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Mott Foundation Grant Reporting Form - Narrative Report
Vercseg Ilona
A kiadás helye:
A kiadás éve:
Közösségfejlesztők Egyesülete
partnerség, Közép-Kelet Európa, beszámoló, Mott Foundation
Közösségfejlesztési partnerségépítés Közép-Kelet Európában
Raktári jelzet:

Hungarian Association for Community Development Partnership
Community Development Building in Central- and Eastern Europe

Mott Foundation Grant Reporting Form
Narrative Report

Grantee: Hungarian Association for Community Development

Program: Community Development Partnership Building in Central and Eastern Europe

Mott Foundation Grant# 2001-00814, Period Covered March 15, 2002 through December 31, 2002

(remember that our previous report covered the period August 1, 2001 through March 15 2002, including the second part of the regional training course in the report too)

1. List the reporting objectives referred to in the grant agreement letter and concisely indicate the progress achieved toward each objective.

In the second stage of the project participating organizations have started to run their own training courses, following the lessons they learned from the “Trainer Training” Course.

In our previous Narrative Report in March 2002 we quoted the original local plans of the participating organizations, see details there!

Due to the Project Proposal, this activity has not been completed yet but it is nearly finished. This is why the evaluation part of the recent report is not very strong but we think, until the required final report - 1st September, 2003 - organizations will do their best to provide a detailed, good analysis.

The realization of the training courses in the second stage of the project?

Regional Association for CD, Székelyland, Romania

As it was planned in the project our activities were concetrated in four main areas :
a) Partnership building in Romania especially with Romanian Association for
Community Development (RACD)
b) Trainer Training Course for 16 persons
c) Training courses and local community development activities in 8 microregions
d) Establishing a Small library on training issues

a) In collaboration with RACD we contributed establishing Romanian Community Development Associations Network.
In preparatory phases in different places and periods such as in Valea lui Liman, in Rimetea, in Sibiu were identificated and invited all Romanian Associations who are acting in community development especially in rural areas. The participants were agree and pleased to establish a network. This network building activities still under working. We have now a common e-mail group :
b) We have selected 16 persons for Trainer Training Course and we have begun the courses. Only the community development module is passed yet. This course will be finished in March, 2003. We will have strategy planning, project management, communication, found raising issues aswell. We will establish The Regional Civil College providing capacity building knowledge for regional Ngo-s.
c) We had Training courses and local community development activities in 7 microregions in the middle of Romania: Tarnava Mica, Baraolt, Targu Secuiesc, Lueta, Zetea Subcetete, Gheorgheni and Balan, areas. We set up a community development curriculum and we were using and trying that one. Its a 5 days long course and we consider very useful forming local facilitators. We established three Microregional informal Workshops - in Lueta, Bazinul Baraolt and Targu Secuiesc - who are in everyday relations with us, forming in the nearest future a Regional network.
d) We have established a Small library on training issues and on community development knowledge in Odorheiu Secuiesc, at our office.

Zoltan Balla
Project manager

CAL, Poland
There have been four Participants of the Project „CD Partnership Building in Central and Eastern Europe”. Beata Pawłowicz from Wierzchowo, Magda Gutkowska from Bisztynek, Elżbieta Bilińska-WołodĽko from Dobre Miasto, Jacek Gralczyk from Bełchatów.
After taking part in the course in Hungary, they proposed to realize their own socio-educational projects.

1. Beata Pawłowicz. Self-educational forum. Let’s share our experience.
Beata worked on the self-educational concept “Let’s share our experience” for the participants of the training course. The School was a Local Activity Centre. She started with her own experience – she changed the way her school functioned (she is a headmistress of a grammar school), she later proposed organising a series of practical seminars and study visits in schools that took part in the training course. Beata’s project was implemented in 8 schools in Podlasie district.
Beata also prepared guidelines for the course and carried on educational consultation. The main organizator of her undertaking, except for CAL Association, was the Organization from the region of Poland, where the project was being conducted – The Fund of Development of Local Democracy (FRDL) in Bialystok.
The schedule of project realization. Self educational forum – Podlasie.
FebruaryGroup meeting in Gródek (consultation)
MarchSession to exchange experiences I. Two days in Tykocin – 4-5.03.2002
MaySession to exchange experiences II. Three days in Tykocin – 20-22.05.2002
JuneGroup meeting in Kruszew.(consultation)
JulyInterdisciplinary session to exchange experiences (schools, cultural centres, welfare centres, non-governmental organizations) in Olecko
OctoberConsultation session in Łapy
November“Active School” seminar – 20.11.2002
DecemberConsultation session in Ciechanowiec – 1.12.2002. Evaluation session – 13-14.12.2002

Beata executing her project worked out (together with a team of people) School Standards. The School is run in a formula of Local Activity Centre. Prepared material was the basis for the transformation of programming-educational concept in the 8 schools that took part in the project.
Effects of the realization self-educational forum were assessed very well, both by the participants of the training course, and the authorities of education (superintendent of schools)

Standards proposed for schools working as schools of local activities:
Standards were worked out on the basis of functioning Gymansium in Wierzchowo. The participants of the training encouraged to criticize them, and to propose different solutions.

