Sustainable Community Partnerships to Support the Rights of Persons Belonging to  Minorities in Republic of Moldova

Sustainable Community Partnerships to Support the Rights of Persons Belonging to Minorities in Republic of Moldova

Project funded by the European Union.

The project will enhance the protection of human rights and fight against discrimination of ethnic minorities in 20 communities of the Republic of Moldova, responding to the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights global objective ‘To enhance and monitor respect and protection of human rights and fight against discrimination of the most vulnerable groups in the Republic of Moldova’ and to specific objective three ‘Support protection of persons belonging to ethnic minorities’.

The project will involve the following target groups in 20 communities across 15 raions: children and their parents; teachers; community multidisciplinary teams; representatives of local public authorities; community initiative groups; and communities at large.

Who implements the project?

The project is implemented by Terre des hommes Moldova (Tdh), in partnership with the Institute for Rural Initiatives (iRi) and with the support of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Research of Republic of Moldova, with involvement and active participation of children and youth, local professionals, and communities at large.

What will the project achieve?
  • Strengthen the role of the school as a place to educate and foster tolerance, gender equality, human rights and diversity.
  • Grow civic engagement of minorities by providing concrete tools and facilitation for an effective human rights enjoyment while fighting stereotypes, prejudice and other barriers to interethnic dialogue.
  • Increase the capacity of local communities to facilitate improved access and inclusion of minorities into the local protective systems.
Who are the beneficiaries?
  • 40 children who will learn the innovative methodology of social theatre as a means of promoting the European values, tolerance and gender equality, and who will contribute to the decrease of the discrimination by applying this methodology.
  • 200 children who will become agents of change by making and participating in social theatre performances.
  • 100 young leaders who will promote the multicultural dialogue and will promote human rights in their community.
  • 100 teachers who will promote tolerance, diversity, gender equality, inclusion and non-discrimination among children and parents through psychosocial activities.
  • 20 minority initiative groups empowered to promote their own initiatives.
  • 200 professionals, members of the multidisciplinary local teams, who will have the necessary instruments and abilities to ensure adequate protection of ethnic minorities.
What activities will the project implement?
  • Consult children, parents and professionals from participating communities to determine their knowledge, attitudes and practices towards social cohesion, diversity and tolerance.
  • Develop training programs for teachers on working with children and parents.
  • Develop a social theatre program, pilot the program with at least 200 children, and prepare for replication across the country.
  • Set up a network of at least 200 children – agents of change, who will contribute to promoting tolerance, diversity and inclusion through social theatre methodology.
  • Create initiative groups with representatives of ethnic minorities, who will hold regular meetings and promote their own interests.
  • Launch the Academy of Young Leaders that will promote human rights through social activism.
  • Develop practical guidelines and build capacity of local multi-disciplinary groups to manage social protection cases of minorities, ensuring that their rights are protected and their needs are met.
  • Implement a small grants programme “Putting rights into practice”, empowering initiative groups from at least 10 communities to implement their own inclusive projects, based on the local needs.

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