‘Implementing Inclusive Education in the Republic of Moldova – a Decade of Challenges and Vision for New Achievements’ National Conference on Inclusive Education Was Launched

13 January 2021
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UNICEF Moldova

Chisinau, 1 December 2020.  Today, 1 December, the Minister of Education, Culture and Research, Lilia Pogolsa, participated in the opening of the ‘Implementing Inclusive Education in the Republic of Moldova – a Decade of Challenges and Vision for New Achievements’ National Conference on Inclusive Education dedicated to the implementation of the 2011-2020 Inclusive Education Development Program.

Ilija Talev, UNICEF Moldova Country Representative, and Liliana Rotaru, Chair of the Alliance of Active NGOs in the field of Child and Family Social Protection in Moldova also took part in the event.

Minister Lilia Pogolsa stated that the assessment of the recently completed 2011-2020 Inclusive Education Development Program shows notable improvements in ensuring equal opportunities and access to quality education for every child, young person, adult at all levels of the education system.

It is important to note that the assessment revealed positive developments in children with SEN, as well as in their peers. There has improved significantly the attitude of children’s parents towards the enrolment of children with SEN in mainstream schools. In addition, the assessment found positive changes in the attitude towards the inclusion process, both among teachers and school managers,’ declared the Minister of Education, Culture and Research.

This year, the Conference is conducted in a very specific context – the pandemic that affected all countries and their citizens. This crisis has generally changed our lifestyle and, particularly, the way we provide education. These changes affected all school-age children, but children with special education needs are affected to a larger extent,’ said Ilija Talev, UNICEF Moldova Country Representative.

‘Implementing Inclusive Education in the Republic of Moldova – a Decade of Challenges and Vision for New Achievements’ National Conference on Inclusive Education will continue until 10 December this year and will include several webinars presenting the results obtained during the implementation of the 2011-2020 Inclusive Education Development Program.

‘It’s been ten years from launching the inclusive education process and over the next ten days we will discuss about the achievements obtained by the reforms thanks to the partnership between authorities, civil society, donors, as well as children, parents and professionals,’ mentioned Liliana Rotaru, Chair of the Alliance of Active NGOs in the field of Child and Family Social Protection in Moldova.  

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