The official web-site of the project HAIFES .

HAIFES  project is a Grundtvig Partnership for Learning financed by European Union .

HAIFES is the acronym title of the project  :Hobby As an Integrating Factor for European Society 

The aims of the project:

- getting know new kind of hobby and European citizens interests  

- identifying and learning new methods in informal education of adults

- developing educational, interpersonal and social competences

- motivating learners to active participation in the social life, through artistic workshops, through hobby presentation , through educational meetings and cultural events


- participation in different kind of artistic workshops

- presentation of various kind of the hobby by adult learners

- participation in hobby exhibitions, festivities, cultural events

- organizing educational visits to artistic studios in the aim to know handicraft objects

- organizing meetings with folk artistic creators

- organizing visits to museums, palaces, castles to know hobby from different centuries

Results :

- artistic handicraft objects

- exhibitions

- meetings with artists

- Power Points presentations about hobby

- the blog of the project, E –portfolio, reports, film, photos

Friday, 17 December 2010


,,ASSOCIATION FOR SCIENCE , CULTURE , YOUTH AND SOCIAL INTEGRATION" organized Thursday , December 16  in partnership with ,,Gheorghe Cartianu" Technical College an workshop dedicated to Christmas celebration .

Objectives :
-To refresh popular winter traditions from the North of Moldavia.
-To learn to use wasted materials for creativity development and for environment protection .
-To learn new techniques of garden decoration .
-To celebrate Winter in a beautiful way and make our activity funny and interesting for the boys too.

The workshop was  animated by 2 trainers .

During the workshop a group of young boys created  winter garden decorations . 

 The traditional masks from Romania are always satiric figures.
Usually  they are representing Romanian village characters but now the boys represented characters from their life in the society of  a modern town .

 The masks are  made from little pieces of waste leather  from  the fur industry.
  The boys  used chips from the lathe machining of metals like copper and stainless steel to make their  decorations more glamorous .

 The mask is used in Romania only by the boys to scare the bed spirits during traditional celebrations .

 The little masks with CD support will protect our garden during the winter holiday .
 ''Craciun fericit ! ", Merry Christmas !,A happy new year !

 Do not worry the bed spirits will not come any closer in our garden !

Saturday, 11 December 2010

Hobbies and Human Rights in an Workshop Organized by ASCETIS Piatra-Neamt Romania

The Association for Science , Culture , Ecology , Youth and Social Integration organized yesterday ,the 10th of  December  an workshop dedicated to The International Day of Human Rights .

 The title of the workshop was ,,Music and Communication"  and the  discussions were around the theme  ,,Hobbies and Human Rights "

 At the workshop participated 50 students from ,,Gheorghe Cartianu"  Technical College and 10 teachers .

The students and the teachers enjoyed the activity and found inspiration for new hobbies .

We also had a special guest from Japan , mr. USHI YAMA SUSUMU , Japanese, rock musician, ,,pilgrim, hitchhiker" how he is calling himself . 

 Ushi traveled in 64 countries with the help of the people he met and he still wants to go forward to accomplish his dream that is to visit  and sing  all over the world .
Singing and traveling are  hobbies for him .

We discovered  together that the human most important values are protected by the Universal  Declaration of Human Rights .

"Article 19.
Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers."
,,Article 27.
Everyone has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits.
 Everyone has the right to the protection of the moral and material interests resulting from any scientific, literary or artistic production of which he is the author."

Practicing hobbies is a human right .

''Article 26.
Everyone has the right to education. Education shall be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages. Elementary education shall be compulsory. Technical and professional education shall be made generally available and higher education shall be equally accessible to all on the basis of merit.
  Education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. It shall promote understanding, tolerance and friendship among all nations, racial or religious groups, and shall further the activities of the United Nations for the maintenance of peace."

We had invited 1 TV and ,,Ziar" from Piatra Neamt to spread the information .
Ziar is an electronic newspaper . Here is the article they published about our workshop

Saturday, 4 December 2010


Hobbies are practiced for interest and enjoyment,  and those who  use to practice this  kind of recreational  activities   do not wait for a  financial reward.

