On March 7, the sixth Annual Meeting of the Ambassadors’ Early Education Initiative was hosted by the French ambassador François Saint-Paul at his residence. The Ambassadors of Denmark, Finland, France, Israel, Sweden Switzerland, UK and USA, and the representatives of Germany and Netherlands Embassies were updated on the progress registered by the Fiecare Copil in Gradinita Law and the complementary actions that OvidiuRo took over the past year.
The fifth Annual Meeting of the Ambassadors’ Early Education Initiative, hosted by USA Ambassador Hans Klemm and his wife took place on 26 January 2016. Adrian Curaj, Minister of Education and Ambassadors of Finland, France, Germany, Israel, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, UK and USA stated their continued support for offering access to education to the most impoverished children in Romania. The passing of the 248/2015 law was a great step but complementary actions are needed in order to have the same impact that the pilot program had.
Left to right: Andreea Cîrlan, (Political Officer, Sweden), Pasi Kokkonen (First Secretary)(Finland), Amb. Francois Saint-Paul (France), Codrin Scutaru (McGuireWoods), Amb. Stella Ronner-Grubac (Netherlands), Amb. Paul Brummell (UK), Amb. Tove Bruvik Westberg (Norway), Maria Gheorghiu (OvidiuRo Cofounder), Amb. Hans Klemm (USA), Leslie Hawke (OvidiuRo Cofounder), Ligia Deca (Presidential Advisor on Education), Adrian Curaj (Minister of Education), Amb. Werner Hans Lauk(Germany), Amb. Tamar Samash (Israel).
On 5 February 2015, the 4th Annual Meeting of the Ambassadors’ Early Education Initiative was hosted by British Ambassador Paul Brummell and had as special guests the Minister of Education, Mr. Sorin Cimpeanu, and the State Secretary within the Ministry of Labour, Mr. Codrin Scutaru. Also participating were the Ambassadors of Austria, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Italy, Israel, Netherlands, Switzerland, UK and USA.
Minister Cimpeanu and Secretary Scutaru expressed their commitment to getting every poor child in gradinita and their endorsement of food coupons (tichete social) as an incentive to increase preschool attendance of children living in poverty. They also explained their intent to issue an Ordin Interministerial to clarify the authority of government entities to allocate food coupons for this purpose. This is an important step toward getting literally Fiecare Copil in Romania in Gradinita by 2020.
From left to right: Ms. Cora Motoc (Senior Political Officer UK Embassy), Amb. Karsten Vagn Nielsen (Denmark), Amb. Ulla Väistö (Finland), Amb. Diego Brasioli (Italy), Amb. Dan Ben-Eliezer (Israel), Mr. Dante Stein, Amb. Jean-Hubert Lebet (Switzerland), Mr. Sorin Cimpeanu (Minister of Education), Amb. Werner Hans Lauk (Germany), Ms. Maria Gheorghiu (Cofounder OvidiuRo), Amb. Gerhard Reiweger (Austria), Amb. Matthijs van Bonzel (Netherland), Ms. Adriana Brummell, Amb. Paul Brummell (UK), Mr. Eduard Corjescu (Manager of Labor Legislation Department within Ministry Of Labor), Ms. Leslie Hawke (Cofounder OvidiuRo), Mr. Dean Thompson (Chargé d’Affaires US Embassy), Mr. Codrin Scutaru (State Secretary within the Ministry of Labour).
From left to right: Amb. Jean-Hubert Lebet – Switzerland, Ms. Hilde Bereit Eide – Norway, Ms. Julia Gross – Germany, Amb. Marek Szczygiel – Poland, Mr. Dante Stein, Minister Remus Pricopie, Princess Marina Sturdza, Amb. Alexander Filipov – Bulgaria, Amb. Gerard Corr – Ireland, Mr. Duane Butcher – USA, Amb. Anders Bengtcén – Sweden, Amb. Michael Schwarzinger – Austria, Amb. Michael Sternberg – Denmark, Amb. Matthijs van Bonzel – Netherlands, Ms. Leslie Hawke, Amb. Diego Brasioli – Italy, Ms. Maria Gheorghiu.
|Michael Schwarzinger, Austria||Estanislao de Grandes Pascual, Spain|
|Ulla Vaisto, Finland||Jean-Hubert Lebet, Switzerland|
|Andreas von Mettenheim, Germany||Martin Harris, United Kingdom|
|Mario Cospito, Italy||Mark H Gitenstein, United States of America|
|Matthijs van Bonzel, The Netherlands|
The Ambassadors Early Education Initiative
was formed by nine ambassadors to Romania, in support of early education for all – as the foundation for building a competitive European workforce in the decades to come.