Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos visited on Tuesday a kindergarten in Dambovita County, a school unit of 14 children attending studies. 11 of them are eligible to benefit of social tickets by the programme Each Child in Kindergarten.
“At the kindergarten in Podu Cristinii of Potlogi commune, I met cheerful children. Children are very confident concerning the future and they gave me energy, too, for the entire year ahead. I know that it is quite difficult for some of the parents to send their children to kindergarten, but kindergarten means an additional chance in the life of each child, a chance worth granting and that rewards several years later the effort, regardless of its difficulty”, Dacian Ciolos wrote on Facebook.
Dacian Ciolos’ visit to the kindergarten in Potlogi was held under the circumstances that, on Tuesday, the Ministry of Labour started public debates for ten days on the norms of implementation of Law no. 248 / 2015 concerning the stimulation of attendance to preschool education of children from poor families.
“I think it is important to see how we can approach this matter of financial issues in poor communities in an integrated manner, especially at the countryside, and also to treat the issue of poverty along with that of access to education, medical care and other types of social services. I think that the programme Each Child in Kindergarten (FCG) is a piece in this puzzle we must find out how to build”, Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos declared.
The Prime Minister was accompanied, during his visit to the kindergarten of Podu Cristinii by Labour Minister Ana Costea and by Education Minister Adrian Curaj.
Law preventing dropping out of schools
The law no. 248/2015, adopted by the Parliament and promulgated by the Romanian President, turns the pilot programme Each Child in Kindergarten, initiated in 2010 by the OvidiuRo Association in partnership with the Ministry of Education into a national programme. The objectives of the programme is to reduce dropping out of schools and the number of persons who risk suffering of poverty and social exclusion.
Concretely, “Each Child in Kindergarten” encourages the attendance to preschool education of children aged 3 to 6, born in families with a monthly income lower than RON 284 per family member, by granting a social ticket of RON 50 per month for each child attending kindergarten.
111,000 children receive social tickets if they join kindergarten
According to a preliminary estimation by the Ministry of Labour, 111,000 children of poor families may benefit of social tickets conditioned by their presence at the kindergarten.
The elaboration of the implementation norms of the mentioned legal act, that may be adopted by government decree, was completed by the Ministry of Finances, the Ministry of Labour and of Education, with the attendance of representatives of the OvidiuRo Association. The workgroup was conducted by the Prime Minister’s Chancellery.
The norms presented for public debate intend to carefully reproduce the operating mechanism of the pilot programme: granting social tickets is strictly conditioned on children’s attendance to the kindergarten, teachers will check attendance and eligible kids will be identified by Mayoralties.