CODE Kids project – Children are coding in public libraries aims to create a coding and STEM movement in which children, young people and librarians from rural and small urban environments develop their digital competences and engage in the life of their community by solving creative digital themes./exercises. Through the training activities and workshops, another window is open to explore the digital world with its development and learning opportunities, so that more than 2,000 children aged between 10 and 14 years old are encouraged to actively engage in activities and even follow a career in technology. Public libraries from 15 counties of Romania are or will become strategic partners of the project, directly involved in its implementation, through hired staff and premises.
Implementation period: January 2018 – December 2020 | Budget: 550,00 USD Project | Partners: Romanian-American Foundation, ETIC Association, CEZ Vânzare, Orange România, Societe Generale European Business Servicies , Alpha Bank, SIMPLON Romania, Progress Foundation, Public Libraries from Romania.

Ora să ȘTIM

Ora să ȘTIM is a national initiative that aims to stimulate the interest of children from rural environment for reading and other subjects of STEM domain (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics). The project is implemented with the help of librarians from public libraries located in rural areas. They support the Ora să ȘTIM Workshops periodically for children aged between 3 and 10 years. During the workshops, children listen to fascinating interactive stories and make small experiments in the STEM area. As a result of the activities, young people show interest in interpersonal communication, ask questions and even develop career interests. Ora să Știm project is present in over 150 localities from 12 counties in Romania: Argeș, Bihor, Dâmbovița, Gorj, Harghita, Hunedoara, Prahova, Mureș, Neamț, Sălaj, Vâlcea and Vrancea.

Implementation period: September 2018 – August 2019 | Budget: 47,400 EUR|Investor: Deutsche Telekom Stiftung

Learning circle in libraries

The main objective of the Learning circles in libraries project is to improve and expand the complexity and effectiveness of educational opportunities for adult learners by facilitating access to useful online content, effective study and improvement of lifelong learning abilities.
”The learning circle” is facilitated by a librarian and will take place within public libraries. Free online lessons used in learning circles are used to support digital skills and work / academic skills. This methodology has been designed to mitigate many of the problems faced by students who want to go online, lack of motivation, digital barriers, and social isolation.

Implementation period: September 2018 – August 2021 | Budget: 550,00 USD |Investors: Erasmus +, Action Strategic Partnerships

Școala de Reporteri SDG

Școala de Reporteri SDG project aims to motivate and educate children from rural areas to inform, produce and publish relevant video and audio material for the localities they live in, promoting the 17 Global Objectives from the 2030 agenda.

Thus, they discover what the Global Goals, SDGs are and why are they important to their generation, and promote these goals by making videos and podcasts addressing this topic in an original way. Details can be found on site and Progress Foundation Facebook page.

Implementation period: March 2019-June 2019 | Budget: 47240 Lei | Investors: Co-financed by the European Union and implemented by FINGO (Finland), in partnership with FOND, CROSOL platform and CONCORD.

Socacitele, the community caterers

According to the tradition of Transylvania villages, the community caterers (socăcițele) are present to all the major events in the village life – weddings, christenings and almsgivings. The objective of the project “SOCĂCIȚELE – Community Caterers” is to contribute to the discovery and promotion of community catering art (socăcit) of the upper Somes Valley, mainly in Feldru, Rebrisoara and Rodna villages from Bistrita-Nasaud County.

Implementation period: 2015-2016 | Budget: 15.000 EUR | Funder: EEA Grants 2009-2014, program PA17/RO13 | Details


During 2011 and early 2012, Progress Foundation facilitated the participation of 14 librarians from 12 Romanian counties in the digital storytelling training course (DigiTales ToT) organized by Goldsmiths College in the UK. Upon their returning to Romania, the librarian trainers trained in turn seniors in their communities and so we were able to achieve three important goals: preservation of cultural identity in the local communities, digital literacy and and digital inclusion of older persons. Besides this, the project implementation had as a tangible result a collection of over 100 digital stories, all very interesting and exciting.

Period: 2011-2012 | Budget: 20.000 EUR | Funder: EC,  Grundtvig | Details

Silver Stories

Silver Stories is a project funded by the European Commission, Leonardo da Vinci Transfer of Innovation program, which follows-up the DigiTales – Extending creative practices project (2011-2012, financed through Grundtvig program) and the national program DigiTales, financed by IREX (2013)The main objectives of the project are to create a new digital storytelling course and to deliver it in 11 county libraries for VET specialists, working with marginalized learners (i.e.: NGO representatives, employees of public institutions social workers, psycho-pedagogues, psychologists).

