Decentralization of education contradicts the principles of the “Learning Romania” project.

In addition to a possible attempt to give real estate cannon, by moving buildings to city halls, with the possibility of changing their destination within ten years, this decentralization proposed by the Ministry of Education also meant the loss of teacher status for those now working in children’s palaces. The teachers launched an online petition that has already collected more than 20,000 signatures. They contrast with Minister Soren Combino, who claims that decentralization will not change their situation.

Teachers in children’s palaces and sports clubs no longer trust the ministry or trade unions, despite their reassurance from both sides of the transparency of decision-making and the possibility of amending the law under public discussion. To show their point, they launched a petition that has already collected more than 20,000 signatures. “In the bill, Articles 213-216 write what we, in palaces and clubs, understood that we would become something else, not teachers. So let the minister tell us what we will be. I graduated first grade while pregnant. Cîmpeanu came out with a statement regarding this issue and talking about the need for decentralization , but if he wanted decentralization, he did not introduce nurseries into the system. If he said that it saves money, the motive would not continue, because introducing nurseries costs more than funding children’s palaces and clubs,” he explained, to Jornalul, a drawing teacher from the Children’s Palace.

The teachers’ petition was launched under the title: “Stop the decentralization of education! Palaces, children’s clubs and school sports clubs should belong to the Ministry of Education!”. “These laws aim to eliminate non-formal education through decentralization, with the transfer of palaces, children’s clubs and school sports clubs under the management of local councils into regional administrative units, which do not have the financial power to fund such an activity. Moreover, the aim is to take out members of The teaching staff of these institutions are removed from the educational system and converted into a kind of civil servants, although these persons have participated in recruitment competitions, teaching degrees and training courses, ”as stated in the launched teachers’ petition. Written by Professor Joseph Cosmin Kiss.

Even informal learning is eliminated

Teachers in palaces and children’s clubs all over the country remind the Ministry of Education that informal activity is part of the Romanian education system, along with formal education, but in particular that the “Education Romania” project includes strengthening this aspect of education, not eliminating it. The proposed decentralization in the Education Act does not solve an administrative problem, but it creates a very serious methodological problem.

Among the beneficiaries of informal educational activities in these palaces and children’s clubs is Mihai Anka, a graduate of Bordeaux University, France. He sent an open letter to the Minister of Education, explaining what Romania would lose, with the transfer of these institutions to municipal councils. “I am 22 years old and have taken English culture and civilization courses at the Children’s Palace in Ploiti, for about 10 years, and have shaped my position as a responsible global citizen since the fourth grade. I have always been seen as a ‘good’ child, but I think it is important to know why”, As the young man says. It explains why children need non-formal education so that they feel free to create and develop certain skills, with results that cannot be achieved in a formal environment, where grades are given and there is always some pressure on students. “I am writing to inform you of the importance of having institutions that promote non-formal education, as well as motivate existing teachers to retain their position as teachers. The need to explain these aspects that should have been considered in advance comes, of course, in the wake of the Pre-University Education Bill “Educated Romania”, 2022 (Article 213, paragraph 3 and Article 215, paragraph 9 and 10.) Thus, I will list the benefits of this type of free and informal course,” the young man also writes.

Develops critical and analytical thinking

Another unfortunate consequence of the disappearance of these palaces and children’s clubs was the complete elimination of critical and analytical thinking – which no longer existed in the Roman school at all. Children’s palaces and clubs across the country are places where educational methods other than school are used, and are considered fun and creative by children, because participation is voluntary and activities are motivated by a passion for a particular field, there is no obligation. Critical and analytical thinking is stimulated through discussions, debates, project presentations with existing rules, competitions, brainstorming, etc., in a relaxed atmosphere, in the absence of constraints in the formal environment of the school. Learning does not depend on memorization, but rather on the problematic. “Learning is more effective than the traditional memorization method that causes anxiety in young people. The social worker favors character development and friendship formation, thus reduces the rate of depression and facilitates integration into social groups. Responsibility is developed, due to project tasks, group activity, organization of activities, research / secondment Materials”, explains Mihai, who also remembers that by participating in several competitions, Romanian students enhance local potential and create a portfolio of diplomas that can make the difference between admission or non-admission to university institutions or to international projects. Thus, the activity of teachers in these palaces and children’s clubs is much more important than mere socialization. This is why the quality of these teachers is so important, but especially their status as teachers.

If there are no more teachers in these institutions, anyone can come to teach, without the current standards. Teacher status is obtained through many tests, including job grades and teaching grades.

It is very important that Romanian students have free access to the courses held in these institutions. Although the activity of these palaces and clubs is reminiscent of the communist regime, now they are especially relevant, since they meet all current educational needs, including as defined in the project “Education of Romania”.

90% of anti-terror units are bankrupt

The teachers who teach in these mansions and clubs across the country say that decentralizing, with these institutions being transferred to local government, will even lead to their abolition, the seizure of buildings by ATUs, to changing their destination, and the teacher’s status going to be forfeited even before their eventual abolition. Management by local councils means, first of all, a lack of funds for financing, as happened with other institutions handed over to municipal councils. Any financial problem that will have a place belonging to these institutions will be reflected in stopping the financing of children’s palaces and clubs, with priority given to other sectors of activity. If they continue to belong to the Ministry of Education, then funding will be provided, regardless of the localities’ problems, without being compromised.

Such financial problems have appeared in many localities in the past fifteen years. Each year, nearly 90% of counter-terrorism units go bankrupt and the government pays the bills and salaries owed from the Reserve Fund, because localities cannot cover their administrative expenses alone. If children’s palaces and clubs are added, then they will be the first to be sacrificed, in the event of a financial crisis, not considered essential, as an activity. But this would completely eliminate the non-formal education required for education reform. It is an analysis of the situation that the Ministry of Education did not take into account, when the Minister emphasized that there was no danger of dismantling these institutions, by transferring them to the management of ATUs.

Leave a Comment