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“Global Partnership for Education" Project (GPE) 2012-2014

“Global Partnership for Education" Project is an initiative of the Ministry of Education from the Republic of Moldova which promotes quality pre-school education for all children. This project is considered the successor of the „Education For All - Fast-Track Initiative" Project (EFA-FTI), carried out by the Ministry of Education in 2 stages in 2006-2010.

The current initiative is financed by the GLOBAL PARTNERSHIP FOR EDUCATION. This project is implemented by the Ministry of Education and is managed by the World Bank Office in Moldova. The activities within this project are coordinated by UNICEF Office in the Republic of Moldova and are carried out in partnership with the Local Public Administrations (LPAs).


Benefits for CHILDREN:

Children grow up and are educated in a safe and stimulating environment. They learn new things through games and other interesting activities for them.

Benefits for PARENTS:

Parents are calm that their child gets all necessary information for education and development at the kindergarten and get actively involved in this process. 

Benefits for EDUCATORS:

Educators benefit from conditions for professional promotion at their job, get professional satisfaction and are respected by parents.

Benefits for the COMMUNITY:

The community has a repaired and equipped kindergarten, competent educators and an active and engaged generation in future.


LPAs are respected by people, have active citizens, who are involved in other initiatives which contribute to community development.

Benefits for the COUNTRY:

The country gains a valuable human capital, active generation and an international recognition for new successes in pre-school education.

The Project “Global Partnership for Education", implemented by the Ministry of Education in partnership with the World Bank and UNICEF, focuses on:

  • Increasing the access to quality pre-school education through the rehabilitation of preschool education institutions and equipping them with furniture, books, teaching materials and toys.
  • Improving the quality of pre-school education for all children, including children with special needs, through training didactic staff and management of pre-school education institutions.
  • Promoting a positive and responsible parenting.

Quality education means: adopted legal framework, implemented mentoring program, renovated and equipped pre-school institutions, informed and involved families, conscious and active communities.

The Project “Global Partnership for Education" is implemented by the Education Ministry of the Republic of Moldova in partnership with the World Bank and UNICEF.

»»  About the Education for All - Fast Track Initiative

What is Education for All (EFA)?

Education for All (EFA) is an international commitment first launched in Jomtien, Thailand in 1990 to bring the benefits of education to “every citizen in every society.” Partners comprised a broad coalition of national governments, civil society groups, and development agencies such as UNESCO and the World Bank. In response to slow progress over the decade, the commitment was reaffirmed in Dakar, Senegal in April 2000 and then again in September 2000, when 189 countries and their partners committed to achieve the Millennium Development Goals.

Education for All - Fast track Initiative (FTI) is a global partnership (approve by the G8) between donor and developing countries to ensure achievement of universal primary education by 2015.

There are more than 25 donor agencies collaborating with many low income countries. The Catalytic Fund under the Fast Track Initiative offers grants to fill the finance gap to countries with few donors.

An 8.8 mln USD for our country

Within the frame of this Initiative, the Catalytic Fund offered a 8.8 mln USD grant to the Republic of Moldova to increase access to quality pre-school education for children at risk. The money was used to renovate kindergartens, create alternative education centers and create two pilot centers for children with disabilities. The Activities back the Consolidated Plan of Actions in Education (2006-2008) and help increase the enrollment rate of children in school programs. The grant is administrated by the World Bank, and the project is implemented by the Ministry of Education with UNICEF support.

»»  The main results of the Project, 2006-2010
The main results of the Project, 2006-2010:
  • 8.8 million US dollars invested in two phases
  • 50 kindergartens and 16 Community Centres renovated out of the Project’s funds
  • 21 Community Centres created with the support of LPA and endowed under the project
  • establishment of 2 Rehabilitation Centres for children with special needs
  • establishment of 3 inclusive kindergartens
  • 512 institutions endowed (4 out of 10 preschool institutions)
  • 9454 children now benefit from access to early education due to the Project
  • 983 new working places created for the teaching staff due to the Project.
As well:
  • Education policy documents developed under the Project and appreciated internationally
  • Over 31 000 books and learning materials provided to kindergartens and specialists
  • One out of three educators benefited from continuous training.

