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Shape the future of a child in rural Romania!

by Teach for Romania
Shape the future of a child in rural Romania!
Shape the future of a child in rural Romania!
Shape the future of a child in rural Romania!
Shape the future of a child in rural Romania!
Shape the future of a child in rural Romania!
Shape the future of a child in rural Romania!
Shape the future of a child in rural Romania!
Shape the future of a child in rural Romania!
Shape the future of a child in rural Romania!
Shape the future of a child in rural Romania!
Shape the future of a child in rural Romania!
Shape the future of a child in rural Romania!
Shape the future of a child in rural Romania!
Shape the future of a child in rural Romania!
Shape the future of a child in rural Romania!
Shape the future of a child in rural Romania!
Shape the future of a child in rural Romania!

Summer has passed so fast for the Teach for Romania team, whose number of members increased exponentially, due to the Leadership Summer Academy. After six week of assiduous work, 268 hours of training in total, 43 new teachers were united under the same mission: quality education for all children in Romania.

The boot camp involved four weeks of theoretical courses, when, helped by our trainers, the participants developed skills as planning, organizing and coordinating activities, improving their self-leadership. After gathering so much information and gaining more experience, day after day, they managed to find the courage to face any obstacles , wishing to make a difference not only in the Romanian educational system, but in the community they live in and  in some children’s lives. They learned teaching means perseverance, the capacity to find solutions and to auto-analyze. The last two weeks were the practical part of the Summer Academy, where we created the right environment for the participants to understand the challenges they might encounter while being teachers and to get to know the world their future pupils live in. Teachers worked together with 22 pupils in order to organize the activities which took place during those two weeks, actively involving the children and giving them the opportunity to develop their leadership capacities while volunteering in their community. Parents are also a huge part of the educational process, therefore we spoke to more than 50 parents about the relationship they have with their little ones and helped them understand better the needs they have. Two schools, two different communities, 370 kids and more than 200 sessions with them are the figures which describe best those two weeks.

Time flew and the bell rang again, Teach for Romania starting its official third year of activity. The beginning of a new school year always comes along with excitement for everyone, children, parents, grandparents, teachers, no matter of their ethnicity, religion or social class, making all of them  to  see life in a more optimistic light, to hope for the better. This year we sent 63 passionate teachers to inspire in 30 schools located in vulnerable environments around the country. 6500 children will beneficiate of quality education, fact which makes our goal seem more and more tangible, thanks to all those who sustained us so far.

 

Friday, 3rd of June. That was the big day, when over 300 partners, institutional and business representatives, teachers, parents and children gathered together in order to reveal what Teach for Romania has accomplished during its 2 years and a half of intense activity and launch the innovative “Movement for Performance in Education”, which was meant to bolster people’s interest and involvement in the field of education.

This conference can be considered a singificant step forward in improvement, as it brought together important public figures, representatives of different areas, all linked to education. Ligia Deca, counselor at the Department of Education of the Presidential Administration, presented the message of the President Klaus Iohannis who expressed his admiration and support for Teach for Romania, as this programme has successfully been changing the destiny of 4000 children in only 2 years, by giving them a new chace to education and life. Dacian Ciolos, the Romanian Prime Minister, gave a speech regarding the potential of the new generations with a great sense of awareness that try to improve and solve certain problems in the actual society. He gives recognition to Teach for Romania for being an innovative program which deserves to be extented to higher levels. Thus, the Prime Minister showed his support by promising to prepare a programme financed by european funding that schools and NGOs can apply to. Moreover, The Minister of National Education and Scientific Research Adrian Curaj approached the topic of teachers’ salaries, explaining that in order to maintain teachers’ interest and dedication, they need to be rewarded with salaries which reflect their challenging duty. The event also included a presentation of different stories told by teachers and their students in order to offer a better perspective of what Teach for Romania is, a celebration of the first generation of alumni and an announcement of the new generation of teachers who will start teaching in September 2016, counting 60 teachers in total.

“For me, the experience that Teach for Romania has offered me was by far the most beautiful one I have ever lived. I learnt that when we all act united as a team we have an enormous power. This programme means happiness, understanding and a wonderful future for children in Romania. Thanks to Teach for Romania, many children have now been given the chance to a brighter and happier future. We can only thank you all for this beautiful experience.” , confesses Catalina Stoean, a “Teach for Romania” child from a school in Chiselet.

"Our Impact in Education” was more than just a conference. It was an event which proved that through hard work, dedication and collaboration, everything is achievable and possible. It was an invitation to dream, believe and act; to connect with people who all have one thing in common: the passion for education, which is powerful enough to make considerable changes in the educational system in Romania. And we should all be part of this major “Movement for Performance in Education”, as education stands as the basis of a strong and educated society.

