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A Program Showcase: Mihai Eminescu Preschool, Tārgu Jiu, Romania

by Michael Kalinowski and Diana Ruset
January/February 2011
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Dreary the horn sounds in the eve on the hill,
Sheep flocks return, stars in their way twinkle still,
Water springs weep murmuring clear, and I see,
Under a tree, love, thou art waiting for me.

The Mihai Eminescu Preschool is named after Romania's national poet. It is located in the southwestern part of Romania, an area of hills, villages, and mountains, in a region with a rich tradition of folk crafts. A former Roman settlement, Tārgu Jiu lies at the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains, on the banks of the river Jiu. The area provided direct access, through one of the most spectacular passes in the Carpathians, to present-day Transylvania. The population has been steadily decreasing in this area, primarily because the young and educated residents have left for bigger cities.

Constantin Brancusi (1876-1957), known as the father of modern sculpture, was born in a small village nearby. Several of his larger works are in a local park, but his art can also be found in the New York Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim, and museums in Chicago, Cleveland, and Philadelphia. In 2005, one of his works sold for $27.5 million dollars.

In Romania, public education is free and compulsory for nine years. Preschool ...

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