©UNICEF/Moldova/2017 “Ilive in Vulcanesti, but every morning I take the bus to come to school in Cioresti. I learn so many interesting things and my fellow classmates help me feel at home here. My father works in England in construction but I dream of getting an education and having my own profession.” Emanuil Stoica, student at ‘Valeriu Dumbrava” gymnasium in Cioresti
Teachers from “Valeriu Dumbrava” gymnasium in Cioresti took part in a training on the child-centered education concept and teaching tools. The training module was launched within the project “Promotion of increased participation of Roma children in education” implemented by Resource Centre for Youth DACIA with the support of UNICEF Moldova. A total of 32 teachers honed their teaching skills to better respond to the development needs of the child.
“My name is Bianca Gligor and I like mathematics” is the opening to a lesson, where the focus of education shifts from simply pursuing general learning objectives to improving competencies, and where the student’s individual needs are emphasized. Being seated in a circle, an uncommon arrangement in Moldovan schools, students are encouraged to express themselves and show respect towards others.
©UNICEF/Moldova/2017 “I would like all lessons to take place in this way. I enjoyed the lectures held by visiting experts from UNICEF and Dacia. The fact that we have stayed in a circle encouraged us to communicate openly and listen to each other’s opinions.” Bianca Gligor, student at ‘Valeriu Dumbrava” gymnasium in Cioresti
The teachers were also impressed by the impact of the new approach. The educational tools they learned and practiced applying the project “Promotion of increased participation of Roma children in education” allowed bringing each child’s potential to the forefront of the educational process.
Lidia Gulică teaches biology in both Cioresti and Vulcanesti gymnasiums. She says she tried several times to diversify her teaching methods to incite children’s itnerest in biology. The trainings held by Dacia Centre experts have helped her immensely.
”Some techniques presented during the training were familiar to me, some of them not. Experience shows time and again that learning through play is incredibly efficient. And precisely such playful, interactive teaching methods I tried to apply in my biology class. I was surprised to see my students so receptive and involved in the discussions. It allowed for a better understanding of their needs and behaviors. Moreover, if until recently, I had to persuade children from the neighboring village – Vulcanesti, to come to class, now, thanks to the new teaching methods, they are not likely to miss a day at school, something we find inspiring.” underlined Lidia Gulică.
©UNICEF/Moldova/2017 Lidia Gulică joined Roma students to attend the lectures based on child-centered education concept.
Viorica Adascalita, expert in child psychology, says that the new methods provided teachers with a useful roadmap on how to ensure optimal development of intellectual and social competencies – the overall goal of the educational system today.
”I have invited the teachers to search for new ways of applying their vast professional knowledge. But this approach has been received differently by teachers. Being used to classic methods of teaching, even the circular seating arrangement during lessons seemed strange to some of them. We tried to spread the idea that seated in a circle, facing each other children feel more confident and open to discussion.
Once the new teaching methods took root in the classroom, teachers began noticing the untapped learning potential in their students. And all that was needed to discover and engage these pupils was a change in the teaching approach” said Viorica Adascalita.
In the framework of the “Promotion of increased participation of Roma children in education” project, over 70 children from Vulcanesti and Cioresti village benefit from educational assistance for all disciplines during after-school classes. The aim is to increase Roma children’s participation in quality education so that they are able to manage school workload and graduate successfully to the next stage of education.
©UNICEF/Moldova/2017 Students from “Valeriu Dumbrava” gymnasium in Cioresti attending the lectures held by visiting experts from UNICEF and Dacia.