Uncertain situation for teachers teaching in children’s palaces

The project on the law on pre-university education “Educated Romania” proposes that palaces and children’s clubs in Romania be graduated under the tutelage of the Ministry of Education, teachers lose their teaching status, but with the possibility of filling vacancies in pre-university education.

If the “Learning Romania” project passes in its current form, then children’s palaces and clubs will function as public institutions of local councils, and their activity will be regulated by them.

The teachers who teach in the children’s palaces of Timisoara, Boziac and Gimbulia are concerned about these provisions, and an open letter signed by the group of parents to students of the Children’s Palace of Timisoara, addressed to the Minister of Education, notes that the positives brought by these forms of education and the concerns of the teachers:

Mr. Minister of Education,

In the context of the measures provided for in the draft law on pre-university education “Educated Romania”, we, the parents of students registered in the circles of minors
To the children of Timisoara, Boziash and Khimbulia, we would like to express our deep concern regarding Title IV of the above document.

It is essential that you also understand our point of view, in order to make the best decisions, both for the immediate beneficiaries of the exceptional education that takes place in this
As well as to the faculty members who are with us at every step of our children’s growth. And last but not least, for the ministry you represent for all of us. In this regard, we ask you to pay attention to the limitations of the decentralization process that we have identified so far.

The first worrying aspect is the one that takes into account the loss of the teaching state of our students’ teachers. We think it’s unfair that they had to consider two options they didn’t want to – reorienting toward formal education or accepting a new situation, the vagueness we all feel as we read between the lines. Title IV of the bill.

If the provisions have an analogue in reality, then it is necessary to emphasize some destructive effects:

– lack of qualified teaching staff from palaces and children’s clubs in Romania;
– these roles are filled by dedicated teachers and professionally trained by employees who lack meticulous qualifications;
– the impossibility of our children’s contact with subjects that cannot be found in the educational offer of formal education;
– additional financial pressure on parents who have to access paid educational services, with the aim of developing the resources of children’s talents or providing them with good preparation for professions that they will occupy in adulthood;
– encourage the practice of meditation, without taking financial responsibility;
– distorting the mechanisms of socialization and communication of our children, by limiting communication with other students who are enthusiastic about the same fields;
limiting their ability to think in multiple and interdisciplinary ways;
– Weakening the level of general culture is already very risky, and the list remains open.

The second very worrying aspect relates to the transfer of our institution’s heritage from the Ministry of Education to the local councils. We are not sure that you know the current situation of the headquarters in Timisoara, so we also tell you in this way that there are very big problems with the space in which the palace operates at the moment, because of which the educational act is already affected, beyond the exceptional ability of the educational staff to adapt to the situation and continue Work miracles for our children. We invite you to know the situation personally, by virtue of the same idea that was expressed at the beginning of this document – to adopt the most appropriate measures for non-formal education.

Given the uncertain context in Romania’s socio-political landscape, we hope you understand our mistrust of the way local councils and town halls will act, regarding the presence of the Children’s Palace in Timisoara and the branches in Boziac and Gimbulia. For a clear justification, please take a look at the exact stage the country’s school camps and cultural centers have reached. We are convinced that palaces and children’s clubs will follow the same disastrous path.

We want to draw your attention to the fact that we do not agree with the transfer of inheritance, for the following reasons: After ten years of operation, the unpredictable will again be at the door of the institution we are defending today, so we do not know whether the headquarters will retain the purpose for which Title IV itself sets a deadline for it (indeed, we firmly believe that the spaces in which our students can continue their education, after school, under the guidance of qualified teachers, will receive a different direction, as to the needs which the municipal and local councils will have); Physical access to non-formal education will be greatly restricted, especially for students from rural areas or from other areas of the province, as former teachers, and only civil servants, will be attached to the space in which they work; The work of free education will disappear, infecting once again the financially weak social groups. All these obstacles will over time lead to the self-dismantling of children’s palaces and clubs in our country. Any parent who considers themselves responsible for their child’s future will be upset in this situation.

Last but not least, we want you to understand our view on the dialogue between formal and informal education. As parents, we read the effects on our children’s faces
The benefits that influenced its development participate in the minor circuits of Timisoara and those of its branches. The applied nature of the activities in the circles, the specific atmosphere that teachers build, through honest dialogue, through amazingly original curricula, competitions won, the number of which we have already lost, and last but not least, students The freedom to enjoy the act of teaching, in the truest sense of the word, without pragmatic stakes , are just some of the features of non-formal education in our children’s palace, an institution we consider an indispensable partner in development. From those we love the most. At the European level, the focus on purchases obtained from contact with the informal is clear. It suffices to look at the education systems of the countries we admire and which, in most cases, we set as standards. For them, informality is an absolute necessity in student training. That is why it is difficult for us to understand and accept this set of changes from your project, changes that do not support the spirit of current, complex, dynamic and creative education, with applicability to the reality that we shape every day, together with children and their teachers.

We want you to know that we do not want to know this uncertain alternative that you are proposing in the current form of Title IV of the bill, for the reasons I have given in the lines above. Our students deserve to continue to benefit from an excellent education through the complementarity involved in the relationship between formal and informal education. Therefore, we ask/we invite you to reconfigure the department that envisions the decentralization of extra-curricular activities according to their real needs and to make the children of our country the sole focus of your concerns.

With a lot of design,

Parents’ group of children’s palace students from Timisoara.

Critical situation in the children’s palace in Timisoara

In addition to the provisions of the “Educated Romania” project that have caused concern, the Children’s Palace in Timisoara is already in a critical situation. It does not have its own headquarters, operating in the Liceu Azur space, which must be vacated by September 1.

According to public school inspector Ora Danielescu, solutions are being sought, and the inspectorate, in turn, will send a letter to the Ministry of Education to support it.

“We are considering preparing the activity in the Agricultural High School and the Ministry of Education to allocate funds for the repairs. There is already a summons to demand that the existing building of the Children’s Palace be vacated by September 1. It is not a nice and easy situation, but the Ministry of Education has promised to find a legal solution to help, especially as it is affiliated with However, everything depends on Timișoara City Hall. “We will also write a letter to the Ministry of Education,” said Ora Danielescu, the district’s general inspector of schools.

“Educated Romania”

On July 12, Education Minister Soren Combino presented the bills proposed in the “Educated Romania” project. Between July 13 and August 17, they underwent public consultation.

Among other things, the “Educed Romania” program provides for district school inspection departments to shift to district directorates for pre-university education as decentralized public services, establish small group commitment from 2030 and focus on student skills.

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