IMPACT across the Country

The project “Motivated Teachers, Youth Prepared for Life!” allowed us to bring the service-learning approach into rural communities, where villages and small rural schools could benefit from this style of education.  We had the perfect toolkit for sharing this approach to education: IMPACT community initiative clubs, which transform teachers into leaders and students into citizens who care for the good of their communities and are aware that the changes they hope to see must begin with themselves.

In the fall of 2016 we opened new IMPACT clubs in Cluj, Satu Mare, Alba, Bistrița, Bihor, and Sălaj counties.  These clubs were opened by courageous teachers who have chosen not to pursue careers teaching at prestigious schools in bigger cities, but instead stay in small villages, improving the level of rural education by searching for new ways to teach their students and prepare them for success in life.

Opening IMPACT clubs has brought multiple benefits for these rural communities and schools. The IMPACT program has been approved by the Romanian Ministry of Education and therefore brings recognition to schools that use it.  The students’ volunteering activities attract resources to the school and increase its level of prestige and respect in the local community.  Students realize that they have new opportunities for personal development available to them, and parents appreciate the change which the program produces in their children’s character and personality.

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The project “Motivated Teachers, Youth Prepared for Life!” was co-financed through a grant from Switzerland through the Swiss Contributions to the enlarged European Union.  The total project budget is 239,832 CHF; from this, 215,851 CHF was funded by Switzerland and 23,981 CHF was co-financed by New Horizons Foundation.  The project is being implemented from February 1, 2016 through January 31, 2018.  For more details regarding the Program for Swiss-Romanian Cooperation, we invite you to visit www.swiss-contibution.ro and www.swiss-contribution.admin.ch/romania

This project also financed the relaunching of the present New Horizons Foundation website.  This site does not necessarily reflect the official positions of the Swiss government.  New Horizons Foundation assumes full responsibility for the content of this site.

IMPACT across the Country

The project “Motivated Teachers, Youth Prepared for Life!” allowed us to bring the service-learning approach into rural communities, where villages and small rural schools could benefit from this style of education.  We had the perfect toolkit for sharing this approach to education: IMPACT community initiative clubs, which transform teachers into leaders and students into citizens who care for the good of their communities and are aware that the changes they hope to see must begin with themselves.

In the fall of 2016 we opened new IMPACT clubs in Cluj, Satu Mare, Alba, Bistrița, Bihor, and Sălaj counties.  These clubs were opened by courageous teachers who have chosen not to pursue careers teaching at prestigious schools in bigger cities, but instead stay in small villages, improving the level of rural education by searching for new ways to teach their students and prepare them for success in life.

Opening IMPACT clubs has brought multiple benefits for these rural communities and schools. The IMPACT program has been approved by the Romanian Ministry of Education and therefore brings recognition to schools that use it.  The students’ volunteering activities attract resources to the school and increase its level of prestige and respect in the local community.  Students realize that they have new opportunities for personal development available to them, and parents appreciate the change which the program produces in their children’s character and personality.

The project “Motivated Teachers, Youth Prepared for Life!” was co-financed through a grant from Switzerland through the Swiss Contributions to the enlarged European Union.  The total project budget is 239,832 CHF; from this, 215,851 CHF was funded by Switzerland and 23,981 CHF was co-financed by New Horizons Foundation.  The project is being implemented from February 1, 2016 through January 31, 2018.  For more details regarding the Program for Swiss-Romanian Cooperation, we invite you to visit www.swiss-contibution.ro and www.swiss-contribution.admin.ch/romania

This project also financed the relaunching of the present New Horizons Foundation website.  This site does not necessarily reflect the official positions of the Swiss government.  New Horizons Foundation assumes full responsibility for the content of this site.

Through this project we did the following:

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Trained and supported 50 teachers in how to transform their relationships with their students and innovatenew classroom teaching methods.

 

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Extended the
national IMPACT network of 130 clubs across Romania by opening an additional 20
clubs exclusively in rural schools.

 

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Offered 300 students from rural villages the opportunity to become active citizens and develop competencies that will help them in life.

 

Through this project we did the following:

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Trained and supported 50 teachers in how to transform their relationships with their students and innovatenew classroom teaching methods.

 

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Extended the national IMPACT network of 130 clubs across Romania by opening an additional 20 clubs exclusively in rural schools.

 

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Offered 300 students from rural villages the opportunity to become active citizens and develop competencies that will help them in life.