The “Education for All – Fast Track Initiative” Project has a triple effect: at the levels of policies, institutions and communities.

In such a way:
during 2006-2010, Republic of Moldova has managed to register significant progresses in ensuring access of children to early education programmes.

In 2010, due to the Project, the Moldovan Government and other donor agencies, 1 362 preschool institutions are now activating in the country, 23.6% of which in the urban area and the rest (76.8%) in the rural zone. The number of children enrolled in preschool education programmes has increased up to 126 thousand by the end of 2009.

The rate of children enrollment in preschool institutions is increasing. In 2009 it constituted 75.5%, which is 4% more compared to 2005 (70.7%). The gross rate of children enrollment in the urban area (91.9%) is higher compared to the one in the rural area (66.1%). (National Bureau of Statistics, 2009).

Due to the Project, 8 438 children got access to education.

»»  Rehabilitation of Preschool Institutions
Rehabilitation of Preschool Institutions

The preschool rehabilitation component was implemented by the Moldova Social Investment Fund (MSIF).

Preschool institutions renovated under the project:

Kindergartens renovated in the urban area:
  1. Anenii Noi town, kindergarten no. 4
  2. Basarabeasca town, kindergarten “Solnisko”
  3. Briceni town, kindergarten no. 1
  4. Cahul town, kindergarten no. 8
  5. Calarasi town, kindergarten no. “Guguta”
  6. Cantemir town, kindergarten no. 3
  7. Causeni town, kindergarten no. 2
  8. Comrat town, kindergarten no. 8 “Ceadir Lunga”
  9. Cimislia town, kindergarten “Foisor”
  10. Donduseni town, kindergarten no. “Luceafarul”
  11. Drochia town, kindergarten no. “Floricica”
  12. Edinet town, kindergarten no. “Soarele”
  13. Falesti town, kindergarten no. “Soarele”
  14. Floresti town, kindergarten no. 9
  15. Glodeni town, kindergarten no. 5
  16. Hancesti town, kindergarten no. 4
  17. Leova town, kindergarten no. 2 “Romanita”
  18. Nisporeni town, kindergarten no. 1 “Povestea”
  19. Ocnita town, kindergarten no. 1
  20. Orhei town, kindergarten no. 12
  21. Rascani, kindergarten no. 6
  22. Rezina town, kindergarten no. 6 “Cucosul de Aur”
  23. Sangerei town, kindergarten no. 6 “Martisor”
  24. Soroca town, kindergarten no. 17
  25. Straseni town, kindergarten no. 2
  26. Soldanesti town, kindergarten “Martisor”
  27. Stefan Voda town, kindergarten no. 3 “Alionusca”
  28. Taraclia town, kindergarten no. 3 “Ruceioc”
  29. Telenesti town, kindergarten no. 4
Kindergartens renovated in villages:
  1. Borogani village, r. Leova
  2. Cabaesti village, r. Calarasi
  3. Carbuna village, r. Ialoveni, kindergarten “Scufita Rosie”
  4. Cirnatenii Noi village, r. Causeni
  5. Cocieri village, r. Dubasari, gradinita “Garofita”
  6. Copanca village, r. Causeni
  7. Copceac village, r. Ceadir-Lunga
  8. Corlateni village, r. Rascani
  9. Cosernita village, r. Criuleni, gradinita “Victorita”
  10. Cotiujeni village, r. Briceni
  11. Crihana Veche village, r. Cahul
  12. Cucuruzeni village, r. Orhei
  13. Floritoaia Veche village, r. Ungheni
  14. Gribova village, r. Drochia
  15. Ialpujeni village, r. Cimislia
  16. Mascauti village, r. Criuleni
  17. Peciste village, r. Rezina
  18. Panasesti village, r. Straseni
  19. Petresti village, r. Ungheni
  20. Prajila village, r. Floresti
  21. Ulmu village, r. Ialoveni
