiZimArbeitskreisEine Welt Reutlingen e.V. – Germany, InstitutoMarquês de Valle Flôr – Portugal, AIDGLOBAL - Acção e Integração para o Desenvolvimento Global – Portugal, Assistance and Programs for Sustainable Development – Agenda 21 – Romania.

The project is financed by the European Commission through the Program Non-state actors and local authorities in Development. Raising public awareness of development issues and promoting development education in the European Union.

For more details, you may contact us at monica.cugler@agenda21.org.ro or at phone number 021 311 40 76.
www.agenda21.org.ro

the press release can be downloaded from here.

 

The first curriculum on Global Learning in Romania addressed to members of non-governmental organizations

APSD – Agenda 21 announces the publication in electronic format of the Global Learning curriculum, elaborated within the project Facilitating Global Learning – key competences of members from European CSOs. The curriculum is addressed to the staff from the non-governmental organizations which are or want to be involved in the design and organization of global earning events and it was developed as support material for the test course on Global Learning that will take place within the project.

There are five types of general competences approached by the curriculum: to analyze globalization: the phenomenon history and glocal interrelations (Learning to know), to develop and practice global learning paradigm/patterns (Learning to learn), to design and implement global learning activities meant to generate positive change (Learning to do), to build personal perspective and to accept multiple social perspective (Learning to be), to manifest a constructive pro-social behavior open to dialogue (Learning to live together).

The Global Learning Curriculum is part of the project Facilitating Global Learning – Key competences of Members from European CSOs, implemented by a consortium formed by 5 organizations, the leader being DEAB Germany, and APSD – Agenda 21 is the national partner in Romania. The project is addressed to member of NGOs and it aims at improving the quality of global learning and at training members of NGOs that are involved in global learning projects or that are interested to develop projects in the field.

The project is co-financed by the European Commission through the Program Non-state actors and local authorities in Development. Raising public awareness of development issues and promoting development education in the European Union

For more information you can contact us at e-mail monica.cugler@agenda21.org.ro

The Curriculum on Global Learning can be downloaded from here.

 

Bucharest, 20th of August 2014

Notice of termination of the project

Association "Assistance and Programs for Sustainable Development - Agenda 21", located in Bucharest, Bd. Queen Elizabeth, no. 32, Sector 5, code 050 012, has completed the project entitled "Optimization of broadband access and IT infrastructure at APSD - Agenda 21 Association ", No. SMIS 41235, co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund through the Ministry for Informational Society.

The total of the project was 32745.92 RON, of which financial assistance grant is 25087.60 lei.

The project aimed to improve the IT infrastructure (including internet connection) of Association "Assistance and Programs for Sustainable Development - Agenda 21" by purchasing computers, peripherals and other modern equipment as well as connecting the entire infrastructure of the Internet to a better quality provider than the existing one.

Project activities started on the 6th of June 2014, following the signing of the contract on the 6th of March 2014 with the Ministry for Informational Society - Information Society Promotion IB.

The project was implemented in the area of Bucharest, Str. Mircea Vulcănescu, no. 2-4, 2nd floor, ap. 7, District 1, for a period of three (3) months.

Further details can be obtained from the Association "Assistance and Programs for Sustainable Development - Agenda 21".

Contact: Nina Cugler, Legal Representative.

Tel. 0737062713, Fax. 0213114076, email: ninacugler@agenda21.org.ro

 

 

FACILITATING GLOBAL LEARNING – INTRODUCTORY COURSE

Assistance and Programs for Sustainable Development – Agenda 21 invites you to participate in the introductory course on the theme of global learning that will take place on September 18th, 2014, in Bucharest and it is addressed to CSOs’ representatives that work or are interested in working in the field of global learning and adult education.

The agenda of the course will include: knowing the participants, presentation of the project, presentation of the conclusions of the study “Global What – Study on Facts and Needs of Global Learning in Germany, Portugal and Romania”, informing the participants on the test course in global learning (which will have four modules organized during October 2014 – April 2015), identification of the training needs of the participants in the field approached by the course and establishing the selection criteria for the participants in the test course.

The selection process of the CSOs’ representatives that will be motivated and interested in participating in the 4 modules will take place after the introductory course (16 participants / one person / organization).

The introductory course is part of the project Facilitating Global Learning – Key competences of Members from European CSOs, implemented by a consortium formed by 5 organizations, the leader being DEAB Germany, and APSD – Agenda 21 is the national partner in Romania. The project is addressed to member of NGOs and it aims at improving the quality of global learning and at training members of NGOs that are involved in global learning projects or that are interested to develop projects in the field.

We ask the interested NGOs to send us their confirmation of participation along with the name and contact details of their representative at e-mail monica.cugler@agenda21.org.ro by September 12th, 2014.

The location of the event will be announced. The organizers will provide lunch and coffee breaks. The transport expenses can be covered by the organizers.

You can download the electronic format here.

 

APSD – Agenda 21 volunteers attended the MIJARC Summer Camp 2014 – Better together – we care about rural areas

6 Romanian young people represented APSD – Agenda 21 in the MIJARC Summer Camp – ’’Better together – we care abour rural areas”, between the 24th and the 31st of August, which was held in Passau,Germany. They enjoyed the summer camp with other young delegates who came from Bulgaria, Poland, Germany, Malta and Belgium.
The aim of the summer camp was the promotion of the rural areas’ development among the young people from Europe, achieving the following goals:


- to analyse and exchange the realities in the communities and best practices on the topic;
- to experience intercultural learning by exchanging realities, opinions and values with other rural young people from Europe;
- to raise awareness about realities in rural areas in Europe and rural development;
- to empower young people to take an active role in the development of rural areas;
- to raise awareness about differences and similarities in rural areas in Europe;
- to increase the involvement of young people  in the social life in local communities and develop projects, based on an intercultural approach.

 

MIJARC Europe is a non-governmental organisation for rural youth, by rural youth. We promote sustainable agricultural, rural and international development, European citizenship, youth policies, gender equality, environmental protection, interculturality and human rights which has more than 15000 members in Europe

 

For more information and photos you can access our official Facebook page and the official MIJARC website.

 

 

Press release

Assistance and Programs for Sustainable Development – Agenda 21, in partnership with National Agency of Civil Servants, invites you to the official launch of the project “Transparency and quality in public administration through social media”, financed thorough EEA 2009 – 2014 Grants, within NGO Fund in Romania. The event will take place on the 3rd of July, at the  Romanian-American Foundation (Gina Patrichi Street, no. 6, District 1, Bucharest) starting with 10.30 a.m.


The aim of the event is to present the project, its objectives and activities as well as establishing the implementation strategy and the responsibilities for the partner institutions – the 20 local authorities and institutions from Cluj County, Tulcea County, Mehedinți County, Suceava County and Bucharest. The project will be developed between the 1st of May 2014 and the 30th of April 2015. The projects aims to increase the role of civil society in the promotion of principles of good governance and citizens’ participation in the policy making process at the local level and promote the fundamental right of citizens to participate in public affairs through efficient communication channels between them and the 20 institutions/public authorities involved in the project.


“The project was thought in order to contribute to the implementation of policies and strategies of EU and Romanian Government in the domain of e-government according to the provisions of the Europe 2020 Strategy which gives a fundamental role to the information technology, the essential component of a competitive Europe, based on a knowledge economy” said the project manager, Nina Cugler, executive president of APSD – Agenda 21.
Introducing and/or multiplying at least 2 social media tools by the 20 institutions/public authorities (Facebook pages, Twitter account, Flickr account, blogs, podcasts, Youtube) chosen in order to answer to the needs of the citizens in terms of involving in the process of making decision at local level and strengthening the dialogue with them, offers an important innovative aspect to the project.


The main expected results refer to the establishment of efficient communication and consultation social media channels between citizens and institutions/public authorities, raising the transparency and good governance level of 20 institutions and their capacity to attract the citizens in the decision making process through social media networks, encouraging volunteering in the benefit of the community, involving the civil servants voluntarily in the implementation of the project, promoting the No Hate Speech Campaign, multiplying and extending good practices in other 10 counties. The total value of the project is 82,684.50 euro, of which 70,648.50 Euro – is co-financed by the EEA grants.


Nina Cugler
Executive President, APSD – Agenda 21

The press release can be downloaded from here.

