Primary school children in Moldova. Credit: GPE
  • Moldova joined the Global Partnership for Education in 2005.
  • The current education sector plan, the Consolidated Strategy for Education Development, covers the period 2011-2015.
  • Moldova has received the following grants to implement its education plans:
    • US$8.77 million for 2006-2010
    • US$4.35 million for 2012-2014.
  • GPE funding has contributed to the following progress in Moldova:
    • Provided 1,700 children with access to pre-school services.
    • Promoted the revision of inclusive education legislation and developed parent programs.
    • Trained 8,458 pre-school teachers.
    • Developed and piloted a school readiness instrument.

    Source: Moldova – Global Partnership for Education Grant – Grant Reporting and Monitoring Report (June 2015)


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Education in Moldova

The government of Moldova identifies education as a national priority and recognizes the role of education in building a knowledge-based society. The quality of education is considered a determinant of the quality of life and opportunities. The education sector is transitioning from a centralized, traditional system to one centered on students.

Moldova’s main challenges relate to early childhood education coverage, especially for minority and disadvantaged children, and the management, monitoring, and evaluation of the education sector.

The Strategy prioritizes the following six general objectives:

  1. Modernize the education system through the provision of equitable and non-discriminatory access to quality education for all children, including those who are vulnerable, have special needs, or are ethnic minorities.
  2. Ensure quality pre-school, primary, and secondary education through developing child-friendly schools and expanding inclusive education practices.
  3. Develop vocational and technical education to meet the needs of the labor market.
  4. Develop higher education through integrating training and research, and expanding connections between higher education institutions and the economic environment.
  5. Expand and diversify lifelong adult learning systems to provide general training and professional training aligned with socio-economic needs.
  6. Effectively use materials, technical basis, and financial resources allocated to the education system, and improve training.

The strategy highlights the principles that will be observed when implementing the objectives. These include equal rights in education, non-discrimination, free-access to quality education, and the inclusion of people with special educational needs in the general education system.

The education sector plan’s primary intervention areas are:

  • The legislative and normative framework
  • The institutional and regulatory framework
  • The curricular framework
  • The initial and continuous training of teachers and scientific staff
  • The system of development and provision with textbooks and teaching aids
  • The mobilization of public opinion and development of partnerships
  • International relations.


Source: World Bank - Education Data
Data on education are compiled by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Institute for Statistics from official responses to surveys and from reports provided by education authorities in each country.


Primary Gross Enrollment Rate (%)

Primary Completion Rate (%)

Lower Secondary Completion Rate (%)

Out-of-school Children Rate (%)

Domestic Financing

Public Expenditure on Education as Share of GDP (%)

Public Expenditure on Education as a Share of Public Expenditure (%)

Public Expenditure on Primary as a Share of Total Education Expenditure (%)


Student/Teacher Ratio

Teachers Trained (%)

GPE in Moldova

The most recent GPE grant of US$4.35 million was focused on improving access, quality, and inclusiveness of preschool education.

The four components of the grant are:

  1. Increasing access to preschool education through rehabilitating or renovating infrastructure and equipping facilities with furniture, equipment, and pedagogic materials.
  2. Extending access to preschools to special needs and vulnerable children through:
    • promoting integrated inclusive early childhood development services
    • supporting architectural adjustments to premises
    • providing equipment required for establishment of centers for children with disabilities.
  3. Improving the quality of preschool education through:
    • revising the preschool norms and regulations
    • providing teacher training
    • developing teaching materials
    • developing and piloting a school readiness assessment tool.
  4. Strengthening project management, monitoring and evaluation, and communication.

The ministry of Education leads the program with the World Bank as the supervising entity and UNICEF as the coordinating agency.


GPE funds in Moldova have contributed to the following results within the education sector:

  • Created access to pre-school services for approximately 1,700 children in rural areas.
  • Promoted the revision of inclusive education legislation.
  • Developed guides and trainings on inclusive early childhood development and a parenting program.
  • Trained 8,458 pre-school teachers through innovative nationwide kindergarten based mentoring programs.
  • Developed and piloted a school readiness instrument to monitor children’s development.

Source: Moldova – Global Partnership for Education Grant – Grant Reporting and Monitoring Report (June 2015)