I. School recognizes needs of local community.1. Students diagnose the needs of local community

2. “Map of resources and needs” is created.
A teacher chooses a group of students who are going to survey. They first learn what the goal of diagnosis is , and they are trained how to conduct the research. Everybody is given a task to conduct 10 questionneires among family members, naighbours, friends. The information is gathered this way. During weekly meetings with the tutors schoolchildren also fill in the questionneire.

A team of a few people (teachers, students, parents) work out results of the poll creating “Map of resources and needs”.
II. Avtivities of the school is accepted by the local community.1. Concept of a school as a local activity centre is accepted by parents and the community itself.

2. The team of co-ordiators is created.
The idea of school as an activity centre is presented to the parents. If the parents accept the idea, the school is included into the programme. Then the seminar is organised with parents, teachers, teenagers, representatives of firms, NGOs, priests and leaders of other social groups. During the seminar the map and the concept are presented. The important thig is to obtain acceptance and declaration od support.

The team of co-ordinators of working of School as Local Activity Centre is created. The team will compose of representatives of some social groups (one of students, one of parents, one of teachers, one of local community representative, and so on)
III. The school works for the solution of local community problems.1. New projects are created in order to solve the social problems.
2. Projects are related to gymnasium cirriculum.
3. Teachers, students, parents and other people are involved into those activities.
The important point here is the fact that school activities are associated with what is going on in the community. Projects which are to solve certain problem should be connected with educational path of the school. The problems are chosen by teachers, and are solved by students. The team of co-ordiators works out the plan of activities for the length of time equal to the length of educational cycle (three years).
IV. There is the school governmenet in the school.

V. The school promotes the idea of volunteerism

1. The school government is organized like the local government.
2. The school governement is engaged into school activities for the local community.

1. There are volunteers engaged into school activities (but they are neither students nor teachers)
2. Students learn about the idea of volunteerism and work as volunteers.
3. There is a Club of Volunteers at school
Students’ activity leads to adults’ activity. In natural way parents, brothers, sisters, grandparents are engaged. So the bigger and bigger circle of people working for each other emerges. They are volunteers. At the point they need to be reorganized into fromal group.
VI. Rewarding system takes into account students’ activities for the local community.1. Avtive work for the local community is one, and important part of general assesment of the students.
2. the best and most prominent work is rewarded in a special way.
For their hard work for the local community students are praized with the special reward “Ognik”, founded by the CAL Association in Wierzchowo, and handed by the presidednt of the Association. Local activity is for those young people the first step on their way to career; it lets them develop their interests. As because local needs are so varied and there are many ways to fulfill them – every young person has a possibility to find something for himself or herslef. In order to make students feel more important with what they have done there is a celebration at the end of school year. During the celebration students are rewarded and appreciated not only by their teachers but also by the representatives of local business, and local government.
This is also a way of teaching teenagers how to be grateful and how to appreciate the other.

