24September2018

Held opening conference of the project “We built future”

The project “We built future” for its general objective has development and strengthening the competencies of the persons with mental and/or intellectual disabilities through training and work practice. Accordingly, the opening conference of the project was held 22/12/2017 at which spoke the Director of HO “Child’s heart”, Goran Rojevic, then Tatjana Sajcic and Ivana Rojevic in front of the project but also in front of HO “Child’s heart”. The activities of the project were presented in details to the attendees with emphasizing the importance of the active participation of all actors and the necessity of media promotion, since this is working practice, working engagement of persons with mental and / or intellectual disabilities, which is not yet sufficiently recognized in our country. Project Manager Tatjana Sajcic emphasized the importance of working engagement and inclusion in the community of persons with mental and / or intellectual disabilities as equal members of the community who will become able by this project to contribute to the improvement and development of their environment in accordance with their capabilities. Among the attendees at the conference were representatives of social enterprises who unselfishly shared with parents and other participants their previous experience in the field of work engagement and the success achieved by persons with mental and / or intellectual disabilities in that field. Project assistant, Ivana Rojevic, added that an essential component in work training is certainly education, and this project will provide individual access to each participant in accordance with the assessed skills and competencies.
The project “We build future” is implementing by HO “Child’s heart” in cooperation with Secondary Vocational School. Implementation of the project activities is financed by European Union, the Delegation of European Union in Serbia, in cooperation with the Government of the Republic of Serbia, precisely with the Ministry of Finance, Department for Contracting and Financing of EU Funded Programmes, within the programme IPA 2013 Development of efficient community services in the field of education and social protection at the local level, through the programme LOT 2 Social business initiative.

Held the first round table of the project “We built future”

Within the project “We built future”, the first round table was held with the topic: education and employment as prerequisite for independence.
The round table was attended by the parents of the children involved in the training programme, teachers of the created training programmes, representatives of “Child's Heart” and the social enterprise.
The participants discussed the form of dual education as a suitable ground for the development of professional skills that will later enable them work engagement according to their individual capabilities. Asked how to encourage the independence and personal development of people with mental and / or intellectual disabilities, experts from H.O. "Child's Heart" presented the programme "Life Skills School" that will, besides the instrumental skills, also improve the self-presentation and self-promotion skills.
Another important topic initiated at the first round table is related to social entrepreneurship, the development of social enterprises, and how to get work. Parents talked about the interests of their children and their abilities, with the desire to prepare themselves to become an active member of the community through upcoming programme in a more efficient way. The representative of the social company "Naša kuća" emphasized the importance of synergy between all actors in the process where persons with mental and / or intellectual disabilities become independent, since social entrepreneurship is still not developed enough in our country.
Just to remind that this was the first of the five round tables that has been implemented within the project "We build future", with the goal of joint action in the process of transition of persons with mental and / or intellectual disabilities from passive recipients of social assistance to active and employed members of the community.
The project “We build future” is implementing by HO “Child’s heart” in cooperation with Secondary Vocational School. Implementation of the project activities is financed by European Union, the Delegation of European Union in Serbia, in cooperation with the Government of the Republic of Serbia, precisely with the Ministry of Finance, Department for Contracting and Financing of EU Funded Programmes, within the programme IPA 2013 Development of efficient community services in the field of education and social protection at the local level, through the programme LOT 2 Social business initiative.

 

The caravan "Spirit of Youth"

The caravan "Spirit of Youth" organized by the youth organization "Spirit of Youth", under the patronage of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development, the Ministry of Youth and Sport and partner organizations was held on December the 12th, 2017 in Belgrade in order to promote dual education and youth entrepreneurship.
The participants were addressed by Mladen Šarčevic, Minister of Education, Science and Technology Development, as well as Goran Vesić, City Manager of the City of Belgrade, stressing the importance of dual education and the joy that the caravan managed to bring together numerous schools, representatives of the NGO sector and companies that jointly open doors for young people in large companies and enable them to get a job after school.
It is our great pleasure that within the Caravan we managed to emphasize the importance of the activities of the project "We build future", but also the importance not only of dual education for young people with mental and / or intellectual disabilities, but also the importance of the development of social entrepreneurship. The participants were able to get acquainted with the plan and goals set by the project, but also with the products that will be produced by our target group in the future.
The project “We build future” is implementing by HO “Child’s heart” in cooperation with Secondary Vocational School. Implementation of the project activities is financed by European Union, , the Delegation of European Union in Serbia, in cooperation with the Government of the Republic of Serbia, precisely with the Ministry of Finance, Department for Contracting and Financing of EU Funded Programmes, within the programme IPA 2013 Development of efficient community services in the field of education and social protection at the local level, through the programme LOT 2 Social business initiative.

We built the future

It is our pleasure to inform you that Humanitarian organization “Child’s heart” has signed grant contract with the Government of the Republic of Serbia, the Ministry of Finance, department for contracting and financing of EU funded programmes which officially started implementation of the project “We build the future”.
HO “Child’s heart” as the applicant on the project, is implementing this project in cooperation with Secondary Vocational School with the financial support from European Union, , the Delegation of European Union in Serbia, in cooperation with the Government of the Republic of Serbia, precisely with the Ministry of Finance, within the programme IPA 2013 Development of efficient community services in the field of education and social protection at the local level, through the programme LOT 2 Social business initiative.
The project “We build the future”, which implementation was planned to last till June, the 5th 2019, has aim to develop and strengthen competencies of the persons with disabilities through training and working practice. Through its implementation, the project will provide support to development of social entrepreneurship and will create possibilities for working engagement of persons excluded from labour market.
Project activities which will be implemented during next two years, and which will in great extent improve life quality of persons with disabilities, are reflecting in the following:
• Assessment of working abilities of persons with disabilities
• Development and adaptation of craft programme
• Training and motivating parents of persons with disabilities
• Four-month practical training of 60 students for 3 crafts: cook assistant, florist and bookbinder
• Development and implementation of trainings in social skills for persons with disabilities
• Activation of social entrepreneurship
• Development and distribution of the material which will promote the project “We build the future”.
We are looking forward to implement this project because we truly believe in project’s motto- if we work, we really build the future.

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