Ukrainian refugee children at Colegiul Național „Mihai Viteazul” (Bucharest) and their teachers, as well as the students and teachers at the College, came back to more accommodating classrooms.
With the support of Fundația Vodafone România, AmCham Romania was able to purchase five interactive displays for classrooms in „Mihai Viteazul” National College, which will allow refugee children to continue their studies in their native language (from the classroom and from home) and Romanian students to enjoy a more interactive, digital and versatile learning environment.
We warmly thank Fundația Vodafone România for their partnership and contribution, along with all AmCham Romania members who #StandWithUkraine ever since the beginning of the war and will surely continue to do so as long as it’s needed.
To all students and teachers in Romania, we wish you a good and successful school year!
Project Context & Flow
Ever since the start of the war in Ukraine, the AmCham Romania community joined the humanitarian-aid and relief efforts and did our best to welcome and care for refugees fleeing to Romania. In late spring this year, we at AmCham Romania saw the moving call for support by Anastasiia Konovalova, a Ukrainian teacher who sought safety in Bucharest but wanted to give something back to our country and the Ukrainian refugee children and started teaching approx. 200 of them in classrooms provided by „Mihai Viteazul” National College.
However, the lack of adequate Ukrainian language educational materials for primary school children proved challenging, so Anastasiia launched a public call for support: they needed school supplies, stationary and a way to accommodate the increased number of refugee children who needed to continue their education.
This is how we heard about her and her students, and her commitment to helping refugee children stay in school moved us. We got in touch with her and the College and learned that a large number of refugee children lacked access to education simply because there was no room left in the schools of Bucharest.
Thanks to the generosity of Fundația Vodafone România, that provided the funds, AmCham purchased five interactive displays that were installed in the classrooms used by Anastasiia and her colleagues, which allowed both the easy sharing of educational materials in the Ukrainian language and access to education (remotely) to other refugee children in Bucharest and beyond.
And because we truly believe that sharing is caring, the interactive displays are also used by Romanian students and teachers at „Mihai Viteazul” National College, during their day-to-day activities, for a more modern and immersive education.