I.M.P.A.C.T: Inclusion & Motivation through Arts of Children and Youth project seeks to develop and promote inclusive, equitable, and quality education in Romania and the social inclusion of children and young people with special needs or at risk of school dropout through the arts. The project focuses on the recommendations of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe regarding quality education, of the Romanian MENCS on inclusive education, and of the UN Convention on the rights of the child on equitable education.
The project aims at developing methodologies for working with children and young people in rural areas through arts in order to strengthen their capacity by providing quality, equitable, and inclusive education services that facilitate the social and professional integration of young people with special needs or at risk of school dropout. Thus, the project objectives are to identify and assess the specific methods of working with young people in rural areas through arts to facilitate their social integration as regards to schooling and to social skills such as improving interpersonal skills and emotional stability.
The project acts in two directions: on the one hand, it creates impact on 350 children and young people with special needs or at risk of school dropout, of predominantly rural environments, on their emotional, personal and social development, motivating them through arts workshops and psychological support for school and life. On the other hand, the project creates impact at the community and national level by encouraging cultural, educational, and social inclusion, and challenging discriminatory mentality against children with special needs coming from Roma families or other disadvantaged social conditions through awareness-raising campaigns with painting and photo expositions and a community film created with participation of young people to promote human rights and social inclusion at the national level.