Summer Programs in Disadvantaged Communities
The “Sotron”(Hopscotch) Summer Program is a two-week educational module designed and supported by OvidiuRo. Each community session is organized by kindergarten teachers who have volunteered to run daily sessions in their kindergarten and have participated in one of OvidiuRo’s Sotron Summer Program regional trainings (see below).
✓ Offers less advantaged children rich summer learning experiences;
✓ Provides teachers with opportunity to practice the activities that had been introduced in the training conference;
✓ Provides children with quality education materials;
✓ Introduces poor parents to the education system in a low-stress setting (when schools are otherwise unoccupied).
In 2017, OvidiuRo facilitated over 200 Sotron Summer Schools, involving 600 volunteering preschool teachers and benefitting over 3500 children in poor communities in 33 counties. In all, 14,000 picture books were given to children who attended.
For each community project, OvidiuRo provided:
- Kit for each child that contained picture books, earth magnets, Sotron workbook, a ruler, and stickers;
- Teacher’s kit that contained Big Books, small illustrated, educational cards sets, exercise-book, and geometric building sets);
- Kit of experiment elements: seeds, seashells, toothpicks, magnifying glass, clay, etc);
- Money for a daily nutritious snack.
Today [a Saturday] at 8:15 am, one of the mothers called me: “Doamna, will you be in the kindergarten today? My boys [two brothers who had participated in the program] asked me to take them to kindergarten.” Words are simply unnecessary. THANK YOU!”. Teacher in Sarata, Bistrita-Nasaud
Today we ‘graduated’ from Ateliere de Vara. Children presented the ‘Activities Museum’ to their parents, while the grownups promised they will read aloud to their children every day.”Teacher in Vrancea county
Teacher Training Caravans
Each year, OvidiuRo’s Summer Schools are preceded by regional training sessions organized by OvidiuRo to support preschool teachers facing the challenges of teaching in marginalized areas of Romania. The goal is to equip these teachers with a set of best teaching practices, and a generous supply of educational resources to enrich their classrooms in the fall.
Each one-day interactive workshop is led by a dynamic team of veteran educators. The training sessions focus on child centered teaching methods, promote literacy through early Reading-Aloud activities and provide thematic science activities.
See more details on past years’ Summer Schools, including feedback from participating teachers and children, here.