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Spring is already here, which brings an enormous amount of excitement with the children and teachers from Teach for Romania. In our country, the beginning of wonderful season means Martisor. You might be wondering what Martisor is; in our culture, giving a small gift 1st of March, wrapped with a string made out of white and red threads, symbolize the passing from the white winter and the welcoming to the lively spring.

Children, along with their teachers and parents came up with ideas of re-inventing this ancient tradition in their own authentic way. They took part in handmade workshops, while coordinated and supervised by their teacher and parents. Together, making use of their flowing creativity and rich imagination, they created unique, hand-made gifts, ready to be offered to their loved ones.

Teaching children to cooperate and encouraging to make decisions, use resources and be creative prepares them to face life’s struggles successfully and develops their problem solving skills. Teach for Romania teachers are enouraging students to take into consideration other's ideas, to be tolerant and learn how to work together.

Thank you for your support!

Keep donating so that more teachers can offer quality education and teach life skills that will help children overcome poverty!

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For the 38 teachers within the Teach for Romania program, December is a special time of the year and every moment with their students is more than precious. For everyone, but especially for those who are three months into teaching, December comes with great opportunities for developing values such as kindness and collaboration and to develop children’s creativity.

Children are starting to enjoy their Christmas and final year celebrations. These moments are special to them and it’s one of the joys of going to school, so the teachers make the most of it, by giving children the opportunity to be artistic, recite poems and put up plays.

Nicusor is in 7th Grade and is from Branesti. He is Iulia Calin’s student. Nicusor has been experimenting with drama since he was in kindergarden and thinks that “talent is when people applaud you, praise you and… are proud of you”.

We think every child is talented and is worth being praised; every moment in their evolution deserves celebration, and being part in their process to grow as human beings everyday is a celebration in itself. Being proud of themselves is what Teach for Romania teachers are inspiring their students every day: small achievements and having faith in themselves.

Nicusor’s role models are Stela Popescu, a Romanian actress and two of his acting teachers. Iulia taught him to listen to other kid’s opinions, make every day count (“make every Thursday super-Thursday”) and be act like a super-hero everyday.

Teaching students to be curious about learning, to have faith in themselves is how we plan to change the world: by inspiring values in their behaviours in society and to embrace everything they learn with curiosity.

Nicusor is only one of the 4500 children that interact everyday with Teach for Romania teachers. Thank you for making it possible that these students benefit from quality education every day! Stay close to us next year too, and help these children enjoy beautiful moments in school, next to their peers and great teachers. Your support will guarantee them quality lessons. 

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Ada, Robert and her class on the 1st day of school
Ada, Robert and her class on the 1st day of school

September means back to school and for Teach for Romania, it means celebrating the end of our first school year, in which 18 motivated young future leaders embarked on the challenge of teaching in some of Romania's most challenging schools.  Looking back on our first year ,we would like to share one story that represents the type of transformational change that we have seen in many of our classrooms.

Robert is a kindergarten student from Ferentari, a poor neighborhood in Bucharest.  He is being raised by his grandparents, especially his grandmother. His father abandoned him before his birth and his mother has since moved to Italy.  His grandmother told Robert that his father died saving another child from drowning.

When he entered the classroom, Robert was larger and sharper than the other children, but also very egocentric and individualistic.  He wanted to be the only one speaking, even above the teacher!  He would always ask me "Ms. Ada, if you had to choose one of us children to go to an island with, who would you take?"  He would expect me to choose him.  Often he would say, in front of all the other children, that he wanted to leave our classroom, because he felt that he was too smart and well-behaved than the others.

Slowly, I began to challenge the children with tasks that would develop behaviors related to responsibility and care for others.  Since Robert was very competitive, he of course began to do good deeds so that he would be the student with the most positive behaviors demonstrated.

By the second semester, Robert had begun to share all his materials with his classmates.  He began to help his classmates during recess with topics such as cause and effect or adding by 6.

He demonstrated his “I care” attitude during the last few days of school when he asked my permission to go up on our classroom podium to make an announcement:

“Dear classmates, I have observed the last days that you have gone crazy because of the recent warm weather.  Ms. Ada is struggling to perform team activities with us so that school will be more interesting, but you refuse to behave.  We need a president, a classroom leader, a boss who can calm down the classroom.  During recess, you will find a posted piece of paper where you can register your candidacy and a box in which to cast your votes.  Friday I will announce our new president.”

This month, we will start the school year with 39 teachers, each of which generate this type of transformational change, every single day.  Please join us!

 

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