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Newsletter no. 8

Back to school - helping prevent dropout

In this issue:

Let's Unite for Children!
Mid-September is when school starts for 220,000 children every year in Romania. For two and a quarter million more children, it’s time to return for another year of the compulsory school cycle.

School dropout, the new silent emergency – a priority for UNICEF Romania
The rarely debated issue of school dropout in the Romanian education system requires immediate action.

Preventing and combating school dropout
Interview with Ciprian Fartuşnic, PhD and Otilia Apostu, PhD student, Institute for Educational Sciences

GDF SUEZ Energy Romania helps ensure “The future starts in school”
UNICEF and GDF SUEZ Energy Romania, a branch of the world energy leader GDF SUEZ, have formed a partnership agreement to carry out the project “The future starts in school".

Booking a ticket to a better future, Florin goes back to school
Like many teenage boys, Florin Constantin Dinu wears a football shirt. But it is reading, rather than sport, that is the 16-year-old’s passion.

Training School Mediators and Principals to Keep Vulnerable Children in Education
Vulnerable children, especially Roma, have very limited access to education. One in five Roma families say they cannot afford to send their children to school – they do not have suitable clothing or enough money to buy school supplies.

Bringing Roma Children into the Educational Fold
Every year, at around this time, tens of thousands of parents and grandparents are caught up in the frenzy of enrolling their child or grandchild in the neighbourhood school.

After the floods – rebuilding a more robust Romania
The catastrophic flooding of late June was brought about by freak weather, with Suceava County the hardest hit of the areas affected.

Porsche Finance Group Romania partners UNICEF to set up Resource Centre for Parents and Children
Porsche Finance Group Romania has contributed to the opening of the first Resource Centre for Parents and Children in Medgidia.

UNICEF and Kaufland Romania – a parenting partnership
Kaufland Romania has been supporting the “Parental Education” community-based project implemented by UNICEF in partnership with Holt Romania and the Ministry of Education, Research, Youth and Sports.

2.4 million tetanus vaccines funded in 2010
Parents throughout the country have continued to support the “1 pack = 1 vaccine” campaign this year.

Haiti six months on: building a better country from the rubble
Six months after a devastating 7.0-magnitude earthquake rained further agony down on Haiti, the story has long since drifted from the media radar screen, replaced by more recent disasters such as the floods in Pakistan.



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