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The Necesini challenge & objectives

The penitentiaries in Romania and Serbia have two very important missions – to ensure custody of incarcerated persons and to support the social reintegration of inmates. The reintegration of former inmates, especially on the labour market, is difficult in the cross-border area due to lack of jobs, very low salaries and mainly discrimination upon employment.

This project envisages to prove practical knowledge and skills to the inmates by a non-formal education program in producing dry fruit, vegetables, herbs, and medicinal plants. Thus, we are increasing the chance of inmates to become small agriculture producers. Organizing events of promoting equality employment chance concerning former convicts, we want to draw the attention of the local community and business environment on the importance of education in reducing recidivism alongside increasing the safety of communities.

Necesini results

Specialists team

A team of more than 20 specialists on lifelong learning & reintegration developing a unique educational program to exploit regional potential, traditional products and new technologies. The team developed ”best practice” support materials so that the educational experience can be replicated throughout both countries.

Trained people

Over 40 persons executing penal sanctions from Romania and Serbia trained in drying and selling herbs and medicinal plants, fruit and vegetables.

Working sites

Two modern and sustainable working sites, in Timisoara and Pancevo, with modern equipment and tools for drying and packing herbs and medicinal plants, fruit, and vegetables.

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This project is financed by the European Union under the Instrument for Pre-accession Assistence (IPA II) and co-financed by the partner states in the Programme.

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