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Disparities in Rural Education: Romania

Written by Julia Tofan
Hi Givologists, this week we will be looking at education in Romania!
In Romania, children begin kindergarten at the age of 6. They typically attend a half day program in which they learn reading, math, science, religion, Romanian, and foreign language skills. From a young age, children are taught to respect their teachers and elders.
In primary school, students spend a lot of time preparing for the 8th grade test that is used to determine whether they get accepted to high school, and if so, which one. Students study literature, math, and geography in hopes of succeeding on the test. Those who are not accepted to a high school may go on to vocational schooling or end their studies. In primary school, children often participate in after-school activities like sports teams. Children who can afford tutoring often get tutors to prepare for national tests, study unique subjects and foreign languages, or improve on the skills they are learning in school.
In secondary school, students prepare for the Baccalaureate test, which determines whether they will be able to attend college and where. These years of school consist of a heavy homework load and a lot of preparation for the future. It is then that students specialize in their studies. They may choose philosophy, mathematics, chemistry, or anything in between.
Education in major Romanian cities is well rounded and prepares students to further their studies and go on to successful careers. However, there are many obstacles to getting an education for people in rural areas and in disadvantaged populations.
According to World Vision Report, in the 2005-2006 school year, 13.5% of children between age 7 and 14 in rural Romania were not enrolled in school. Many children in rural villages cannot enroll in schools because they are too far away and transportation is unavailable. Walking is common practice and 23% of rural Romanian children travel more than an hour on their daily commute to school.

Other populations in Romania are also marginalized from the education system. For example, Roma children lack access to schooling due to more frequent child marriage and traditions that require young women to stay home and help with chores and childcare while young men are expected to work. The Roma population also has higher rates of poverty and may not be able to afford uniforms and school supplies that are required for students.
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Throughout the world, children are denied access to a quality education due to discrimination, lack of money for tuition and school supplies, or lack of a nearby school to attend. Through Givology, you have the power to change that and offer children in rural areas the opportunity to get an education. They may live far from the cities that offer education, but we can bring the education that they need to them and offer them the opportunity to escape from poverty. Offering them an education offers them a way out of poverty not only for themselves, but also for their families.
Givology partner organization, [url=]Peach Foundation[/url], helps children in rural China get an education and gain the skills that they need to open new doors in life and go on to fulfilling careers. Like many Romanian children, these students hope to overcome the obstacles in their path and accomplish great things. In the face of poverty, gender inequality, and discrimination, education is an essential part of the path to a better future.

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