Among the most important results to be achieved by the end of the project we mention:
– Establishment of 14 democracy nests;
– Development of a training course on active citizenship and its transfer in the training portfolio of the Training Centres from each county library, nationwide;
– Formation of a network of facilitators / trainers in the field of active citizenship (40 trained librarians nationwide);
– Training of 210 citizens and NGO representatives regarding the practice of active citizenship and their integration in 14 functional Civic Action Groups;
– 28 audits of integrity conducted on ground level (14 for local public authorities and 14 for public services).
Our project’s final beneficiaries are the citizens of 14 urban communities from Romania for which the project is implemented in two stages.
In the first stage (November 2014 – November 2015), the project methodology will be tested in 7 counties strategically positioned in all development regions of Romania: Brasov, Bucharest, Cluj, Constanta, Gorj, Hunedoara and Suceava, through the mediation of the county libraries project partners.
In the second project stage (February 2015 – February 2016) we will work with 7 additional county libraries, one in each development region, so that the project methodology can be tested in many other locations and will be relevant for transfer nationwide.
In each of the 14 public libraries, the implementation of the system for public participation takes place by following these steps:
- Designing a training program on active citizenship with input from our partners Civis Polonus Foundation (Poland);
- Creating a national network of trainers in the field of active citizenship, using the training centres from 14 county libraries as community learning hubs;
- Selecting 15 volunteers in each community (members of NGOs, government officials, media representatives, other citizens) and developing their skills in the field of active citizenship;
- Installing democracy nests inside the county libraries, following the model of the “reading nest” developed by Mark Reigelman;
- Organizing the 15 volunteers in locally-based Civic Action Groups (CAG);
- Exercising the civic behaviours of the CAG members by coaching them in applying specialized tools (audits of integrity);
- Ensuring the sustainable practice of active citizenship by supporting the CAG members to plan their work on the long term.
In the closing stage of the project (February 2016 – April 2017) the transfer takes place nationwide, through the selection and training of new librarian-trainers from other 26 county libraries and by organizing a final conference for 100 representatives of the civil society that can use the resources developed in the project to develop new initiatives.
Set up a comprehensive system that facilitates citizens’ participation in practicing democracy by forming active citizens, creating spaces that protect and promote democratic values and by conducting integrity audits for local governments.
- Specific objectives:
- Create a national network of trainers in the field of active citizenship (librarians trainers from county public libraries);
- Train and establish 14 Civic Action Groups (CAG) consisting of NGO members and citizens from 14 counties;
- Install 14 democracy-nests (spaces designed to protect, promote and facilitate the exercise of democratic values) in 14 county libraries in the country;
- Coach CAG members to participate in community life by performing 28 integrity audits – 14 for local public institutions and 14 for public services from the same locality;
- Draft 14 memoranda with local NGOs and citizens who are willing to take up the coordination of the 14 nests of democracy as a sustainability measure.