Series of 8 training session for teachers in poor communities

Opportunity in 8 Counties for Dedicated Teachers to Participate in Training Led by International Team of Experts It is a well-known fact that cognitive stimulation in the first five years of life is closely linked to school and professional success. That’s why it’s so important for our poorest children to also have access to quality early […]

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‘Pofta de Carte’ Read-Aloud Caravan Begins!

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10,000 disadvantaged children will receive their own picture books to take home and 1000 kindergarten teachers will get “Big Books” Asociația OvidiuRo announces the start of the school-year long Read-Aloud Caravan “Pofta de carte”. The project is designed to raise awareness of the importance of reading aloud and also of a healthy nutrition for young children […]

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Donate a Book for The Poorest of Children Campaign

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On September 2016, The Romanian post company “Poşta Română” launched a book donation campaign benefitiing children from the pilot FCG program in Gura Șuții, Dâmbovița.  The Campaign’s call to action – “Donate a book for the kids who need one” was communicated among Poșta Română employees and during the “Strada de C’Arte” Festival and book fair, between September 21 – 25. More info […]

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Summer FCG Caravan in a nutshell

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September 2016 – For two months, OvidiuRo’s team has roamed the country in search for nearly 100 of Romania’s poorest communities in 15 counties.  The Summer FCG Caravan meant field trips to the most destitute communities recommended by county authorities, door-to-door recruitment of preschool children, Read Aloud sessions in kindergartens and in communities, providing poor parents with […]

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On your mark! Get set! GO! – OvidiuRo Deploys the Gradinita Registration Caravan

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București, 4 iulie 2016 – Asociația OvidiuRo announces the launch of the ‘Fiecare Copil în Grădiniță’ (FCG) Summer Caravan designed to inform parents about Law 248/2015 and register eligible children for gradinita. Law no. 248/2015 encourages poor parents to send their children to gradinita by offering a 50 lei worth food coupons (TSG), if the […]

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(Română) Lansare concurs național Fiecare Copil în Grădiniță

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(Română) Dedeman construiește o grădiniță pentru toți copiii din Araci

(Română) Asociația OvidiuRo și Dedeman, investitor major în programul Fiecare Copil în Grădiniță (FCG), continuă parteneriatul pentru accesul la educație timpurie a copiilor săraci prin construirea unei grădinițe în satul Araci, județul Covasna, acolo unde învață zilnic 150 de copii, într-o clădire veche, închiriată, cu câteva camere, fără acces la apă curentă și cu toalete în curte.

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Announcing the 2016 Livadariu Journalism Fellowships!

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Last year, in remembrance of Oana Livadariu, The Alex Fund made it possible for Asociatia OvidiuRo to award fellowships to five reporter/photojournalist teams to investigate rural poverty and its repercussions on children. We got back five detailed slices of rural life among Romania’s poorest families. These stories – of a village in transformation; of the […]

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GREEN LIGHT for Fiecare Copil in Grădiniță Law

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Asociația OvidiuRo (OvR) announced the passage of the Government Decision approving the secondary legislation for Law 248/2015 regarding “preschool participation stimulation for destitute families and distribution procedure for the social coupon incentives”. The secondary legislation underwent the required 10-day public consultation procedure from 5-14 January and the program will officially start on 15 February 2016 – the first day of the second semester.

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Gold at Romanian PR Award

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President signs landmark legislation encouraging early education for all

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28 October.  President Klaus Iohannis signed the bill that will finance a national program to encourage impoverished parents of 3-5 year old children to send their children to grădiniță every day. Based on OvidiuRo’s highly successful Fiecare Copil in Gradinita model, parents living under the poverty line throughout Romania will receive food coupons worth 11 € per month if their child attends preschool every day. Read the law, here.

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Carrefour customers support early education–over €23.000 from in store donations!

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Without education dreams vanish…

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Carrefour donates school supplies for 5.000 impoverished children

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Bucharest, 14 september 2015 Carrefour Romania wanted to make sure that all impoverished children in our Every Child in Preschool program and their classmates are all set for the next school year so they donated 5.000 school supplies packages for them. Thank you! Download PDF here (available in Romania).

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Carrefour fundraising at the cash registers

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Carrefour is supporting OvidiuRo with a new fundraising campaign, that encourages clients to donate at the cash register. From the 1st of September, until the 4th of October the customers will have the chance to support our Every Child in Preschool program, in any of the 28 store in the country.

