Fundația EOS - Educating for an Open Society

Fundația EOS - Educating for an Open Society

During 2018, EOS Foundation will be delivering the Informatica365 project - one of the biggest national teacher training programmes in Romania supporting over 3,600 teachers to better teach Informatics and ICT, recently made compulsory by the Ministry of Education (MoE), to gymnasium students. Through this community of teachers, over 100,000 students aged 11 to 15 will learn how to creatively code through games and apps, by using block-based coding in Minecraft Education Edition. The programme will be rolled out in partnership with the MoE (and Teacher Resource Centres) and will be accredited by the National Centre for Teacher Training. The training programme is financially supported by Microsoft through its philanthropic YouthSpark programme.

In terms of context and opportunity, it is important to stress the fact that ICT, which covers basic digital literacy skills, has been compulsory in Romanian high schools (Grades 9 - 12, ages 15 – 19) since 2010. However Computer Science is only taught in specialist IT-focused high schools. The MoE has introduced compulsory Computer Science and ICT for all students in lower secondary school (Gymnasia) (Grades 5 – 8, ages 11 – 15) at the beginning of the current school year. This represents a tremendously important policy step. However, this initiative will not be successful if the lack of preparation, resources, coordination, and training of teachers persists.

The project will be implemented in Romania nationally and will have coverage in all 42 geographical counties in Romania. Therefore, 42 partnership agreements will be signed with the teacher Resource Centres in each of the counties. 

Last update: 27/02/2018
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Pledge Category

Digital skills in education

Pledge's geographical scope

Time period

Start date: 01/02/2018
End date: 01/02/2019

Other Pledge details

Local/National scope: National
Public Funding: NO

Fundația EOS

Fundația EOS – Educating for an Open Society is a private, non-profit organisation. Its main goal is to bridge the digital divide in Romania by helping people realise their full potential through the use of technology. EOS is a founding member of the European digital inclusion network All Digital. EOS actively participates the National Coalition for Digital Jobs, a local response to the European Commission Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs. EOS was also the initiator of the Digital Agenda for Romania – an innovative PPP multi-stakeholder partnership. EOS is continuously partnering and working together with many IT companies in Romania (i.e. Microsoft, Adobe, HP) and recruitment companies (i.e. Wipro or Adecco) to support the development and implementation of various CSR, STEM or computer science education of IT workforce development related projects in Romania. EOS coordinates the annual EU-wide Get Online Week digital inclusion campaign in Romania having worked with over 70,000 digitally excluded people. EOS coordinates a network of 117 e-centres to help knowledge disadvantaged communities on-board in the information society. The network is intended primarily for local communities especially from rural areas or small towns and has a big focus on young women.

Romanian Ministry of Education

Microsoft Romania

Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT” @microsoft) is the leading platform and productivity company for the mobile-first, cloud-first world, and its mission is to empower every person and every organisation on the planet to achieve more.

Qualitative Impact

The Informatica365 project will provide a well-structured, qualitative teaching resource pack, which will guide teachers who teach Informatics and ICT for the first time to gymnasium students. This tool will help them better structure their teaching and engage students in better learning practices. The resources developed in Romanian language will be freely made available to any teacher wishing to take up coding activities in their own classroom. Minecraft Education Edition will be used across a wide array of subjects as a supporting tool for students to use code to learn more creatively about subjects like chemistry, geography or languages.

Teachers’ ability to teach ICT and computer science to students will be greatly impacted by the project, mainly because:
• Teachers in Romania earn professional credits by, amongst other things, undertaking professional training. Teachers are required to earn at least 90 credits every five-year period. In order for a training course to be recognised as one which results in a number of credits, it must be accredited by the MoE’s National Centre for Professional Training (Centrul Național de Formare Profesională – CNFP). We are proposing to develop two ICT and computer-science courses which will be first accredited by the national accreditation system. This will make sure that our courses will officially become part of the national state training system.
• The responsibility for delivering training to serving teachers lies with the Teacher Resource Centers (Casa Corpului Didactic - CCD). There are 42 of these centers (one in each county) across the country. Through the current project we are aiming at working with all 42 CCDs in order to deliver the courses and provide support to a wide network of teachers.

Quantitative Impact

Indicator Description Target Status
People trained online/ Primary/secondary school students Creative coding, Apps, Minecraft, Informatics, ICT, gymnasium 100,000 N/A
People trained face-to-face/teachers Through the Informatica365 project we will be training 3.360 teachers from Romania in teaching coding in a creative way. 3,360 N/A
Number of events organised Organisation of 3 events in each of the 42 Romanian counties, plus one event every month in Bucharest, plus one opening event and one closing event. 140 N/A
School/company collaboration Partnership with the Ministry of Education and Teacher Resource Centres, reaching over 3,000 schools through formal trainings; Teacher Award ceremony; Student coding competitions 120 N/A
Certifications delivered MoE official training certification (CNFP); Digital badges for teachers who participate in the trainings; Optional Microsoft Educator global certification; End of course certification (Creative Coding Through Games And Apps curriculum -CCGA- or Minecraft) 3,000 N/A

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Evidence about progress

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Milestone name Completion date Status
Sign partnership agreement with the Ministry of Education and other strategic partners 31/03/2018
Sign agreements with each of the 42 Teacher Resource Centers 31/03/2018
Develop two training courses intended for teachers required to teach CS at lower secondary level 30/04/2018
Deliver a blended learning training course to 84 master trainers. The courses are estimated to total 40 hours of training each 31/05/2018
Support the 84 master trainers in the delivery of the training programme nationally; every county in Romania will have 2 master-trainers 31/08/2018
Organise one Teacher Event to celebrate the success of the teachers who were most active in their schools 30/11/2018
Support the 3360 teachers in delivery of CS training to students in their schools 31/12/2018
Organise at least one student competition where students can showcase their experience with using Microsoft Computer Science resources 31/01/2019