Grassroots Europe for Local Wellbeing Initiative
The Education Support Program of the Open Society Foundations (Hungary) and its project partners launched the initiative in 2011 to support European community-based educational grassroots organisations that are able to mobilise their communities and public opinion around issues of marginalisation in education and help the most vulnerable groups of society.
The project gives European citizens who are active in the field of education and social inclusion the opportunity to interact among themselves, with policy-makers, civil society organization at the local, national and EU level. At the local level it pursues a community-based, participatory approach and seeks to involve a diverse array of educational grassroots organisations that work towards promoting soft factors for local development (culture, creativity, and innovation of citizens) and fostering local well-being through formal and informal education. By convening people of diverse social and professional backgrounds, paying particular attention to the perspectives of disenfranchised groups, the project aims to enable those local voices which are not typically heard, to become a part of policy discussions around educational issues, ensuring valuable interaction between EU decision makers and those directly affected by EU policies. The project is developed and implemented through the cooperation of a number of partner organizations, coming from 8 countries, namely Albania, Germany, Croatia, Austria, Italy, Hungary, Latvia and Romania.