Situated close to the Eastern border of Romania, Iasi has become, after Romania’s accession to the EU, the main development pole of the Eastern part of the European Union. The Republic of Moldavia and Romania are part of the countries of South-Eastern Europe that have a wide range of differences in terms of low levels compared to Western standards. Border cooperation and partnership are complex tools, which are absolutely necessary to harmonise the communication mechanisms and to promote regional development. The project falls within the contemporary priorities targeting the common problems of the two border regions: increased absorption of severe social exclusion, and liquidation of extremely serious social problems with devastating moral impact. Both Romania and the Republic of Moldavia are facing serious problems regarding children left home alone who do not benefit from social programmes.
Legal or illegal emigration from Romania and Moldova is accompanied by problems and disorders, and children abandoned by parents that leave temporarily to work abroad, represent a dilemma. The situation of 80,000 children (according to data of the National Authority for Child Protection) or 170,000 according to the estimates of a recent research (Soros Foundation Romania) is troubling, considering the effects that the lack of a parent or both has: low school performance, truancy, dropping out of school, deviant behaviour or the risk of being abused. In areas affected by massive migration, the school dropout rate is significantly higher in families where at least one parent works outside the country. Education is not highly valued and high social status is obtained by accumulating more material values. An imposing house or possession of performance cars translate into a model for migrant children. These children feel abandoned and isolated, become irritable and are convinced that a great injustice has been done. The lack of parental affection may have longterm consequences and can influence a child’s normal development, both physical and psychical.
The project is a response to the problems of children whose parents are working outside the country, by improving conditions and psychological effects of this phenomenon seen both in Iasi and Chisinau. Its specific objectives are community development and diversification of social services on both sides: Romania and Republic of Moldavia; to set up an internet centre and a library; to reduce emotional, intellectual, communication and behaviour problems of the children; and to improve school results. The expected results are: improvement of the psychological, emotional, communication of children, finding creative solutions to the problems faced; easier integration in social and school community; the development of the communication skills and communication on the internet – the ability to see their parents online; intervention in crisis situations. The teachers will develop their consultancy skills for children and parents, will recognise more easily children with emotional deficiencies and will become more receptive to and tolerant with this group of children. Another result with a trans-frontier impact will be a portal for kids and for specialists, which includes educational components (interactive games, encyclopaedias, skill tests, multimedia applications) and a forum for communication, interaction and advice.
|Award category:||smart public service delivery|
|Sector:||Education (higher and lower), training and learning|
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|Keywords:||Children left home alone, development issues, poor academic performance, school drop, community development, diversification of social services, community centre for kids, social and educational assistance.|
|Short English description:||The project is a response to the problems of children whose parents are working outside the country, by improving conditions and psychological effects of this phenomenon seen both in Iasi and Chisinau.|
|Level of government:||local level|
|Size of organisation:||>100|
|Number of people involved:||>15|
|EU membership:||EU member|