A national seminar with this title took place in Bucharest in January 2004 as part of a SOCRATES – GRUNDTVIG project coordinated by the Tallaght Partnership (Ireland) and implemented by the Intercultural Institute of Timisoara in collaboration with organisations from Spain and Bulgaria, with cooperation from the Council of Europe and UNESCO. The event was attended by representatives of several important public institutions, including the Ministry of Education, the Department for Interethnic Relations, the Youth Agency and the Institute for Educational Sciences, the Council of Europe Information Office in Bucharest, as well as some of the most active Romanian NGOs in this field.
The seminar had two main objectives:
Through a process of participatory research, the project sought to uncover the learning processes underpinning democratic citizen activities, which enhance active citizenship, associated with non- formal education projects. The four project sites (Romania, Ireland, Spain and Bulgaria) were thus involved in assessing the specific tools, instruments, mechanisms and dynamics within non-formal education that animate improvement and learning and thereby strengthen citizenship. In this frame, two previous projects of IIT were analysed based on participatory research methodology: