Education and research, Social inclusion


Active citizenship through science education


Who is behind this?

Patricia Fechet

Asociația Secular-Umanistă din România


Who is joining forces?

Fundaţia Academică “Idei şi Fapte pentru anii 2000”


We plan to conclude partnerships with 10-15 schools in rural or marginalized communities in Neamț and Iași counties, with the University of Iași and with regional educational stakeholders.


Idea pitch

Active citizenship and scientific knowledge are fundamental needs for the development and evolution of children. While children living in urban areas have access to better education opportunities, those living in rural areas and underprivileged communities face a deep disadvantage. Therefore, civism and science need to be addressed simultaneously. Allowing science passionate specialists to educate underprivileged kids would be motivate and encourage them to aspire to a greater personal future.

Where will your project idea take place?

Neamț and Iași counties, North-East Romania

What is the specific societal challenge faced by this region?

The social need we want to address is the eradication of scientific illiteracy and lack of critical thinking among children and youth from disadvantaged areas. Increasing their practical science experience and knowledge in a non-formal, fun manner will equip them with knowledge and skills that enable them to think critically and autonomously. This will empower them to later act and contribute to positive change in their communities, to defend their human rights and others' and to always seek justice. On the other hand, the eminent science students and specialists involved will feel empowered to to civically engage in marginalized communities which have less opportunities and to use science as a tool for inclusion, non-discrimination, tolerance, justice, solidarity and equality.

Who are you doing it for?

Minimum 500 children from primary and secondary schools from rural and underprivileged areas.

How do you plan to get there?

1. Education of children through workshops on steps of scientific method and practical applications of the scientific method in everyday life, with the aim of increasing critical and autonomous thinking. 2. Games and workshops on the role of math in democracy and in ensuring fairness and accountability. 3. Role-plays and workshops on biology with the aim to clarify scientific beliefs that arise during various health issues such as viruses or bacteria. 4. Astronomy workshops and sky observations in the community with the aim to build and strengthen community relationships. 5. Chemistry and physics workshops about pollution and the domino effect with the aim to encourage individuals to act for protecting the environment and to see the importance of people’s support in a community. 6. Workshops and games for understanding human evolution with the aim to reflect on individual and collective human rights in a community. The methods used will be icebreakers, games, group work, experimental work, team building, interactive presentations, community activities. Specific steps: 1. Mobilizing the local/regional educational institutions for promoting science among primary and secondary pupils. 2. Building a social inclusion science network for kids from poor areas. 3. Creating a communication network that will encourage university students to become science educators for kids in poor areas

What are the expected results?

- 100 workshops about the relation of between science and democracy and human rights;
- Minimum 500 children with increased understanding of the benefits of science for developing critical thinking and for long-term improvement of the community livelihood.
- 50 printed posters,
- 1 project's videoclip,
- Children's increased confidence in their intellectual abilities, stimulated curiosity and passion for learning stimulated.
- Increased public awareness of the role science plays in the region and of how authorities should use scientific tools to efficiently solve community problems.
- Increased awareness of the scientists and academic people about the role they play at the regional level and about how they can get involved in the development of small underprivileged communities.

How does your idea strengthen active citizenship at a local and community level?

By demonstrating the active role of science in daily life, we will equip kids with knowledge that enables them to think critically and autonomously and with skills useful for them to become active citizens. We will empower them to act and contribute to positive change in their communities, defend their rights and others’ and always seek justice. Equally, it will empower science students and specialists by civically engaging in marginalized communities and by using science as a tool for inclusion, non-discrimination, tolerance, justice, solidarity. They will all understand better the importance of science and democracy being mutually reinforcing, not insulated from each other, and will learn and reflect on how democracy depends on science for effectively addressing and solving public issues

Why is this idea important to you?

Patricia Fechet is vicepresident of the Romanian Secular-Humanist Association. Native from Piatra Neamț, the capital city of Neamț County, she managed various projects in this town, promoting science and critical thinking among youth. She is also a Law student with keen interest in human rights. Bogdan Tofanică is a scientific researcher at the University of Iași, also member of the Academic Foundation „Ideas and Facts for the 2000's'' from Iași. He has organized various science popularization projects among youth during the past 15 years.
Monica Belițoiu is a communication specialist and coordinator of critical thinking projects for children and youth.

€ 35000,-

Total budget

€ 35000,-

Funding requested from Civic Europe

Major expenses

Team members remuneration: 7500 EUR
Educators fees and remuneration: 10000 EUR
Transportation: 5000 EUR
Materials/equipment/workshops supply: 5000 EUR
Promotion and advertising: 4000 EUR
Program development: 3500 EUR

What do you need from the Civic Europe community?

Any kind of feedback will be extremely helpful! We would like to know if we managed to make our idea and approach clear enough or if there's something that requires clarification.


Patricia F


Idea created on March 26, 2021
Last edit on April 13, 2021

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