- Over 1,700 students and 490 teachers are direct beneficiaries
- 60 volunteers held 30 training sessions on education for technology and non-formal education
Bucharest, September 8th, 2021 – Vodafone Romania Foundation, World Vision Romania and Technology_VOIS Romania provided 15 schools from rural areas with computers, printers, software and network equipment, to the benefit of 1,734 students and 490 teachers. Over 80,000 euros were invested as part of the “Brighter Futures – A chance for a better tomorrow” programme, which ran from September 2020 to June 2021 in 15 secondary schools from Dolj (Unirea, Sadova, Castranova, Rojistea), Iași (Vlădeni, Chicerea, Alexeni, Țibana, Butea), Vaslui (Dumești, Poienești, Grivița, Ivănești, Ursoaia) and Vâlcea (Ionești, Nicolae Bălcescu, Stoilești) counties.
The aim of the project was the digitalisation of schools in disadvantaged rural communities by providing them with IT equipment and educational resources, but also by delivering non-formal education through career counselling and skill development sessions, held by 60 Technology_VOIS volunteers on topics such as information technology, time management, conflict management, financial education and the importance of education. Over 300 students and teachers took part in the 30 sessions.
Within the same project, schools also received book donations (textbooks and fiction), as well as medical and hygiene kits containing masks, disinfectants and single-use gloves.
The project was implemented by World Vision Romania and Technology_VOIS Romania, the latter ensuring the management of the project with the support of Vodafone Romania Foundation.
“Brighter Futures – A chance for a better tomorrow” is supported annually by Technology_VOIS employees, who get involved in volunteering activities such as: renovating classrooms, reconditioning the schools’ digital and IT infrastructures, holding education for technology sessions and fundraising to supplement the budgets (internal conferences for Technology_VOIS employees – “Brighter Futures Talks”, holiday auctions).
World Vision Romania is an organisation that carries out emergency humanitarian intervention, development, and advocacy programs, placing the well-being of children at the centre of its activities. The organisation focuses on working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice. The Foundation works with the most vulnerable people in the world, regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or gender.
World Vision Romania is a part of the World Vision International partnership and is active in almost 100 countries worldwide. In 30 years of activity in Romania, we helped over 500,000 children and adults from nearly 500 communities in 18 counties.
World Vision Romania believes in children’s right to equal opportunities, whether they live in villages or in cities. This is why, in the rural communities it operates in, it carries out long-term community development programmes, focusing on education and reducing early school leaving, health and child protection, agriculture and rural development, civic and Christian commitment. Access to better living conditions is facilitated for children through the sustainable development of the community they live in. In our projects, we focus on transforming the communities and their members to make sure each child leads a fulfilled life.
The Vodafone Romania Foundation is a Romanian nongovernmental charitable organisation, established in 1998, which operates separately and independently from the company’s business. Over more than 20 years of activity, the Vodafone Romania Foundation has funded 1,168 programs run by 745 NGOs throughout the country, in the fields of healthcare, education and social services. The projects had over 3 million beneficiaries – children, young people, elderly, physically, socially or economically disadvantaged people. So far, the Vodafone Romania Foundation has invested 31 million euros in projects run by non-profit partner organisations. More details about the Foundation’s programs are available at www.fundatia-vodafone.ro, http://jurnaldebine.fundatiavodafone.ro/ și www.facebook.com/fundatiavodafone.
Established in 2006, Techology_VOIS – Vodafone Intelligence Solutions – evolved from a local service centre to being a tech company with a global presence, aiming to ensure rapid growth and added value for Vodafone.
It has a global team of over 24,000 professionals, with clients in 28 countries and 4 service centres: in Egypt, India, Hungary and Romania.
It supports Vodafone in all it does and brings innovation and agility to everything it undertakes, as well as to all those who are being supported by Vodafone. #wemovetheworld