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Fundația de dezvoltare locală Speranța din Târgu Neamț creează locuri de muncă pentru persoanele cu dizabilități pe care nu vrea nimeni să le angajeze.

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Cornel scoate lumânările din formele de silicon și i le dă lui Edy, care le taie fitilurile și le aliniază pe o tavă. Andreea pictează cu vopsele acrilice cactușii, iepurii, fluturii, moșii, babele și bufnițele din ceară. După ce se usucă, Marinela aplică sclipici pe lumânările pe care mâine dimineață Iovu le va vinde turiștilor care vizitează Cetatea Neamț.

Toți acești tineri speciali lucrează cu răbdare, bucuroși că cineva are încredere în ei și că pot fi de folos. Cornel, 27 de ani, are deficit de atenție, Edy, 26, are sindrom Asperger, Andreea, 25, are epilepsie, Marinela, 45, are distrofie musculară progresivă și e în scaun rulant, iar Iovu, 34, are o pareză pe partea dreaptă a corpului. Deși sunt o mulțime de lucruri pe care ei le pot face, mai multe decât cele pe care nu le pot face, firmele din Târgu Neamț nu vor să-i angajeze. …


Sebi and Berți are not the only ones for whom the living conditions in the Re-education Centre Buziaș, in Romania, are better than the ones at home. A former pupil didn’t know how to sit on a chair when he first entered the classroom; he lay down on the tiles, his head propped up in his hand, the way he did when he took the cows to graze. At meal time, he hid his meat in his pocket, so he could have it later. Another one drank water from the toilet, as children told the teacher, and a 16-year old girl relieved herself in her room because she had been living on the streets and did not know how to use the toilet. (https://medium.com/@TeleleuEu/teaching-bears-to-spell-8478c44118d8#.soah902xd)


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At the Re-education Centre in Buziaș, Timiș County, Romania, you encounter the full range of issues in the Romanian educational system: dropouts, poverty, illiteracy, children neglected by both teachers and parents. That is also where you can meet a primary school teacher who, despite the system, is teaching tolerance, decency and spelling to 18-year olds.

Mihaela’s hair is black and long, gathered in a thick ponytail. She is small, the broomhandle reaches her shoulders. She makes small piles of dirt by each door on the corridor, then sweeps them unto a dustpan and throws them in the bin. …

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