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Helen Keller Day celebrations in Romania

27 June 2014
Posted by Christina Salomie

A young girl touching a piece of tactile art at the Senzart exhibition

Sense International Romania have been busy organising various activities to mark the international celebrations around Helen Keller Day on 27 June.

As part of the project 'Sense for Life', funded by Orange Foundation through the "A World Through Colour and Sound" programme, over one hundred and thirty people from Bucharest, Galați and Iași have this week been attending various activities to increase awareness of deafblindness in Romania.

Two boys painting ceramicsA group of youngsters and children from the Special School for Children with Hearing Impairments Sfânta Maria in Bucharest really enjoyed their recent visit to the SENZART exhibition, an interactive multimedia installation at the National Museum of Contemporary Art.

The exhibition was organised in collaboration with the Association Amicii MNAC and Orange Foundation Romania. Children saw, heard, felt and experimented with the exhibits on display and attended an unusual workshop – painting in water!

The young people also produced some drawings along the theme of "How do we see ourselves in 10 years?", putting them in special boxes and burying them in the school yard – not to be opened until Helen Keller Day 2024!

The children holding small bottles of perfumeThey also learned the secret of making perfume by mixing different aromas, as well as planting trees and plants in the school garden.

In Galați, children and young people from Paul Popescu Neveanu Professional School, part of the Emil Gârleanu Special School, visited the Zoo in Brăila, along with their teachers, parents and grandparents.

They had a wonderful time looking at all of the animals, as well as creating masks and costumes before taking part in their own animal-themed Carnival!

A girl on a donkey at the mini-farmIn Iași, children and young people from Vasile Pavelcu Technological Highschool visited Noah's Arch (a mini-farm especially designed for non-formal educational activities for children).

They visited the park, fed the animals and attended a pottery decorating workshop – great fun for everyone involved!

Cristiana Salomie is Director of Sense International (Romania)

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First published: Friday 7 June 2013
Last updated: Thursday 18 September 2014