Alex's Story

In his personal essay, which was part of his scholarship application at Transylvania College, Alex confessed that the dream that he’s had ever since he was a child, is to have a profession that would change the world. The field he chose? Marine biology. For a child from Buzău, that may seem to be an impossible dream. But Alex’s chance proved to be, not so much the scholarship, as was the fact that he met people who believed in him and who supported him in his perseverance, even when it was difficult.

Alex’s story is the story of every child who is given a chance. The story of every child who isn’t laughed at: “Marine biologist! Where did you get that idea?”. The story of every child encouraged to dream and to believe, strongly, in their dream, however crazy it may sound. The story of a child supported unconditionally, especially when their experience is hard, by the adults in their life, by teachers with big hearts, who want them to succeed as much as they do.

Oftentimes, regardless of the environment they come from, a child’s destiny is impacted greatly by one adult. If even one person sees the potential and encourages them to go forward in their way, with confidence, that child gains the chance to live out their dream. And to change the world.

Each of us can be that adult in the life of a child, each of us can help them write their story according to their dreams.

POVESTEA is a unique program which supports heads of school, teachers, and parents in the schools in Romania, transforming schools in communities of trust, kindness, and joy.

In the POVESTEA project, each school undergoes a five year process. In the first two years, schools benefit from the basic interventions, which address mainly teachers and staff. This is followed by an audit, whose conclusions delineate an intervention plan tailored to that specific community, for the following two years. In the final year, representatives of each school prove that they want and that they are able to sustain the school’s transformation, thus obtaining the „Școala încrederii” (School of trust) certification. This certification is maintained through an annual contribution of effort, time, and energy in the school.

Which fundamental needs found in schools do we address?

What does a POVESTEA school look like?

  • Children feel safe, where they live and learn to trust themselves and others;
  • Parents and teachers learn how to be emotionally present and how to have a good relationship with themselves;
  • The wellbeing and the mental health of the faculty and staff are priorities;
  • Trust-based relationships are built because of the efforts of the entire school community;
  • Teachers have ownership of their contribution in relationships and in the community where they work and live;
  • Parents work alongside teachers, for a better understanding of children’s developmental needs;
  • Teachers, parents, and children contribute to the creation of a community based on trust, kindness, and joy.

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