 

Transparency and quality in public administration through social media

 

The project “Transparency and quality in public administration through social media” started in May 2014, through the SEE 2009 – 2014 grants, initiated by Assistance and Programmes for Sustainable Development – Agenda 21, in partnership with the National Agency of Civil Servants. The project will take place between May 2014 and April 2015.
20 institutions/public authorities from the 5 locations aforementioned, 3200 citizens and 1000 civil servants, 30 volunteers, usually, members of local NGOs will be involved in the project.


The general objective of the project is raising the role of the civil society in the promotion of the principles of good governance and citizens’ participation in the process of elaborating the policies at local level, aims at promoting the fundamental rights of the citizens to be involved in the public matters through the creation of efficient communication and citizens’ consultation channels within the 20 institutions/public authorities from Bucharest and Cluj county, Mehedinți county, Suceava county and Tulcea county.


The main activities are the following: selecting 20 institutions and public authorities, elaborating the promotional materials of the project, training 30 volunteers and 40 civil servants, realizing a research report regarding the monitoring of the activities in the 20 institutions and public authorities regarding the rate of transparency and promotion of democratic procedures of attracting the citizens in the governance act, organizing 60 events of informing and public consultation online on social media channels, meant to improve the public utilities at local level, 5 radio shows realized in partnership with the Romanian Radio Society, organizing 5 workshop in order to monitor and evaluate at local level the implementation of the project, organizing the “No hate speech” campaign aiming to promote the tolerance and non-discriminatory attitude towards the minorities, realizing 5 movies for the campaign, involving the local mass-media channels in order to support the project and promote its accomplishments.


We estimate that the impact of the project will appear at different levels:  the proper information regarding the aspects of common interest for the target group, the rate of information of public opinion in Romania regarding the aspects related to the reform of public administration, the improvement of the interaction and communication between different actors of civil society: citizens, NGOs, mass-media, local authorities and civil servants.

For more information click here.

 

 

The content of this website does not necessarily represent the official position of the EEA Grants 2009-2014. The entire responsibility for the accuracy and consistency of the information belongs to the website initiators;

For official information about the EEA and Norway grants access www.eeagrants.org;

Project financed by the EEA Grants 2009 - 2014, under the NGO Found in Romania;

 

 

GLOBAL WHAT? A study on facts and needs of global learning in Germany, Portugal and Romania

Assistance and Programs for Sustainable Development - Agenda 21 announces the results of the study GLOBAL WHAT? A study on facts and needs of global learning in Germany, Portugal and Romania
The research is realized within the project Facilitating Global Learning - Key competences of members from European CSOs and it sets out to outline a common ground for all project partners on which to base our future work together in the field of Global Learning (GL). In addition, it analyses crucial requirements for the further development of our project activities. Furthermore, it is intended as a contribution to the general debate on GL.

The study shows that the situation of GL is remarkably different in each of the partner countries. Regarding visions of GL, results from all three countries show a great diversity of different concepts as well as different issues implicit in the answers given. While in the summary of the German results, there was mention of an “absence of one consistent or commonly known and accepted set of key aspects of what GL means or can mean” as well as “a relatively high familiarity with and receptiveness towards certain competencies and potential neglect of others” , the summary on Romania noted “various interpretations and understandings of GL among Romanian NGOs” and concluded that “GL is only partially understood or is limited to the NGOs own experience and interpretations of the term”. The summary on Portugal reported that “31 CSOs did not answer the question or do not have a vision” and, in relation to GL competencies and skills, considered it “very surprising” that “among 100 participants, only three specifically mentioned Human Rights and only four Social Justice”. Despite all their diversity, these statements hint at deficits in knowledge of the theories and concepts underlying GL in all three countries.
For more results please consult the study here.

The project is implemented by a consortium of organizations from Germany, Portugal and Romania: leading project partner is DEAB (Dachverband Entwicklungspolitik Baden-Württemberg), partners: finep (Forum für internationale Entwicklung und Planung), EPiZ (Entwicklungspädagogisches Informationszentrum im Arbeitskreis Eine Welt Reutlingen), IMVF (Instituto Marquês de Valle Flôr), AIDGLOBAL (Acção e Integração para o Desenvolvimento Global), APSD-Agenda 21 (Asociatia de Asistenta si Programe pentru Dezvoltare Durabila).

Co-financed by: The European Commission through the Program Non-state actors and local authorities in Development. Raising public awareness of development issues and promoting development education in the European Union.

For further details please contact us at monica.cugler@agenda21.org.ro.

 

APSD – Agenda 21 takes part in the first meeting for the creation of O.R.A. Network – Oybin, Germany


Between the 15th – the 20th of February, Andreea Tătaru and Georgian Mirea, two members of the association, will attend the first meeting regarding the creation of a European NGO – O.R.A. – (Observe – Rethink – Act).


O.R.A. Network represents a partnership among a few NGOs from Europa aiming at the creation platform for discussion and exchange of good practice and approaches in the field of sustainable development and inclusion of young people among different NGOs and Youth Centers coming from EU and SEE countries.


The European NGO "ORA" sets itself the goal to improve and professionalise the cooperation of member organizations. They organize joint youth exchanges, organize trainings for employees of youth work to raise awareness for sustainability, inclusion and active citizenship and to develop methods which are suitable to implement them with youth.


In this first meeting, the representatives of the NGOs involved in this cooperation will work in three workshops – Administration, Communication and Promotion, Values and Contents – at the strategy of the establishment of the NGO.


Also, the two young people will present the experience of the organization related to the sustainable development projects and will present the homeland with the occasion of the International Evening.


Another meeting will be held in Banja Luka, in Bosnia and Herzegovina, in July 2014.

 

 

National Congress on Global Learning and Education for sustainable development - Stuttgart January 2014

Between the 16th and the 18th of January, Nina Cugler, the CEO of APSD – Agenda 21 attended the National Congress on Global Learning and education for sustainable development. This event took place in Stuttgart and gathered 250 European multipliers – teachers, students and people involved in similar activities. The main topics debated were the following: migration, global learning, global changes and development education.

 

 

 

APSD Agenda 21 at the International Conference Challenges of the Knowledge Society – CKS 2013

APSD – Agenda 21’ project “Millennium Development Goals Achievement. Involving high school students and educators in development education programmes and project” was presented during the 7th edition of the International Conference “Challenges of the Knowledge Society – CKS 2013”, organized by “Nicolae Titulescu” University of Bucharest, between 17th and 18th May 2013. Ms. Elena Nedelcu, Associated Professor, PhD, “Nicolae Titulescu” University of Bucharest and member of the national coordination team of the above mentioned project, analysed the results of the project as a case study for her scientific article “Cooperation and Education for Sustainable Development in the Globalization Era” (ISSN 2068-7796). The article explores the topic of sustainable development seen as a fundamental objective of the millennium. The first part of the article offers a theoretical analysis of three main variables and the connection between them: globalization, democratization and development. The second part of the article focuses on the importance and the practice of sustainable development during the globalization era. This second part analyses the case of APSD-Agenda 21 as an example of the involvement of civil society in education for sustainable development in Romania, focusing on the activities and the results of the project.
This project is co-financed by the European Commission through the program Non State Actors and Local Authorities in Development. Public Awareness and education for development in Europe
The full text of the article can be downloaded following the link: http://cks.univnt.ro/cks_2013.html
Contact person: Nina Cugler, executive president APSD-Agenda 21, office@agenda21.org.ro

 

APSD - Agenda 21 is participating in the SNSPA Internship Fair. We are expecting you!

 

 

TRAINING ON NON FORMAL AND INFORMAL METHODS


Integrating non-formal methods in formal settings will become a common practice for the 30 teachers involved in the „Non-formal and informal methods” training course, which took place between 28th and 30th March, at „Ioan Petruş” High School in Otopeni. The training course is one of the activities of a larger project entitled „Non-formal and informal education through ICT”, developed by Otopeni Local Council together with „Ioan Petruş” High School from Otopeni, the Association Assistance and Programmes for Sustainable Development – Agenda 21 and five school units in Malta.


The training course was structured on three working days and it aimed at developing the teachers’ competences on adapting and integrating non-formal methods and ICT-based tools in their lessons, covering all the curricular areas. The teachers received information on non-formal education and the European context regarding this type of education, they took part to dynamic and interactive activities which used a variety of non-formal methods, they shared their experience with their colleagues and they tested different ICT-based resources, which they can use during their lessons. For the project’s next phase, all 30 participants will apply this knowledge and will conduct their lessons using non-formal and ICT-based methods.


