FabLab Hungary - Using Innovation to bridge inequality gaps amongst children and youth in the city of Győr.
Terms of Reference
Feasibility study on the inclusiveness, operation and outreach to the target communities of the FabLab project in the city of Győr.
With a population of just under 10 million inhabitants, Hungary is made up of contrasting regions when it comes to economic and social development. It hosts one of the top ten most disadvantaged micro-regions in the EU and the unemployment rates vary from over 10% to as low as 3%. These disparities are further exacerbated by low economic mobility and insufficient professional reconversion strategies. The city of Győr belongs to one of the most developed regions in Hungary (Western Transdanubia). With a vibrant economy (and one of the highest GDP score in the country, outside Budapest) and several industries and service sectors well developed, it boasts an unemployment rate of just 4%. Against this background of apparent prosperity, the most economically disadvantaged group of the population in Győr is the Roma minority which is estimated at up to 7 000 people. Disadvantaged children from the Roma community despite this favourable context do not reap its benefits and their current and future cultural, social and economic opportunities are significantly below that of the majority. Significant difficulties are apparent in schooling, integration and pathways to employment. In order to capture those at risk of being left behind and increasingly marginalised there is a need to provide new and creative leaning and development opportunities that can provide a complementary development path.
The initiative will set up a FabLab in Győr and use this as the center of several activities targeting disadvantaged children with the aim of fostering their inclusion and development.
A FabLab (coming from the contraction of the words ‘fabrication laboratory’) is a physical space putting various tools related to digital fabrication at the disposal of its visitors. A FabLab is generally equipped with an array of flexible computer-controlled tools that cover several different length scales and various materials.
First and foremost the project will offer an innovative way to engage with and develop disadvantaged children who are at risk of exclusion and reduced life opportunities. Schools and social services are increasingly exploring new ways in which the individual educational and development needs of disadvantaged children can be met.
FabLab offers an exceptional opportunity to provide an alternative and complementary educational and development setting. The Fablab provides a controlled and safe environment for children and youth to engage with technology in creative processes which develop skills, confidence and individual and team awareness. The project will build on the existing Fablab work of Terre des hommes, existing FabLabs in Hungary and also look to other projects of relevance such as the transnational and cross border work of the Interreg pilot FabLab projects FabLab intends to provide an inspiring example of what can be achieved.
This two-year project seeks to achieve the following specific objectives:
- Skill-building: Engage and familiarize disadvantaged children and youth to use innovative methods and specialised equipments to produce wide range of objects and at the same time work towards developing soft skills
- Social Inclusion: The social inclusion of disadvantaged children and youth increases as well as their connectedness through the establishment of positive social networks
Empowerment: The self confidence of disadvantaged children and youth is increased through their participation in the project and the acquisition of new skills and friendships.
Objective of this consultancy
- This consultancy will deal with the first key activitiy of this project by conducting an assessmentof the accessibility and inclusivenes that a FabLab can provide for the target group.
- The objectives of this work are:
To conduct an assessment related to the accessibility, inclusiveness and safety of the chosen space where the FabLab will operate and of the overall approach towards the participation of the disadvantaged children and youth in the city of Győr
To assess the project outreach strategy with regards to the direct and indirect target groups in the city of Győr.
The research should include at a minimum (list not exhaustive):
- Inclusiveness of the approach towards the participation of disadvantaged children and youth in the city of Győr.
- Physical accessiblity of the space by children and youth, encompassing all the barriers that might make this space unaccessible for children and youth.
- Safety and child safeguarding considerations that the space may (or not) generate
- Assessment of the chosen technical equipments for the implementation of the project
- Assessment of the curicula and methodology chosen to achieve the objectives of the project
- Assessment of the established partnerships and collaborations geared towards the implementation of the project
The research methodology will include at a minimum:
- Review of background documents and curricula proposed
- Field visit to Győr and observation
- Focus groups discussions and/or semi structured interviews with children and other actors involved in the project (Győr and Budapest)
Expected deliverables of this consultancy:
- A draft feasibility study on the accessibility, outreach and impact the FabLab project can have on the disadvanted children and youth in the city of Győr. This will also include:
- a set of recommendations geared towards maximising the impact of the space potential to reach out to the most marginalised and disadvantaged childrenin the city of Győr, factoring in contextual and cultural hindrances to be overcome.
- a set of recommendations for an outreach strategy towards the participation of disadvantaged children and young people in the city of Győr.
- A corresponding final feasibility study after review of first draft by implementing organisations
Start of consultancy: As soon as possible
January 20th 2020: Feasibility study of the FabLab project.
How to apply:
Qualified applicants should submit their application package to the following email address firstname.lastname@example.org by 24 November 2019
Required skills and experience:
- A degree in Social sciences, or any other relevant degree in other disciplines
- Minimum of 5 years of experience of work on non discrimination and/or social inclusion issues (10 years if degree is undergraduate level).
- Monitoring and Evaluation experience, and/or academic research experience will be considered an asset
- Native Hungarian language
- Top notch english writing skills
- IT skills linked to the equipment of the project will be considered an asset
The application package should include the following documents:
- A maximum 2 pages letter of Interest highlighting the applicant’s experience in similar areas of work and including a draft methodology and overall approach to the consultancy
- CV in English
- With the application package, the applicant should provide a clear indication of required work days (no more than 10 working days are foreseen for this consultancy work) and expected fees for their work (daily rate, including all taxes and contributions, including VAT where applicable
* The applicant must also indicate their tax status (individual/company) and tax residency.
All persons working with Terre des hommes will have to sign and comply with our Child Safeguarding Policy.