Transforming education in Moldova

Education in Moldova is a national priority as the government recognizes the role of education in building a knowledge-based society. Education is considered as a determinant of quality of life and opportunities.

The education sector in Moldova is transitioning from a centralized, traditional system to a student-centered one.

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.

Education 2020, the country's sector plan, encompasses seven strategic objectives:

  1. Increase access and level of participation in education and training by expanding access to quality pre-school education, providing access to inclusive education and a 12-year general compulsory education, increase attractiveness and access to vocational/technical education, and increase participation in higher education and adult training programs.
  2. Ensure relevance of study for life, active citizenship, and career success through adjusting the content of early education, ensuring the relevance of primary, secondary, and vocational/technical education, modernizing university curriculum, and promoting scientific research.
  3. Ensure the effective integration of ICT in education through providing educational institutions with modern equipment, developing digital literacy, and increasing the efficiency of school management through information technology.
  4. Develop, support, and motivate teachers to ensure quality education through increasing the attractiveness of the teaching profession, balancing the supply and demand of teachers, improving initial teacher training, and creating an efficient system of continuous training.
  5. Design and institutionalize an effective system of evaluation, monitoring, and quality assurance of the education system through developing national standards and creating an institutional framework for quality assurance.
  6. Optimizing resource management through improving educational institutions planning and management, achieving efficiency in educational financing, modernizing the infrastructure of educational institutions, and providing textbooks and teaching materials.
  7. Achieving social cohesion while providing quality education through expanding students’ participation in decision-making, ensuring effective parent education, and developing partnerships in the field of education.

Result story

Supporting children with special needs in Moldova during COVID-19

To support Moldova’s efforts to keep students learning during the pandemic, GPE provided a US$70,000 grant through UNICEF to support the country's COVID-19 response. The funds have been used to provide learning materials and sports equipment to the most disadvantaged students, particularly those with special needs who are more likely to experience challenges with online learning.

Grants

(data as of February 25, 2024)

  • Type: Program development

    Years: 2023

    Allocation: US$200,000

    Utilization: 0

    Grant agent: WB

  • Type: Multiplier

    Years: 2023 - 2027

    Allocation: US$5,000,000

    Utilization: US$196,427

    Grant agent: WB

  • Type: Multiplier

    Years: 2022 - 2025

    Allocation: US$4,672,895

    Utilization: US$223,305

    Grant agent: UNICEF

  • Type: Program development

    Years: 2022

    Allocation: US$27,671

    Utilization: US$27,671

    Grant agent: UNICEF

  • Type: Sector plan development

    Years: 2020 - 2022

    Allocation: US$250,000

    Utilization: US$250,000

    Grant agent: UNICEF

  • Type: Sector plan development

    Years: 2018 - 2019

    Allocation: US$250,000

    Utilization: US$250,000

    Grant agent: UNICEF

  • Type: Program implementation

    Years: 2012 - 2014

    Allocation: US$4,353,014

    Utilization: US$4,353,014

    Grant agent: WB

  • Type: Program implementation

    Years: 2006 - 2010

    Allocation: US$8,768,414

    Utilization: US$8,768,414

    Grant agent: WB

Civil society engagement

As part of its investment in civil society advocacy and social accountability efforts, GPE’s Education Out Loud fund is supporting the Alliance of Active NGOs in the field of Child and Family Social Protection (APSCF) for the 2020-2023 period. This builds on previous support from the Civil Society Education Fund (CSEF).

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