WINDOWS TO THE FUTURE
FAST Romania
Country/Town: România, Săcele (Brașov County)
Topic: Vocational Training

Training your minds

for the future

Why?

If there would be a perfect time for using community resources to develop infrastructure, employment for Roma people, as well as for breaking down negative stereotypes surrounding them, then the right now time could not be stressed enough. The road to accomplishment for all of these points goes straight through education in Săcele, Romania. That is why “Windows to the Future” project becomes an amazing example of the potential cooperation between public and private sectors.

The aim

Windows to the Future is envisaged to be an exemplary Vocational Training Centre aimed to equip 350 disadvantaged children and youth with skills and confidence for a successful career. The project is also geared towards encouraging individual economic enterprises within the Roma communities in Săcele area. The objective involves thus regional development through education for livelihoods programmes for different age groups in the region of Săcele housing programmes, as well as through carpentry and window-making workshops.

Project

Timeline

The project received approval from Velux Foundation grant proposal and from then on it started to knit its own story about involvement, action and community life in a very large, old and disused building in Săcele.

FAST Săcele is accredited as a social enterprise and continues with new and more official powers to rethink the way communities are build.

Vocational Training Centre officially opens its doors, after so many years of construction and hard work, with a full day of workshops where eematico was also present.

Important people

and resources

FAST team members

Who worked hard throughout all the phases of the project.

ERSTE & SIMPACT

Gabor and Csaba trainings and consultation sessions.

Velux Foundation board and project officer

Achievements

Through a diverse non-formal educational curricula, “Windows to the Future” proposes an integrated approach for young people’s needs and wishes, therefore preparing and training them not only in the multimedia and job topics, but providing the Roma youth with the needed personal and professional skills as well.

Challenges

Lack of human resources capable, willing and prepared to work within Roma communities

“We need local people / Romanians (regardless of their ethnic background) who are motivated enough to understand the challenges that Roma settlements face and to get actively involved in helping them, in investing time, energy and resources for their development.”
Ruxandra Oprică, project coordinator.

Legislation

Finding the best way forward in a constantly changing Romanian legislation, in what youth training is concerned.

Extra

content available in local language

Photo Gallery

Website, section with info, photos, videoes

About our organization: “FAST in a nutshell”

Photo album showing the story of the building and the construction progress