The big cities of Romania are facing a major crisis of places in kindergartens, the most serious situation being in Bucharest, where 8,000 preschoolers will remain outside the education system, due to the lack of a national strategy on demographic change. In a statement of the UN Fund for Population (UNFPA), it shows that the decreasing number of places in kindergartens is the consequence of the constant increase of birth between 2003 and 2005, especially in Bucharest and in the big cities, and of the migration to the urban environment. of young families with small children. The UNFPA analysis shows that the birth revival started in 2003, after the decision to grant an allowance of 800 lei for raising the child up to two years old.
The number of newborns has already started to drop slightly, from 221,000 in 2005 to 219,500 in 2006, which means that over four to five years it will drop even more, and the demand for pre-school education and many of the investments that are being made now in kindergartens we will be useless, says the source. According to UNFPA representatives, the discrepancy between the demographic situation and the social system will be sharpened shortly in other areas: on the labor market, where the labor force will decrease dramatically due to emigration and the small number of young people; in the health system, where the elderly (whose number will increase) will require specific, geriatric medical services, which the Romanian system is not prepared to offer. "The examples can continue, and they are only the most obvious consequences of the demographic changes in Romania: the decline and aging of the population," the UNFPA statement said.
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April 23, 2007