The Wellbeing Institute Association from Cluj-Napoca, which implements the School of Confidence programme in more than 100 state schools and kindergartens in Romania, has won a grant of €99,700 from Active Citizens Fund Romania, a programme funded by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA grants 2014-2021, within the project STORY Goes On – Increasing Fundraising Capacity for Change in Education.
The project is implemented by the Wellbeing Institute Association, with the financial support of Active Citizens Fund Romania, a programme funded by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through EEA Grants 2014-2021. The aim is to increase the fundraising capacity and ensure the sustainability of the Wellbeing Institute Association in Cluj-Napoca, for a period of one year, with the long-term impact of improving the situation of our final beneficiaries. With the support of this project, the association will increase its organisational capacity to conduct donation campaigns from individuals, in digital and SMS environments, and the amounts thus raised will be used to run the School of Confidence programme.
Through the project, the Wellbeing Institute Association aims to attract the support of over 5500 recurring individual donors within 12 months to consistently support the School of Confidence programme.
The School of Confidence program, implemented by the Wellbeing Institute, is in its second year of existence and in less than a month will start a new recruitment campaign for state schools and kindergartens to be included in the program starting in the 2022-2023 school year. In May 2021, the recruitment campaign resulted in 50 institutions being chosen to join the programme, with a further 280 remaining on the waiting list. The School of Trust’s annual budget amounts to almost €1 million, and all the money comes from sponsorship from individuals and companies.
„Time is running out of patience with education in Romania, and the funding coming through Active Citizens Fund Romania is extraordinarily important for the School of Trust programme. The funds raised will give us the opportunity to increase our organizational capacity to start such an important fundraising campaign for our program. School of Trust, through the interventions that our facilitators and trainers have in state schools and kindergartens, offers, in practice, a new model of doing school in Romania, based on the transformations that Transylvania College has managed to implement, but also on the standards of British Schools Overseas or those offered by the Leader in Me process. So, with the funding we are receiving at the moment, we will be able to take the message further so that we can bring people and companies on board and double the number of schools in the programme,” said Ruxandra Mercea, founder of School of Trust.
During the five years that each state school or kindergarten is part of the project, principals, teaching, non-teaching and administrative staff go through a series of trainings and coaching sessions built on four main pillars: personal responsibility, well-being, academic progress and active community. Among other things, the School of Confidence runs a programme dedicated exclusively to principals, entitled „School of Confident Principals”, as well as several sessions dedicated to teenagers, under the title „Confident”. As part of the latter, teenagers from the schools involved will also attend, for the first time in Romania, courses on combating fake news, given by experienced journalists.
About School of Trust:
The School of Trust redefines values and changes paradigms through practices that deliver visible results, so that by 2030 at least one million children and nearly 100,000 teachers will be happily going to school. The model is inspired by quality standards in British education and compliant with ARACIP standards, includes the Leader in Me process (applied in over 6000 schools internationally) and is validated in Transylvania College.
About the Active Citizens Fund Romania Programme:
The Active Citizens Fund Romania programme is funded by EEA Grants 2014-2021. The overall objective of the Grants is to reduce economic and social disparities and strengthen bilateral relations between the 15 beneficiary countries and the donor countries (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway). The Programme is managed by the consortium composed of the Civil Society Development Foundation, the Partnership Foundation, the Resource Centre for Roma Communities, the PACT Foundation and Frivillighet Norge, acting as Fund Operator designated by the FMO – Office of the EEA and Norwegian Grants Financial Mechanism.