Making the transition from primary school to secondary is seldom easy. And it can be especially difficult for children who lack support at home.
That’s why Blythswood’s Talita Kum has been so important to Adelina. Her father died when she was young and her mother frequently travels from their home in western Romania to look for work in other parts of Europe. When her mother is away, Adelina lives with members of her extended family and doesn’t have anyone at home who can help her with homework.
But at Blythswood’s after-school programme she receives a square meal and one-to-one tuition which helps her to keep up at school.
Crucially for Adelina, TK2 extends the programme to children moving on to junior secondary, known in Romania as ‘gymnasium’.
“Adelina’s performance dropped in her new school but picked up again towards the end of her first year there,” says Talita Kum director, Adrian Popa. “It’s important to her that the maths teacher from the gymnasium is here in the afternoon to give her the individual attention that is impossible in a larger class.”
Apart from school work, Adelina enjoys participating in musical shows. Adrian Popa says: “These things may not seem important but dancing classes and learning to perform on stage can boost the confidence of disadvantaged young people and help them to overcome feelings of inferiority.”