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The results of children who study in Child Friendly Schools improved by 16%, UNICEF Report shows

UNICEF Moldova

   MOLESTI/IALOVENI, 25 October 2012 -  UNICEF and the Ministry of Education launched on Thursday, 25 October 2012 the Report Evaluation of the Initiative “Child Friendly School” (CFS), implemented in Moldova between 2007-2011. The launching event took place at the school in Molesti village, Ialoveni district, one of the 4 schools which implemented the initiative CFS in RM.

   The Deputy Minister of Education, Mrs. Tatiana Poting, mentioned that a significant part of ministry’s activities were performed under the slogan “Child Friendly School”.

   Alexandra Yuster, UNICEF Representative in Moldova, said that friendly schools make a real change in children’s lives and in the education system. “UNICEF believes that CFS initiative could be an important component in the transition process of schools in Moldova and that all schools should be child-friendly.”

 The Evaluation Report of the Child Friendly School Initiative was elaborated during the school year 2010-2011 by independent consultants. Authors of the study compared the situation between the 4 schools that were part of the project and another 4 ordinary schools.

  The report notes that children from the CFS, also named as experimental schools, improved their results at school by 16%. This is due to the fact that, during the 4 experimental years (2007-2011), children studied according to a curriculum adjusted as per their needs. Also, teachers were engaged in training courses on child cantered education and learnt how to help children study easier. In the same time, the 4 schools selected for the project – from Molesti, Crocmaz, Valcinet and Sofrincani – were repaired and provided with heating systems and sanitary blocks, thus, the number of viruses among children decreased and they could go to school systematically.

The changes are visible also in children behaviour - they are more self-confident, carrying and attentive towards their peers, due to group exercises.

Costs of the initiative reached the amount of over 7 million MDL, most of which were invested in the infrastructure. Training courses and curriculum were estimated at around 90.000 MDL per school. Together with the financial support from the external donors, local authorities and the community had a significant contribution in the whole process.

The Evaluation Report of the Child Friendly School Initiative was elaborated as per MoEd and UNICEF suggestion by an independent consultant from Romania and The Resource Centre for Human Rights – CReDO NGO form Moldova. Data was collected in November 2011.

 Evaluation Report "CHILD FRIENDLY SCHOOL INITIATIVE" (2007-2011)

CONCLUSIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS

  • Children performance in the 4 model-schools increased by 16% comparing to other schools. The good results were due to interactive methods used by teachers, also due to the improved relation child-teacher, group work, promotion of inclusive education etc.;
  • School attendance of children improved, including also due to inclusion of children with disabilities and those at risk, better school infrastructure (sanitation systems) which led to a decrease in the number of viruses among children;
  • Children behaviour improved, thus, decreased the number of cases which involved violence;
  • Parents attitude improved, they got involved more in school’s activities as they were part during the initial needs assessment and school repair, also due to teachers who communicate more with parents, not only by informing them but also asking for their opinion;
  • Children from the pilot schools tend more to communicate, ask questions, suggest tasks etc. In usual schools, children interact mostly when requested by teachers;
  • Children work in groups or teams twice more often than in usual schools. During one lesson, 14% of the time is dedicated to team work, comparing to 6% in other schools. Thus, children are more tolerant, more attentive to each other, show a greater level of trust among peers;
  • Teachers are more sensitive to children needs and show interest in knowledge use in practical life;
  • Report recommends the extend of principles of the Child Friendly School in the country, underlining that in order to obtain significant results, financial support in infrastructure should come together with investment in curriculum and quality of the education system.

  ABOUT CHILD FRIENDLY SCHOOL (CFS):

   The concept “child friendly school”, initiated in 1990 is based on the principles of the Convention about Children Rights. Among these we can mention promoting care for children, child centred, gender sensitivity, inclusion, community participation, protective and healthy approach in schools and outside it. Such approaches aim to increase effectiveness in educational systems, efficiency of educational system and possibility for all children to fulfil their rights to education. The model of child friendly school is used in over 60 countries, including Thailand, Indonesia, Armenia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Moldova and other.

   Both Romanian and English versions of the Report can be accessed here

   For additional information please contact:
   Irina Lipcanu, Press Officer UNICEF Moldova, tel: 069162304; e-mail: ilipcanu@unicef.org

 

 

 

 

 

The Evaluation Report of the “Child Friendly School Initiative in the Republic of Moldova”

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