The project started in November 2012 and will run for a period of 2 years. It aims to develop the teachers’ competences on adapting and using non-formal methods and learning strategies associated with ICT in an intercultural context. The project also offers the opportunity to work with other teachers in the partner country in order to identify the best methods and techniques used for non-formal and informal learning associated with ICT and to foster intercultural exchanges and to strengthen the collaboration with educational stakeholders in the partner country. The project includes training programs, basic and advanced use of ICT which will increase the use of educational software in planning and delivering classes. The project will also contribute to the creation of digital educational materials, will we be available on a bilingual website and it will enhance the exchange of good practices between the two countries.


The project „Non-formal and information education through ICT” is financed by the European Commission through the Life-Long Learning Programme, Comenius Regio Partnerships.



National camp in Bulgaria


The national camp organized in Bulgaria within the project Millennium Development Goals Realization will take place during June 23rd – 27th, 2012 in Primorsko.
The objectives of the camp are:
  • Presentation of the school projects realized by Bulgarian students and educators
  • Establishment of contact and elaboration of joint projects on MDG realization by the participants from Bulgaria, Romania, Italy and South Africa
  • Preparation of the Youth Summit on Realization of MDG in Africa
The camp is addressed to students and educators from Italy, Romania, Bulgaria, and South Africa. Romania is represented, through APSD – Agenda 21, by a delegation of 10 students and 2 teachers.
The agenda of the camp includes topics like presentation of the millennium development goals, young people and global problems, presentation of the European and African school projects, exploring opportunities for elaboration of international projects with African partners, debate “Young people could change the world?”.
For more information you can contact us at email ninacugler@agenda21.org.ro, phone +40213114076, contact person Nina Cugler.

Human Rights Olympic Games 2012


The 2012 edition of the already traditional Human Rights Olympic Games of Open Education Center Bulgaria will take place during June 19th – 23rd, 2012 in Primorsko.
The objectives of the Human Rights Olympic Games are:
  • Understanding Millennium Development goals in their connection with Human Rights
  • Exploring the realization of MDG Goals in Africa (especially decrease of child mortality, improvement of maternal health, combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases)
  • Analyzing and discussion on Reproductive health as a Human Right and its realization in Africa and in Europe
  • Development of Reproductive Health Youth Projects in Africa
The Olympic Games are addressed to students and educators from Italy, Romania, Bulgaria, and South Africa. Romania is represented, through APSD – Agenda 21, by a delegation of 10 students and 2 teachers. The agenda includes topics like global citizens – exploring the globalization, human rights and our world, presentation of the millennium development goals, debate “The realization of the right to reproductive health is a general responsibility of all of us or only of the states and national societies”, individual Olympic competition – case studies and a short speech on reproductive health.
For more information you can contact us at phone +40213114076, email, contact person Nina Cugler.

Steering meeting 21.03.2012

The national Romanian steering committee of the project Millennium Development Goals. Involving students and teachers from high schools in development education projects and programs had a meeting in Bucharest in March 21st, 2012. The objectives of the meeting were: the elaboration of the national curriculum, the development education classes for the university level, as well as the projects of the students and the involvement of 11 news schools in the project. During the meeting, the structure of the national curriculum was decided, which will include the school curriculum for development education, the classes developed by the teachers from the participant schools – classes focused on the MDG theme and with study cases from Sub-Saharan Africa, the optional classes and the materials that will be elaborated for the classes that will be held at university level. The national curriculum will be realized in both printed and electronic format. Also, the strategy for the implementation of the project at university level has been elaborated, meaning the inclusion of specific development education modules within the classes of Public relations, Basis of econometrics, Success and failure in business and Economic journalism from the Economical Studies Academy, as well as within the class Sociology of international relations from Nicolae Titulescu University. Other discussions aimed at the methodology for selecting the students’ projects that will receive financial support within the project, the participation of students and teachers in this year’s edition of Human Rights Olympic Games, as well as in the National students’ camp in Izvorul Muresului and in the National camp in Bulgaria. For more information contact person Nina Cugler, e-mail office@agenda21.org.ro, phone +4021 311 40 76.

Final conference – project “Strengthening the Environmental Governance in Bucharest”

On 13th December 2010 the Association Assistance and Programs for Sustainable Development – Agenda 21, marked the end of the project “Strengthening the Environmental Governance in Bucharest”, through the final evaluation conference “Partnership for a new quality of the environment in Bucharest”, which took place at Cercul Militar National.
The conference benefited from the presence of a Norwegian delegation, led by Mr. Trygve Westgard, mayor of Askim Municipality, a partner institution within the project. For developing a real interaction between experts from Norway and experts from Romania, representatives of the Bucharest City Hall, Bucharest Sector Halls, Bucharest Environmental Agency were also invited together with representatives of Innovation Norway Programme, who presented financing and networking opportunities in the field of sustainable development and economic cooperation between Romania and Norway.
During the conference the results of the project “Strengthening the environmental governance in Bucharest” were evaluated. Referring to the results of the project, Nina Cugler – project manager and Executive President of APSD-Agenda 21 declared: “Strengthening the environmental governance in Bucharest gathered in a single project a large diversity of human and institutional resources, actors from all social fields who play an important role in the development of environmental policies: NGOs, public administration bodies, central and local public institutions, academic institutions, school units, teachers, young people, private companies, associated structures from Romania and Norway, media representatives and public figures. The public-private partnership created within the project contributed to a more efficient use of the resources for achieving a common goal - finding solution/answers to the problems of the local community - it contributed to improving the citizens level of trust in public bodies, generating significant results and a major impact with minimal funds.”
“Strengthening the Environmental Governance in Bucharest” is a project developed by APSD-Agenda 21, in partnership with Askim Municipality Norway, Bucharest City Hall and the School Inspectorate of Bucharest, financed through founds given by the Norwegian Government through the Norwegian Cooperation Programme for economic growth and sustainable development in Romania.

Projects catalogue “Eco-volunteers for Bucharest”

The new projects catalogue “Eco-volunteers for Bucharest” was launched. The catalogue contains 12 environmental projects developed by the teams of eco-volunteers from the 12 high-schools involved in the project “Strengthening the Environmental Governance in Bucharest”. The projects appeared as a result of the 4 training sessions developed for students and teachers, during which the participants learnt about sustainable development, environmental issues and project writing and management. The 12 projects meet the environmental needs identified in their communities by the team of eco-volunteers and have, thus, a local dimension. Among the initiatives presented by the students there are actions aimed at cleaning green areas and parks, at improving the quality of the green areas of high-schools, informing and educational actions and also recycling and selective collection of waste.
The presentation of the 12 projects included in the catalogue “Eco-volunteers for Bucharest” took place on 30th October 2010, at National College “Gheorghe Sincai”, in front of representatives of private companies such as: Eco-X, Remat Holding and Carpatcement, companies that answered our invitation to support young people and their actions for a healthier environment. The projects also benefit from the support of local public authorities, partners in the 12 projects.

Training session for facilitators – “A different gender, an equal opportunity”

The training course for facilitators, planned for the project “A different gender, an equal opportunity”, took place between 24th and 28th January. 24 young volunteers, representing the General Directorates of Social Assistance and Child Protection from sectors 1, 3, 4, and 6 from Bucharest as well as GDSACP – Ilfov county, were involved for 5 days in a training course on addressing topics such as: human rights, human rights education, gender equality and discrimination and specific issues on gender such as domestic violence and abuse. During the course a non-formal educational mix was used which included rich theoretical input but foremost interactive activities such as: simulations, case studies, games and exchange of good practices. The main working tools of the training course were the manuals designed and published by the Council of Europe: Compass and Gender Matters, educational tools that will be also used in the activities that will be developed by the participants in the following period. The training course contributed to acquiring more in-depth knowledge on human rights and human rights education, on the Council of Europe and its activity in the youth field, on the specific issues concerning gender, on the working tools offered by the Council of Europe as well as on the principles of non-formal education and experiential learning.
Between February and May, the participants will conduct 4 workshops each, involving young people and children from disadvantaged areas, with a high risk of gender discrimination: young people with high risk of being abandoned, young people and children from day time centres and placement centres, and young people who are offered social assistance services. Activities from Compass, Gender Matters and Compasito will be used during the workshops.
“A different gender, an equal opportunity” is a pilot project on human rights education, financed by the Council of Europe through the European Youth Foundation. The project aims at reducing gender-based discrimination and promoting gender equality by involving young people from disadvantaged neighbourhoods in HRE activities, using Gender Matters and Compass.

