OvidiuRo (Romania) publishes 4th Year Report to Partners
The Romanian organisation OvidiuRo has published its 4th Year Report to Partners, Stakeholders & Investors, explaining why early education matters and giving results from the programme Fiecare Copil in Gradinita.
The report explains that from birth to age 5, a child’s brain undergoes its most rapid growth and development. This period sets the stage for all later learning and adult functioning. However, according to the World Bank, only 37% of Romania’s high-risk children are enrolled in gradinita (Kindergarten).
This situation is preventable, says the organisation: "The solution begins with quality early education. The skills gulf is not just a problem for the poor, on the wrong side of the gap – it creates a social and economic burden that must be borne by educated, productive members of society".
After the application of the Fiecare Copil in Gradinita (FCG) programme, 81% of 3200 high-risk children attended early education, 5200 children age 3-14 participated in summer programs, and more than 600 teachers were trained in child centered methods. Furthermore, 98% of the children who have been to kindergarten through FCG have matriculated directly into first grade.
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