Contact person: Ildikó Mátyás
Organisation: Talent Support Council of Transylvania
(Erdélyi Tehetségsegítő Tanács)
Address: Romania, 400306 Cluj-Napoca, Ion Ghica nr.12
Events in Romania in 2011:
1st TalentDay in Cluj-Napoca - Nyilas Misi Egyesület I. Tehetségnapja
Date: March 26th, 2011
Venue: János Zsigmond Unitarian High School, Event Hall, Cluj-Napoca
Coordinating organisation: Nyilas Misi Association (Nyilas Misi Egyesület)
Workshop on Experimental Physics
Date: April 10th, 2011
Venue: Babes Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca
Coordinating organisation: EmpirX Association
For further events please see the list here.
Talent Support in Romania:
There are several organisations that support gifted and talented education in Romania. One of the most influential, the IRSCA Gifted National Association for Gifted Children (IRSCA Gifted Education), was formed in 2005 as a non-governmental organisation. With the aim of formulating national educational guidelines for gifted and talented education, IRSCA Gifted Education established a consortium of more than 30 organisations called EDUGATE and was able to initiate and keep talks going between different national talent support organisations and representatives of the Romanian government. As a result of these negotiations, the first national legislative act on the education of gifted and talented children was approved by the Romanian Senate in December 2006 and a National Strategy was developed, although its implementation was halted due to economic constraints. This situation presents a challenge for everyone running talent support initiatives in the country to move away from top down financing and develop a social enterpreneurial mindset.
Other key organisations in the field include the Arhimede Association, a non-governmental organisation, the main aim of which is to stimulate creativity in the field of mathematics and develop applications of mathematics in other fields of study. The association also seeks to promote excellency in mathematics and to support young people's high performance-oriented activities at the level of International Mathematics Olympiads. The Arhimede Association organises and coordinates national and international competitions in the field of mathematics, supports the participation of young pupils in international competitions and publishes the mathematics periodical Arhimede, which is a publication promoting mathematics culture, coordinated by an Editorial Board consisting of national and international members.
The Talent Support Council of Transylvania (Erdélyi Tehetségsegítő Tanács) was founded in Targu-Mures in October 2010 on the proposal of some leaders of various talent support organisations responding to the needs of gifted and talented children in local Hungarian communities. The Council is an umbrella organisation of representatives of different talent support organisations along with members of the local economic and political arena, and functions as a node in the Hungarian Genius TalentPoint Network. The organisation is a charity. Its objectives are:
- To coordinate work between local TalentPoints on activities, which they would not be able to accomplish alone.
- To increase the impact of the Council’s member organisations through involving representatives from all sectors.
- To exchange know-how between each other, with Romanian peer-organisations and with other TalentPoints and Talent Support Councils in the Genius Network.
- To map, acquire and pool resources.
- To provide regular training to local teachers in order to promote the basic concepts and methods of gifted and talented education.
- To increase public understanding of the educational, social and emotional needs of gifted and talented people and to give recognition to various sorts of talents and their mentors through organising regular TalentDays.