Involving young people in civil rights promotion

Project description

Nature of the project
Training course and action training followed by workshops finalized with a companion-type publication

Where will the project take place
Bucharest, Romania

Duration of the project

September 2008 - July 2009

Number of working days

10 preparation days for the training course
5 days training course
2 days for training course evaluation
100 hours for workshops with children
50 days for consultancy
110 days for coordination
40 days for brochure elaboration
10 working days for evaluation

Working languages


Summary (500 words)
The project aims at introducing the new Manual of HRE with children Compasito to multipliers and facilitators from the formal and the non-formal education system in 5 elementary schools in Bucharest and at experiencing with children and young adolescents the activities from the manual in the perspective of creating a COMPANION-type of publication to use together with Compasito in the future that enhances the adaptation of the activities to the local realities in Romania.
Target group: 5 elementary schools in Bucharest, 225 children and young adolescents, 20 multipliers, teachers and young workers or volunteers, 10 school principals and teachers responsible with education projects.
The 5 schools selected to participate in the project are periphery schools, with a multicultural background, e.g. Romanian and Rroma mixed schools.
The project involves as trainer and consultant a person having participated in the HRE on Compass in November 2003, in the TC Charter on Youth Participation in March 2007 and in the first TC on Compasito as trainer in November 2007. This project is a direct follow-up of these experiences.
Activities The project intends to reinforce facilitators' competencies in developing HRE with children and builds on concrete activities in order to multiply the know-how for future Compasito users. The project tackles formal education environments, mainly schools and the participants are school teachers and young volunteers/youth workers from youth associations that develop HRE projects in schools using non-formal methodologies. In this respect the main activities will consist in training courses, activities with children, evaluation sessions, adaptation and analysis of Compasito and elaboration of the Companion to Compasito with the active involvement of children themselves.
The innovative aspects of the project are related to its participants, a mixed group of teachers and youth workers and to a new manual on HRE with children. The two aspects involved, training educators and experiencing Compasito with children and young adolescents, are also innovative and allow a long-term use of the Manual.
Impact and effects The project involves young people as peer-educators, since the youth workers involved in the project in these 5 schools are people under 30. It is also important to mention that the project on the one hand tackles young people as peer-educators and as active citizens that, by volunteer work, multiply the HRE non-formal activities, and on the other hand develops HRE activities with children and young adolescents.

The main result of the project consists in its potential in terms of networking, since the Companion, including mainly some guidelines for further adaptation of Compasito, can be a starting point for future debate and training of educators and youth workers that develop HRE.
The project will build a model of implementation of human rights education activities with children and young people that can be used in order to promote Compasito.
Moreover, another result is that the project will involve actively young people and assure volunteering opportunities, and, as a consequence, also human rights education for young people.


  1. To introduce Compasito as a tool for working on human rights education with children and young adolescents adapting it to formal and non-formal educational Romanian contexts and realities;
  2. To develop the participants' knowledge and competence in key concepts of human rights, human rights education and human rights education with children;
  3. To experience with children the activities in Compasito and develop on the basis of this testing and experiences a companion type of publication to use in the future with Compasito;
  4. To enable participants to develop programmes for further working on human rights education with children;
  5. To use Compasito potential in the formal education environment with children either by teachers and by youth associations working with children in schools.

The project programme will be developed in several phases:

  1. preparatory phase: selection of teachers and non-formal educators that work in the 5 identified pilot schools, meeting of the preparatory team and training team, logistics, preparation for the training;
  2. training course - to be held in Bucharest at the end of November/beginning of December (5 days, dates to be confirmed). The training will have as target group a mixed group of teachers and youth workers/educators that will, as a follow-up of the training, experience the activities from Compasito in the 5 identified schools. The training course will be evaluated in several phases by the training team;
  3. testing of activities with children and young adolescents in the 5 identified schools and feed-back from the multipliers/facilitators to the training team. There will be a standard module for the feed-back that will enhance the elaboration of the Companion to Compasito;
  4. elaboration of the Companion and group meetings between the participants in the TC, children and the training team to revise the publication;
  5. launch of the Companion to Compasito;
  6. project evaluation and follow-up.

The project will use non-formal education methods, using a participative and learner-centred approach. Among key methodological aspects, we quote group work, active participation, theoretical and practical inputs, simulation/case-study exercises referring to the environments where participants usually carry out their youth work.

Purpose of the project in your organisation's short- and long-term programme (not applicable for pilot projects on Human Rights Education)

Preparation of the project
It is foreseen that there will be 1 preparatory meeting of the members of the team in order to prepare the training course. The meeting will be documented by minutes and it will contribute to design the programme of the training course.
There will 2 preparatory meetings with the schools involved, in order to define the participants in the training course and the testing phase with children.

The team of the project is formed by 6 persons, as follows:

  • a project manager, in charge of coordinating various aspects of the project, including educational evaluation, and financial aspects, and to assure the general link to the partners and to the Council of Europe;
  • 3 trainers, 2 residing in Romania and one in Italy - Mara Georgescu, Nina Cugler and Paula Mihai. See curriculum vitae of trainers in attachment;
  • 2 consultants (one from the School Inspectorate, the other one financial expert)

Follow-up to the project
The project follow-up will be first of all a report to be given to the participants and to be made available for whom may be interested. It is planned to produce a CD containing the inputs and outputs of the training course and also other documents, reports, best practice, European resource and different information on the themes of the training in order to assure a basis for going deeper into the subject. The CD will be mostly in English.
The report of the training course, as well as the report of the project, will be made available in Romanian and English.
The Companion will be edited in Romanian and some parts and abstracts will be in English in order to allow its dissemination also at international level. The Companion will be available either on paper or in .pdf format and will be downloadable from the APSD - Agenda 21's website.
In cooperation with the Ministry of Education in Romania, some of the good practices produced by the project will be multiplied in other towns in Romania and there is a formal agreement at this moment in order to do so.



Training course - total number: 20 participants, age : 75% aged 18 - 30, 25% aged over 30.
All the participants will be residents in Romania. The participants in the TC are paid youth workers, young volunteers, voluntary youth workers and teachers and/or school personnel that develop HRE with children, e.g. school councillors.
The participants of the training course are expected to act as multipliers of the training in the testing with children phase of project. They will be responsible of experiencing Compasito with children in at least 50 workshops with 15 groups of children and young adolescents. These groups include a media of 15 children, so it is expected that the project will involve 225 children and young adolescents.
The total number of beneficiaries is estimated at 250 people.

Scholl Inspectorate in Bucharest
Ministry of Education - responsible at national level of education for citizenship programme.

Download - Companion.pdf





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