2. Jacek Gralczyk. “Zeszyt Scalony” – a notebook of CALnetwork in Poland.
Jacek realized project “Zeszyt Scalony” a kind of e-notebook. The e-notebook was a tool for occupational improvement, and a tool for exchanging information between the participants of CAL networks all over Poland. In order to reach his goal he prepared electronic and paper versions of the network newsletter, which was called “Zeszyt Scalony
General assumptions:
· Title – “Zeszyt Scalony
· The style of electronic version of the notebook is related to its name. It looks like a notebook with its all its main characteristics.
The Paper version of “Zeszyt Scalony” looks exactly like an e-notebook. It is sent to all members of CAL network, in the form of separate pieces of paper. They can stick the pieces of paper into a special file binder. File binders are sent to the CAL network members with the first issue. There are additional pockets in the binders for CDs and floppy disks.
A Newsletter is issued every three months.
Goals, that are being realized by the newsletter:
· Documentation of achievements of CAL programme.
· Discussion over the directions of development of CAL programme, and CAL standards.
· Delineation of educational and self-educational materials.
· Presentation of individual and institutional members of the CAL network
· Advisory work and consultation, which are important as far as CAL functioning is concerned.
· Integration of all the programme members.
· Promotion of the programme.
· Help with the projects realization (on the basis of partnership agreement between different CAL centres
· Work-out on the network projects.
Content of the e-notebook “Zeszyt Scalony”:
Newsletter sectionsRegular columns in the section
Na dobry pocz±tek
For the good beginning
Editorial (Dzieńdoberek) and the points of discussion (My¶lenie nie boli)
Miejsca i Ludzie
Places and people
Presentation of centres, based on materials sent or gathered as a result of research. (CALe)
Presentation of the people – materials gathered as a result of questionnaires. (CALowicze)
Information and descriptions about other people and institutions that are important from CAL point of view. (Inni)
Bank of ideas that have never been executed, but are ready to be fulfilled. The ideas are given with the name of the author. (Pomysł do wynajęcia)
Description of plans of the projects (Szukam Partenrów, Szukam Pomocy)
Information about projects that are being carried out. (Na tapecie)
Network projects that seem the most interesting. (Aleja Gwiazd)
Być i Mieć
To be and to have
Information where we changed our proposals, and if they were effective. (¬ródła)
Presentation of organizations; and presentation of different ways: how to get money or equipment. (Cietrzew na dachu)
Information and invitations to the events that take place in CAL centres.
Wolna Pagina
Free page
The place to write your own comments, with the mechanism to resent it to every member of CAL network (Piszę)
Review of people’s comments, edited once a month. (czytam)
Free time
Social column and jokes.

Jacek had already started realization of the next, local information project “Skrzyżowanie”. This is a monthly magazine – internet and paper version (edition 250). The magazine is a tool for exchanging practical information between social animators and social and cultural life leaders from Bełchatów and its area.

3. Elżbieta Bilińska-WołodĽko, Magda Gutkowska.The new world of work: voluntarism in cultural centre. The concept of Volunteers’ Office (Biuro Wolontariatu).
Description of the project:
Cultural houses in Dobre Miasto and Bisztynek have been working with CAL methods for four years. They have been working according to the rule: “Let us help people so that they can help themselves.” One of the methods mentioned above is analyzis of the needs of the local community. In this way they have learnt that more and more people needed volunteer help from others. The help is mainly needed by older people (in welfare centres, and in palliative help centres), but also by other people in patchwork families, handicapped children, and so on.
To answer those needs we managed to activate teenagers from schools to help those people in need. During the whole school year the teenagers helped in different ways, but afterwards it appeared that there were more and more needs. For example: they had to collect food for the poorest inhabitants of the towns; prepare training programmes for volunteers, (“By diabeł nie mówił dobranoc”), Ruch Czystych Serc, prophylactic examinations for young girls, and mammography for adult women, etc..
All those needs and all the people willing to help must be noted down, and organized. All these must be co-ordinated. The best thing to do it was to organise the Office of Volunteerism. (Biuro Wolontariatu) The best idea to place it was in cultural centres in Dobre Miasto and Bisztynek. Elżbieta and Magda organised all of these. They settled the database, organised training, gathered people’s needs, and prepared the offer of work for the volunteers.
In their cultural centres are also located other Youth and Adult Associations – so the idea of placing a Volunteers Office there was rational.
All of these assumptions let them carry on the projects of settling more Volunteers’ Offices in other cultural centres, and work out standards of organization friendly to the volunteers. Cultural Centres from Dobre Miasto and Bisztynek, with the cooperation of CAL Association and Volunteers’ Centre initiated introduction of new training module for CAL training participants. In 2002 training module was introduced in two training groups.

The realization of all three projects was presented, discussed and carefully watched during CAL network meetings:
December 2001Łowicz, introductionary assumptions
July 2002Olecko, first experience
December 2002Warsaw, promotion of the results of the programme during the international conference.
January 2003Poronin, seminar for the trainers of CAL network. Analyzis of effects of the project.