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Librarians, teachers and children-partners for diversity & equality

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Media Day Dolj – 24 November 2014

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Media Day Dambovita – 27 November 2014

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Medical Caravan in Budila

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Brasov Media Day

2 July 2014 Find out more about the event here.

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Cluj celebrates one year of Fiecare Copil in Gradinita

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Cluj County Council is delighted with the efficiency of our program, Fiecare Copil in Gradinita. They recently shared this article on their website, where Vakar Istvan, the Vicepresident talks about it: “We are extremely pleased that our decision to be the first county in Romania to get involved financially and logistically in the implementation of this socio-educational project proved to be more than inspired, the percentage increased the children’s kindergarten attendance. It has been truly remarkable, far beyond the most optimistic expectations. The success of this first year of implementation of the pilot project

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County Contest supported by EEA Grants

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25 June 2014 View here.

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The Halloween Charity Ball is back!

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After a strategic hiatus for three years, the famous Halloween Charity Ball at Palatul Parlamentului will happen again this year on 25 October. Leslie Hawke, co-founder of OvidiuRo says that it’s time to celebrate how far the country has come in its awareness and concern about the under-education of poor children, and the resulting lost human potential, especially in the rural half of Romania.

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Cluj Media Day Report

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26 March 2014

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Media Brunch Day Cluj

On the 11th of February, we will organize this year’s first Media Day in Cluj. The event will host our local partners: Cluj City Council, Cluj School Inspectorate, The General Direction of Social Asistance and Protection of the Child and the UK Embassy.

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The poorest children from 17 communities benefitted from medical assistance through the Fiecare Copil in Gradinita program

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An important reason for the poor children’s low attendance rate in kindergarten are health problems. OvidiuRo, with the support of GSK Romania, is currently at the mid-term of implementing the „Together for a better health” program-as part of the Fiecare Copil in Gradinita program (Every child in kindergarten). The grant from GSK has made it possible to develop local projects that focused on periodic health checks, mandatory vaccinations, purchase medicines, and running health education and hygiene programs with the children and their parents.

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What’s Love Got to Do with Early Education?

June has been a terrific month for 2-time Academy Award nominee Ethan Hawke, who will be in Bucharest once again on June 26 for the premiere of Before Midnight.  The film opened to rave critical reviews in the U.S.  One reviewer went so far as to call it “the most important cinematic love story of […]

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Ethan Hawke in Bucharest to help send impoverished children to gradinita

Ethan Hawke and director Richard Linklater came to Bucharest to raise funds for OvidiuRo’s Fiecare Copil in Gradinita program and encourage early education for Romania’s poorest children through the premiere of their latest movie, Before Midnight. The two Hollywood legends came to Bucharest before it’s too late to help Asociatia OvidiuRo co-founded by Leslie Hawke […]

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See Ethan Hawke “Before It’s Too Late”

American actor and Academy Award nominee, Ethan Hawke, will be in Bucharest on June 26 to encourage early education for Romania’s poorest children and to premiere his latest movie, “Before Midnight”. The movie’s director Rick Linklater is also coming to Romania to help raise funds so OvidiuRo, the NGO cofounded by Ethan Hawke’s mother, Leslie […]

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(Română) Ethan Hawke a vorbit despre importanța educației timpurii

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Romania spends more on a man in prison than a child in gradinita

Romania spends more to keep a man in prison for a month than it costs to send a child to preschool for a year. This is one of the messages that Asociatia OvidiuRo delivers through its first SMS campaign launched this week and broadcast on 20 TV channels, radio, print and online publications. Individuals can now help a poor child go to kindergarten by sending one or more SMS’s to 8860.

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Rompetrol and OvidiuRo – 9 years of partnership to support education in Romania

Rompetrol continues to support OvidiuRo and early education for children coming from impoverished families through the Every Child in Kindergarten program. During the 9 years of supporting this social cause, the company has donated to OvidiuRo a total of 200.000 euros.

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Cargill brings “Every child in preschool” project in Dolj County

Cargill shows its support towards the Podari community from Dolj County by sponsoring the OvidiuRo “Every child in preschool” project here. Cargill started a long term partnership with OvidiuRo Association that aims to give a fair access chance to education for children in Podari.

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Over 3,000 children will be given wings to fly this summer, at the “Sotron” summer workshops

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“Childhood is a movement forward. Childhood is the age of wonder and curiosity. Childhood is propelling knowledge with the help of imagination.” Eniko Lupu, teacher, Araci, Covasna county.

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Launch Call for Applications 2011

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Mayors invited to apply for Fiecare Copil in Gradinita funds
– A strategic initiative by OvidiuRo and the Ministry of Education

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100 Communities respond to the challenge to get “Every Child in Pre-School”

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 […]

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“Scoala te face mare” 2010

“We are trying to bring home the fact that Fiecare copil in scoala este responsabilitatea fiecaruia dintre noi (Every child in school is everyone’s responsibility)” says Leslie Hawke, the president of OvidiuRo.

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