Making A Difference To Children’s Lives
During Easter 2012, a team of past and present Childhood Studies students from the School of Education at Bangor University will visit Oradea in Romania for ten days, in partnership with a Romanian charity, People2People.
There they will volunteer in a small Roma community on the outskirts of Urvind village, on a programme to promote the education of young gypsy children. They will work with a group of 70 children, aged 3-14 years old, delivering a range of learning activities, including sports and crafts, that will develop the children’s basic skills, and also help them experience success and increase their own confidence and self worth within a safe and supportive environment. The programme builds on the preschool education project that People2People are developing in the gypsy village.
These gypsy children live in extreme poverty and deprivation – in often desperate and hopeless situations through no fault of their own. The gypsy people have always been outsiders in Romania though they have lived there for hundreds of years, living with discrimination and stigma. Education is the key to helping these young children improve their future prospects and break out of the vicious circle of extreme poverty, and high unemployment. At present , literacy levels are extremely low amongst the gypsy community, with only 1 out of 10 able to read or write.
Educational projects such as this Bangor University initiative can help develop the children’s skills, raise their expectations and provide hope for the future. For the latest information on the Romania project you can follow their journey on Facebook , Romania '12.
If you would like further information about the project or would like to sponsor the students contact:
(Director of BA Childhood Studies, School of Education)
Publication date: 20 August 2012