Innovative teaching and learning practices will be applied in Cahul and Ungheni regions with the support of the European Union
A pilot programme for schools in Cahul and Ungheni aimed to strengthen the use of innovative learner-centered teaching and learning practices by integrating digital technologies is launched under the EU4Moldova Programme: Key Regions, funded by the European Union and implemented by UNICEF Moldova and UNDP Moldova. The pilot programme is launched in partnership with the Ministry of Education and Research and ATIC. At the same time, a comprehensive course focused on the use of digital tools in interactive, learner-centered teaching is to be developed. The course will be accessible online for all teachers from the Republic of Moldova. The total value of the project is about EUR 110,000 and is funded by the European Union.
In piloting the project, a total of eight to ten schools from key regions will be selected, with a focus on the gymnasium level and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) subjects. Thus, the aim of the pilot programme is to increase the interest of all pupils, including pupils with special educational needs and from socially vulnerable families, in the learning process by strengthening teachers' skills in applying digital tools in their daily teaching activities.
Educational institutions are invited to submit their application by filling in the online form by November 07, 2023:
Educational institutions from Cahul and Ungheni regions and teachers who teach STEAM subjects and are motivated to involve classes of pupils from gymnasium level are eligible for the pilot programme.
Training and mentoring programme will also be conducted as part of the pilot project, involving a maximum of 10 STEAM teachers who teach mathematics, informatics, art, biology, chemistry, physics and other relevant subjects in selected schools.
At the same time, a modular online course will be developed with high quality and interactive digital resources. Designed specifically for teachers, it focuses on the use of digital tools in the process of interactive, learner-centered teaching.
The digital course will be developed by a team of international and local experts in close collaboration with the teachers involved in the pilot project. It is expected to be completed and freely accessible online by all teachers from the Republic of Moldova by the end of the academic year 2023-2024.
Marcela Baleca, Head of Directorate of Policies in General Education and Lifelong Learning, Ministry of Education and Research:
"Our mission, that of the Ministry of Education and Research, educational institutions and teachers is to ensure quality education in the institutions where we work, on the one hand. On the other hand, we need to keep up with new information technologies and implement them in the classroom. Today's pupils want a different approach to teaching, an approach that makes use of ICT resources, but at the same time uses methods that are learner-centered. I thank UNICEF development partners, ATIC, for continuously supporting educational institutions and training teachers to use ICT tools in teaching. I encourage teachers and schools to apply to this programme, to benefit from the support of partners, to evolve in their professional work, to develop their digital skills and to be in step with the demands of their learners. Together let's ensure quality education!"
Jana Midoni, Officer in Education Programmes UNICEF Moldova:
"From the research we conducted, we identified several challenges that the project can answer. These are the need to increase, through the use of digital tools, the attractiveness of educational content for pupils, but also the need to improve the practices of inclusive education in practice. The initiative complements what the Government and the Ministry of Education and Research have set as educational priorities, as well as UNICEF's support for education policy. I encourage teachers to get involved in this project, which will give them the opportunity to apply innovative good practices so that Ungheni and Cahul become examples for the whole country."
Marina Bzovi, CEO, ATIC:
"The strategic partnership with UNICEF and MER within the EU4Moldova programme: Key Regions, funded by the European Union, aims to transform the educational process, which is in line with ATIC's mission and efforts in this direction. We strongly believe that this pilot programme will open new horizons in improving the teaching and learning methods used in the education system of the Republic of Moldova".
Iulia Pancu, Head of Ungheni Education Directorate:
"I am very glad that in addition to all the components that this EU4Moldova programme had in Ungheni, the Education component has also made its place. Some institutions in both the pre-school and school levels have benefited from the facilities. The training really must be continuous and must be aimed at facilitating the working methods in the classroom, to motivate pupils to understand science, to get involved in using digital resources in a practical way and to transform those scientific notions in the lesson into practical notions. We need to constantly adapt to meet pupils' needs."
Svetlana Raru, Head of the Municipal Directorate of Vocational Training Centre, Cahul Education Directorate:
"Together with the Directorate of Education we have experience in implementing several programs. We are very happy and welcome this initiative. It is a welcome programme and I think it also meets the needs of the pupils. Thank you very much for creating opportunities during the personal and professional development of teachers. We will endeavour to fulfil our responsibilities under this programme responsibly. Good luck to all!"
The pilot programme is being developed to support the Government's vision of digitizing education by 2030 and improving the quality of education for all citizens.
The pilot project is developed under the aegis of the Ministry of Education and Research, within the EU4Moldova programme: Key Regions, funded by the European Union and implemented by UNICEF Moldova and UNDP, in partnership with ATIC. The pilot project will be carried out during the school year September 2023 - May 2024.
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