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PLACH @ The “Antim Ivireanul” Vâlcea County Library

Râmnicu Vâlcea – Romania

The “Antim Ivireanul” Vâlcea County Library developed an online educational space where young children could learn safe measures that prevent the spread of COVID-19, in an age-appropriate way.

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PLACH @ The Raional Library “D. Cantemir” Ungheni

Ungheni – Republic of Moldova 

The main focus of the Raional Library “D. Cantemir” Ungheni was to empower women through their project, by creating a gathering and exhibition space in the library, where community groups could meet, discuss and present themselves.

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PLACH @ The Raional Library “IPS A. Plămădeală” Hîncești

Hîncești – Republic of Moldova 

The Raional Library “IPS A. Plămădeală” Hîncești created a space for community groups meetings, in the library, where they could discover the local heritage and learn to promote local tourism.

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[ March 4, 2021 by admin 0 Comments ]

CodeKIDS

Progress Foundation, Romania

Simplon, Romania

Why?

The quality of any education program in rural communities is poorer than average. As a consequence children in rural communities have almost no access to coding learning opportunities. Given the fact that their future will be  digital,  children with less opportunities would need  extra support  to become confident on their ability to learn and master programming languages and tools is very important.

What?

CODEKids clubs were open by public libraries in 150 communities where librarians facilitated free of charge learning of coding for middle school children. Two year curriculum was created and permanently adopted to the needs of the kids. Extra activities and gamification were included in the program. Regional Science fairs/CODEKids Fest events were organized so advanced children could work on projects and present them to the public.

So what?

More than 2300 participated in the Beginners group of CODEKids clubs and  879 of them went through also the Advanced group curricula. Dozens of them participated in open coding competitions at regional an d national level and won awards. Dozens of alumni of the project are part of the Robotics Team in their  high-schools. 

We provided access to quality and relevant education for children who have limited possibilities to break out of the underserved position of their families.

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[ February 9, 2021 by admin 0 Comments ]

You are ready to change your community!

Congratulations! We know you can do this. You analyzed your community and the factors influencing it, you have some great ideas and partners and now you see an opportunity to build a solution. 

What we have here for you is a few questions and insights to help deploy to frame, challenge and improve your message.

Here are the questions that we encourage you to focus on:

So what? What is the impact of what you will do?

Says who? What is the evidence that it can work?

Who cares? Who has a direct or indirect interest in your plan?

To get ready to present your message, work to develop a three minute ‘elevator pitch’ that you will use to present your ideas to stakeholders. But before you do that consider practicing it with your team and partners. The aim of your message should be rooted in your particular community issue that you wish to change.

Please try to consider the three powerful questions and these principles:

Humanize your message, 

Know your audience, 

Have an innovative hook, 

Make sure the medium is suitable for the message, 

Be consistent, 

Be congruent, 

Have a call to action. 

And always go back to these 3 important questions:

So what? Says who? Who cares?  

[ February 8, 2021 by admin 0 Comments ]

Women can succeed from home

“Dimitrie Cantemir” Public Library, Ungheni city, Republic of Moldova

Why?

Covid-19 has particularly negative effects on women. The state of emergency and quarantine forced more and more women to be released from work, to stay at home with children, at the same time it also created impediments, they are becoming much more psychologically affected and confused.

What?

The library got into partnership with NGO “ProFemeia” to carry out the Community Awareness Campaign which addresses perceptions and psychological barriers related to prejudice about women who stay at home. The Campaign is aimed at achieving a mentality change, reduction of psychological barriers related to prejudice, and increasing self-confidence, rediscover, recognise and empathise, and creating a democratic and friendly space for women.

The meetings were organized to women roles, opportunities to use new media for personal and professional development and even for earning some income. The closing activity of the campaign took place in the Library and was attended by successful women who will show-up their works, information materials, leaflets through an exhibition, thus urging women who are also in a difficult situation to follow them.

So what?

Over 45 women participated in the project activities – training, information, and communication campaigns. These women learned about the importance of involving women in decision-making, using new media as an opportunity in personal and professional development, how the hobby can bring income using new media and why successful women are role models.

Sinighin Lidia, a project participant, says: “Each of us can consider ourselves a successful woman, depending on how we perceive the concept of “success “. Lidia Petriciuc from Buciumeni shared: “I don’t consider myself a successful woman, but after today’s event I am more confident in myself and I can certainly say that I am a successful woman”.

In future, we will promote successful women from Ungheni district by hosting monthly exhibitions created by them. At the activity of the public Café “Successful women, models to follow” a schedule of exhibitions was drawn up and it was agreed that the librarian from the territorial libraries should also be directly involved by encouraging and supporting the ladies. The works will be exhibited in the exhibition showcases that will be created by the end of 2020 within the given project.

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[ February 4, 2021 by admin 0 Comments ]

Pro-active EU

Europe Direct Gorj Center from ”Christian Tell” Gorj County Library

Why?

Citizens were not fully aware of their power as active citizens to change their society, the future of their communities.

What?

30 public librarians were trained and later organized 30 workshops with 300 citizens from Gorj county. 

