Fundația EOS – Educating for an Open Society (EOS Romania – www.eos.ro) is a private, non-profit organization. Its main goal is to bridge the digital divide in Romania by helping people realize their full potential through the use of technology. The organization operates projects in two main areas: pre-university education system (training teachers in the use of ICT and working with disadvantaged youth) and the wider community (working with IT and knowledge disadvantaged communities to bring them on board of the information society).
EOS Romania was set up in 1999 and has implemented many IT related projects. EOS is a founding member of the European digital inclusion network ALL DIGITAL. As part of the wider European digital inclusion strategy, EOS has been instrumental in setting up the National Coalition for Digital Skills and Jobs, a local response to the European Commission Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs. It was also the initiator of the Digital Agenda for Romania – a multi-stakeholder partnership. As such EOS has been part of the consultative committee of the Ministry of Information Society on the EU programming for 2014-2020.
In the mainstream education sector, EOS has been involved in the development of the first ever optional information technology curriculum for primary, secondary and high-schools and has been part of shaping the IT agenda in education in Romania. The organizational experience goes beyond this, with EOS having developed curriculum, resources and cloud-based technology assets for schools within two major European Social Fund programs – under the coordination of the Ministry of Education and Scientific Research. More recent activities include the development of 21st century learning design tools and teaching with Cloud technology projects.
Over the past 10 years EOS has been the Romanian coordinator of All Digital Week, an EU-wide digital inclusion campaign working with over 70,000 digitally excluded people and helping them to using the internet and digital devices.
EOS is continuously working in partnership with the Romanian Ministry of Education to bring ICT closer to students to help them realise their learning potential. With the compulsory introduction of a new Informatics and IT subject to all gymnasium schools, EOS has developed one of the most successful teacher training programs for Computer Science Teachers – Informatica365.
The digital inclusion programs operated by EOS in Romania are also supported by technology companies like Microsoft, Autodesk, Adobe or Certiport and resources are often channeled towards programs supporting people who are not yet on board on the digital society and economy.
Fundatia EOS is a member of the Partnership Brokers Association and is specialized in helping public sector, private sector and NGO sector organisations and institutions build sustainable partnerships, especially in the field of inclusive digital education.