Since the state farms collapsed in the 1990s, the municipality of Banie has been dealing with various economic and social problems, such as unemployment and discontinuation of services important to the community, e.g. public transport links, and cultural and education centers. In recent decades, residents in the municipality have had practically no opportunity to make use of any form of formal or informal education, including with regard to digital skills. Women over 45 are in a worse situation in social and career terms. Their activities revolve around the home and looking after children and the seniors. There is no organization in the municipality that operates educational and activation projects for mature women.
The project aims to increase public involvement and make women over 45 in the rural areas in the Banie municipality more active.
We will organize one-on-one computer skills coaching in the form of accidental learning, and group computer skills workshops, as well as workshops on advocacy, project implementation, leadership skills, and teamwork. The participants will be put into four groups and with our support will organize, in their areas, an event for the local residents (minimum of ten people). We will initiate the creation of local action groups: workshops for the participants (on coming up with ideas on educational and cultural activities), workshops for institution, local government, and CSO representatives (coming up with ideas and methods to revive local activity, providing support for women’s activities). We will also hold a meeting to devise a model for local cooperation, attended by representatives of local government and cultural institutions and CSOs.
Twenty women of over 45 who are in risk of social and digital exclusion will take part in the project. They will gain digital skills, learn about and gain skills relating to implementing local projects, and become more involved in local community matters.