Donation of 8,3 million to introduce Danish pedagogy in Romania

Nursery in Romania
A newly finished nursery project in Bucharest proved that Danish pedagogical principles enhanced the children's wellbeing. This project was supported by VILLUM Fonden as well.
VIA University College and the University of Bucharest have received 8,3 million Danish Kroner from VILLUM Fonden to establish a unique training and competence development centre in Bucharest.

At the training and competence development centre, experts from VIA’s social educations and teacher educations will educate staff from kindergartens and primary schools in socially disadvantaged regions of the city.

Wellbeing, learning and retention

The newly founded project ‘Romanian-Danish Center for Children’s Wellbeing’ focuses on kindergartens and primary schools. The goal is to enhance the wellbeing, learning and retention of slightly older children by training and educating Romanian staff in methods from Danish social educations and teacher educations.

“Romanian schools find it difficult to retain and include socially vulnerable children. Therefore, there is an interest in how Danish methods of inclusion, outdoor pedagogy and learning can make a difference,” Erik Hygum says. He is the Dean at VIA Faculty of Education & Social Studies.

The centre will house lecturers from both VIA and Bucharest University. The idea is to develop the skills of the Romanian staff based on VIA’s programmes in social education and teacher education – while the principles from these educations will be adapted to Romanian conditions.

Romanian focus on children’s learning

Dean at Faculty of Social Education at Bucharest University, Lucian Ciolan, is thankful for the donation from VILLUM Fonden, which will cover the running of the centre for three years.

“It’s a unique opportunity for Romania. The centre is already supported by our Ministry of Education. They have a strong focus on strengthening the wellbeing and learning of Romanian children,” Lucian Ciolan says.

A long-term solution

Besides training and competence development, VIA’s lecturers will provide supervision of staff and management in specific institutions that struggle with inclusion and retention of disadvantaged children.

In the long-term, the new centre is expected to generate knowledge and tools that kindergartens and schools all over Romania can benefit from.

For further information, please contact:

Erik Hygum
Dean of VIA Faculty of Education & Social Studies
T: +45 87 55 35 25
E: eh@via.dk