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May 22, 2022

OTP Bank Romania Foundation significantly consolidates its role as a creator of quality educational content

During 2021, approximately 1.000 people benefited from the various educational programs launched by the OTP Bank Romania Foundation, thus confirming its new strategic orientation as a content creator.

In its 7 years of activity, the Foundation has accumulated an important portfolio of educational projects built on four main pillars: financial education, children’s education, career guidance and strategic partnerships with local associations and NGOs.

Las year’s results help us to build on a solid basis, towards achieving the objectives assumed in 2020 by changing the Foundation’s strategy, that of becoming a creator of valuable educational content in financial and digital education, communication, leadership and emotional intelligence. We want to keep the same positive approach and continue the mission of having a real impact around us, by generating educational transformation and modern learning among the new generations”, stated Delia Murafa, Director of OTP Bank Romania Foundation.

On the strategic partnerships direction is the national digital educational program “Online Lesson“, developed together with the Federation of Free Trade Unions in Education (FSLI), which addresses the didactic personnel from the pre-university system that has activities of teaching/ leadership, guidance and control. The program aims to develop the digital abilities with immediate applicability in the design, implementation, evaluation and improvement of the online lessons. During 2021, more than 500 teachers participated in the training sessions. Currently, the sessions that started at the end of last year are in full swing.

Also in 2021, the OTP Bank Romania Foundation was involved, as a content creator, in designing a leadership and communication program that aims, on one hand, to build a leader profile for candidates on management positions in schools and, on the other hand, to improve communication within schools. The program, the result of a strategic partnership between the Foundation and the Federation of Free Trade Unions (FSLI), was launched last year by organizing two learning sessions for trainers, followed by two more workshops. The goal of the program is to train 620 leaders this year.

Another achievement is the launching of the „Neuroscience in the classroom” program, developed by OTP Bank Romania Foundation, Mind Architect and other partner organizations, with the support of the Ministry of Education. The program is dedicated to both teachers and students in primary, secondary, high school and university, and aims to introduce in schools the subject of self-knowledge based on neuroscience and psychology applied in everyday life, with the help of support materials for teachers. Last year, 3,000 teachers signed up on the project’s digital platform to be able to participate directly in the implementation of the program in schools.

The year 2021 also marked the beginning of the first project with European funding, “Manager in action”, in which the OTP Bank Romania Foundation assumed both the role of leader and that of content creator. Thus, a complex educational product has been developed for the students of the faculties with economic profile and that responds to their needs to put into practice the theoretical information acquired during the university courses. Apart from the Foundation, partners in the project are the Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies and the Romanian Association of Management Consultants (AMCOR). The objective of the program is to organize internships for 284 economics students.

Other premiere for the Foundation’s activity in 2021 was the organization and hosting of the first Erasmus project. The objective of the project was to identify and test two methods of promoting financial education. The project took place in September of last year and brought together 18 participants from six countries.

The financial education program for adults, ”Fitness Financiar”, continued in 2021, with approximately 500 people interested in acquiring responsible financial behaviour that participated in the 49 sessions. The two directions of action are, on one hand, to promote this program among colleagues within the OTP Group, and, on the other hand, to the employees of legal entities working with OTP Bank Romania.

OTP Bank Romania Foundation is the most important pillar of social responsibility of OTP Bank, assuming its role of becoming one of the main pylons of educational transformation in Romania.



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