Financing is still necessary especially when a hobby  is the   subject of an educational workshop during which the activities are carried out in a team .
Here are the best  solutions to find the financial support for your activities :
-Look for sponsors and/or partners in your local community  !

-The participants can be asked to bring their own tools and materials  . Promise them that the products realized during the workshop  will not be confiscated by the organizers! Everyone will be able to enjoy the results from his own  activity.

-Find volunteers that can animate the workshop and be a volunteer animator yourself !
-Make an exhibition with the best products !

-Organize a party at the end of the activity and provide the best products as prizes in a raffle !Sell tickets to the raffle during the party !
-Be happy,make education a joyful activity so  everybody will learn with pleasure in you workshops and will be happy to share the new achievements .
-I wish you to be enthusiastic , to discover yours and your learners' passions and  much success !

Wednesday, 1 December 2010


Stowarzyszenie VESUVIO Poland

Activity: Christmas Decoration Workshop- presentation of old Polish traditions and hobby
 The aims of the workshop:

- development folk creativity by learners

- development the feeling of aesthetics

- getting known various techniques of making decorative elements in Christmas time

- cultivating old Polish traditions of artistic hand-made objects and traditional Polish customs

- enrichment learners’ artistic skills

- building inter-generation integration through presenting learners’ hobbies

 The group of learners made Christmas decorations according to old Polish techniques and traditions used in Christmas time in past century.

 Participants used simple accessible materials such as: shells from nuts, paints, glues, colorful papers. Thanks to creative inspirations this kind of Christmas decorations were made: swans, ponies, fish, chains, baskets, tortoises, little angels, little lighthouses and others.
 The older generation taught younger learners through cultivation old Polish traditions. The activity supported integration between old and young generation.

The workshops developed the idea of mutual learning, delivered new ideas, inspired to farther common activities and brought memories from former century.

 Experience and produced materials are spread among European partners.

Saturday, 27 November 2010


The Association for Science Culture Ecology Youth and Social Integration    as a partner of  The Syndicates' Cultural House   from Piatra Neamt and ,,Gheorghe Cartianu" Tecnical College is collaborating with the training teams of the popular dance troops   ,,PLĂIEŞII CEAHLĂULUI" and ,,TOPORASUL".

The troop ,,Toporasul"  participated Thursday  25 November at the festival "No Name Stars" organized by The Syndicates' Cultural House  and was awarded with the gold medal.

The pictures are from the festival.

Congratulations , and good luck in the next competitions !

Dancing is a beautiful hobby !
Popular art makes it even more nice and accessible  ! 

Monday, 18 October 2010


The project  HOBBY AS AN INTEGRATING FACTOR IN EUROPEAN SOCIETY was presented in the frame of the cultural event : <<The School Days at ,,Gheorghe Cartianu " Technical College >>.
 The presentation was a introduction to the project activities .

The president of ASCETIS association , mrs. Eleonora Budur also presented  in front of a group of 20 teachers from ,,Gheorghe Cartianu" Technical College a collage of movies , pictures and web-sites about the handicraft market and the specific hobbies  in Cyprus , Romania and 
wide-world . 

Sunday, 10 October 2010

Chess in the parks of the city

This is the summary  of a study realized by ASCETIS association in Romania about the adult's  non-formal education that can be realized by practicing this sport as a hobby .
In the cities men with all ages , no matter how rich or poor they are no matter their culture or ethnic origin are meeting in the afternoons in places known as chess outdoors spaces and are playing with passion , and creativity. .
The professional players are meeting here  kids , youth,seniors and the game become more passionate.
“Nenea” Andrei is a retired foreman  and he is playing chess ever since we know him .
Now he is old and suffering for diabetes but he will always find a friend  to play chess with and a moment to teach to the youth  “sermons for morality “.
After a tiring day at work
chess is one good way to find your strengths and reason,a good way to forget the business problems.
No matter how hard you go, chess is a good friend that will always make you smile
 Conclusion :
Chess is not just a hobby 
it is a way to prove a man  strength 
and a canal of communication between  generations .
Chess is also a good opportunity for sermons of morality and for seniors volunteering in youth education .