*Dr. Klaus Urban, Ex-President WCGTC : “No nation, no society may afford to neglect the most gifted children and young people of its population. The peaks represent national fortune”
*Monica Gheorghiu: “Since 2007, we have a national law that enables differentiated education for gifted children and it is not applied.”
The Gifted Education Centre and Speakers Club Junior organize on Sunday, December 6, 2015, during 2 – 5 PM, at Parliament Hotel in Bucharest, the KIDx Conference, dedicated to gifted children, winners of the Speakers Club Junior scholarships, who will express their opinion on the Romanian education system and will promote the cause of gifted children. Simultaneously, there will be the Annual Event of Social Acknowledgement of gifted children, where the most talented children in Romania will be offered acknowledgement degrees for high level performances at international tests.
High-potential children and young people’s need for differentiated education is stipulated since as early as 1994, according to Recommendation no. 1248 by the European Parliament and to Law no. 17 of 2007 and nonetheless, education policies to support exploring the high potential of these children were not yet applied in our country.
The implementation of such educational policy is increasingly urgent considering that IQ tests performed nationwide during the Pilot Project of Testing Children’s Intelligence at international level shows that 40 per cent of the children who attended the test have a high level of intelligence.
At the KIDx National Conference, speeches will be held by the winners of Speakers Club Junior scholarships, Diana Petre (aged 10) and Bianca Ionescu (aged 10), Adelina Petre (6 years old, the youngest members of the group of public speakers at Speakers Club Junior), Alexia Dragan (aged 10, the winner of several national competitions of public speaking), Adelin Danaila (twelfth grade student and member of the Speakers Club), trainer Mihaela Mathe (Executive Manager of the company “One Smart Star Romania”) and Monica Gheorghiu, President of the Gifted Education Centre.
The conference – debate is an open invitation to journalists, representatives of the civil society, state institutions working in the field of human rights’ defence, state-owned or private companies involved in children’s education and granting their welfare and proper training for life, representatives of the Ministry of National Education and of the Presidential Administration.
“Eight years have passed since National Law no. 17 / 2007 for Gifted Children in Romania was issued and yet, the context has not been created at this point in order to implement differentiated educational policies for this category. By the fact that children endowed with high potential are prohibited a differentiated education, I personally think that a fundamental right of the human being is being violated and the carelessness of the responsible state institutions affects approximately 200,000 gifted children who were not identified yet, whose special needs are not yet acknowledged and whose right to a differentiated education, according to applicable laws, is disregarded.
Therefore, we are making a public appeal to responsible institutions of the state, to the Romanian Government and to Presidential Administration to attend this debate – conference and to present an official position”, announced Monica Gheorghiu, President of the Gifted Education Centre, declared “Woman of the Year 2012 for Promoting and Defending Children’s Rights”.
Details and subscriptions to the event: http://giftededu.ro/conferinta-copiilor-despre-educatie