June 19-29: Training Opportunity for Teachers in Poor Communities

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It is a well-known fact that cognitive stimulation in the first five years of life is closely linked to school and professional success. That’s why it’s so important for our poorest children to also have access to quality early education! And of course quality programs require highly qualified, committed teachers with good teaching tools”. Maria […]

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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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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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ForbesKids: Why is kindergarten a great investment?

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“On February 12, 2013, President Barack Obama called for making preschool available to every 4-year-old in America, opening a national discussion that continues to permeate the front page of every newspaper in America. And China has set a goal of giving its children three years of preschool education by the year 2020.
Why all this focus on early education? And why should it matter to each of us that every child is in gradinita?”

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Pro TV: Cluj, the first county to cover the food coupons costs of "Fiecare Copil in Gradinita"

Leslie Hawke: “This needs to be done on a national scale. It’s a good program if we do it here and there… but it will make a real difference when you lift up a whole generation of children”

Maria Gheorghiu: “Cluj becomes leader by covering the food coupons costs.”

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The Alex Fund in The Christian Science Monitor

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“The communities we are working in are the neediest in Romania, and many organizations don’t want to work there,” says Hawke, whom many consider an elder stateswoman of the nonprofit scene in Romania. ….. OvidiuRo’s programs cost $600,000 a year. The NGO raises most of that money from within Romania, relying heavily on corporate sponsorships. […]

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OvidiuRo Commended in The New York Times

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In a recent New York Times article, Isabel Fonseca, author of “Bury Me Standing: The Gypsies and Their Journey”, noted that OvidiuRo’s “success rates are unusually high, and I think it’s because normal hurdles don’t daunt Leslie or Maria. They have taken a very practical approach and can navigate both the highest echelons of bureaucratic government and the slums”. Read full article here.

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France presse – Kindergarten is key to fight Roma poverty

“Storks and swallows,” the kindergartners in this Transylvanian village cry out when asked what birds arrive in springtime, then proudly count to 20 – unaware they are part of an experiment to help Roma children beat the odds of a life mired in poverty.

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The New York Times, December 31, 2011

In a recent New York Times article, Isabel Fonseca, author of “Bury Me Standing: The Gypsies and Their Journey”, noted that OvidiuRo’s “success rates are unusually high, and I think it’s because normal hurdles don’t daunt Leslie. She’s taken a very practical approach and can navigate both the highest echelons of bureaucratic government and the […]

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BRD Magazine – Împreună, April, 2011

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The following article was published in French bank, BRD’s monthly newsletter, sent to their employees in Romania. BRD is a Major Investor in Fiecare Copil in Scoala donating 25,000 euros a year and partnering in various projects with OvidiuRo.

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