By building a network of 30 European information multipliers at the county level, public librarians became a bridge to the citizens. These multipliers were involved in the exercise of rights, simulation of voting process and recognition of the result in order to encourage the citizens in their communities to get involved in the voting process of the Elections for the European Parliament Members. They also learned how to deliver quality information about the EU and its communication policies and priorities and how to contribute to the promotion, protection and consolidation of democracy in their communities.

So what?

By the contribution of Gorj county public libraries, the turnout for the 2019 MEPs was higher than in the past. The project encouraged citizens to participate in the Elections for the European Parliament, to be part of the process of shaping the future of Europe and of our own country and the future of their communities, thus becoming active citizens who know that partnerships are the best way of achieving sustainable communities.

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[ February 4, 2021 by admin 0 Comments ]

Physical activity – medicine for health

Public library of the territorial community” of Katerynopil Village Council

Why?

With the help of the project “Physical activity-medicine for health it was necessary to solve the problem of rehabilitation of the elderly community.

What?

Elderly people received Nordic walking sticks to walk and recuperate.

Nordic walking greatly improves physical and mental well-being, increases the release of endorphins 5 times, normalizes the central nervous system: improves sleep, well-being, improves performance, helps to overcome depression; affects posture, improves the feeling of balance and coordination, strengthens the vestibular apparatus; up to 90% of all muscles of the torso are trained at the same time (all muscle groups of the leg, thigh, arms and shoulder girdle, abdomen work; muscles of the neck, back and chest muscles additionally develop), the body’s defenses are stimulated, immunity is increased ; pressure and load on the knee joints and spine decreases. Nordic walking strengthens the musculoskeletal system, does not require special training and has virtually no contraindications.

So what?

38 seniors aged from 50 to 83 years actively engaged in Nordic walking, and gained material support with appropriate equipment. In addition to walking, the group is engaged in breathing exercises, which is relevant during a pandemic. The activities encourage communication of group members, leading to dissemination of relevant information about life in the community and promotion of a healthy lifestyle in the community.

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[ February 2, 2021 by admin 0 Comments ]

Recordings of Libraries are great? Prove it! Data and evidence-based storytelling workshop

On the 29th of January,   Ugne Lipeikaite, EIFL-PLIP Impact Manager, and Kristine Paberza-Ramiresa, IFLA Member Engagement Officer  gave us a general overview of  data about services or programs libraries should collect and how to use the data in telling compelling stories. The rules, tools, and tips of evidence-based storytelling showcased in this workshop will help us all be more efficient in making the case for our libraries value.

 

Libraries are great? Prove it! Data and evidence-based storytelling workshop by EIFL (Electronic Information for Libraries) Public Library Innovation Programme and IFLA (The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions)

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[ January 22, 2021 by admin 0 Comments ]

Libraries are great? Prove it! Data and evidence-based storytelling workshop

Progress Foundation is inviting all CSO professionals from Central and Eastern Europe, Caucasus, Black Sea, and Caspian Sea regions to join the Occupy Library Innovators Hub’s events! The series of free, online, share & learn events for CSOs and public libraries continues with Libraries are great? Prove it! Data and evidence-based storytelling, led by Ugne Lipeikaite, EIFL-PLIP Impact Manager, and Kristine Paberza-Ramiresa, IFLA Member Engagement Officer.  

The workshop is conducted by EIFL (Electronic Information for Libraries) Public Library Innovation Programme and IFLA (The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions), and will focus on what data about services or programs libraries should collect and how to use the data in telling compelling stories.

Join us on 29th of January, 15:00 EET and let’s shape together the story of our communities!

Register here: ➡️https://forms.gle/PkdvdW9JULzxmHbYA 

For details: Anca Râpeanu, Project Manager occupylibrary@progressfoundation.ro

About Occupy Library Innovators Hub

 

The Occupy Library Innovators Hub project is implemented by Progress Foundation Romania, in partnership with Сentre for Cultural Management (Ukraine), Library Association of Ukraine (Ukraine), EduAct (Greece), Library Association of Moldova (Moldova), National Library of Moldova (Moldova), Ashoka România (Romania) and National Library of Romania (Romania) in the framework of the "Black Sea NGO Forum Sub-granting Scheme For Activities That Support The Development Of CSO Regional Networks", within the project „Building CSO Capacity for Regional Cooperation within the Black Sea Region”, implemented by the Romanian NGDO Platform – FOND with the financial support of the European Union. The network establishment will organize online webinars and sharing events (October 2020 - March 2021). During the project, case studies and best practices will be documented and compiled in a comprehensive collection to be made available online to all interested stakeholders.  The goal of this endeavor is to provide support for public libraries to contribute to active citizenship and life-long learning in their communities. Moreover, by implementing the project in 5 countries and creating a community of practice among library and CSO professionals, this project aims at learning about the best ways to bring libraries from the region into a professional network through which they can implement shared projects.

 

About Progress Foundation

 

Established in 1996, Progress Foundation is an experienced Romanian NGO that pilots local initiatives in the field of education/training, (e-)inclusion and community development, and then scales it up, at national level - as innovative and impactful best practices. Progress Foundation’s projects are developed using county and local libraries as lifelong learning hubs and social innovation centers, to reach out to any social group and/or citizen, especially the most marginalized ones. Starting with March 2016, Progress Foundation is privileged to be a member of FOND – the Federation of Romanian Non Governmental Organizations for Development.