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World Day Observance in Bucharest, Romania
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.
Bucharest: On the 19 November, the “Santa Macrina” Foundation organized a workshop for 30 Romanian and Roma teenagers, of different religions (Orthodox, Muslim and Adventist) and different backgrounds. During 3 hours, they discussed about their real needs and wishes and what changes they wish to see in the adults attitude. After identifying the messages that the teenagers wanted to send to the community, they organized a campaign to promote positive education through art. Their paintings-manifesto were spread on Facebook, in their schools, as well as on high-school’s websites.
This initiative was followed, on the 20th of November, by a workshop including 30 parents from socially disadvantaged families, with a big risk of abuse or neglecting. They understood that children needed stability, a positive attitude from their parents, quality time spent with them. In that way, durable and healthy relationships will be built between children and parents. Children are the indirect beneficiary of this workshop: with positive education, they will grow stronger, emotionally stabile and happy.
Similar events like in Santa Macrina were organized with the children in other 2 schools in Bucharest and in one school in Iasi. Their campaigns were expressed not only through art, but also through sport. In Iasi children send their messages writing them with their own bodies, guided by their gym teacher.
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