January: Prime Minister Dacian Cioloș visited one of the original FCG communities in Dâmbovița. Subsequently, the Prime Minister included three FCG measures in his “47 Measure Anti-Poverty Program”.
February: The “FCG Law” Road Show
OvidiuRo’s entire team of 12 took to the road in three caravans to meet with authorities in every one of Romania’s 41 counties, informing and instructing local implementation teams in the proper procedures for implementing the program, and taking note of concerns that were broached at the town hall style meetings. Separate meetings were held with the County Council, School Inspectorate, and Prefects. Total participation: 8,000 public employees.
May-September: Spreading the Word through Satellite Dishes
On May 1st, OvidiuRo launched a national TV campaign to encourage poor parents to register their children in kindergarten. The TV spot is available on www.ovid.ro and features FCG pilot program children exclusively.
Also in May: Maria Gheorghiu, OvidiuRo co-founder and executive director was tapped to be the Prime Minister’s State Counselor on Social Inclusion, spearheading the PM’s “Integrated Anti-Poverty Package of 47 Measures”. Although a loss for OvR’s day to day operations, Gheorghiu’s move to the Prime Minister’s Chancellery gives OvR a direct communication link to all levels of the central government agencies under which the program now operates.
July – August: The Fiecare Copil în Grădiniță Read-Aloud Caravan, Part I
OvidiuRo’s 12 member professional staff split into two teams and spent nine weeks on the road in two “caravans”. The teams visited 99 communities in 15 counties interacting with: 5700 children, 3100 parents, 200 teachers, 85 school directors, 63 social workers, 52 mayors, and an assortment of other stakeholders. More info about the Read-Aloud Summer Caravan here.
The Fiecare Copil în Grădiniță Read-Aloud Caravan Map