The Ministry of Education and Research has launched the National Institute for Education and Leadership (INEL)

With the support of the European Union, UNDP and UNICEF

02 March 2024
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The National Institute for Education and Leadership (INEL) starts its activity. The launch event of the new structure took place on Sunday 25th February with hundreds of teachers from all over the country. INEL aims to train 1,000 mentors, develop mentoring programmes and partnerships for teaching practice, and promote the teaching profession among young people.

Attending the launch event, the President of the Republic of Moldova Maia Sandu spoke about the importance of strengthening the professional capacities of teachers in the context of the Republic of Moldova's accession to the European Union.

"It is very important that pupils know mathematics, history, Romanian language, but it is our responsibility to ensure that every child, no matter how much mathematics they know, chooses to be empathetic, responsible, respect the rights of others and know how to defend their own rights. So that we live in and protect a society where everyone can express their views freely, assert their potential and choose their own path in life. As we see in European countries. I am counting on INEL to train teachers and teachers as best as possible to become the mentors and shapers of tomorrow's social change. I am counting on the contribution of each of you to educate a society ready for the European future of the Republic of Moldova - despite the increasing complexity and uncertainty in which we live. And I promise you that we will be with you in this effort", pointed out Maia Sandu.

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"Among the core responsibilities of the institution is the management of continuous training of teachers in the education system, the network of mentors, people who are going to work in educational institutions and help us to approach different problems existing in the system. We want the mentors who will be included in this network to reach every school in the Republic of Moldova. We have very high expectations from this institution because we want to have a tool through which we can promote good practices in our education system, to have a network of people who are passionate about education, a network of progressive people who want to make a change and support others," stressed Minister of Education and Research Dan Perciun.

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"Investing in teacher training, development and leadership means much more than the tools and skills needed for teachers to excel in their profession. It means a contribution to the development of all people, to the full potential of everyone. Going forward, thanks to the financial support of the European Union and in cooperation with our colleagues at UNICEF, UNDP will support INEL in the development of training programmes," underlined UNDP Deputy Resident Representative Andrea Cuzyova.

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"The teaching profession is undergoing a profound transformation, driven by technological progress, demographic changes and societal expectations. Teachers are no longer expected to be transmitters of knowledge and information - which is now easily accessible to all - their role is now to be guides or mentors, challenging students to think critically, to distinguish what is real from what is false, to process arguments and form their own opinions, to find out the facts and come up with their own solutions," said Maha Damaj, Country Representative, UNICEF Moldova. 

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"Teachers and managerial staff are creators of knowledge, they are also facilitators of learning and architects of the learning environment. Teachers and managerial staff are also agents of change, but last but not least they must be character builders. Because if we don't have character, we won't be able to achieve all those goals and we won't be able to reach those values that we want - dedication to the pupil, to the profession and, last but not least, to the community", said Liliana Nicolaescu-Onofrei, Chair of the Parliamentary Committee on Culture, Education, Research, Youth, Sport and Media.

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During the INEL launch event, several workshops were organized under the title "Mentoring - an opportunity for personal and professional development". At the same time, participants had the opportunity to get to know the experience of two special guests from Romania, Doina-Cecilia Fleanta and Ada Bena, international mentoring consultants, mentor trainers and e-moderators.

INEL will employ 17 staff members who will guide young professionals, trainees and teachers with many years of experience in improving professional skills and promoting lifelong learning. The National Institute for Education and Leadership will be responsible for conducting research in the field of teacher education, developing methodological materials and guidelines, and initiating national projects and collaborations in the field it manages. The staff of the institution will also carry out activities to promote the teaching profession in society and encourage young people to pursue a career in education.

The creation of INEL is one of the 20 government actions that are part of the National Plan "Building a European Moldova".

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