Funds allocated rapidly to help countries support their COVID-19 response
Adelina was eventually diagnosed with autism. For the last two years, she has been able to continue learning in kindergarten with the support of her parents and psycho-pedagogical assistance service.
Unfortunately, Adelina’s school, like many other schools in Moldova, has been closed for the last four months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In an effort to support the Ministry of Education, Culture and Research keep students learning during this period, GPE provided Moldova with a grant of US$70,000, with UNICEF as the implementing grant agent, in late March, at the very beginning of the crisis.
The objective of the grant was to support the Ministry in its COVID-19 response and help coordinate with donors and development partners. Moldova used the GPE funds to provide learning material and sports equipment to 500 of the most disadvantaged students, particularly students with special needs like Adelina who are more likely to experience challenges with online learning.
With the support of UNICEF as coordinating agency and in coordination with development partners, the country is now working on finalizing its COVID-19 response plan. This plan will set out a pathway to enable learning to continue and will develop measures so the education system can recover from school closures.