OvidiuRo: “Read Me 100 Stories”

Map of areas where kindergartens have already become part of the program (Jan 2021).

GIVEN THAT: 

  1. Romania’s early school abandonment rate is 26.6% in rural areas, 18.1% overall, compared to the European average of 10.6%, and our country’s PISA scores were the second lowest in the EU in 2018
  2. To compete in the 21st century world economy, Romania must increase the average educational attainment level of its children.
  3. Literacy is the most accurate indicator of educational attainment, while early education has been shown to be the most efficient investment.
  4. Children living in poor communities do not have access to age-appropriate books, being severely disadvantaged by the time they enter primary school
  5. Combining teacher training, quality resources, and a community of committed teachers results in major advances in disadvantaged children’s readiness for primary school.
  6. The COVID-19 pandemic has added another obstacle for disadvantaged children living where online access is severely limited, increasing the likelihood of their falling further behind.

OVIDIURO PROPOSES TO:

Turn Romania’s 4500 public kindergartens into seedbeds of literacy by executing a 5-year plan, in which they plan to:

  1. Train the teachers on literacy and read aloud techniques, while offering a set of big books
  2. Equip each kindergarten with a minimum of 30 books
  3. Give each child in disadvantaged communities at least one book to take home.
  4. Create and consolidate sustainability for these activities, in connection to strategic national and European plans.

BECAUSE:

  1. OvidiuRo is uniquely qualified and positioned to spearhead this initiative, while having a strong partners’ network
  2. There is a strong network of kindergartens in all rural and disadvantages areas, offering possibility to reach children in need
  3. Of the 4500 public grădinițe in Romania, approximately 40% are in disadvantaged communities
  4. Providing materials without training teachers in how to maximize their use wastes resources.
  5. Training teachers without providing them with quality materials severely limits their capacity to teach.