Reinforced and upgraded youth group methodology on building healthy relationships in rural and small urban communities of Romania, through the public libraries network

Re-Group programme started in Romania în January 2021 with training of eight people – five members of CRIDL’s flagship programme, Romania EduCaB, and three librarians from public libraries from Arad and Dâmbovița counties. The training aimed to be a continuation of ‘Dare to Care’ activities which were already happening in small communities from Dâmbovița County, as a result of the initial training of librarians that took place in the fall of 2020. 

Re-Group in Romania was meant to be a training of trainers programme so the methodology can be implemented as a new service delivered in and by the public libraries that already worked with youth groups. 

As of February many of the public librarians from villages and small towns in Dâmbovița County started their own youth groups. 

In June and July 2021 Re-Group programme went to a national level in Romania, as 50 public librarians from around the country were trained by EduCaB team to implement the methodology in working with youngsters in their communities. 

As of August 2021 in another 14 public libraries from Romania Re-Group methodology is being implemented and it is an ongoing process, as many librarians could not meet with the youngsters because of Covid-19 restrictions. Romania is now going through the forth Covid-19 wave. 

As of October 2021 there are already around forty public libraries in Romania from medium and small communities that are working with youth groups using the Re-Group methodology, as a result of the training of trainers strategy that we used to scale-up the programme around the country. 

The project is co-founded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union and is developed in partnership by the following organisations: