“Education for life” is a project that aims to develop life abilities in youth aged 17 to 24, who are about to leave the institutional system (for orphan children and residential centers). In Romania, according t official statistics of National Authority for Child Protection, there are approximately 21.728 abandoned children and youth, living in orphanages and public residential centers. Around 35% of them are young people aged between 17 and 24, precisely the target group of the project.
The youth in our target group have their own difficulties in leading an independent life, are not used to taking decisions, and sometimes do not have the necessary skills to have a job. Moreover, although current legislation postulates a series of social services and rights they should enjoy, in reality this is not happening.
The Association Life Education for All intends, by means of this project, starting from these particular needs related to assuming responsibilities about one’s own life, but also support for facilitating their social and professional integration, to offer these young people an interdisciplinary program of training aimed specifically at the following:
1. Self-knowledge and increased self-esteem – participants will learn to identify their own interests, abilities, values; to reflect upon their own choices and the associated consequences; to explore educational and professional options; to identify models and to overstep self-imposed limitations; to understand and accept their traumas; to position themselves towards others and to improve their interpersonal relationships; to communicate, to present themselves properly in a job interview.
2. Occupational information – participants will learn about labor market, structure and specificities of different jobs, free instruction and qualification opportunities, how to write a CV.
3.Taking decisions – institutionalized life has a series of negative consequences reflected in the process of socio-professional integration. During their institutionalized life, children are always dependent on somebody else’s presence and guidance, without the possibility of taking their own decisions. This inability will be acutely visible the moment they are thrown out of the system, and will have to take their lives in their own hands.