Progress Foundation in Romania – STEM

Progress Foundation in Romania – STEM education in the Romanian countryside. Starter package with books in STEM subjects for about 30 rural libraries.

STEM is a curriculum based on the idea of educating students in four specific disciplines — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — in an interdisciplinary and applied approach. Rather than teach the four disciplines as separate and discrete subjects, STEM integrates them into a cohesive learning paradigm based on real-world applications.

The Children’s Roman Library in Bucharest’s suburb of Giulesti, was created in 2016 on the initiative of Gunilla Lundgren in collaboration with Fred Taikon and Arina Stoenescu.

Our contact person Arina Stoenescu wants to coordinate the Roma library with the Progress Foundation program.

The following activities were planned in the spring of 2020:

April – workshop for librarians together with the National Association of Romanian Librarans who coordinate small libraries in rural areas suffering a need for books. Book packages will be distributed consisting of both fiction and scientific (STEM) books.

May – workshops in the local libraries

The grant will cover the costs of the workshops.

Corona impact: All of the above plans have been stopped due to lockdowns and order restrictions. Hopefully the projects will start in 2021.

Gunilla Lundgren, the founder of the Children’s Roma Library in Bucharest, was nominated for the 2020 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (ALMA) .


Motivation: The purpose of the project to promote reading and teaching for Roma children is in line with The Book Aid statutes