TK2 Blythswood Care’s after-school programme in western Romania for 11-15 year olds, has enabled a teenager with learning difficulties to reach the final year of middle school.
Without external support, Jeno’s home situation would have made his education impossible. The eldest of four children, he lives with his mother, uncle and grandparents. No one has a job and two of the adults have learning disabilities. Their home has no bathroom or kitchen.
At school, sympathy was in short supply. Knowing his family background, teachers discriminated against him on numerous occasions, disregarding his disability and humiliating him in front of his peers.
But with the benefit of one-to-one tuition at TK2, Jeno can read, write and do basic arithmetic. He knows his times tables and likes to play chess. His Blythswood tutors are confident that he is more than capable of fulfilling his childhood ambition of becoming a tractor driver.
“Without the support of TK2, Jeno’s reading and writing would be non-existent,” says Carmen Popa who has watched his development in recent years. “He would probably have resorted to stealing like he used to, to feed his younger siblings when they were hungry.
“You don’t need a driving licence to be a tractor driver, but with learning support Jeno is fully capable of passing the test. We are already speaking to farmers to find one who might be interested in taking him on.”
photo above: Now 15, Jeno has far surpassed the expectations of his teachers and is looking forward to becoming a tractor driver.