A different gender, an equal opportunity

In October, 2010, Assistance and Programs for Sustainable Development – Agenda 21 launched a new project entitled “A different gender, an equal opportunity”. The project is a pilot project which includes a training course on gender equality through HRE, followed by workshops. “A different gender, an equal opportunity” is financed by the Council of Europe, through the European Youth Foundation.
The project aims at reducing gender-based discrimination and promoting gender equality by involving young people from disadvantaged neighbourhoods in HRE activities, using COE’s Manuals: Gender Matters and Compass.
The training course is addressed to young volunteers and youth workers from disadvantaged neighbourhoods in Bucharest, working with groups facing the risk of gender-based discrimination and domestic violence. The participants to the training course will act as multipliers, facilitating workshop with children and young people affected by gender inequality and discrimination.
The project is developed in partnership with the Directorate of Social Assistance and Child Protection from sectors 1, 3, 4, 6 in Bucharest and DSACP – Ilfov.
Within the project, two of the preparatory meetings have already taken place. The training course is planned to take place at the end of January, between 24th-28th January and a total number of 24 participants is expected.

Experience Exchange in Norway

Between 19th-24th September a delegation including Nina Cugler, Executive President, project manager, Dana Stănculescu, superior councillor, Directorate for Education, Bucharest City Hall and Costel Nedelcu, general councillor, Bucharest City Hall conducted a study visit in Norway.
The agenda of the delegation’s visit included meetings with: Innovation Norway (Central headquarters in Oslo), Oslo City Hall, Askim City Hall, the Association of Local and Regional Authorities from Norway (KS) and Ostfold Region, visiting a garbage recycling centre in the town of Moss.

20th September – Innovation Norway

The implementation stages together with the results achieved until then within the project „Strengthening the Environmental Governance in Bucharest” were presented. Mr. Tore Lasse By, general manager of the Innovation Norway Programme for Bulgaria and Romania, presented the new financing opportunities from the EEA Grants and Innovation Norway.

 

Discussion with Mr. Tore Lasse By, general manager of the innovation Norway Programme for Bulgaria and Romania.

21st September 2010 – Oslo City Hall

The project „Strengthening the  Environmental Governance in Bucharest” was presented together with the results achieved so. An exchange of experience occurred related to the administrative structure of the two cities and the cooperation opportunities in fields of mutual interest crated through projects.

 

 

Oslo City Hall
Discussion with Mrl. Theis Juell Theisen
and Mr. Bjarne Johannessen

21st September 2010 – Association of Local and Regional Authorities from Norway (KS)

Ms. Elita Cakule, manager for international project, presented the structure and the way of functioning of the local and regional local public administration authorities from Norway and the Strategy for International Projects.

Ms. Gunnbjorg Naavik, special consultant, presented the programmes and projects developed by KS at international level.

22nd September 2010, Askim City Hall

Meetings with Mr. Trygve Westgard, mayor of Askim city. Discussing the opportunities of continuing the partnership and extending the project in cooperation with new partners from Ostfold region. The climate network from Ostfold region was presented by Mr. Alf S. Johansen

 

 

Mr. Trygve Westgard, mayor of Askim and vice-mayor of Askim presenting to the Romanian delegation one of the largest infrastructure - works.

22nd September 2010, Moss Region

Ms. Mariana Oberti, representative of the country council and representatives of MOVAR Company which ensures the garbage management in Moss Region. Presentation of some procedures regarding the collection, sorting and reuse of garbage.

 

 The Conference of the Climate Network from Ostfold Region. Dialogue and exchange of experience for identifying new partnership opportunities on projects of mutual interest.

Strengthening the Environmental Governance in Bucharest

Another step was made in the development of the project “Strengthening the Environmental Governance in Bucharest”. This time the focus was on civil servants working in institutions and departments in charge with the environmental situation of Bucharest. 40 civil servants having environmental responsibilities within Bucharest City Hall, Bucharest Sector Halls, Bucharest Agency for Environment Project took part in a four days training course held between 14th and 17th June. The participants at the training course benefited from the experience and input of four Norwegian experts who focused on ensuring an exchange of good practices, experiences and solutions regarding the environmental problems in Bucharest.

The training course was centered on strategic issues regarding the integration of environmental problems and sustainable development issues in strategic planning at local and national level, environmental issues such as climate changes, clean energy and natural resources management, educating citizens for protecting the environment and case studies on global environmental problems and solutions regarding transport and traffic, building management, waste management and citizens’ participation.

The training course was also focused on facilitating the connection of Bucharest Municipality to the Climate Network in Norway and also on the steps and measures necessary for the creation of a national Climate Network in Romania.

Come with us to Clear the Air in Bucharest!

Banner Aeriseste Bucurestiul

Come with us to Clear the Air in Bucharest! On Saturday, 5th June, at 10:00, we meet at Piata Presei Libere in order to start the campaign CLEAR THE AIR IN BUCHAREST, with a march of the eco-volunteers for Bucharest. At 17:00 we meet again in Herastrau Park, Summer Garden for an eco-show in which pupils from 12 school units from Bucharest will perform live together with their guests. CLEAR THE AIR IN BUCHAREST is a public information and raising awareness campaign regarding the environment issues of Bucharest.

The campaign is part of a more complex project “Strengthening the Environmental Governance in Bucharest”, a project developed by APSD-Agenda 21, in partnership with Askim Municipality Norway, Bucharest City Hall and the School Inspectorate of Bucharest, financed through founds given by the Norwegian Government through the Norwegian Cooperation Programme for economic growth and sustainable development in Romania.

For further details please visit www.aerisestebucurestiul.ro

Training session for pupils – Strengthening the Environmental Governance in Bucharest

On Saturday, 13th February, in Amfiteatru Hall of „Gheorghe Lazar” National College, APSD- Agenda 21 held the first training session for pupils and educational staff representing 12 school units from. It was the first training session out of a series of 4 such session and it gathered the project teams, which included 2 pupils and one teacher from each school unit, teams which will work together with one of the 12 trained volunteers from the group of Eco-volunteers for Bucharest in order to organise the environment campaign „Clear the Air in Bucharest!” and in order to create projects on topics relevant to environment protection. The school units involved in the project are the following: Liceul Teoretic “C-tin Brâncoveanu”, Colegiul Tehnic Media, Şcoala Superioară Comercială "N. Kretzulescu, Colegiul National "Grigore Moisil" , Colegiul Naţional “Emil Racoviţă”, Colegiul Naţional “Matei Basarab”, Liceul Bilingv DECEBAL, Colegiul Naţional „Gheorghe Lazăr”, Colegiul Tehnic de Industrie Alimentară “Dumitru Moţoc”, Liceului Teoretic "Mihail Sadoveanu", Colegiul Naţional “Gheorghe Şincai”, Liceul Teoretic „Ion Neculce”.

News regarding the project Strengthening the Environmental governance in Bucharest

On 9th February APSD-Agenda 21 organised a meeting of the extended team for the implementation of the project Strengthening Environmental Governance in Bucharest, a project developed in partnership with APSD-Agenda21, Askim Municipality – Norway, City Hall of Bucharest and the School Inspectorate of Bucharest and financed by the Norwegian Government through the Norwegian Programme of Cooperation for economic growth and sustainable development in Romania.
The meeting focused on discussing the proposed topics for the two training sessions conducted by 5 Norwegian experts for 40 civil servants who conduct their activity in the field of environment protection and eco-civic education in Bucharest. The objectives of the training sessions will be to help the participants understand „the global aspects concerning the environment” and to develop their competences for introducing these aspects in the local planning for environment. The sessions will also provide the opportunity for an exchange of experience between Norwegian and Romanian experts.
The participants also received information on the structure and the components of the environment campaign „Clear the Air in Bucharest”, organised during the upcoming phase of the project.  The team decided to launch the campaign on 5th June – World Environment Day. The team also issued recommendations regarding the activities that will be held during the campaign and chose the visual identity elements of the campaign: poster, flyer and other promotional materials.
The extended team for the implementation of the project strengthening the Environmental Governance in Bucharest includes civil servants from the City Hall of Bucharest, Directorate for the protection of the environment and eco-civic education, Directorate for Education, from Sector Halls, from the Agency for the Environment Protection in Bucharest and from the School Inspectorate of Bucharest.

