Still in Turda, Romania for one more day and one more night, before heading on to Bucurest early tomorrow. Visiting Cluj today, the biggest city in the region. Spent yesterday with our hosts having very productive meetings and planning the launch process for Romanian version of prevention magazine… and sightseeing. We were introduced to Not For Sale Romania via a friend at Stop The Traffik UK. We are partnering together to launch the glossy version of the magazine in Jan 2011, but have mapped out a year long process of engagement with young people who will shape much of the content.
This will culminate in an international anti trafficking conference here in October to coincide with European Anti Trafficking day.
We are amazed by European opportunities to push things forward, open doors and ease strategy – for example: All schools are state schools in the country with just one website. When we want to access all the young people in the whole of Romania we are able to use this to reach every school, and are going to do so! This year we are partners in a national campaign to get young people to use their artistic, creative and journalistic skills as activists for change in their own communities. The National Police will distribute campaign material for us. The team here have worked very hard on relationships with partner prevention groups in Romania and locally, it is a excellent model of co operation towards change.
We would like to find people who can contribute prizes for young writers and designers for an awards ceremony in October which links to the Anti Trafficking Conference. We wish to supply 3 laptops, 3 printers and one camera to the winners so that they can continue to develop skills and impact their local communities with practical tools. We have found it essential, not to just encourage people to take action, but to give them the tools necessary to accomplish this. Any Takers? We need to convey the prizes by early March in our publicity.
We are struggling to find the right route to Greece to try and keep our schedule relatively on track – there seems to be no obvious options in terms of roads, terrain and safety.