I am writing to you in your capacity as a member of Romania`s educated elite. Few people realize that the poorest segment of Romanian society is growing three times as fast as the rest of the population (for whom the birth rate is flat). They also don`t realize that most impoverished children today never even finish eight grades. This will have dire consequences for Romania`s economy if it is allowed to continue.The foundation for change is early education. For disadvantaged children, early education is an absolute prerequisite for success in school. It is the only intervention that has consistently been shown to make a major difference in school retention rates. In fact, there is a substantial body of research that demonstrates that preschool education reduces school abandonment, unemployment and crime rates*.
Today most of Romania`s poorest children receive NO formal early education. There is an urgent need for these children to attend preschool. Posters in school window won`t make it happen. But Ovidiu Rom`s strategy of working with local authorities and providing incentives to indigent mothers IS presently making it happen for 1300 children between 3 and 6 in 19 communities around Romania. Your 2% will help us get more children in gradinita.What better use of your 2% contribution than helping Romania educate its poorest citizens so they can become active members of society? Ovidiu Rom`s work was praised in The Economist in 2008 and again in 2010. Please check out our website for further information about our strategy, programs, and financial reporting (audited annually by KPMG): www.ovid.ro. Our March 2011 report to Minister of Education Daniel Funeriu can be accessed at http://www.ovid.ro/rezultate/2011-report. If you don`t find what you are looking for on our website, please call or email us.I hope you will take a moment to fill out the form:
– 230 if salary was your only source of income in 2010;
– 200 if you had other sources of income besides salary. If you would like us to send a volunteer to pick up your completed form, please reply to this email or call our office 021 315 8806.We would like to thank you if you have already directed your 2% of your income taxes to Ovidiu Rom.
President, Asociatia Ovidiu Rom
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