ABCD... Multipliers for Human Rights

The Association Assistance and Programmes for Sustainable Development – Agenda 21 is organising a training for trainers that will be held between 26th and 30th January with the participation of 20 multipliers – youth workers, volunteers, youth leaders, trainers, educators or facilitators – representing youth organisations from Bucharest and neighbouring areas. The training of trainers is part of the project ABCD... Multipliers for Human Rights, developed by APSD-Agenda 21 with support from the Council of Europe through the European Youth Foundation. Starting October 2009 and ending August 2010, the project aims at improving the quality of local projects and practices on human rights education with children and youth by exploring and improving competences of multipliers.
Among the key objectives of the project we list the following:
  • To familiarize participants with the key concepts, approaches, challenges of human rights education and the main priorities of youth work at European and local level;
  •  To introduce some tools for educators, especially, Compasito and Compass as a starting point for developing non-formal activities and initiatives with children and young people at local and/or international level, but nevertheless with a European dimension
  • To support the elaboration and development of multiplying projects on HRE with children;
  • To inform participants about the potential of European youth programmes in youth work on citizenship, participation and human rights and explore the potential of future European projects
The project builds a model of implementation of human rights education activities with children and young people having youth as promoters. The multipliers will initiated and develop possible multiplying activities already in the phase of post-training course, a period of tutoring during which they will benefit from the support of two experts on project management and human rights education. It is estimated that during the 4 meetings held during the tutoring phase at least 5 new projects will be elaborated. The project will use non-formal education methods, using a participative and learner-cantered approach. Among key methodological aspects, we quote group work, active participation, theoretical and practical inputs, and simulation/case-study exercises referring to the environments where participants usually carry out their youth work.


Study visit in Norway


Between 4th and 8th November 2009, two Romanian experts, Monica Nazare – Executive Director – Directorate for Environment Protection and Eco-civic education and Daniela Stănculescu– councillor- Directorate for Education, conducted a study visit to Askim Municipality – Norway and to the Association of Local and Regional Authorities of Norway. The study visit was part of the project „Strengthening Environmental Governance in Bucharest”, a project developed by Assistance and Programs for Sustainable Development – Agenda 21 in partnership with Askim Municipality, Bucharest City hall and the School Inspectorate of Bucharest.

 

During the visit the two Romanian experts met the Mayor of Askim and Norwegian experts. The discussions were focused on common strategies in the field of sustainable development with an impact on green house gases reduction in the atmosphere and on other pollutants affecting the quality of air, soil and water. The visit was also a good opportunity for an exchange of experience and good practices in the field of environment protection and for the preparation of a Climate Network that will include municipalities from Norway and Bucharest.

The experts appreciated the visit as highly beneficial for the activity they are conducting within their institutions, for the implementation of the Development Strategy for Bucharest and for the education on sustainable development. During the next implementation phase training sessions for young people and civil servants active in the environmental field will be conducted.


Press conference for the launch of the opinion survey: „The quality of the environment in Bucharest in the citizens’ opinion”


On 14th October the press conference for the launch of the study “The quality of the environment in Bucharest in the citizens’ opinion ” was held. The event is part of the project Strengthening Environmental Governance in Bucharest, a project developed in partnership by APSD-Agenda 21, Askim City Hall – Norway, Bucharest City Hall and the School Inspectorate of Bucharest, financed by the Norwegian Government through the Norwegian Cooperation Programme for economic growth and sustainable development in Romania. 

Among the participants there were Ms. Anne Lise Rognlidalen, commercial councilor within the Norwegian Cooperation Programme – Royal Norwegian Embassy in Bucharest, Mr. Mădălin Dumitru, director of the Directorate for Infrastructure and Public Services – Bucharest City Hall, Ms. Simona Mocănescu, superior councilor of the Ministry of Finance, Mr. Costel Nedelcu, director of   the Agency for Environment Protection – Bucharest, as well as representatives of the Bucharest City Hall, of Sector Town Halls, representatives of the media and environment non-governmental organizations, students and educational staff from Bucharest school units.

The study was conducted by IRSOP on a representative sample and it tackles the citizens’ perception in what concerns Bucharest environmental problems, identifies solutions suggested by the citizens themselves for improving the quality of the environment and implicitly the life-quality of Bucharest inhabitants. The survey contains also a component of self-assessment which highlights the degree of civic responsibility towards maintaining a healthy environment and also the ecological behavior of the citizens. The results of the study were presented by Mr. Petre Datculescu, director of IRSOP and they are available in electronic format on the website of APSD-Agenda 21.

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Young people involvement in civil rights promotion


In July 2009 APDD-Agenda 21 finalised the project „Young people involvement in civil rights promotion”, a project financed by the Council of Europe through the European Youth Foundation and developed under the sub-category D-HRE as a pilot project with focus on human rights education. The project involved a training for trainers course, followed by workshops, finalised with a Companion type publication. A number of 20 teachers and young volunteers attended the training course, which was developed on the main topics of human rights education, all of them acting as multipliers. For the selection of the target group APSD-Agenda 21 benefited from the help offered by its partner the School Inspectorate of Bucharest. The 6 educational units selected were: Şcoala cu clasele I-VIII nr. 64 „Ferdinand I”, Grup Şcolar „Decebal, Şcoala generală nr. 114 „Principesa Margareta”, Colegiul Naţional „Gheorghe Lazar”, Şcoala generală nr. 195, Liceul Pedagogic-Buzău. The children, indirect beneficiaries of the project, which were treated as partners in the testing of activities from the HRE Manual Compasito, were pupils aged between 6 and 14 years old (grades I to VI), who worked in groups of approximately 15 pupils.

During the project 18 activities were translated from the HRE Manual – Compasito, 13 of them being adapted by the facilitators during 134 workshops where more than 380 pupils from the 6 selected school units took part. The Companion type publication was printed in 300 copies and it is also available for download on our website.

 


Self-assessment report of civil servants "Quality of public services in the view of civil servants - self-assessment report to local public institutions" (July 2009)


"Assistance and Programs for Sustainable Development – Agenda21” completed the self-assessment report of civil servants "The quality of public services in the view of public servants - self-assessment report to local public institutions" (July 2009).
The report was prepared within the "Citizens charter” project, financed through PHARE 2006 - Increasing the role of civil society in the integration process of Romania conducted by Assistance and Programs for Sustainable Development – Agenda21 in partnership with the National Agency of Public Servants.
The study was conducted during April-May 2009 and consisted in the application of 958 questionnaires in three types of public institutions in each location as follows: Bucharest City Hall and two district town halls (City Hall District 4 and District 6), Municipality of Cluj-Napoca, Prefect’s Institution of Cluj County and Directorate of Labor and Social Protection in Cluj, Municipality of Drobeta Turnu-Severin, Prefect Institution of Mehedinti, County Agency for Work Employment of Mehedinti county, Municipality of Tulcea, Prefect Institution of Tulcea and County Agency for Work Employment of Tulcea county, Municipality of Vaslui, Prefect Institution of Vaslui and County Agency for Work Employment of Vaslui county.

According to the results of this report, public servants have a rather positive perception on the trust that citizens invest in public institutions (72.7% more and a lot more), compared with the level of confidence of citizens who are at a lower level, (53.2% were very much confidence).

Professional training, institution management and staff courtesy are characteristics which lay in the perception of public servants the first position on the list of characteristics of institutions / local authorities that provide services of good quality.
Regarding the management of institutions in providing services there is a positive perception of those dimensions that constitute the relationship of the citizen with the institution / public authority: neat of the servants, environment created for the citizen to feel comfortable when they enter a public institution, courtesy with which citizens are treated. The flexibility of the program with the public is, in turn, an important element in the relationship with institutions / public authorities.
In the view of civil servants indicators of perception of quality of public services are grouped into two large sizes:

  • quality of service itself which refers to the following items: the way authorities take into account issues raised by citizens and the priority they attach to their problems, timeliness, competence and courtesy with which they offer answers, timeliness of offering answers, etc., but also some aspects of equipment and the variety of media for citizens’ information;
  • management of institutions in providing services, which was limited to items related to the context in which the interaction between citizen and public servant: space planning, a flexible working hours with the citizens or the existence of an organizational culture.

