Moldova: Promoting the development of educational institutions through the Index for Inclusion

Between September 17-23, APSCF organized, in coordination with the Ministry of Education, Culture and Research and with the participation of the author of the Index of Inclusion – international expert Tony Booth from Cambridge University UK, a series of activities dedicated to promoting inclusive values ​​among teachers and specialists in psycho-pedagogical assistance services.

The week started with the workshop for Specialists in Psycho-pedagogical Assistance Services (SAP), held on 17th September. Within the workshop, SAP representatives have become familiar with the structure and the content of the Index for Inclusion, learning how to use it and to apply it in different educational contexts, and how to lay the foundations for redefining the concepts of special educational needs and inclusion.

Developing schools and communities for all is only possible by shared values including those of inclusion, ​​and translating them into action. Assessing the inclusion of the school environment or the community should be a participatory and transparent process that facilitates the elimination of discrimination by accepting diversity and fighting stereotypes.

Between 18-20 September 2018, the APSCF organized a training for teachers in kindergartens, schools and psycho-pedagogical faculties. On the first day of the training, the participants identified questions for appreciating the working educational environments from the perspective of special educational needs and inclusive values. They also identified the key issues in the educational process and the resources to be mobilized for supporting the learning, the participation and the development of educational institutions.

To understand how transposing inclusive values ​​works, the participants analysed, in the third day of the workshop, how these values ​​are cultivated and explored in the educational institution in which they operate. At the same time, they have identified the essential elements of an effective school curriculum: the values, the principles and the imperatives. As a reflection exercise, the participants discussed the extent to which these contents are integrated into the curriculum programs that are being studied in Moldova.

Both events were organized within the framework of the project The Civil Society Education Fund 2016-2018 in Moldova, financed by Global Campaign for Education through the Arab Campaign for Education for All (ACEA).