CONNECTORThere are thousands of people all over Europe passionate about nonformal learning and there are hundreds of thousands (maybe even millions) who benefit from it. This event is dedicated to them and to those from other fields willing to share and to develop together learning methods and tools that are meaningfull, with impact at both personal and professional level.

The time has come for nonformal to have its own celebration. CONNECTOR creates an interactive “happening” for hundreds of people from all over Europe for which nonformal learning is the natural choice which completes and supports formal education.
COM’ON Cluj-NapocaCOM’ON Cluj-Napoca (Participative Budgeting by Youth@Cluj-Napoca 2015 – European Youth Capital)

Participative budgeting (PB) wants to involve the citizens in a democratic process of taking decisions together in order to establish the best solution for money expenditures (only one part) of the public budget.

The aim of the project is to start a process of participative budgeting based on the implication of the youth, so that the city of Cluj-Napoca will finance the implementation of the projects that are most popular within the 2015 European Youth Capital.

The strategic objective is the creation of a portfolio of 250 small projects with an approximate budget of 500.000 leis. These projects will be based on the original ideas of the youth and will be addressed to the local community (especially the outskirts of the city). By doing so, the rate of active participation among the inhabitants of Cluj should grow and the citizens will have the opportunity be involved more in the local life. The activities will occur in public communal spaces and the access will be free for everyone.
Cluj - The New “Hub” of Non-Formal EducationCluj - The New “Hub” of Non-Formal Education

Even though most of us have been used to studying while trembling with fear in our school seats when the teacher opened the register book, the present generation longs for more and more information. Of course, the internet is now a source that can satisfy any informational need we may have, there is still a need for something else. Maybe this “something else” is the need to learn new things in a different environment than the traditional school and online surfing. And maybe, this “something else” is called CONNECTOR.

The event will take place between the 19th and the 24th of November, at the Polyvalent Hall, with the help of Erasmus+ and the National Agency for Community Programs in the Domain of Educational and Professional Development in collaboration with the Share Federation and the town hall of Cluj-Napoca. The name “Connector” is related to the city Cluj-Napoca because the latter is to be the European youth Capital in 2015.

It is an opportunity for students that one cannot meet every day and for the newly graduates to learn new things that they have never heard of and to share their knowledge with others. Being base on 3 groups of activities, „Laboratory+”, „Incubator+” și „Connector+”, the event has as a main objective the formation of an interactive framework for sharing learning techniques. „Connector” seems to understand that the youth need to „share” the things they know so that interesting exchanges occur among between them.