Step-by-step Moldova

Strengthening the capacity of the Step by Step Programme organisation as a promoter of child-centred education

Statutes Activ
Duration 01.06.2019-28.02.2021
Partners Ministry of Education, Culture and Research; Pedagogical colleges and universities
Beneficiaries Kindergartens, primary schools, 6 pedagogical colleges and universities
Budget 188'948 €

Project description:

In order to strengthen its capacity as an important factor in promoting democratic change in education, especially in ECC, the PEPcP will seek formal accreditation as a Centre for Continuing Professional Development for teachers and explore new ways to support the continuing development of teachers to meet new demands in the profession.

The PEPcP will also strengthen its strategic partnerships with initial teacher education institutions and their pre-schools and schools – bases for student practice – to bridge the gap between theory and practice in CCE and to encourage the development of new skills needed for new roles for teachers. These include observing and documenting children’s progress, (self) reflection and critical understanding of the impact of their own practice, and a strong emphasis on process-oriented (rather than content-oriented) teaching. The PEPcP will build on the long and rich experience of implementing CCE and the internationally recognised ISSA tools as a reference in building common understanding among professionals of modern quality in education.

PEPcP will continuously promote a holistic transformative approach to schooling to ensure sustainability of classroom change, collect/document child/learner-centred good practices, disseminate and promote them as ways of developing Competences for a Democratic Culture (targeted in the European Framework of Reference), competences without which real social inclusion, mutual support and respect for diversity are not possible.

Program description:

The project Strengthening the capacities of the Step by Step Programme organisation as a promoter of child-centred education builds on the three previous phases of the project A Good Start in Life for Rural Children in Moldova. In the first phase, the Step by Step Education Programme (PEPP) provided technical assistance (seminars and mentoring activities) to 65 newly created pre-school institutions and Community Centres (by MoE through international grants), as well as to 33 district kindergartens where resource centres were created, guiding the staff of these institutions to approach quality child-centred education (building on the PEPP experience since 1994); in the second phase, further supporting the professional development of teachers and managers in 38 pre-school institutions, the project focused on new issues, promoting a systemic approach to change, based on the principles of child/learner-centred education as a basis for expressing quality: Ensuring continuity of quality educational practices and facilitating children’s transition from kindergarten to school (30 schools – primary institutions, gymnasiums, high schools), as well as linking pedagogical practices at the preschool and primary levels based on the holistic approach to child development. For a greater impact of the changes in the system, in supporting the early education sector, it was seen necessary that the initial training of the DCs should keep pace with these changes, and the Step by Step Programme, as a member of ISSA, had to contribute to this modernization through the comprehensive package of materials as an expression of quality in the child-centred education formula, linking theory and practice. Supporting the process of modernisation of teacher training in initial training institutions (4 universities and 3 pedagogical colleges), building on the many years of experience of practitioners in the Programme and the ISSA resource materials in promoting quality. In the third phase, the project continued the training of the team of national experts – promoters of child-centred education – practitioners, trainers, mentors – who apply and promote the principles of learner-centred education. To amplify changes in the system, the project supported the organisation of new ways of professional development in the workplace and the improvement of initial teacher training provision.


The aim of the Strengthening the Capacity of the Step-by-Step Programme Organisation as a Promoter of Child-Centred Education project is to strengthen the capacity of the Step-by-Step Programme to serve as a promoter of democratic change in education, particularly in early childhood education, by supporting teacher training for reflective implementation of child-centred education (CCE).


Expected results:

  1. Physical conditions provided in accordance with CFPC accreditation standards and new educational materials/modules developed;
  2. PEPcP’s human resources capacity to respond in diverse ways to the new demands of the teaching profession;
  3. Fortified strategic partnerships between PEPcP, pedagogical colleges and universities and pre-schools and schools to better prepare students for ECC;
  4. Successful experiences in implementing CCE with PEPcP support disseminated.

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