Early Development Community Centres renovated out of the project’s funds:
  1. Alunis village, r. Rascani
  2. Alexandreni village, r. Sangerei
  3. Baimaclia village, r. Causeni
  4. Buciumeni village, r. Ungheni
  5. Calfa village, r. Anenii Noi
  6. Cenac village, r. Cimislia
  7. Climauti village, r. Donduseni
  8. Cepeleuti village, r. Edinet
  9. Cismea village, commune of Pelivan‚ r. Orhei
  10. Cuizauca village, r. Rezina
  11. Hartopul Mic village, commune of Hartopul Mare, r. Criuleni
  12. Lebedenco village, r. Cahul
  13. Peticeni village, r. Calarasi
  14. Roghi village, comune of Malovata Noua, r. Dubasari
  15. Vasilevca village, r. Dubasari
  16. Visoca village, r. Soroca
Early Development Community Centres renovated by LPA and endowed within the Proiect:
  1. Bocancea-Schit village, commune of Dumbravita, r. Sangerei
  2. Bratianovca village, commune of Sarata Galbena, r. Hincesti
  3. Chirilovca village, commune of Vinogradovca, r. Taraclia
  4. Condrita village, municiality of Chisinau
  5. Crihana village, r. Orhei
  6. Dumitreni village, commune of Alexeevca, r. Floresti
  7. Harcesti village, r. Ungheni
  8. Hijdieni village, commune of Berezloci, r. Orhei
  9. Hrubna Noua village, commune of Taxobeni, r. Falesti
  10. Magureanca village, commune of Scumpia, r. Falesti
  11. Marinesti village, r. Sangerei
  12. Negurenii village, Vechi, r. Ungheni
  13. Samascani village, r. Soldanesti
  14. Secareni village, r. Hincesti
  15. Sevirova village, r. Floresti
  16. Stejareni village, commune of Lozova, r. Straseni
  17. Sipoteni village, r. Hincesti
  18. Valea Trestieni village, r. Nisporeni
  19. Vulcanesti village, commune of Cioresti, r. Nisporeni
  20. Zahorna village, commune of Dobrusa, r. Soldanesti
  21. Zaicani village, commune of Ratus, r. Telenesti
Renovation of 21 Community Centres has been accomplished out of the funds provided by local public administrations, in partnership with other donors.

»»  Endowment of Kindergartens and Community Centres

Endowment of Kindergartens and Community Centres

Depending on the needs, preschool education units have been endowed with learning materials, guides, resource centres (books, toys, games), equipment for activities, furniture, sport and play grounds.

Under the Project, funds spent on endowments amount at circa 3, 6 million US dollars. As a whole, 512 preschool education institutions have been endowed.

The learning materials have been provided to all the 1 499 preschool kindergarten groups of the country, attended by 61 829 children of 5-6(7) years. 53 institutions have been endowed with sport and play grounds.

Only in the second year of the Project 2 938 children have been additionally enrolled in preschool education institutions due to endowments provided.

»»  Access to Preschool Education for Children with Special Needs
Improving Access to Quality Preschool Education for Children with Special Needs (at High Risk)

The “Education for All – Fast Track Initiative” Project has contributed to the establishment of Rehabilitation Centres for children with special needs.
  1. Rehabilitation Centre from Straseni town. Operates since February 2010. It has been established within kindergarten no. 2 “Mugurel” from Straseni town.
  2. Rehabilitation Centre from Criuleni town. It has been established within kindergarten “Spicusor” from Criuleni town.

Both centres have been provided with rehabilitation equipment, learning materials and vehicle.

