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Prime Minister Florin Cîțu attended the opening ceremony of the new school year at the "Gheorghe Lazar" National College

Speech by Prime Minister Florin Cîțu at the opening ceremony of the new school year at the "Gheorghe Lazar" National College


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I am glad to see each other here, today, in person. It's up to us to stay that way all year. I trust that you will do everything in your power to continue with in person -attendance this year, for my part you have seen that it is the baseline scenario.

Dear students, teachers, ladies and gentlemen,

I am glad to mark the opening of the 2021-2022 school year here, at the "Gheorghe Lazar" National College in Bucharest. You wonder why I chose to be present at this high school, and not other.

Beyond the students' well-known achievements, and the director mentioned them again, your high school is the first in the Capital to assume, starting today, the start of a profound reform.

From my point of view, it is extraordinary that you are choosing to implement a pilot program that means a 21st century curriculum model, a pilot program based on the coordinates defined in the 'Educated Romania' project".

Specifically, this programme means a teaching, learning, assessment process closer to the requirements of a modern education, genuinely focused on the student.

We need to truly focus on developing relevant skills. Through this step, we define the beginning of a profound reform in the field of education in our country.

The implementation of the pilot program will be continuously monitored by the Ministry of Education, and the models that prove to be successful will be proposed at national level.

What you are doing as of today at the "Gheorghe Lazar" National College could, although I am confident they will, help entire generations.

Of course, we will not stop here. In the next years, the National Recovery and Resilience Plan provides for the financing of the pilot project in 60 schools.

I am very interested in reforming education and I know that we will succeed through the 'Educated Romania' project. Precisely because we should not waste time, this week we will adopt and implement the programme.

'Educated Romania' is the largest education reform project initiated and developed by the Presidential Administration, a project that represents the vision, the country strategy in the field of education in view of 2030.

It is well – known that all these educational reforms have multiple funding sources - the PNRR, the state budget and European funds.

Our stake in Education is not to do slightly something else, slightly differently or the same as before.

 Our strategic stake is to do differently, to do something else, namely, 21st century education for the 21st century Romania, that I am sure we all want, as I could see today, now, at the "Gheorghe Lazar" National College.


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