Temple’s Project a Finalist in Development Marketplace Competition – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
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Temple’s Project a Finalist in Development Marketplace Competition

Charles Temple, professor of education, and Mria Kovacs of the Reading and Writing for Critical Thinking Project in Romania participated in the World Bank's Development Marketplace competition in Washington on January 9 and 10. Their project, “Success for Roma Children: Producing Culturally Relevant Learning Materials,” was a finalist in the competition. The project did not win a cash award from the World Bank, but on the way to the competition it did win grants from the European Community and the Soros Foundation that will enable it to go forward. The project will produce up to 10 new titles of “little books,” illustrated children's books by gypsy authors and illustrators, and will also train master teachers to supervise university students and retired people in a tutoring arrangement modeled after the Colleges' America Reads program. During the DM event, plans were made to follow up with World Bank education specialists who are launching a new initiative in culturally-relevant educational projects.