Education and training - the key to independence

The proportion of those at risk from poverty and social exclusion remains very high. Structural deficiencies, poor health care and corruption ranks Romania second worst in the EU for a country’s quality of life. High youth unemployment and emigration pose ma-jor problems. Children are often aban-doned when their parents go looking for work. The situation of Roma chil-dren in Romania is especially precarious. Although legally on an equal footing, Roma are still not treated equally. The majority live in inhumane conditions with poor infrastructure.

In families where parents have received only lower secondary education or less, the at-risk-of-poverty rate for children aged 0-17 is 75.1%. (Eurostat-Data)

CONCORDIA Romania was founded in 1992 and supports children, young people and families in Bucharest and the Prahova district in the north of Bucharest. Our 170 employees are supported by an average of 200 volunteers per year. Although poverty, emigration, exclusion and high youth unemployment are still major challenges, we were able to support around 3,011 people with our services in 2021. Children, young people and families receive the best possible support in our residential groups, day centres and the CONCORDIA EduCampus, among other things, so that they can lead an independent life on their own in the future.

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