99% graduation rate among students and improved school attendance after three years of „Investment in Rural Areas”

de: Fundaţia Vodafone România December 17, 2020
  • 12 „School after School” centers attended by nearly 700 students during a period of three years
  • Program targeting the vulnerable communities in the rural area: students, teachers, parents, but also local organizations and volunteers

Bucharest, 17 December 2020 – From 2017 to 2020, under the „Investment in Rural Areas” Program, Vodafone Romania Foundation has supported the activities of 12 „School after School” centers. At the end of the three years, 99% of the students have graduated the school year, while most of them have improved their learning skills and their educational achievements in Romanian language and Mathematics. A better class attendance rate was recorded for 91% of the students. The Program was implemented together with two strategic partners: Margareta of Romania Royal Foundation, as the partner that co-funded the activity conducted by eight centers located in Alba, Bistrița-Năsăud, Constanța, Ialomița, Ilfov, Maramureș, Neamț and Teleorman counties and World Vision Romania Foundation, as the partner that supported four centers located in Cluj, Dolj, Ialomița and Vâlcea counties. The funding provided by Vodafone Romania Foundation amounted to over EUR 650,000.

The „Investment in Rural Areas” Program comprised components targeting the students, teachers and parents in vulnerable communities, but also a strong component targeting the development of local organizations and the volunteer-based participation.

For students, students’ parents and teachers

For three years, apart from the educational activities, the 688 students enrolled in the centers were provided with more than 125,500 lunch meals, social vouchers and food packages, more than 4,900 dental and personal hygiene kits and school supplies. 13 student camps were organized under the Program, while the camping experience was a first of the kind for 87% of the students. Furthermore, nearly 1,040 parents were involved in the „Parent School” and counselling activities. The parents were found to have improved their intra-family relationships and to have developed their parenting skills.

Six of the 12 „School after School” centers were equipped with technology: 453 tablets, six interactive boards, six digital educational programs and 337 Vodafone SIMs by means of which teachers and students have learnt to use the technology in class and increase class attractiveness.

Most of the 56 teachers and education experts who supported the activities of the centers attended seven training courses, of which three are accredited by the Ministry of Education.

Development of local organizations and volunteer-based participation

The activities conducted in the centers were attended by over 360 volunteers, of which 67 seniors who, further to their attendance, have reconfirmed their role in the community and declared their satisfaction of being able to make themselves useful.

The staff of the eight centers operating under the coordination of Margareta of Romania Royal Foundation attended training courses on local ONG development: management of volunteers, organizational management, management of personal resources for professional development, fund-raising, project writing, communication, coaching etc. Those training courses resulted in the writing of 35 fund-sourcing projects, 19 fund-raising plans and eight development plans.

Vodafone Romania Foundation is a Romanian non-governmental charitable organization, established in 1998, which operates separately and independently from the company’s business. In over 20 years of activity, Vodafone Romania Foundation has funded 1,168 programs conducted by 765 non-governmental organizations across the country, in the health, education and social services industry. The projects have more than 3 million beneficiaries – children, young people, the elderly and physically, socially or economically disadvantaged people. So far, Vodafone Romania Foundation invested more than EUR 31 million in projects conducted by partner non-profit organizations. Further details about the Foundation’s programs are available at www.fundatia-vodafone.ro, http://jurnaldebine.fundatia-vodafone.ro/ and www.facebook.com/fundatiavodafone.

World Vision Romania is part of the World Vision International partnership present in nearly 100 countries worldwide. World Vision Romania is a foundation that carries out emergency humanitarian intervention, development and advocacy programs, placing the well-being of children at the center of its activities. The foundation focuses on working with children, families and communities in order to overcome poverty and injustice. The foundation works with the most vulnerable people in the world, regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or gender. In its almost 30 years of activity in Romania, the foundation has helped over 500,000 children and adults from 400 communities in 8 counties. Further details about the foundation: www.worldvision.ro, www.facebook.com/WorldVisionRomania, blog.worldvision.ro/.

The Margareta of Romania Royal Foundation is one of the elite non-governmental organizations in Romania and contributes to the development of the civil society by means of social and educational programs supporting children, young people and the elderly through sustainable intervention, based on sharing experience and values between generations. During its 29 years of activity, theMargareta of Romania Royal Foundation has supported projects dedicated to children in dramatic life situations, who are faced with extreme poverty, the risk of school or family abandonment, health problems or social exclusion. Since 1990 to present, the Foundation has helped and assisted 25,000 children and young people and nearly 2,500 families leading a precarious life, as well as 650 small local NGOs. Further details about the Foundation: www.fpmr.ro, www.facebook.com/www.fpmr.ro, blog.worldvision.ro/.

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