The Alternative Education Club is a new, safe, open, creative and challenging space for the children living in the Ferentari ghetto area in Bucharest. Currently, the club is set up at the Elementary School no. 136, but for the future, we plan to extend the project to other schools in the neighborhood. The club was created in June 2010 and represents a first for Romania, while in Europe there are only a few similar initiatives.
Why is this project necessary?
We consider that children need to be encouraged to discover and to experience various activities and be offered an alternative to the everyday life they are used to. They need help and hope and they need incentives to learn better, so they can stay in school. This is why we think school needs to be friendlier and better equipped.
The Alternative Education Club in numbers:
- Over 120 children enrolled in our activities
- Over 20 volunteers (parents, relatives, friends of the children from the Ferentari community) involved in the project
- 9 educational independent activities
- 17 partners and over 20 supporters (institutions, businesses and individuals)
- 3 full-time employees working in the club
- 1 year of hard work
What are our objectives?
- to provide continuous counseling and mentoring for a group of children involved in the project;
- to develop innovative approaches focused on improving school attendance and performance, as well as computer, video, photo, musical and art skills development;
- to develop a sports team to increase discipline, self-esteem and performance of the involved children;
- to strongly promote the idea of active citizenship and respect among Roma and non-Roma children involved in the project;
- to act as a link between children’s parents and the school and foster better acknowledgment of how education can provide a way out of the precarious conditions in the ghetto.
How will we achieve these objectives?