As we planned at the beginning of our project the three aldies: Magda, Elżbieta and Beata started new course.
Beata thought about new formula of trainings, and self-educational seminars there were organized in different CAL centres in Podlasie district. These trainings and seminars were a very effective tool, especially for those of the participants who were taking part in the second year (grade) of our CAL training course. It was effective from financial point of view, but also it appeared to be more motivating and engaging for the participants. Not only were they made to be more avtive, but also idea of CAL was promoted in the community of teachers.
Magda and Elżbieta also started a new course, but it was not the course for social animators, but for the future volunteers and for the people who would like to run a Volunteers’ Office. The new groups are now being organized, and they do not need our special support as because our regional partners (public institutions) are in constant contact with those groups. Our partners organize further training sessions in their regions. We have drawn our attention to the new forms of CAL development which could enrich our model of social work. Volunteers’ Office became one of the main form of working of Culture Centres.
Jacek has also been successful with executing his project. He has made his e-notebook from the beginning. Now it reaches all CAL network members, it helps us with the communication within the network, and moreover it if a very good tool of self-education with the element of distance learning. The e-notebook is a very important source of information for those of CAL training participants who are finishing their courses, or for those who have already finished them. Due to “Zeszyt Scalony” they can feel in touch with other participants of the course, and they can continue the learning process, whcih as we all know is very important.

The HACD, Hungary

The Hungarian Association for Community Development has launched its own „Trainer Training” course on community development.

We have invited 24 teachers and trainers who are active in one (or more) of the areas of community development.

Way of scheduling:
The training course comprised 330 hours. Consultancy went on in the framework of 6 3-day residential week-end courses.

Dates: 1 March – 30 November 2002, 12-14 April, 10-12 May, 3-7 June, 13-15 September,
11-13 October, 15-17 November (we had to postpone two times because of the heavy winter, so the final meeting is going to take place on February 21-23 2003)
Practice has been organized along theoretical training, individually and in-groups

Closing act: Exam for professional degree

Planned date: April or May 2003

Examiner institution: Regional Human Resource Development and Training Center in the City of Kecskemét

Name of the qualification:
- teacher and researcher of community development,
- basic computer user

Out of 24 the following 18 teachers will pass the state exam:
Almássy Tamás, Balla Zoltán, Farkas Éva, Giczey Péter, Harkai Nóra, Kas Éva, Kovács Edit, Mészáros Zsuzsa, Peták Péter, Péterfi Ferenc, Pocsajiné Fábián Magda, Pósfay Péter, Schmidt Melinda, Szolnoki Ildikó, Varga Matild, Varsányi Erika, Vercseg Ilona, Volf Mária.

Also, we are going to invite some - up to 7 – colleagues to the professional exam who have already passed a Training the Trainers course organized by the HACD, but at that time it was not possible to take the exam.

This will be a “virtual” department of community development with the first registered community development professionals in Hungary.

The subjects of the Training the Trainers program:
Theoretical Framework of Community Development
1) The Theory of Community
2) The Theory of Locality
3) The Orientation of Community Work and Legitimacy Theories
4) Modernization and Democracy
5) Civil Society as Moral Purpose
6) Civil Society in the New Europe
7) Civil Society in the World of Globalization

Social Phenomena of the Modern Community
8) Modernization, revolutions, democratic traditions in Hungary
9) The 3rd Sector and its social characteristics

Community Intervention
10) The History of Community Work
11) Formulating Community Work in Hungary, recent trends
12) Models of Community Intervention
13) The Roles of Helpers in Community Work
14) Personality, Skills, Values and Ethics of the Helpers

Some Special Fields in Community Work
15) Community Work with Target Groups
16) Community Economic Development
17) Community Media
18) Regional Development

19) Methods, Tools and Techniques in Community Work

20) Management in Community Work


21) Case Studies

22) The Practice of Community Work


23) Computer Skills

The way we worked

The Trainer Training program was a kind of directed learning, where the main stress was on self-education, reading, project analysis, writing case-studies, evaluations, etc.
The basis of the program was developed by the professionals of the Hungarian Association for Community Development. The curricula contained 23 different subjects out of which 22 were professional subjects and the 23rd was computer skills. The subjects have their own thematic and suggested readings. Each subject has been introduced in the Training the Trainers program by the “owner” of the subject and it was complemented by the group. We had registered contributions in advance. A contribution could be a talk, a bibliography, a film which is good for teaching, a homepage, etc. After such circles the next step was the identification of the given subject in the training process:
- its role,
- it suggested proportion,
- on what level is it recommended and on what level can it be neglected,
- what kind of methods are the best to approach the given theme,
- other sources of information, etc.

After the professional dialogues and discussions we watched films and we introduced some apparatus we have worked out so far (cases, games, exercises, etc.)

For the exam participants must introduce a case study and a subject curriculum of his/her own preference.

