Monday, April 3, 2017

ESN Timisoara - participating in the training on structured dialogue

ESN Timisoara - participating in the training on structured dialogue 

During the weekend 31st of March – 2nd of April, ESN Timisoara took part in a training on public participation and structured dialogue organized by Timis County Youth Foundation (FITT). The training weekend came as a prerequisite before the first draft of the youth strategy for Timis County has to be written.

The main aim of the training was to show the youth associations how they can address to important stakeholders and authorities in issues regarding youth policies using the structured dialogue and three possible methods of public participation. At the moment, the only way of structured dialogue from our county is in the form of public debates that can be held at the Consultative Council for youth from Timis County.

Moreover, the trainer from FITT, Mirela Lupu, argued that public participation represents the right, modality, place, opportunity and support of youth to participate to debates with local authorities in taking the decision and influencing these decisions regarding youth policies. She also presented to the participants three methods of public participation: photo voice, world café (‘cafeneaua publică’) and living library (‘biblioteca vie’).

In the training participated students from different organizations from Timisoara. The present organizations were: Asociatia de la 4 (A4), Basarabean Students Organisation (OSB), Students Organisation from the West University (OSUT), Center for Personal and Professional Development (CDPP), Timis County Youth Foundation and Erasmus Students Network Timisoara. All volunteers showed a lot of enthusiasm and they were involved in the discussions as this was a quite new topic of interest. Also, a strong collaboration between these representing NGOs is expected.

Therefore, during 3rd-9th April 2017, NGOs 
from Timisoara and FITT will be working together and write the resolution of youth strategy for Timis County respecting the characteristics of structured dialogue.  They will try to formulate the main solutions regarding youth policies in Timisoara. This time, the voice of youth will be listened and taken into consideration by important executives of the Timis County.

This article was written by Iasmina Alstani

Sunday, April 2, 2017

T.R.I.P Conference

T.R.I.P Conference 

On the 3rd and 4th of November 2016, ESN Timişoara participated in T.R.I.P. Conference (Trauma and Resilience in the Post-Institutionalization of Children and Youth in the Social Protection System).

During the two days of the conference people who grew up in disadvantaged areas, but who have managed to chart a future professional and personal success shared their stories with the youngsters attending the meeting. 

In the presence of President of Timiş County Council, DGASPC and other local officials have discussed issues related to social impact in orphanages, combating poverty, school dropout of children from vulnerable backgrounds. Also, the opportunity of decentralization institutions was discussed and the problem of trusting NGOs working in this area.

In his speech, Ion Ursu presented the way the County Council and County Neamţ DGASPC involved and support the work of subordinated shelters. With experiences of volunteering in Nepal, he described briefly the social system in Romania.

The conclusions of the discussions were summarized in a report and proposals for improvements will be made to reality after leaving the special protection system. Subsequently, this report will be sent to A.N.P.C.A. Romanian Government and the Council of Europe to be analyzed in the special departments of the mentioned institutions.

The event was organized by Rendo Bot and another students, all young people who grew up in an institutional framework. 

ESN Timisoara was also present and took part in the discussions. 

This article was written by Larisa Lichi and edited by Iasmina Alstani

Monday, January 2, 2017

Cold but Still Beautiful Danube

And so we went on another amazing trip…. Wait, let me forward a couple of lines!

“ESN Timisoara has the pleasure to invite you all to spend a wonderful day discovering a little bit more of the Romanian culture and beautiful landscapes on the blue Danube.  And that’s how the Cruise on the Danube started. From the very beginning, the students were excited to see our Romanian side of blue Danube and that’s how we ended up with more than 50 subscriptions in the first night after we had posted the event.

Finally, the most expected day arrived: the day of the amazing trip with international people. We gathered early in the morning and as sleepy as we were we knew we would have an incredible day.  STOP right there! Incredible, but freezing day I mean. Yes, I could not help myself continue without writing down this tiny detail. I share this with you because the majority of our “Latin colleagues” (and I am talking about Spanish, Italians and Portuguese, our most common “guests”) don’t experience negative temperatures at home or worse, they haven’t seen snow in their life.  And so the trip with freezing temperatures started.  

As we arrived at Sarmisegetuza Ulpia Traiana and we got out of the bus, the cold hit our faces. Most of us met a very furry friend, a dog that was colder than us all and that was waiting for some affection from the lovely Erasmus. The walk along the old Dacian ruins was one of the most expected parts of the trip. The students listened carefully to all the guide’s explanations in order to refresh their memory with the history of our ancestors.

When we finished the tour our fluffy friend decided to remain in Sarmis and we had to take off to see the beautiful Danube, the statue of Decebal, Mraconia Monastery, Tabula Traiana and the “boilers” as we call that area of the Danube. After we arrived in Orsova, we went to warm up a bit and eat before the most expected cruise.

As we stepped on the boat ESN had a very special and sweet treat for our foreign friends: vişinată (a very sweet liquor made of sour cherries) and dulceataţă pe pâine bread with marmalade. Our Erasmus buddies loved the treat and were more excited to see what the Danube had to offer. They didn’t even mind the cold wind and they went on the deck to chat and enjoyed the surroundings.

All in all, the trip was a success and even if outside was really cold everybody had fun, made new friends and got closer from each other.

Article written by Marina Niculescu
Edited by Iasmina Alstani