 

Service-Learning Trainings across Romania

Through the “Motivated Teachers, Youth Prepared for Life!” project, in September 2016 we organized a training for 51 teachers from rural schools, in order to prepare them to become IMPACT club leaders.  Upon returning home, these teachers opened 23 IMPACT clubs, which implemented their first service-learning projects in the spring of that year (between March and May).  These new clubs are now completing their second round of community service-learning projects. 

Thanks also to this project, we were able to organize a training in October 2016 in which we taught leaders from IMPACT clubs in disadvantaged settings – such as technical high schools, small villages, and remote settings – how to bring service-learning to the next level.  After this training course was completed, we launched two project competitions.  The first occurred in fall 2017, with financing from the Ciclaton charity event.  Through this competition, 25 service-learning projects were completed, implemented by 500 IMPACT members.  More information about these projects (in Romanian only) can be found here. The second project competition was launched in fall 2017, with financing from the “Motivated Teachers, Youth Prepared for Life!” project.  The projects from the second competition are still in the process of being implemented.

Photo-Video Contest for International Network

“Active Youth, Powerful Communities!” was the first competition in which we invited all 350 community initiative clubs for youth from around the world to participate.  While in Romania we ourselves support the opening of IMPACT clubs by training leaders in the educational methodologies of service-learning and experiential learning, when working internationally we replicate this model with the help of partner organizations such as World Vision. 

Through this competition, which was launched at the end of February 2017 as part of the “Motivated Teachers, Youth Prepared for Life!” project, we challenged youth who live in vastly different parts of the world – Romania, Albania, Armenia, Cambodia, the Dominican Republic, Georgia, Germany, Haiti, Honduras, Moldova, Nicaragua, Mexico, and Sri Lanka – to illustrate in photos and videos what they understand by “powerful communities” and to show how their actions contribute to making their communities strong.  We received many entries and invited a professional jury to award prizes.  The results of the competition can be viewed here.

Establishment of National IMPACT Council

In this moment, there are over 350 leaders and 3000 youth involved in the Romanian national network of IMPACT clubs.  Over the past 16 years at New Horizons Foundation, over 17,000 young people have benefited from involvement in the IMPACT program.  The National IMPACT Council was formed to give a voice to this youth movement.  The role of this council is to help IMPACT clubs across the country collaborate better, to propose themes for service-learning project competitions launched by New Horizons Foundation, to decide on the most appropriate and relevant opportunities for IMPACT members, and – together with other organizations – to get involved in resolving the problems faced by Romanian youth!

 New Horizons Foundation helped establish this National IMPACT Council with help from the “Motivated Teachers, Youth Prepared for Life!” project, but the role and function of the council is decided by the members themselves.  This decision-making process was the most important mission for the Council in its first year of existence, in which we offered the members the chance to meet together three times as a whole group.  The group now is working on creating a vision and strategy for the national IMPACT movement.

Events for Change-Makers in Education

It’s never easy to change things.  It’s never easy to build on a changing landscape.  But there are people who dare to try – who are repairing broken systems or building them up from zero, regardless of the obstacles.  These people are “architects of education”: teachers who are aware of their important role in forming children and youth.  These architects know that they are role models of values, behavior, and attitudes for their students, and assume the mission of transforming Romania into a country that we can all be proud of. 

For these passionate teachers, who want to be architects of a learning process and not merely deliverers of information, we prepared a special event thanks to funding from the “Motivated Teachers, Youth Prepared for Life!” project.  We wanted to give passionate educators access to information, ideas, instruments, and processes that would help them in their work as architects of education, so we organized a conference.  The first edition lasted three days and took place in Cluj-Napoca from May 23-25, 2016.  The success of that first conference made us want to transform it into a tradition, so a second event was held on November 4, 2017! 

More information about the Architects of Education conferences (in Romanian only) can be found here.

Trainings on Experiential Learning

Since the year 2000, New Horizons Foundation has been promoting experiential learning through adventure education (through VIAȚA camp) and service-learning (through IMPACT clubs).  But through the “Motivated Teachers, Youth Prepared for Life!” project, we were able to also offer these methods and instruments to teachers who wanted to use them in the classroom!  Although these methods are often proposed in school curricula, many teachers find it difficult to put them into practice.  Thus, we set out to discover how these methods could truly be applied in a classroom, and developed a network of trainers who can deliver accredited courses to teachers on how to apply experiential learning methods in a school setting, thus increasing the number of students who will benefit from experiential learning beyond our core programs.

 This training initiative has become an additional program offered by New Horizons Foundation and is called Architects of Education.  In addition to the conferences mentioned above, the program offers year-round trainings for educators.  More information about the program (in Romanian only) can be found here.