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STRAPAC project is tailored to 70 service staff of religious communities and professionals in theology from poor regions/rural areas (religious leaders, priests,deacons,monks, sisters, workers in administration of religious communities, religious teachers, etc.), 10 members of each partner's organizations,  1000 active members of religious communities,  10000 other interested stakeholders and finally 100 people in need who will be directly and indirectly involved in the project activities or will benefit from its results. STRAPAC  search to introduce these target groups new methods for fight against social exclusion at local level by offering innovative training tools and opportunities for learning mobilities and through effective transnational cooperation and exchange of good practices to foster  improvements of transversal and entrepreneurship skills of the target groups. The project will be implemented for 30 months.

 

The main project objectives are: 

- To help service staff/religious professionals belonging to religious communities located in poor regions and rural areas to develop basic competences and transversal skills, such as entrepreneurship, communication, and leadership skills, which will help them to tackle social exclusion more effectively and to improve their work with vulnerable groups of people such as disabled people, refugees, migrants, Roma people and other marginalized communities;

- To help representatives of religious communities from regions at grass root level and rural areas to enhance their multicultural skills to better cope with people with different cultural, ethnic or religious background and to increase their ability to hold inter-religious dialogue; 

- To enhance the digital integration of learning through development of innovative on-line training tools to support reducing disparities in learning outcomes affecting learners from disadvantaged backgrounds.

- To create a strategic partnership network of  representatives of communities with different religious and confessional background and to strengthen the cooperation between the participating organizations through exchanging of experience and good practices, which will help them to increase their capacity to develop new approaches for skill development.

 

Project partners

STRAPAC project involves an appropriate mix of complementary participating organizations, belonging to different sectors of education, with necessary experience to successfully cover all project aspects. It has 5 partners, including the Center for dialogue between sciences and theology-University of Craiova (Lead partner), 2 recognized universities, and 2 informal education providers.  The partnership is built upon previously established network of organizations thanks to their joint participation in LLP funded projects. The partners are chosen among others due to the high professional skills and expertise, but also similar professional interests. They will bring the following competences and experience to the project:

 

Centre for dialogue between sciences and theology (University of Craiova) - Romani

CDST-UCV is a legal entity established in 2006, with members and specialists from 6 socio-humanistic faculties from the University of Craiova. It is in fact a form of research institute acting in the domain of educational services with members who are university leaders in the socio-humanistic field. The staff consists of ten permanent experts acting part-time in our research Centre. As an answer to the demands of the labour market, our experts succeeded to create within the University of Craiova a Centre for socio-professional evaluation and orientation for a career in the socio-humanistic area.

 

Regional Development Foundation - Bulgaria

Fondatsiya za regionalno razvitie (in English - Regional Development Foundation - RDF) is a non-profit organization, established for the benefit of the general public in 2000 and is headquartered in the town of Vidin, Bulgaria. The main objectives of the organization are to support the development and the promotion of moral values, civil society, education, science and culture and to help for the development of disadvantaged regions in Bulgaria. The Foundation supports the social work of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church at local level, which works with the most vulnerable groups of people and provides its representatives with additional assistance in the development of various projects, financed by EU in Bulgaria. It runs the Information Centre of the European Union and Europe Direct Information centre in Vidin. 
 
MF Norwegian School of Theology in Oslo is a specialized university in the field of Theology and Religious Studies and the largest theological institution in Norway. MF is a leading research institution, and offers two doctoral programs, a professional degree in theology, eight master programs and four bachelor programs. It strives to continually grow as a leading school of theology through research in line with the highest standards of international excellence, the application and dissemination of knowledge, and the pursuit of quality education in an environment of freedom, credibility, and ecumenical cooperation, devoted to the personal growth and formation of students. It has trained about 70 % of the clergy of the Church of Norway (Lutheran), as well as teachers, catechists, missionaries and other workers in church and society. MF does also educate clergy for the Catholic Church and the Methodist Church and offers courses and degrees in Pentecostal theology as well as for the Salvation Army. The school has also increasingly become an international school with a global focus, both in terms of its student body and its programs and curriculum. MF sees a close relationship in today's world between a ministry in and to the local church and a commitment to global Christianity. 
 
The Local Action Group del Ducato is a not for profit organization/public equivalent body (not performing economic activities on the market). It aims to promote the local development of Parma and Piacenza territories (Emilia-Romagna Region, North of Italy), acting both as Local Development Agency and Local Action Group according to the EU LEADER and Community-led local development approaches. The LAG del Ducato gathers together 31 local partner organizations both public and private in the area (http://galdelducato.it/il-territorio/), including 59 Municipalities in the two Provinces (http://galdelducato.it/i-soci/), for a total of over 138.000 inhabitants and a surface of 3.904,91 square kilometers.
 

The Aristotle University of Thessaloniki was founded in 1925 and first opened its doors a year later, in 1926. The Faculty of Medicine and the Faculty of Theology were founded in 1941. The Aristotle University of Thessaloniki is the largest university in Greece. The main campus, located in the centre of Thessaloniki, covers an area of about 33.4 hectares. It comprises 10 faculties which consist of 40 schools and 1 single School Faculty. About 73.930 students study at the e University (65.026 in undergraduate programmes and 8.472 in postgraduate programmes, of which 3952 at Doctoral level). In the period 29.11-5.12.2015 the University was evaluated by an External Evaluation Committee, consisting of International Experts. It was evaluated with "Worthy of Merit" (the highest grade in a four grade scale), having received in the individual sections 11 "Worthy of Merit" and 15 "Positive Evaluation", which is considered an excellent evaluation for all sections. mes (Erasmus Mundus, Erasmus+ International etc.).