Education system to become more inclusive by 2017
6 October 2015
Unicef and the Ministry of Education aim to reach a 30% increase in the number of children with disabilities integrated in regular schools by 2017, according to a memorandum signed today.
To strengthen the competencies of the staff supporting children in the inclusion process, Unicef will initiate a $200 thousand project which will be implemented by CRAP. Over the next 2 years, CRAP will train educational professionals so that they have all the skills required to work with children with special needs. Methodological guidelines, tools, instructions, and curricula, as well as a website will be developed as part of the project.
”This initiative will contribute to the social inclusion and protection of children, especially among disadvantaged groups”, said Nune Mangasaryan, Unicef Representative to Moldova.
”The most important thing for us is the quality of services offered to the children with special needs, but also the certitude that no child will be left out of the education system, regardless of her health, social status of her family, ethnic or religious background. All these categories of children should benefit from the inclusion process, said the Minister of Education Corina Fusu. We are grateful to our development partner UNICEF for supporting the Ministry of Education in the process of the reform, added the Minister of Education.
The project is meant to continue the initiative for development of inclusive education. It is in line with UNICEF priorities for improving access of all children to quality education and with the government priority for development of inclusive education set by the Code of Education, the Sector Strategy Education 2020, and the Programme for Development of Inclusive Education. These documents determine the reform in education and its harmonisation with European trends.
7.7 thousands children with special education needs were integrated in mainstream schools.
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