The Romanian Institute for Adult Education (IREA), together with the partners Swiss Federation for Adult Learning (SVEB), the Romanian-German Foundation (FRG) and the Foundation Centre for Rural Assistance (CAR), are implementing the project Community Centres for Lifelong Learning – an integrated approach to overcome economic, social and educational disparities in rural areas from the West Region of Romania. The project has started in January 2015 and will be completed in January 2018. The project is co-financed by a grant from Switzerland through the Swiss Contribution to the enlarged European Union.
The purpose of the project is to enhance access to education for disadvantaged adults in rural areas. In terms of concrete objectives, the project will establish 4 Community Centres for Lifelong Learning in the West region of Romania, will develop several educational services and programme that will contribute to the economic and social development of the communities. Basic skills learning will be a major component in the centre’s provision, together with vocational training, counselling and guidance and other non-formal learning activities. Also, a community development strategy will be elaborated, that will contribute to the sustainability of centres and the potential replication in other rural areas in Romania.
The project responds to a high necessity of building local infrastructure for adult learning in disadvantaged communities and to enhance access to education for adult in rural areas, who are facing low standard and quality of life, low incomes, and the most important, poor opportunities to improve their education.