Davar was developed by a team including preschool educators in Romania and the Netherlands, a literacy consultant with experience in Papua New Guinea as well as Europe, a writer/cultural anthropologist, and a free-lance artist.
The goal was to provide exercises to teach pre-reading and pre-writing skills which could be taught by anyone in any setting.
Few materials are required.
Little or no teaching experience is needed.
Who Uses DAVAR
Though the impulse to create Davar came from a felt need among Romany educators, the program has successfully been in various places for a variety of different people.
To date, Davar has been used for:
- special-needs children from slum neighborhoods (Brazil);
- immigrants/refugees who are learning to read in a different language with a different script (Germany);
- second-language preschool for immigrant children (Spain);
- children’s club for Romany (Roma) children (Romania).