Children and youth belonging to minority groups are the most vulnerable to social and economic exclusion even in the developed urban areas, such as the city of Győr in Hungary.
Although one of the most developed areas in Hungary, unemployment remains significantly higher among disadvantaged groups such as the Roma minority. In such contexts, disadvantaged children and youth find it difficult to develop their current and future cultural, social, and economic opportunities. The most significant challenges they
face are in schooling, motivation, integration, and pathways to employment.
Being open to everyone, this innovative environment fosters social cohesion among all community members.
Terre des hommes and its partner have set up a Fabrication Laboratory (FabLab) in Győr to tackle these challenges by empowering children and youth to improve their knowledge and skills on digital fabrication and increase their future employability prospects.
Our Fab Lab
By setting up a Fab Lab in Győr and organizing related activities, Terre des hommes aims to foster disadvantaged children and youth’s skill development and integration. In the FabLab, children and youth can learn skills and knowledge on a wide range of digital manufacturing
equipment such as 3D printers, laser cutter, vinyl cutter, Arduino boards, CNC milling machine, Digital Sewing machine, etc.
We train children and young people to use this specialized equipment while at the same time developing their creative skills. The FabLab offers a learning path that accompanies disadvantaged children and youth from a basic understanding of digital manufacturing
technology to a more advanced interaction with production and manufacturing involving creativity and complex machinery use.
Besides the digital manufacturing activities, our partner Pressley Ridge Hungary applies a broader experiential education methodology. Children take part in a wide range of psychosocial activities organized aside from Innovative skills-building activities. These activities, such as teamwork, adaptability, responsibility, and goal setting, can help them in personal, social, and future professional contexts.
Through this approach, the Fab Lab aims to strengthen the children’s resilience and empower them to take control of their future lives. More than 240 children and young people are engaged in the FabLab activities and learn to use innovative methods of creating a wide range of products.
Empowering children and youth creativity
In the FabLab, children and young people are empowered to design their products and choose the methods of production.
By fully participating and having ownership of the creative process and final product, they build their self-confidence and become motivated to pursue their goals.
The Fablab brings together children and youth from various social backgrounds and creates the context in which they can socialize, work on joint projects, learn about each other and build relationships. The activities also serve as a bonding experience between children and child protection professionals who supervise and offer support.