Education without borders: Children from Moldova and Ukraine will learn together thanks to the EDUTech laboratories established by UNICEF and the Ministry of Education and Research

01 February 2024
Education without borders: Children from Moldova and Ukraine will learn together thanks to the EDUTech laboratories established by UNICEF and the Ministry of Education and Research
UNICEF/Moldova/2023

Chisinau, 1 February 2024: UNICEF, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Research, will set up EDUTech laboratories in 81 schools in Moldova. Of these, 70 laboratories have already started their activities. The official launch took place during a field visit to the "Mihail Lomonosov" High School in Orhei, where more than 200 students, including 20 children from Ukraine, can now access more educational materials and activities thanks to this joint project. The event was organized to also mark two years of war in Ukraine, a period during which millions of children continue to need support for continuing their education. According to the latest data, two-thirds of the refugee children are not enrolled in national school systems in the host countries. 

“We can't help but remember the reason the EduTech labs were created. The war in Ukraine is an act of violence against people who wanted to live freely. We have always condemned this in the strongest way and we are happy, on the one hand, that we can welcome our guests from Ukraine in the institutions of the Republic of Moldova and offer them study conditions that come close to those they had in their home country", declared Minister Dan Perciun. 

The official thanked the partners for supporting the creation of this network of digital labs - a distance learning solution for children in Ukraine, but also the schools that opened their doors and welcomed these children as their own, becoming a family for them. "We will continue to invest in the digitization of the entire education system. This year, we will equip 235 schools with STEM classes, and we will invest more in what we call the Model Schools Network, but equally for all educational institutions in the country we will make an effort to equip them with interactive whiteboards and computers," said Dan Perciun.​

„As of today, slightly more than two thousand Ukrainian refugee children are enrolled in Moldovan schools and preschools - despite the Ministry`s efforts to eliminate any legal and administrative barriers that could hinder access to education of Ukrainian children or other children arriving from countries at war,” said Maha Damaj, UNICEF Country Representative in Moldova. 

She added that ”at the EDUTech labs Ukrainian children connect to online learning platforms of the Ukrainian Ministry of Education, during school hours, under supervision and monitoring of Ukrainian or Moldovan teachers, in a safe and structured learning environment, mingling with their Moldovan peers, and this will hopefully facilitate their eventual enrollment in formal education.” 

”Today, as we launch EDUTech labs across the country, we would like to thank all our partners and generous donors, as well as the dedicated teachers and school principals who have contributed to the establishment of more than 80 EDUTech labs in Moldova,” said Maha Damaj.

The EDUTech laboratories will be equipped with modern equipment and materials in information technologies, allowing children and teachers to excel in education and unleash their full potential. Furthermore, all teachers and specialists working in the laboratories are trained to know the minimum standards in child protection, inclusive education, and gender-based violence prevention. They also learn how to provide psychosocial first aid, report cases of child abuse and neglect, and undergo training courses in IT and digital learning.

The project was initiated thanks to the financial support of the Government of the United Kingdom, the Government of Italy, and the United Nations global fund for education in emergencies Education Cannot Wait, in the context of the emergency response to the refugee crisis. The EduTech laboratories will facilitate the integration of refugee children into both formal and non-formal education activities, ensuring access to psychological counseling and information services.

UNICEF supports the Government of the Republic of Moldova in developing the national education system so that all children, including refugees from Ukraine, benefit from all the resources they need to enjoy quality education services. 

In the EDUTech laboratories, children can access the following resources and services:

  • Safe learning spaces accessible for non-formal education activities;
  • Innovative materials for the development of digital skills;
  • Catch-up classes for Romanian, English, and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) disciplines;
  • Recreational activities include music, drawing, sports games, chess competitions, etc.;
  • Psychological counseling provided by mental health specialists;
  • Digital materials for continuing online studies within the platforms developed by the Ministry of Education of Ukraine for children who have fled war;
  • Access to information about access to child protection services.

Media contacts

Angela Munteanu
Communication Officer
UNICEF Moldova
Tel: + 373 22 26 91 53

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