Bucharest , 27 September 2010 – In August, Asociatia OvidiuRo and the Ministry of Education invited Romanian communities to apply for a special grant to help them get every impoverished child in their community between the ages 4-6 in preschool this fall. 102 communities applied.
In consultation with Oana Badea, the Secretary of State in the Ministry of Education, OvidiuRo arrived at a shortlist of 43 communities. OvidiuRo staff covered over 7,000 kilometers visiting all 43 communities (petrol provided by Rompetrol) and meeting with their local action groups. This week 14 communities were informed that they had been selected to participate*.
OvidiuRo has allocated approximately €150 for every child between 4-6 whose family lives below the poverty line. In addition to providing food coupons to the families whose children have perfect attendance, these funds cover teacher training and educational resources. OvidiuRo will oversee the distribution of funds and KPMG will audit the records. Letters signed by Maria Gheorghiu, director and co-founder of OvidiuRo, and Oana Badea were sent in July to all town halls in Romania, inviting them to apply to participate in “Fiecare copil in gradinita” (every child in kindergarten).