Funds have been allocated to Asociatia OvidiuRo and two other NGOs dedicated to supporting children’s growth and education
- SkyTower continues its ongoing support in contributing to early education programs by donating a total of 115,000 lei
(approx. 23,000 euro) towards the Asociatia OvidiuRo and two other non-profit organisations, SOS Satele Copiilor and Asociația Climb Again, that support early childhood and development for disadvantaged children.
SkyTower has partnered up once again, for the second year in a row, with the national early education program “Read Me 100 Stories!”, an initiative of the OvidiuRo Association. The program is being implemented together with both the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Culture and it was launched as part of the “Educated Romania” project. Sky Tower has contributed with a donation of 75,000 lei that will be used to establish reading activities in kindergartens from disadvantaged communities throughout the 2021-2022 school year and to organise literacy-based training for preschool teachers.
Due to SkyTower’s support, 660 children and 33 preschool teachers from 11 kindergartens in disadvantaged areas will be included in the “Read Me 100 Stories!” program. Additionally, a total of 1,000 books will be donated. Some of the books will be read during the reading sessions organised in kindergartens. Others will be available for children to take home to be read with family members.
“Helping our community has always been a primary pillar of SkyTower and its developmental strategy. At first, we began getting involved in the local communities surrounding our projects. Later, we decided to become partners in different projects that positively affected our society as a whole. I believe that children are the future hope for every country and that it is our duty to support them to have a good start in life, especially the less fortunate ones. Early education is vital for a child’s path in life and the “Read Me 100 Stories!” program developed by Asociatia OvidiuRo is one of the best initiatives I have seen in quite a while. We will continue to support them, and, as of this year, we will also help support various other associations that have amazing programs particularly dedicated to the next generation”, said Leo Forstner, Managing Director of RPHI Romania, the holding company that owns and manages SkyTower.
The program aims to transform all public kindergartens in Romania into kinder-libraries by 2025, helping pre-schoolers develop their vocabulary and awaken their love for reading.
“As we speak, 44% of 15-year-old students in Romania are functionally illiterate. Therefore, it is imperative that today’s children, regardless of whether they live in cities or the countryside, receive a quality early education. The need for quality early education, through well-trained teachers and pedagogically-sound picture books – is immense. This initiative is dedicated to building a strong foundation in order to offer disadvantaged children the chance to succeed in school and become active members, who will contribute to the development of the Romanian society, and our goal is to meet this challenge. We are grateful to SkyTower for their constant support, as it enables intervention on a grass roots level, even in the most disadvantaged communities”, said Patricia Pușchilă, Operational Director of Asociația OvidiuRo.
Launched in January 2021, this program has been widely praised, enjoying great interest from professional educators, school principals and teachers. In the first year, 1,224 educational units enrolled, out of which 64% are based in rural areas. 633 kindergartens were certified as kinder-libraries, with more than 85,000 books available. 54,350 children took part in reading workshops with the active participation of 2,131 preschool teachers.