We have made significant progress in having good training materials and readings available in Hungarian, such as:

Community Work Manual, published by the ACW, U.K. details
CD around the World – by Humbert Campfens, Canada, details
Community Work in the U.K. – Alison Gilchrist
David N. Thomas: The Making of the Community Work, U.K.
Informal Adult Education in Sweden, 1994. CESAM, Sweden
Paul Henderson: Measuring Community Development - talk
John Bell: Community Development Team-work, Measuring CD. U.K.
Building Civil Society Manual – a curriculum Guide by Elizabeth Brewer, Anton Repon, Matthew Brennan, U.S.A.
Fundraising Manual for Community Activities – Eizabeth Brewer, U.S.A.

To summarize our experiences:
- it has not altered the project plan.
- It has succeeded to increase the number of CD teachers with new, knowledgeable, enthusiastic teachers,
- It has succeeded to manage the exam facility, which was rather complicated and difficult.

Ilona Vercseg
Project manager

RACD, Romania

From 01 June until 30 December we organized the following activities:
1. Project team meeting in Bucharest for organizing the first training course for community practicipants and to define selections criteria for them.
2. The selection of the participants, in Bucharest;
3. Training planning meeting,
4. First training course for community development practicioners in Herculane.
5. Mentoring process in 12 communities.
6. Periodical project team meetings.

1.. Project team meeting in Bucharest for organizing the first training course for community practicioners and defining selection-criteria.
- Here participated 3 team members of the Organizational Development coordinator and 4 members of training team.
- We decided the structure of this training: 3 training courses, 2 residential and one in fee communities’ part of the project.
- Selection criteria were decided (this criteria are not exclusive):
i. Experience in community development;
ii. Residence in one ARDC interest area;
iii. Capacity to develop one community development process.

2.. Training participants selection was organized in Bucharest. Here participated project team members, Organizational coordinator, 1 ARDC training team members.
This selection was announced in 3 ways: we announced the selection in ARDC web-page, in Voluntar electronic news paper, in e-group. ARDC facilitators announced this selection in communities where they work.
We selected from 12 communities 16 communities development practitioners.

3.. Training planning meeting. We decided the training objectives:
Training participants to have knowledge and abilities for Community Development principles apply.
- participants to know
i. Community Development instruments;
ii. How can motivate people;
iii. Community Development methods.
- Define facilitator / community leader rolls.
- To realize one activity plan.

4.. First training course was organize in Herculane in 6 – 9 October. There participated community leaders from 12 communities. Training course team was form from 3 members of the project team who was participated in the training course organized by the HACD and one member of the ADRC training team whit experience.

5.. After the first course the project team assisted training participants in their community development work. We visited 6 communities where we had discussions about ways to develop their communities. We create one e-group too.

6.. Project team meet periodically for analyzing project implementation stage and planning next activities.

Ionel Dobre
Project Manager

VOKA, Slovakia
Regional Community Development
Work conducted in Micro-region Velka Fatra , Slovakia
8 villages concerned: Belá-Dulice, Necpaly, Folkuąová, Ďanová, Blatnica, Turčianske Jaseno, ®abokreky, Moąovce

Planned schedule of activities:

- local workshops
- training of trainers
- creation of „advisory board“, or rather an „active core group of locals“
- public meetings
- mapping of local sources
- setting priorities for the MR
- site visits

Activities conducted, achievements in reality:

More than 30 meetings, including public meetings, meetings with „core group of locals“, meetings related to Listening Projects conducted in 4 villages out of 8 {in 1 village LP realized before, so in fact only 2 villages did not want LP}, meetings focusing on establishing of coordination center for the micro-region {center already exists and was created upon agreement of partners from all 3 sectors}.

Not realized:
- site visits
- training of trainers
- public meetings with guest speakers

Rough Time schedule of activities:
    Public meetings to introduce the project
May 2002
    Meetings with reps of 3 sectors { for MR}
May - october
    Listening project meetings
May – july 2002
    Public meetings related to SwOt analysis
October 2002
    Meetings with the core group of locals
May, then october 2002- january 2003
    Meetings with external people, who prepared specific material for the development document
September 2002
    Workshops: management of community projects, local fundraising
November 2002, january 2003

Ingrid Bernathova
Project Manager

2.What major favorable or unfavorable variances(s) from stated goals, objectives, and projected expenditures occurred during the period? Indicate of the variance will hinder or prevent the accomplishment of the objectives.

See the cover letter!

3. Do you currently expect that the planned results will be achieved by the completion of this grant period?


5. Do you currently expect to continue this program after the end of this grant?

Yes, on the way participating organizations will identify at the closing seminar in Transylvania, Romania in March.

If so, does your organization have appropriate funding committed?

Not yet.

31 January 2003, Budapest

Ilona Vercseg
President / HACD