On December 14-16, 2018 the Institute for Rural Initiatives organized the 7th Academy for building community activism.
During several days, 53 enthusiastic participants from 30 minority communities from Moldova were trained in the field of community organizing, the role of social actors in the community, and the process and benefits of community economic empowerment.
Participants were surprised and delighted by the open and interactive method of teaching at the sessions they worked in teams, and had the opportunity to put their own ideas into practice. Participants learned the core tools of community development and empowerment, among them: the role of communication, understanding the needs and the importance of a local initiative group according to IRI model.
Laurentia Filipschi, Radion Velcev, and Erica Ceka were trainers who inspired the attendees and led the training sessions.
During one of the evenings participants had the opportunity to attend a networking and socializing activity that gave them the opportunity to exchange experience and get to know each other better.
Ruslan Stanga, IRI executive director, made a presentation of the MEM PLUS project and shared the IRI model “We act because we care”. His presentation was followed by an interactive question-answer panel between the old and new communities involved in the project.
“Moldova’s biggest problem is lack of civic initiative not poverty. Participatory democracy represents an exercise aiming at involving people and improve the quality of life through participation and accountability. Academy for building community activism is what, in our vision, brings a change of the perspective. At the Academy we explain civic activism in a way to be understood by everyone. When civic activism is being accessible to everyone, it becomes irresistible,” said Ruslan Stanga.
The training was concluded with planning the next steps of the project, final assessment of the activities and a ceremony of awarding diplomas for participation.
The next Academy for building community activism will take place in March 2019.
The event was implemented within the “Minority Empowerment in Moldova- MEM PLUS” project, implemented by the Institute for Rural Initiatives in partnership with Great Lakes Community Action Partnership funded by the U.S. State Department.
More photos from the event can be found on the Facebook page of the Institute for Rural Initiatives: