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Forge - workshop for cold working of metals

The school for children with special needs situated in Mołotkowice, the Pinsk District, Belarus, offers education and housing to 157 children (89 boys, 68 girls) with various levels of intellectual disability. Children from dysfunctional low-income families make up the biggest group of the students. The classes in the Mołotkowice facility focus on developing social competences of its students. Throughout the entire period of education they are being prepared to become self-reliant.

After graduation, the students start to live on their own, usually finding a job that is in line with the type of education they received at the facility. However, people with a moderate level of mental disability require an individual approach and care in the workplaces, which employers are often unable to provide. In consequence, the school graduates sometimes lose their jobs and are forced to go back to their, often dysfunctional, families, or are sent to closed centres.

From 2014 to 2015, the existing workshop studios were renovated and new ones were created, thus providing the students with a place where they can learn professional skills necessary for being self-reliant. Creating a new studio - a forge for the cold working of metals, will help the facility develop further. It will be another step towards converting the school into a supported employment enterprise, where school graduates can find employment. The new studio for the cold working of metal will allow some of the students to acquire vocational skills and to sell their iron products to generate additional income.

Forge - workshop for cold working of metals

The project is scheduled to be implemented from 1 July to 31 December 2016 in cooperation with the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Minsk and its local partner, the boarding school in Mołotkowice, the Pinsk District, Belarus.

Its objective is for the school to support the local trade and production. To this end, the project provides for organising the certification process of a selected range of products manufactured by the disabled students and creating a new workshop studio-forge for them. Thus, the project will extend the material and technical resources to organise the work and social rehabilitation of upper-year students and graduates with mental disabilities. It will help to create a supported employment enterprise. Opening the “cold forge” and certifying the production will generate additional income for the school and its students and offer  prospects for further development.

The students of the school in Mołotkowice - 157 children (aged 7-18) with mental disabilities, who come from various regions of the Brest Region and school educators will be the direct beneficiaries of the project.

Forge - workshop for cold working of metals

The project was implemented from 26 July to 31 December 2016. Its objectives were fully accomplished. The examination and certification of the production will open the door to developing the production aimed at selling the products freely. Consequently, the school studios will increase their income and develop their operations, thus increasing the opportunities for providing school students with practical training. The project provided for purchasing specialist machines and equipment for school workshop studios for the cold working of metal: bending, folding and cutting machines. With the new workshop studio, it is now possible to launch the provision of on-demand services and production.

The project was fully funded by the Polish Aid and its value amounted to PLN 73,000 (EUR 17,500). For the purposes of calculation, the following exchange rate was applied: EUR 1 = PLN 4.1749.