Period: November 2013 – August 2015 | Budget: 279.014 EUR | Funder: EC, Leonardo da Vinci | Details

Schollar performance no matter the social level

Schollar performance no matter the social level”, a winning project proposal submitted in the RSC competition “Raiffeisen comunitati”, was implemented in the school year of 2013 – 2014 to help 60 students in classes VII and VIII of the Secondary School “Lucian Blaga” University and the Gymnasium No. 7 from Viisoara Bistrita with a specific goal: help them get the best results at the National Assessment in 2014. Students received special tutoring after school for the Romanian Language and Mathematics disciplines. At the same time, teachers from two schools participated in a workshop regarding innovative teaching methods while students were given the necessary training supplies and collections.

Period: 2013 – 2014 | Budget: 28.370 RON | Funder: Raiffeisen, „Raiffeisen Comunitati” | Details

Third Place for Active Citizenship

Third place for active citizenship (in short, The Third Place) project is financed through EEA Grants 2009-2014, NGO Fund programme. The project goal is to set up a comprehensive system that facilitates citizens’ participation in practicing democracy by forming active citizens, creating spaces that protect and promote democratic values (“democracy nests”) ​​and by conducting integrity audits for local governments.

Period: July 2014 – April 2016 | Budget: 245.884 EUR | Funder: EEA Grants 2009-2014, NGO Fund | Details

Bistrita mea, secretul meu

My secret Bistrita, a winning concept promoted in the framework of the Casa Ema vrea sa te miste project competition, was implemented from June to November 2014. The project goal was to create a collaborative map of the city by collecting selfies made by fellow citizens in various town parts that they’re found of. In other words, the project aimed and succeeded to reveal the subjective (yet wondersful) side of Bistrita, drawing a new map of the town, one marked by memories and emotions.

Period: June – November 2014 | Budget: 800 RON | Funder: Casa Ema

And the list goes on…

Since its establishment until now, Progress Foundation has developed a lot of projects, locally as well as nationally and internationally. Click here to download our organizational annual report and find out more on our projects in 2014.

  1. Who we are
  2. Our vision
  3. What we do
  4. Our approach

Who we are

We are an experienced Romanian NGO that pilots local initiatives in the field of education/training, (e-)inclusion and community development and then scales it up, at national level, as innovative and impactful best practices.

Our vision

Our vision regarding development is that “small is beautiful” which means that activities or punctual interventions can have a great impact on people and communities. Therefore our motto is: “Small steps, giant leaps“.

In its 18 years of activity, Progress Foundation has implemented and continues to implement projects (local and national) focused on strengthening the local capacity, active citizenship, digital literacy and social innovation, while helping vulnerable groups (Roma, marginalized youth, women, elderly etc.) to develop new skills and become active in their communities.

At the heart of our development approach are the county/local libraries as social hubs for lifelong learning and community centers that connect various social groups, especially the marginal ones.

  • I have worked with Progress Foundation because they are an absolutely reliable partner in our international projects. Participants from Progress Foundation are very well prepared concerning the subject of our cooperation (empowerment of vulnerable groups – girls/women) as well as they are strong personalities to stand for their own position and opinion. At the same time Progress Foundation represents real intercultural learning because of their open minded attitude and capacity to transfer differences into challenging leaning experiences. 

  • I really admire Progress Foundation for its original, courageous and meaningful idea of bringing democracy and civic activities into libraries. Thanks to that libraries become important spaces of POLITICAL CULTURE in their local communities. We keep finger crossed for this project and we look forward to implement it in Poland!

  • Progress Foundation does exactly what they say on the jar. They create a strong foundation to enable progress, whether it be the capacity of organisations to increase or the development of individuals not only to think outside the box, but to create a whole new space. I chose to work with Progress Foundation because of the commitment and passion and professionalism of their team. They understand the landscape in Romania and internationally. I am impressed both by the expertise and skills of their principals and by the resonance and power of their principles.  I look forward to the next opportunity to work with Progress Foundation again.

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