 


The research report of the monitors "Quality of public services in the view of citizens – Citizens’ with the quality of services public authorities and institutions offer"(July 2009)


Association "Assistance and Programs for Sustainable Development – Agenda21” completed the monitors’ research report „Quality of public services in the view of citizens – Citizens’ satisfaction with the quality of services public authorities and institutions offer "(July 2009).
The report was prepared within "Citizens’ charter” project, financed through PHARE 2006 - Increasing the role of civil society in the integration process of Romania, conducted by Assistance and Programs for Sustainable Development – Agenda21 in partnership with the National Agency of Public Servants.
The study was conducted during March-April 2009 with contribution of 30 volunteers involved in the project which interviewed 1161 people in five locations of the project: Bucharest, Cluj, Mehedinti, Tulcea, Vaslui.
According to the results of this report, a majority of citizens asked by volunteers to complete the questionnaire: have been receptive, polite with monitors (63.2%) and honest to most questions (81.4%). However, the majority of respondents (60%) had the unique experience or a low frequency interaction with institutions and local authorities, who influenced the perceptions and expectations regarding the quality of the services they should receive. Unlike the model developed by EUPAN, which was the basis of the questionnaire, where the indicators on the characteristics of services provided by public institutions and local authorities were grouped into 5 large dimensions, in the present instance, indicators of perception on the level of satisfaction with services provided, have been grouped into two large dimensions as follows:

  • quality of the service itself - the response of authorities to requests and concerns of citizens - how the authorities take into account issues raised by citizens and the priority they attach to their problems, timeliness, competence and courtesy with which they offer answers, timeliness of offering answers, etc.,
  • management of institutions in providing services - how institutions create their image of offering competitive services, the aspects of creating a pleasant and friendly communication, framework in which the interaction between citizen and civil servant takes place: variety of media, a flexible program with citizens, modern equipment held by the institution and appearance of employees.

 


The Sulina summer school, July 2009


Between 28th of July and 2nd of August was held in Sulina the first edition of the Summer School "Student’s Ombudsman -promoter of child’s rights in the scholar ethos", activity of the project Student’s Ombudsman. There were invited teachers, school managers, representatives of school inspectorates and pupils. The event, which gathered 60 participants, was organized in partnership with School Inspectorate of Tulcea County, County Youth Authority and the high school "Jean Bart" from Sulina. Being in the fourth year running, "Student’s Ombudsman" asserted as a project able to help young people to assume responsibilities, militating for asserting their rights, to help develop young people's participatory behavior. Become themselves bidder’s education, young people enrolled in the project developed the necessary skills of their adult life in a democratic society. In this context, the summer school was meant for sharing experiences and best practices on the functioning of Student’s Ombudsman in schools. Intended to be made annually, the school gathered during the 4 days 60 students and teachers from schools that developed Student’s Ombudsman project. During the summer school there were held training sessions on children’s rights, with the support of trainers, children rights experts and workshops aimed to propose alternatives to promote children rights in schools. A network of participants has been created and will be completed annually. The summer school will ensure the exchange of experiences between the two editions through the publication „Student’s Ombudsman”, which will include best practices, methodology for solving cases, initiatives to promote human / children rights in schools, collaboration with teachers and school managers, with local communities, obstacles and how they were overcome, etc. First editions of the publication have been completed during the summer school and are available, yet, on request from organization’s headquarters and will be published on the website of the organization. The publication will be sent to participants and the executive office to be disseminated by CNE. Every year, will be selected / completed the editorial team of the magazine.

 


Training course for civil servants, Azuga, March-April 2009


Between 30th of March to 1st of April 2009 was held at Azuga, the training course of civil servants as part of the project "Citizens’ Charter" - PHARE 2006 - increased role of civil society in the integration of Romania. The 30 participants, civil servants representing the local partner institutions included in the project, attended the three lectures of British expert Roy Stephenson, Deputy Director Policy Projects – Government Communications Group at the Cabinet of Prime Minister of Great Britain. He talked about the British experience in implementing the Citizens’ Charter and provided examples, and ways of making charters for public institutions, referring to aspects of the concept, creation and implementation.
During the course there were included interactive work sessions for analysis and completion of the self - assessment questionnaire for each institution.
Based on the discussions there was drafted a timetable for further steps in creating the Citizens’ Charter in every institution and the organization of the following visits for support and assistance of the project team.

 


Training course for volunteers, 6 to 8 March 2009


During 6th - 8th of March took place, at Busteni, the training course for volunteers within the project "Citizens’ Charter", project financed through PHARE 2006 - Increased role of civil society in the integration of Romania. The three days of training included lectures on law and government structures, focusing on legislation and government structures (assistant: Adriana Circiumaru, legal adviser at NACS), Law transparency and free access to public information (assistant: Monica Dimitriu, Head of European integration, international relations and foreign assistance programs at NACS), underlying a complex of activities included in the project and a presentation related to the principles and fundamentals of effective communication (assistant: Paula Mihai, Inspector on educational work at School Inspectorate of Buzau county.
The most important and instructive lectures for volunteers were supported by the Dutch expert Frank Faber, Projectleader on Citizens’ Charter in Netherlands, on how to collect information to substantiate a citizens’ charter and gave some examples of citizens' charter - European models.
The 31 volunteers took part in interactive activities designed to enhance the information gained and were encouraged to express ideas, proposals and recommendations for project activities where they will be involved. There were presented, as well, procedures and tools they will use in their monitoring activity on perception of citizens about the quality of the services offered by public institutions and public involvement in local decision making.
Volunteers had the opportunity to know each other and met the project team, and were invited to choose one coordinator for each of the five locations of the project.
Volunteers have expressed enthusiasm for participating in the project, even suggesting alternative procedures, adapted to the particularities of each location, to help in building a vision as appropriate as they could on the concerned matters.

 


Citizens’ Charter - a tool for increasing the quality of public services


"Assistance and Programs for Sustainable Development – Agenda21” in partnership with the National Agency of Civil Servants launched on January 27, 2009, 11:00am, at the National Agency of Civil Servants the "Citizens Charter", project funded by the EU, PHARE 2006/018-147.01.02/02/DEM 21, Increased role of civil society in the integration of Romania. 
The aim of the goal is to increase the role of civil society in promoting the principles of good governance and citizens’ participation in policy making at local level.  1,200 people, 30 volunteers and 1,000 public servants from the 15 institutions and local governments from five counties: Cluj, Mehedinti, Tulcea, Vaslui and Bucharest Municipality will be involved in developing the Citizens’ Charter and building an awarding system of the best practices in the process of reforming the institutional and transparent decision making of Romanian public administration.
The approach will be building on and will adapt European models. Within this aim it will be ensured the transfer of expertise and know-how of the two EU Member States: England and Netherlands. The experience will be disseminated in other 15 counties through the National Agency of Civil Servants and through the Association of Municipalities and Cities in Romania.
The project will be unfolding on a period of over 10 months, December 2008 - October 2009 and will promote, for the first time in Romania, a national awarding system for good practices of public institutions and authorities in the domain of standards of quality and of attracting people in the act of decision-making.
The launch of the project, performed in the presence of local partners involved in the project, representatives of 15 public institutions: town halls, institutions of the prefect and decentralized institutions from the 5 locations and media representatives, aimed to assess the timing of activities and responsibilities of local partners.
Eugen Coifan, Vice President of NACS, the associated partner in the project, opened the meeting by stressing out the importance of the project within the nowadays Romanian context. Project Manager and Executive President of the association APSD - Agenda 21, Nina Cugler, continued with a summary of the project, focusing on its purpose, of the innovations it brings and the good collaboration with NACS on projects aimed to adapt the European communitarian acquis to Romania.
The discussion included topics as: the relationship between citizens and government, the  possibility of assimilating the role of ethic counselor in mediating the relationship between citizens and client through the so-called "compensation mechanisms", project’s calendar, recruiting volunteers, potential difficulties in implementing proposed activities, citizens’ involvement in drafting charters for institutions. Finally, participants expressed their intention to contribute actively to the project’s activities and have made their own proposals and the draft strategy was approved.

