The event called “Children Left Behind are our Children!” was organized under the patronage of Marie Moser, President of the International Women’s Club in Moldova, and involved more than 40 people (35 children, 7 teachers and 3 social assistants) from Horodişte, Ţîpova and Lalova villages, Rezina rayon. During the first day, all participants went on an excursion to the Chisinau Museum of Ethnography, where they celebrated the International Day of “Ie” (embroidered shirt) and discussed the topic of national heritage in an informal atmosphere. On the second day of the summer school, local heritage sites were explored during an excursion to the Horodişte canyon and Ţîpova Monastery. Following the two days of getting to know each other and becoming acquainted with the country’s historical heritage, the participants (divided into age groups) began a robust educational agenda: they discussed Ecology, Communication and Conflict Resolution, Tolerance and Equal Opportunities, Health, Financial Education and Careers. They learned more about tolerance, non-violence, stereotypes and discrimination, self-esteem and democracy. During group reflection activities, mixed groups discussed the day’s activities, shared the lessons learned, evaluated their own participation, and provided feedback to the trainers and organizers.
The Summer School had the general goal of empowering CLB, their teachers and community social assistants, providing them with the social and communication tools necessary for them to express themselves and to feel comfortable in our society. This activity was supported by the EU-fund project “Addressing the Negative Effects of Migratoin on Children and Families Left Behind”.