On Tuesday Hora has opened its application process for Romanian state primary school teachers to apply for the summer school for personal development. 24 primary state school teachers and counsellors can participate to the first edition of the summer school workshop that will take place from 11th until 15th of July 2016 in Malancrav (Sibiu).
“Today we launch our open call, inviting participants to submit their application before the 6th of June. There are 24 places available for motivated participants from Arges, Brasov, Dambovita and Mures. The selection process will be rigorous,” points out Ilse Baekelandt-Luyten, spouse of the Belgian Ambassador in Romania and Honorary President of Hora. “We are looking for teachers and counsellors who are highly motivated, who have a proven track record in social implication and who have a working level knowledge of English, since the workshops will be held by foreign specialists in English. We asked the CJRAE of the 4 counties to get involved in the selection process and give us their recommendations on every selected participant, because we are looking for ‘leaders’ who will carry out afterwards the newly learned skills in their working environment.”
Hora is working under patronage of the Embassy of Belgium in Romania, with the support of Carmeuse Foundation and the Institute for Research in Education.
Hora has invited 3 experienced Belgian trainers of the Educational Academy of Belgium, specialized in giving courses of personal development to teachers. “The program of the 5 workshop days is tailor made for the Romanian public,” explains Bruno Van den Bossche, general manager of the Educational Academy.
The trainers will work on 3 themes that have given great results to teachers and counselors in the rest of Europe: self-care (meaning a healthy inner balance between your capacity to carry and the burden you are carrying), self-acceptance (meaning you have to learn to accept that you fail sometimes) and discovery of the inner child inside of you (in order to understand better the child in front of you in classroom). The plenary evening sessions encompass the themes Movement and dance, Stories and archetypes, Sound and voice and Educational Sandtray Play, created by Kristin Unsteindottir (Iceland) and introduced in Romania by the Romanian Association for Sandplay Therapy. Working techniques used during the workshops are awareness, breath, body , clay and crayons, improvisational theatre, paint, pastels and games.
“According to the founding principles of association Hora, one third of the participants has to be working in schools in disadvantaged zones,” confirms Lorena Felder, responsible for Carmeuse Foundation in Romania, one of the active partners in the summer school Hora. “For them and the specific conditions which they are working in, the trainers developed special techniques.”
“For EY Romania, supporting the Romanian educational system, is a natural choice,” states Partner Jean-Marc Cambien. “By consolidating the inner strength of the teachers, the learning process of the children on the whole will benefit and the employability of our future employees will grow.”
Malancrav is a village that has been restored by the Mihai Eminescu Trust in the framework of its offer for responsible tourism. Malancrav hosts now 4 beautifully restored guesthouses and the magnificent Apafi Manor, where the meals will be served and the training sessions will take place.
The 24 participants will be followed up intensively by Hora during the next school year in the follow up-program. The summer academy is a long term initiative, next year Hora is planning an advanced course.
Association Hai cu noi in Hora is a Romanian non-governmental organization developing tools for the personal development of Romanian state school teachers and state scholar counsellors in close collaboration with foreign psychological specialists. Besides working specifically on personal development, the annual summer academy also aims to connect the participants closer to their roots by working exclusively in meaningful places like this year Malancrav. Association Hai cu noi in Hora is working under the patronage of the Belgian Embassy in Romania and in partnership with the Institutul de Stiinte ale Educatie, the Centre Judetene de Resurse şi Asistenta Psihipedagogica – CJRAE of Arges County, Mures, Dâmbovita and Braşov and the Carmeuse Foundation. Hora is funded by Carmeuse Romania, EY Romania, GDM Electronics, VPK Packaging, Dacris SRL, Belexport, IKEA, SAB Miller (Ursus), De Banier, Absolute Jobs and Leonidas. On top of that, Hora is benefiting from the supportive partnership of the Educatieve Academie, the Mihai Eminescu Trust and the Romanian Association for Sandplay.