On October 12, 2012 the Institute for Rural Initiatives with the support of Open Society Institute, Budapest, organized a training course in Chisinau entitled “Developing skills for pro-Roma activism”. The activity (en premiere for Moldova) united 15 Roma activists from across the country (the districts of Hincesti, Comrat, Drochia, Anenii-Noi, Soroca, Calarasi) in a program of nine sessions over the next four months designed to motivate and train local activists in matters of policy development and project writing for their communities.
This first session focused on the concepts of project writing and the basics of a project: problems, goals and objectives. The organizers put a special emphasis on creating a free, interactive and non-formal environment for the training participants in order to improve participation and grow motivation. Besides theoretical information, participants were trained in small groups that were asked to try to create an exact goal, objective and activities for a possible project.
At the end of the first session, the participants were shown the continued need to develop skills for writing projects, coming up with proposals and suggestions for further activities.
The participants were given “homework assignements” that they will be presenting at the next training. For the next session of skill building for pro-Roma activists, the research question “I want to write a project: what do I have to do?” was established and it is scheduled to take place next month.