Leslie Hawke: Advocating for Diversity (interview)

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Alex Fund and OvidiuRo co-founder Leslie Hawke gave an interview to ZOOT magazine earlier this year –  a very personal and powerful pledge for diversity. Her answers shed light onto the motivation for supporting early education in poor rural Romania and OvidiuRo’s role for 2017. You’ve spent most of your life in the United States, a country which […]

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March 2017: This year’s Șotron Schools announced

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Șotron Two is addressing children aged two or older, who – for some reasons – have not yet been registered in preschool. May-June is the timeframe we advise teachers to use for organizing weekly training sessions for both children and parents who have not yet become familiar with the kindergarten and the structured learning environment there.  This year’s […]

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February 2017: Maramureș County Council covers the school supplies for all FCG children

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This school-year, the Maramures County Council – in partnership with Prefectura, the School Inspectorate and OvidiuRo – covered the school supplies for all FCG children from the county budget. A total of 1616 kits for preschoolers in disadvantaged areas have so far been distributed for the 2016-2017 school year.

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October 2016: “Pofta de carte” National Read-Aloud Caravan Begins

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10,000 disadvantaged children will receive their own picture books to take home and 1000 kindergarten teachers will get “Big Books” Asociația OvidiuRo announces the start of the school-year long Read-Aloud Caravan “Pofta de carte”. The project is designed to raise awareness of the importance of reading aloud and also of a healthy nutrition for young children […]

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September 2016: Book Donation by Romanian Post

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On September 2016, The Romanian post company “Poşta Română” launched a book donation campaign benefitting children from the pilot FCG program in Gura Șuții, Dâmbovița.  The Campaign’s call to action – “Donate a book for the kids who need one” was communicated among “Poșta Română” employees and during the “Strada de C’Arte” Festival and book fair, between September 21 – 25. More info […]

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September, 2016: FCG Summer Caravan in a nutshell

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September 2016 – For two months, OvidiuRo’s team has roamed the country in search for nearly 100 of Romania’s poorest communities in 15 counties.  The Summer FCG Caravan meant field trips to the most destitute communities recommended by county authorities, door-to-door recruitment of preschool children, Read Aloud sessions in kindergartens and in communities, providing poor parents with […]

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September 2016: Maria Gheorghiu and Leslie Hawke received The 2016 ALIANTA Award for Humanitarian Work and Social Involvement

OvidiuRo cofounders Leslie Hawke & Maria Gheorghiu received Alianta’s 2016 Award for Achievement in Humanitarian Work and Social Involvement on September 27, at The ALIANTA Award Gala 2016 in Washington. The ALIANTA Award is an acknowledgement of the long history of fruitful partnership between Gheorghiu and Hawke in fighting poverty through promoting the access to education of […]

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Pro TV: Parenting trainings to poorest families of Romania

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Pro TV team joined OvidiuRo in pilot FCG community Apața, Brașov county, and covered the trainings for poor parents organized in partnership with the Learn&Vision Association. Parents’ responses are encouraging and prove that education and communication is key, regardless of age. TV news only available in Romanian.

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President signs landmark legislation encouraging early education for all

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28 October.  President Klaus Iohannis signed the bill that will finance a national program to encourage impoverished parents of 3-5 year old children to send their children to grădiniță every day. Based on OvidiuRo’s highly successful Fiecare Copil in Gradinita model, parents living under the poverty line throughout Romania will receive food coupons worth 11 € per month if their child attends preschool every day. Read the law, here.

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Peter Hurley: I became teacher for a day, and got a lesson for life!

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My little boy goes to a new public kindergarten in a working class suburb of the capital city. It’s got an extended programme that keeps him busy until evening. He has his own locker for changing his clothes. He has his own bed for a sleep in the afternoon, with his own pillow and pyjamas. […]

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