Telekom Romania is already part of the modernization process of the Romanian education system, along with our partners and other telecommunication companies. We are committed to use our technology and expertise to support the advancement of education in Romania by facilitating educational delivery at all levels of the educational system, widening the access and reducing the physical and social barriers to education. We are also supporting the improvement of the educational management by supporting the training and empowerment of teachers and contributing to the schools modernization.
Telepresence within Romanian schools
During 2015, together with our partners from Cisco and Webhit, we have been part of 5 national projects funded through EU funds, as providers of technical expertise for the implementation of telepresence systems in schools. We have developed digital solutions to interconnect schools or high schools through telepresence systems and interactive whiteboard so that students from different locations can participate simultaneously at the same lesson. The program targets a number of 8,000 young people in the counties of Brasov, Constanta, Constanta, Iasi, Braila and Galati, students of classes 7-8 respectively of grade 11-12 and aims at improving student‘s skills training to support their successful evaluation and national baccalaureate exam and better integrate them into future educational stages. Within the programmes, we have provided our technical support for implementation of 20 telepresence centers and 16 centers where telepresence is complemented by a software application, providing students in remote areas access to highquality content and facilitating contact with teachers in big cities.
In the county of Tulcea, the baccalaureate exam promotion rate increased from 58.91% to 73.34% in 2015 compared with 2014 in high schools that have implemented these solutions.
United Nations Sustainable Development Goal
Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning
Obtaining quality education is the foundation to improving people‘s lives and sustainable development. Major progress has been made towards increasing access to education at all levels and increasing enrolment rates in schools particularly for women and girls. Basic literacy skills have improved tremendously, yet bolder efforts are needed to make even greater strides for achieving universal education goals. For example, the world has achieved equality in primary education between girls and boys, but few countries have achieved that target at all levels of education”
More information about our Telepresence solutions here.
Telekom Romania Scholarships
Since 2007 Telekom Romania is involved in the formation of the younger generation, supporting educational performance within the framework of Telekom Scholarship programme. Our goal is to identify young potential leaders, passionate about their chosen field of study, with very good results, with wellestablished career objectives and engaged in extracurricular activities and volunteering. The Scholarship programme was organized in 2015 as a contest opened for students admitted to a an accredited higher education institution from Romania, regardless of profile, regardless of year of study (I, II, III, IV, V, VI or master). The participants were evaluated by a jury formed from 7 professionals with high level of expertise and diverse backgrounds. From initiation in 2007, we have offered a total of 95 Telekom scholarships. Due to its impact and excellent results of winners, we are continuing the programme, planning its extension in the next years.
Over 650 students have applied in 2015 edition of the “Scholarships Telekom” programme. 20 applications have been selected for the final evaluation, out of which 10 were awarded with 1 full year scholarship of more than 10.000 LEI (around 2,200 euro) each. The programme was organized in partnership with 7 universities and 3 student associations, allowing us to remain connected with the current needs and interest of the Romanian educational system.
In 2014-2015, Telekom Romania developed the project STEP, a project co-financed from the European Social Fund through the Sectorial and Operation Program Development of Human Resources 2007-2013. Invest in People!
STEP‘s objectives include information and selection, orientation and career counselling, and paid internships for students. During the program, 525 students benefited from career counselling services and a profile drafted by experts. Also, 255 students benefited from internship and obtained an internship certificate and a qualification on their university specific. In 2015, 10,000 students were informed about the projects and 9,000 applied for an internship, 1,500 were selected and benefited from the experience of 100 mentors.
Results of Telekom Scholarships programme
Find out more about Telekom Scholarships here.
Since September 2015 Telekom Romania has been running the fourth round of the Coder Dojo Bucharest North Workshops, with over 50 children and youngsters aged 7 to 16 studying programming and computer-assisted electronics based on the Arduino development platform. The workshops are being organized free throughout the 2015-2016 school year and include training sessions for beginner programmers as well as for youngsters who have already gathered experience at the previous years’ Dojos and want to upgrade their programming or Arduino skills. The children and young people attending are coordinated by volunteering mentors from the world of business or independent specialists who want to get involved in educating the younger generation. Bucharest North @Telekom Romania has been running for four years with monthly meetings staged at a location where logistical support and Internet connections are provided by Telekom Romania.
CoderDojo, an international movement initiated in Ireland in 2011, aims to offer interested children the chance to learn programming in an informal environment through regular sessions outside normal school hours.
Find out more about CoderDojo here
Telekom Romania is involved in training students in undergraduate education, the dual system, beginning with the 2015-2016 school year, in order to facilitate the integration of young people into the labour market immediately after the three years of training. Dual education program complements the lack of practical experience – therefore offering young professionals the chance to start a successful career in desired job immediately after completing three years of study. In collaboration with the Embassy of Austria, in the College of Economic Costin C. Kiritescu through o’SCAR program, along with 6 other companies, we supported students after secondary schools, who wish to specialize in sales and obtain a qualification for the job Merchant – Seller. Starting with 2015-2016 school year, we supported 7 pupils from the Post and Telecommunications Technical College “Gh. Airinei ” by providing them internship programmes in Telekom Romania, scholarships and other benefits. After three years of vocational schooling they have priority for employment within the company.