When Andrei turned 12 his parents knew they had to take action. With severe physical disabilities and slight learning difficulties, their beloved boy was unable to attend the mainstream school in their village, 20 km from the town of Marghita, in northern Romania. His need for constant care was just too great.
Although he was registered for homeschool support, they realised he would benefit from the company of other children and the stimulation which only a school environment can give.
“When Andrei’s parents visited our school you could see the concern in their eyes,” says Lidia Micula who teaches in a school for children with special needs, run in Marghita by Blythswood’s partner organisation, Fundatia Crestina Elim.
“The thought of leaving their child with strangers made them nervous. We talked about his needs and the education and facilities we can provide here and they soon realised this would be a very good place for their son.”
Five years on, Andrei has made great progress. He is strongly motivated to learn, has extended his vocabulary and has learned to write, using a computer.
“He has such a joyful spirit and is always ready to try something new,” Lidia says. “He is courageous and wants to be involved in every school activity.”
Lidia knows she’s going to miss her star pupil when he graduates from FCE’s school next year. “He proves that you can learn to be happy even in difficult circumstances,” she says. “We can all learn a lesson from him.”
Photo Above: Andrei at school; with help from Blythswood Care, FCE gives educational opportunities to children with special needs