 


Citizen's Days in the Commune of Zam, Hunedoara county


A new event in the series of Citizens’ Days, component of the PHARE 2005 – Strengtening Democracy in Romania project “Transparency and Participation in the Public Administration” took place in the county of Hunedoara, at the Cultural Home in the Zam Commune, on the 24th of June 2008. Its purpose was to organize an information campaign for citizens and to launch a dialogue between them and the local public authorities on the content of the Local Development Strategy for the Zam Commune 2007-2013.

Together with the executive president of APSD – Agenda 21, Nina Cugler and the Mayor of the Commune, Gheorghe Sicre , the event gathered representatives of the institutions in the Hunedoara county involved in the project (Guran Angela from the Mayoralty of Deva, Teslici Andrei, Ţârlea Iulia, Henţ Carmen, Horvat Felicia and Magaon Monica

from the County Council of Hunedoara, Silaghi Mihaela from the Mayoralty of Călan), Deiac Viviana from the Economic-Social Development Agency of the County of Hunedoara, Mariş Andreea from the Association for the Strengthening of Civil Society Valea Jiului, Petroşani, representatives of the County Council of Students, under the coordination of the teachers Ion Sterea and Sorin Vlaic and, last but not least, an important number of citizens living in the commune.

Among the issues brought to attention by the citizens and discussed by everyone present were the following: the absence of traffic speed signs and a fixed radar, the necessity of building a kindergarten and a sports field for the commune school, the construction of the Church and the need for additional funds for its finalizing, the paving of roads, the valuing of the tourism potential by disposing the two caves situated in the vicinity of the commune and the development of other profit making activities.

 

 


5 Years of Assistance and Programs for Sustainable Development


I know that the door to progress can only be opened from the inside. That is why, together with the team of our organization, we look carefully upon every project we implement. Each accomplishment requires initiative, creativity, courage and perseverance. We walk down unbeaten paths. We follow our mission and we are not afraid of the obstacles. We dream to develop our agenda as much as possible. This is us: a team that moves on under the motto: ‹‹We don’t conquer the mountains, but ourselves››.

(PhD Alexandru Taşnad, President of the association)

On the 28th of May 2008, the General Annual Assembly of the association APSD – Agenda 21 took place at its headquarters, on which occasion five years of activity were celebrated. Together with the members of the association and some of its active volunteers, representatives of our main partners took place in the event, partners without which the most important projects implemented in these five years would never have become reality. Thus, we would like to thank the following for being by our side: UNICEF Romania (present at the reunion was Mr. Eugen Crai), the National Agency for Civil Servants (represented by Monica Dimitriu and Doru Vasilescu), The School Inspectorate of Bucharest (represented by Mrs. Mihaela Florescu), The County School Inspectorate of Buzău (represented by Mrs. Paula Mihai), as well as the other School Inspectorates and high-schools involved in the project “Student’s Ombudsman”, currently in the fourth year of implementation.

Nina Cugler, Executive President of the Association, talked about the activity of the former five years, insisting on the importance of youth participation in programs for the community, of fruitful partnerships and of the extending the collaboration with association from other EU member states.

The partners and collaborators of the association emphasized the fact that they have found in APSD – Agenda 21 a responsible partner with a professional team, able to identify the problematic issues in the specific fields of activity and come with viable solutions. The team work together with the partners was appreciated, as being a key-element for the success of joint projects.

Mr. Eugen Crai highlighted the collaboration of APSD – Agenda 21 with UNICEF Romania, pointing out three factors which led to its duration and success: the avant-garde of ideas, the passion put in each activity carried out and the ability to attract values.

On its 5th anniversary, APSD – Agenda 21 instituted the quality of honor member of the association. Its president, PhD Alexandru Taşnadi handed out diplomas to the 16 collaborators, representatives of partner institutions of volunteers, designated honor members, and thanked them for their support.

 


Training course for civil servants, Azuga, March 2008


On the 20th and the 21st of March 2008, there took place in Azuga the training course for civil servants, a part of the „Transparency and participation in the public administration” project, in the framework of the PHARE 2005 – Strenghtening Democracy in Romania program. The 35 participants, civil servants from the public institutions involved in the project, were given two lectures by the Norwegian expert Synnove Rambek. These concerned the Norwegian experience in using the CLEAR methodology and forms of cooperation with the citizens implemented by the Town Hall of Askim, the institution in which Mrs. Rambek works.

 


Training Course for Volunteers

22 – 24 February 2008


Between the 22nd and the 24th of February, in Buşteni, there took place the training course for the volunteers in the project „Transparency and Ethics in the Public Administration”, finance through the PHARE 2005 – Strengthening Democracy in Romania program.

The three days included lectures on legislation and structures of the public administration, highlighting the Law on transparency and the Code of Conduct for Civil Servants (trainer: Adriana Cîrciumaru, juridical counselor, NACS), on the C.L.E.A.R. methodology (trainer: Monica Dimitriu, head of service, European Integration, International Relations and Programs with External Assistance, NACS), which represents the framework of the activities included in the project, and also a presentation on principles and bases of efficient communication (trainer: Paula Mihai, Inspector with the Educative Work, School Inspectorate of Buzău).

The 31 volunteers took part in interactive activities, meant to consolidate the received information and were encouraged to express their own ideas, propositions and recommendations concerning the activities of the project they are to be involved in. They were also presented the procedures and instruments they will use in the monitoring process for the evaluation of the citizens’ perception on the degree of transparency of the public institutions and the population’s involvement in the decision making at local level.

The volunteers were given the opportunity to get to know each other and to meet the project team and were also asked to choose, from among themselves, a coordinator from each of the five locations of the project.

The volunteers expressed their enthusiasm towards the participation in the project and even suggested alternative procedures, adapted to each location’s special situation, meant to contribute to the building and accurate vision on the adressed issues.

 


„Transparency and Participation in the Public Administration” – Project Launch

17th of January 2008


The gathering of the representatives of the main participants in the project „Transparency and Participation in the Public Administration”, financed by PHARE 2005 – Strenghtening Democracy in Romania, on the 17th of January, marked its official launch.

Eugen Coifan, vice-president of NACS, the association’s main partner in the project, opened the reunion by highlighting the importance of the project in the present Romanian context. The project manager and executive president of the association APSD – Agenda 21, Nina Cugler, continued with a short presentation of the project, insisting on the purpose and area of implementation, and Monica Dimitriu, head of service at NACS, talked about the CLEAR methodology, a primary instrument in achieving the project’s aims.

An important dimension of the meeting was the clarification of each participant’s responsibilities in the project, at local level.

Among the participants in the discussion were also Adriana Gorgoneţu from the Town Hall of Bucharest, Luciana Pascu from the County Council of Bacău, Dorin Nistor from the Town Hall of Sibiu, Ovidiu Tarnu from the County Council of Hunedoara, Viorica Ciotîngă from the County Council of Teleorman, Adriana Bodilcu from the Town Hall of Alexandria. The guests were given the chance to express their opinions and worries concerning the implementation of the project. The discussion included issues such as: the relationship between the citizens and the public administration, the legislation in the area of transparency and citizens’ participation in the decision making, the project’s calendar, the recruitment of volunteers, the possible difficulties in the achievement of the proposed activities, informing the citizens about the existent participation opportunities, etc. At the end, the participants expressed their intention to become active contributors in the project’s activities and presented their own propositions concerning these activities. The project strategy was also approved.

 


Seminar for dissemination of the results of the "Observer of the Prefect Institution" project


For the purpose of multiplying the project in other locations, 15 NGOs from different regions were identified (from Bucharest and the counties of Constanţa, Gorj, Brăila, Bacău, Harghita, Mureş, Hunedoara, Bihor, Suceava, Dâmboviţa and Cluj) which would benefit from the experience gathered during the project and use it in project developed in their own locations.
The representatives of the selected NGOs (as a whole, 25 persons were reunited) took part, during 3 days (14th – 16th of September 2007) in a training seminar, organized by APSD – Agenda 21 in Buşteni. Special attention has been given to understanding the goal and objectives of the project, the implementation methodology, the obstacles encountered and the solutions identified for their overcoming. Also, the participants received basic information concerning the Prefect Institution and the specific legislation in the field and the public-private partnership.

