A girl who was helped by Blythswood to complete three years of secondary education has now moved on to a vocational course at high school.
Ramona who is now 15 joined TK2 in 2013 when she was in her sixth grade at school. Like many children from outlying rural villages in Romania, she was at an educational disadvantage. She was a shy girl, living with her grandmother on a low income and without anyone at home to help and encourage her in her studies.
But at Blythswood’s after-school programme for young people of secondary school age, there were teachers to give her vital extra tuition, helping her with her homework and school projects.
As a result, Ramona was able to finish secondary school without falling behind with any of her subjects and to pass her exams. Now she is training in leather and textiles, which should help her find work in local manufacturing industry.
“Young people from low-income families in the villages can sometimes suffer from an inferiority complex,” says Adrian Popa, who directs Blythswood’s work in the Banat region of Romania. “At TK2 she discovered a gift for writing. She produced the script for our musical show Esther and went on to take the lead role. The acting helped her to overcome her shyness and also stirred her interest in creative writing.”
Now, as well as following her vocational course at high school, Ramona visits Talita Kum once a week as a volunteer, to help younger children with homework.