ProCivic Academy III – the third and the last out of three trainings on youth empowerment – was organized by the Institute for Rural Initiatives (IRI) on November 16-18, 2018.
The links below will provide you with more information on ProCivic Academies I and II:
Young, diverse and dynamic learning about the change
ProCivic Academy Edition II – A new challenge for 100 young people coming from 20 communities from Moldova
For the 100 youth from 20 project communities this last ProCivic Academy meant not only a final stage of completing a complex system of the training courses ( 7 months) in the field of community activism, citizens’ rights and civic accountability. For them the training was also a moment of celebration and determination to continue the process of changing their communities for the better.
This time, during the training sessions, the trainees got familiar with two important topics very useful for the next stage of the project: fundraising techniques and project writing. A very special “learning by doing session” was the visit to the Central Market of Chisinau, where participants had to apply into real life the fresh knowledge they acquired. Some of the most courageous youth had to accomplish various tasks given by the trainers, such as bargaining, effective communication, blitz fund collection etc.
The training offered an opportunity for 100 young participants to better understand the studied topics and exchange their ideas and opinions with peers from other communities of the project.
“I learned from this training that when we go to the mayor we have to be more insistent”. – Elvira Drangoi, Zirnesti village, Cahul.
“I learned that I can help my village through writing projects and developing partnerships”. – Victor Nicolaescu, Lozova village, Straseni.
The highlight of the training was the interactive session with Oz Drive (Oleg Zaiatz) – a young Moldovan musician, artist, and guitar player in Dan Balan’s band. He was a guest speaker at one of the evening sessions sharing with young people the story of his life and also encouraging them to believe in their dreams and put the effort to make their dreams come true.
ProCivic Academy trainers (Laurentia Filipschi, Radion Velcev, and Victoria Matveev) throughout the training emphasized the concept of youth empowerment. They also focused on the sustainability and the follow-up process aimed at strengthening newly formed initiative groups and advance the agenda for changes at the local level.
As a follow up, IRI team will provide logistical support and assistance for the 20 project initiative groups helping them to apply into practice the knowledge, techniques and ideas learned during the 7 months of ProCivic Academy.
“Now, after the training, I can’t wait to go to my village and share with other members of my initiative group the things I learned here”. – Ion Munteanu, Sculeni village, Ungheni.
“We have to learn to take actions and not give up, even if no one believes you can do it. You can’t give up, first of all you have to prove to yourself that you can do anything, some things just take more time, much more energy and more funding to be accomplished”. – Daria Melnic, town of Otaci, in a Facebook post after the training.
This event was organized within the “Sustainable Community Partnerships to Support the Rights of Persons Belonging to Minorities in Republic of Moldova” project, implemented by Terre des Hommes Moldova (Tdh) in partnership with the Institute for Rural Initiatives (IRI) with the financial support of the European Union and in collaboration of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Research from Moldova.
More photos from the event can be found on the Facebook page of the Institute for Rural Initiatives: