Hundreds of teachers and school managers attended the National Teachers Forum

18 October 2023
Forumul Cadrelor Didactice
UNICEF Moldova

Around 400 teachers, support teachers, school managers and young specialists gathered together on Saturday, October 07 to take part in a national forum organized by the Presidency of the Republic of Moldova along with the Ministry of Education and Research. 

"I believe that without education, a country cannot grow, be free, strong or developed. The education we provide to children today will influence the quality of life of future generations, but also the ability of the state to ensure good living conditions for all of us in the decades to come."

Maia Sandu, President of the country
Maia Sandu
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"This forum is primarily an opportunity for teachers to reflect on what they are already doing and how they can become better, how they can change classroom practice. We hope this event will also help them understand how they can work better with students with special educational needs, how they can use art in teaching, how they can use new technologies," noted Dan Perciun, Minister of Education.

The teachers also had the opportunity to talk to Mircea Miclea, the special guest of the event. Mircea Miclea is an author, psychologist, educator, entrepreneur, former Minister of Education in Romania, founder of the Cognitive Psychology School.

"We have chosen today to talk about a fundamental issue - What do we teach when we teach in front of children? I think we teach four things: a certain content, a method of learning that content, an attitude towards it and a way of exploiting that knowledge", stated Mircea Miclea.

The event was organized with the support of the Future Technologies in Moldova Project, funded by USAID, Sweden, UK, United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), Norway, Japan, as well as the Orange Foundation, in partnership with the State University, Mediacor and Clasa Viitorului.

"The United States is proud to have contributed to Moldova's achievements in education. We are happy to participate in shaping Classrooms of the Future in communities large and small. Investing in education is a smart investment for any country," stated Kent D. Logsdon, US Ambassador to the Republic of Moldova.

"The future starts in the classroom. Because you, the teachers, are the ones who choose the teaching methods and develop the skills children need for tomorrow. Digitalisation and learning new technologies are essential to ensure that Moldovan students have the right skills even for professions that have not yet emerged," declared Katarina Fried, Swedish Ambassador to the Republic of Moldova.

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UNICEF Moldova

"Since 2018, UNICEF has allocated more than $17 million for the development of education in the Republic of Moldova. We are convinced that teachers play a vital role in improving the quality of education services. Therefore, they must adopt modern teaching methods, approaches that emphasize inclusion, equality and resilience."

Maha Damaj, Country Representative of UNICEF in the Republic of Moldova
Maha Damaj
UNICEF Moldova

The participants at the forum discussed current topics related to the work of teachers across the country. These included educational innovations, inclusion in schools, education through the arts, as well as best practices from Moldova and other countries.

"The topics that were discussed today come to help us understand how to make school truly child-friendly and attractive, how to make our graduate of today become part of tomorrow's society," said Tamara Macari, director of TL "Stefan Holban", Carpineni, Hincesti.

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"We need to create a common vision for the future of education in our country, because you cannot work today with the tools you worked with a few years ago. There are other children, another curriculum and we have to look to the future and juggle with the professions of the future", says Olga Cosovan, professor, "Ion Creanga" State Pedagogical University.

The National Teachers Forum aims to become an annual tradition, organised at the beginning of the school year.

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UNICEF Moldova
Forumul Cadrelor Didactice
UNICEF Moldova
Forumul Cadrelor Didactice
UNICEF Moldova
Dan Perciun
UNICEF Moldova
Forumul Cadrelor Didactice
UNICEF Moldova

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