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World Day Observance in Targoviste, Romania

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In Romania, the celebration of the Day of Prayer and Action for Children was organized as a follow-up of the event from 2011, when our efforts focused on diminishing violence in schools. This year, we decided to act further, on the causes of violence affecting children. Finding adequate alternatives of education and cultivate the children’s spirituality are the biggest challenges of the parents or for the ones who are working with them.

More than 400 children, parents, pedagogues, psychologists, social workers, of different faiths, were involved in interactive activities in Bucharest, Iasi, Bistrita and Targoviste, which helped them having a deeper understanding of the violence surrounding them and motivate them to express their feelings and to define the positive education according with their real needs. The most important result was their empowerment to take attitude against violence affecting them or other children.

The promotion of the DPAC started with more than a month of preparation through Internet and in schools. In Iasi, Positive Education was the main theme discussed in pedagogical meetings of religion teachers, that took place on 10-th of November.
Targoviste: Leaflets based on the children’s messages were spread in schools and in different NGO’s in Bucharest. Thanks to the National Committee of UNESCO Romania, the messages were also spread in a school as well as a high-school of Targoviste. Those materials were used as a motivation for initiating group discussions about violence and positive parenting after the theatre show “House in Fire” organized at the Cultural House of UNESCO, which approached the conflicts and lack of communication between the members of a family.

Moreover, the National Committee of UNESCO Romania , supported us, disseminating the results of our workshop and by promoting the children’s artistic messages. In this way, thousands of visitors of the GAUDEAMUS International Book & Education Fair, were impressed by the exhibition “Educate with love!”, at the UNESCO stand, between the 23rd and 25th of November, with the children’s paintings – manifests.