The two reports elaborated on the basis of the monitoring run by the group of volunteers and the public consultations organized by the association were made available for the participant NGOs.

The gathering facilitated the foundation of the „Network for the Promotion of Sustainable Development”, the initiative group being made up of the organizations present at the seminary. The network wishes to take upon itself the objectives entailed in the project, its purpose being the creation of a favorable framework for the constitution of partnerships between the members of the network, for experience exchange and for providing support and expertise in the fields peculiar to sustainable development: education for sustainable development, encouragement and support for national and international partnerships, environmental protection, support for groups experiencing high risk of marginalization or social exclusion, enhancement of the creative potential of certain groups – youngsters, researchers, mass-media representatives, the academic environment; promotion of multiculturalism, public administration reform, consolidation of the civil society, measure-taking against actions/ provisions that violate the principles of sustainable development.


Round Table „The Prefect Institution – Comparative Perspective in Romania and France”


A round table was organized on the 18th of July at the National Agency for Civil Servants headquarters, in order to benefit from the presence in Romania of Mr. Jacques Michaut, representative of the Prefect Institution in Paris. The gathering represents a part of the „Observer of the Prefect Institution” project, financed by the European Union through the PHARE 2004 – Civil Society financing line.

The meeting had as purpose the experience exchange concerning specific means of ensuring local level governing and sharing examples of good practice from the Prefect Institutions in the two countries, in the fields of crisis situations management, directing the decentralized civil service and the relations between the Prefect and the local civil service.

Present at the event was Mr. Victor Paul Dobre, Secretary of State of the Ministry of Interior and Administration Reform, Mr. József Birtalan, president of NACS and Secretary of State, Mr. Dănuţ Culeţu, Prefect of Constanta, Mihai Capră, Prefect of Galati and president of the Association of the Prefects and Subprefects in Romania, Marinică Cazacu, Prefect of Ialomita, representatives of our partners and mass-media.  The European Commission Representation in Romania was represented by Monica Loloiu, Assistant Political Speaker and the Embassy of France in Romania was represented by Aurelie Richard, person in charge with the decentralized cooperation mission and NGOs.

Mr. Victor Paul Dobre highlighted the role of the prefect as representative of the government at local level, aspects related to the depolitization of the Prefect position and underlined the on-going character of the law, the effects of which are tightly connected to the process of decentralization.

In her presentation, Mrs. Nina Cugler, Executive President of APSD – Agenda 21, project coordinator, made a summary of the problems encountered in the process of implementation of the law, problems which were brought to her attention during the public consultations with Prefects, Subprefects and civil servants at local level.

Mr. Jacques Michautgave a detailed insight of the attributions entailed by the Prefect position in France and spoke about examples of good practice related to crisis management situations and leadership of the deconcentrated public service. Following his exposition there was a dialogue with the Prefects present at the reunion.


Round Table „The Prefect Institution – Comparative Perspective in Romania and Italy”


A round table was organized on the 18th of June at the National Agency for Civil Servants headquarters, in order to benefit from the presence in Romania of Mr. Antonio Infante, vice-prefect from Rome. The gathering represents a part of the „Observer of the Prefect Institution ” project, financed by the European Union through the PHARE 2004 – Civil Society financing line.

The meeting had as purpose the experience exchange concerning specific means of ensuring local level governing and sharing examples of good practice from the Prefect Institutions in the two countries, in the fields of crisis situations management, directing the decentralized civil service and the relations between the Prefect and the local civil service.

Present at the event was Mr. József Birtalan, president of NACS and Secretary of State. Also, prefects and sub-prefects of their representatives from the four locations of the project, but not only, took part in the meeting: Mioara Mantale, Prefectul of Bucharest, Aurelian Danu, Prefect of Braşov, Nicolae Jecu, Prefect of Ilfov, Marinică Cazacu, Prefect of Ialomiţa, Mircea Nistor, Sub-prefect of Dâmboviţa, Mircea Ioniţă, Sub-prefect of Prahova, Nicolae Sorescu, Sub-prefect of Teleorman, Radu Stoian, Head of the Integration Coordination Service, Prefect Institution of Arad, Marinela Mrejeru, Office Advisor, Prefect Institution of Constanţa, Cristina Şoneriu, Juridical Advisor, Prefect Institution of Harghita, Ciprian Luţea , European Integration Advisor, Prefect Institution of Iaşi. Other participants were: representatives of the partners, of the European Commission Representation in Romania, monitors – volunteers in the project, journalists.

In the four hours dedicated to the meeting, the objectives and results of the project were presented by Mrs. Nina Cugler, Executive President of APSD – Agenda 21, the role and prerogatives of the Prefect as high official, in Romania as in Italy, were discussed and oppinions were exchanged concerning the shape and efficiency of the legislation in the two countries. Subjects concerning the crisis situation management and the directing of the decentralized civil service were also debated. Mr. Antonio Infante shared with the other participants his experience of 25 years in the Italian civil service and served as a veritable source of information for the reform of the Romanian civil service.


The survey „How neutral is the public service? What do citizens think, what public servants say?” has been lauched


The survey has been made by IRSOP as a component of the „Observer of the Prefect Institution” project, financed by the European Union thru the PHARE 2004 Civil Society program and coordinated by the Association Assistance and Programs for Sustainable Development – Agenda 21 in partnership with the National Agency of Civil Servants.

The study has been implemented between 4 and 8th of January 2007, been interwied 500 citizens and 32 public servants from all the locations of the project: Arad, Bucuresti, Constanta, Harghita and Iasi.

The report is available here.


His Excellency Mister Ambasador Jonathan Scheele congratulates Agenda 21


" I would like to congratulate the organization “Assistance and Programs for Sustainable Development – Agenda 21” for the project run, having as objective the raising of the quality of the civil service at local level for satisfying the needs of the citizens and the community."

"Your project is a success, first of all because it responds to the need of democratic change of the public administration system in Romania and second because of the impressive number of direct and indirect beneficiaries."

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Observer of the Prefect Institution


On the 7th of November, the gathering of the representatives of the participants in the Observer of the Prefect Institution project meant its official release. There was a presentation of the main activities of the project and of the responsibilities of each partner. The participants were able to ask questions and make suggestions for a better organization of the activities and for improving the foreseen results.

On the 16th of November, the first meeting with the representatives of the Prefect Institutions in the five locations allowed them to learn more about their role in the development of the project. All participants showed their eagerness to contribute as much as possible to the activities in the project and presented their own propositions. The eventual difficulties that might come up during the implementation of the project were also discussed, and the participants suggested possible ways to avoid them. Each institution designated a contact person, for a better communication with APDD – Agenda 21.


A New Mentality in the Public Service


The Conference “A New Mentality in the Public Service”, held on the 25th of October, represented the closing of the project ”Transparency and Ethics in the Public Service”. It reunited representatives of the central and local public administration, of the monitors who took part in the project and of our main partners (National Agency of the Public Servants, Romanian Television).
The event was honored by the presence of his Excellency Jonathan Scheele, Head of the Delegation of the European Commission to Romania and prof. univ. dr. Alexandru Taşnadi, Pro-dean of the Faculty of General Economics and President of our association.
The main subjects on the agenda were:

  • Aims, taking place and results of the project
  • The role of civil society in developing an efficient administration in Romania
  • The implication of our main partners, ANFP and TVR in the project
  • The local partners and their role in the project
  • Transparency and ethics in the public service, opportunities and lessons learned
  • The experience of monitoring the public servants

During the debates, public personalities from all over the country and representatives of the mass-media exposed their opinions concerning the problems that the Romanian public service has to deal with and came up with solution to these problems.

The activities during the project supported the initiative of modifying the Law of the Public Servants’ Behavior Code, by inserting an article 20 – (1) claiming that: “In the purpose of an efficient application of the present behavior code, the heads of the public authorities and institutions shall name a public servant, preferably from the human resources compartment, for ethical counseling and the monitoring of the obeying to the behavior norms”. Other important results of the project are: the elaboration of the Manual of Procedures for the Implementation of the Behavior Code, the survey concerning the Perception of the Citizens of the Public Service, two Reports of the monitors, 16 TV-reports broadcasted on TVR1 , the organizing of Open Gates Dayin the public institutions of all four locations of the project and, most of all, the establishment of an efficient public-private partnershipfor providing an effective public administration.

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