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Teach for Romania, in partnership with BCR, develops life abilities among children from the rural area

Over 1.200 students learn about ways to prevent violence and segregation, about the importance of leadership and entrepreneurial abilities

 

BCR and Teach for Romania are implementing a series of educational projects in schools from vulnerable areas of Romania. The goal of these projects is to help children develop literacy and numeracy abilities, in order to be able to improve their life standards and fuel better opportunities for their adulthood.

In addition, the aim of these projects is to reduce social segregation and violence in schools and to develop social-emotional abilities that will help children have healthy and peaceful relationship both in school and in society.

In Romania, a country where poor education is still a problem, almost 40% of schools are considered to be vulnerable. In these schools, there is a lack of activities and programs designed to stimulate curiosity and motivation. According to the data published by the Ministry of Education, in 2020, the school abandonment rate reached 15,6%, a number which was influenced by the pandemic context. The lack of financial and family support and of a safe and motivational space to study are increasing children’s disinterest in school. This effect is even bigger among children who are living in the rural area, where lack of education is causing various difficulties, such as inequal development in comparison with other children from the urban area.

The projects developed by Teach for Romania in partnership with BCR are implemented in over 30 communities from 12 counties of Romania and they aim to develop numeracy and literacy abilities. These abilities are essential for children’s development, which will help them grow into healthy adults, capable of taking care of themselves and finding jobs to sustain their lives. These projects are also seeking to develop their social-emotional abilities so they can have positive social interactions with people around them. During these activities, children learn about perseverence, cooperation, management of conflicts without violence and social inclusion. All of these are part of a leadership spirit, highly needed in the society that we are living in today.

“BCR is a fervent supporter of education. Leadership, creativity, entrepreneurial  and  development-oriented spirit are values ​​that we want to see in Romanian schools, so as to be instilled in children, for a better future for themselves. Throughout our projects, we help children to apply what they learn in class, in a specific life context. Social-emotional skills and information association, through literacy and numeracy, are extremely important for their growth and equality of chances for the future that they dream of. The school must offer life skills, and we are happy to be part of this project that offers so much to these children “, says Claudia Oprescu, CSR Expert, BCR.

„For the past 8 years we have been focused on teachers’ leadership and the impact that they can have in schools. We are now entering a new stage in which Teach for Romania‘s teachers facilitate this development of leadership skills to students, encouraging them to grow together through class projects relevant for their school and community. We understand the value of student-centered, relevant, stake-based, project-oriented learning and autonomy, tools brought by Teach for Romania in the classrooms. We are glad that this year, our partners from BCR joined our efforts and supported 32 initiatives through micro-grants aimed at developing entrepreneurial, civic and organizational spirit. School is about giving students real learning contexts, where creativity, curiosity and the desire to contribute become the reason why children attend class with pleasure”, says Iulia Pielmuș, Executive Director, Teach for Romania (photo).

Among the teachers who succeeded in developing and implementing their own projects we mention:

  • Ioana Cordoș Pană, English teacher for Middle School no. 1 Gălbinași, in Călărași county. Ioana coordinates her students in a project meant to remedy bullying behaviors, by carrying out activities based on collaboration within the classroom. In this project, children benefit, at the same time, from books and activities that solve deficiencies of literacy and numeracy, which hinder them in their daily activities.
  • Diana Năstase, teacher at Tutana Middle School in Argeș County. Diana created a space for personal creation and development, meant to develop skills of numeracy, creativity and cooperation among children.
  • Bianca Boia, teacher in Middle School no. 5 from Săcele, Brașov county. Bianca has developed a project for students to reduce negative competitiveness and youth violence that results from the competitive spirit. Within the project, children are rewarded depending on the way they manage to cooperate and not according to their results, in order to correct their behavior and to promote teamwork.

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