The NE Region in Romania is the poorest region in the EU, and the rural environment is where this situation is most visible. Poverty goes hand in hand with lack of education, and together they form a vicious circle spiraling down. Many talented children living in the rural area see themselves forced to abandon their dreams of pursuing a career due to violent environment, lack of financial resources they families face. Many talented children never get to show what they are capable of.
The project tackles directly the problem, by providing leadership skills training and support for children, in order to develop the problem-solving and critical thinking skills, to identify and address issues of school dropout, violence and poverty. They will develop research skills to access new ideas and information related to the issues. They will gain the confidence and leadership skills to implement their solutions as well as the communication and collaboration skills to build capacity.
Gifted children from disadvantaged rural areas will be empowered to make the transition from hesitant, early learners to confident, engaged students and citizens. These children will become role models for younger children, they will use their problem-solving and critical thinking skills to identify and address problems in their life and in their communities, will challenge attitudes and behaviors that perpetuate cycles of school dropping, violence, poverty and discrimination.