ABOUT THE PROGRAM
The “Childhood Classics” National Reading Program is an educational initiative that seeks to facilitate access to books for children aged 7 to 14 in the Romanian educational system.
With the aid of our sponsors and partners, Curtea Veche Association organizes book donations for children from underprivileged communities in rural regions of the country and develops alternative reading programs intended to challenge kids to read for pleasure.
33% of Romanians under the age of 16 are currently living bellow the poverty line. These children and young teens have little to no access to books or alternative educational opportunities. Many of them don’t have books in their homes or access to a public library where they live.
Studies demonstrate that, in the absence of books, children from underprivileged backgrounds will tend to fall behind their wealthier peers who read and benefit from being read to more.
The “Childhood Classics” National Reading Program seeks to offer all children in Romania, regardless of their background, an equal opportunity to a better future, through reading.
As part of the “Childhood Classics” reading program we have donated over 74.000 new books to children in Bucharest and 34 other Romanian counties: Călărași, Iași, Ilfov, Tulcea, Mureș, Teleorman, Dolj, Hunedoara, Brașov, Bihor, Timiș, Argeș, Dâmbovița, Suceava, Alba, Sibiu, Cluj, Prahova, Giurgiu, Bacău, Constanța, Ialomița, Vrancea, Galați, Buzău, Vâlcea, Botoșani, Maramureș, Arad și în Municipiul București.
Following these donation, we provided local volunteer teachers with free resources to establish book clubs. With our help, many reading clubs were created in schools from communities with low access to books and to alternative educational opportunities.
By donating to the “Childhood Classics” National Reading Program you are helping to bring books into the lives of children, thereby actively contributing to their chances for a better future.