SBVC Phase II (Step by Step)

A good start in life for rural children in Moldova. The rural area in Moldova is even more affected by poverty than the urban areas. Rural children are therefore more disadvantaged than their urban peers and many of them reach the school age unprepared and fitted for failure in primary school, for an early drop-out in middle school and, consequently, for the lack of basic life and job skills. Thus, a train of underachievement, further failure and poverty perpetuation is set in motion both for the young parents and their children. In order to diminish the negative effects borne by the rural children, the project “A Good Start in Life for Rural Children in Moldova” is developing and promoting a replicable, cost-efficient model of needs-driven community programs for unreached children and families through Community Centers supported by Ministry of Education and Education For All – Fast Track Initiative project. In a mutual effort, this project aims to support children’s comprehensive development, better school readiness and transition to school in about 138 Community Centers.

Background Research says that children ’ s long - term success in school derives from their learning experiences before school and the learning environment in the early school years. A smooth transition between these two settings increases the likelihood of continuous learning and reduces the incid ence of fade out. At the same time, schools and early years’ service systems in Moldova fail to provide support to all children and families during the transition to school, which is particularly problematic for children from disadvantaged backgrounds. One major discontinuity is that between kindergarten and preschool on one side and school on the other side. Schools have to change its way of teaching, they have to get more child friendly. For this, the becoming teachers have to be trained according to mod ern pedagogical approaches. The current initial teacher training is not responsive to the new demands for the teaching profession and is still very much entrenched in the traditional way of teaching.
Country Republic of Moldova
Cooperation Partners Step by Step Moldova, Ministry of Education, Local Public Administration, rayon-level Directorates for Education, Youth and Sports
Project outcome To strengthen the quality education for young children and to introduce this new teaching methodology in the initial teacher training
Project outputs
  1. Strengthen the capacity of SBSM and its position to promote quality education for all kinds of young children through training and mentoring, but also to d evelop and apply assessment tools
  2. Assist 160 ECE teachers to support op timum growth and development of children in all developmental domains, and thus enhance school readiness
  3. Support the alignment of eight teacher colleges and five pedagogical faculties with the new methodology based on the child - centered paradigm and involve their staff in the work SBSM will do with the kindergartens and primary schools
  4. Raise greater public and professional awareness to the importance of the ear ly childhood as a developmental period
  5. Building partnerships with ME, regional educational authorities and other donors to amplify the impact of project investment
Duration May 2012 – May 2015
Project budget 316’840 € (fully covered by LED)