During year II of the Project, 194 children with special needs have been enrolled in early education programmes.

Further on, it is necessary to provide access to education for all the 3 403 early age children with disabilities currently registered in the country.

Activities implemented under this component:
  • Accomplishment of a national research study regarding the situation of children with special needs and their access to education.
  • Two Rehabilitation Centres for children with special needs have been established (in Criuleni and Straseni)
  • Both Rehabilitation Centres have been endowed with special rehabilitation equipment, furniture, toys, etc. books and vehicles for the children’s transportation to the Centres.
  • Educators from these institutions have been trained to offer inclusive education services.
  • Parents from these two localities have been involved in trainings.
  • Three inclusive kindergartens have been created (in Straseni, Criuleni and Nisporeni).
  • Communication of successes attained and exchanges of experience have been carried out.

An important role in the establishment of Rehabilitation Centres has been played by the national consultants:
  • Day Care Centre “Speranta”
  • Public Association “The Woman and the Child – Protection and Support”
  • Centre of Investigations and Consultancy “SocioPolis”
  • Educational Centre “Pro Didactica”.

»»  Improving the Quality of Early and Preschool Education
Improving the Quality of Early and Preschool Education

In 2008 education policy documents in early child education and preschool education have been developed under the “Education for All – Fast Track Initiative” Project:
  • Curriculum for early and preschool education, 1-7 years
  • Learning and development standards for children of 5-7 years
  • National professional standards of the teaching staff
  • Guide in early and preschool education for the teaching staff
In 2010 the following documents have been developed:
  • Learning and development standards for children of 0-7 years
  • Professional standards for the early education teaching staff
  • Initial training for the teaching staff. Basic curriculum. Methodological Guide
  • Continuous training for the teaching staff. Basic curriculum. Methodological Guide
  • Guide for educators “1001 ideas for a quality early education”
  • Guide for the territorial-administrative unit manager on establishing an Early Education Community Centre.
In order to support the teaching staff in applying the policy documents, four books for children have been printed under the Project:
  • “DELIA goes to school”, Big Book
  • “The house from the tree”, Big Book
  • “At home”, civic education book
  • “My friends: we are the same, we are different”, civic education book

Many of the policy documents, guides, studies have been accomplished out of the funds of the Education Programmes Development Fund associated to the Catalytic Fund, and UNICEF.

In order to support efforts at the policy level, a series of documents have been developed:

  • National Strategy „Education for All” 2004-2015, approved through the Government Decision no. 410 dated April 4 2003
  • Consolidated Strategy in Education, 2006-2008
  • Regulations on establishment and operation of the Early development of children of 3-6(7) years old, approved through the Government Decision no. 567 dated 10.09.2009, modified and completed through the Government Decision no. 761 dated 19.08.2010.

The Education Sector National Strategy (2010-2015) is currently under development.

Studies Accomplished:

  • Study “Evaluation of knowledge, attitudes and practices in early education at the institutional level”. Developed in 2009 by the Centre of Sociological, Political and Psychological Analysis and Research CIVIS for Ministry of Education and the World Bank.
  • Study “Documentation of the experience in the field of early child education and implementation of the “Education for All – Fast Track Initiative” Project in Moldova”. Carried out in 2009 by the Public Policies Institute for UNICEF.
  • Study on the situation of children with special needs and their access to education at the national level. Implemented in 2009 by the Investigations and Consultancy Centre “SocioPolis” for Ministry of Education.
  • Study “Equity and inclusion in education. Instruments for supporting planning and evaluation of the educational sector”. Developed in 2009 by the Educational Centre “ProDidactica” for Ministry of Education.
  • Two surveys regarding access to early education in the Project’s localities and in the country, accomplished by the Project’s team.
  • Project impact study. Accomplished in 2010 by “AXA Management Consulting” company for Ministry of Education.
A quality early education, under the “Education for All – Fast Track Initiative” Project means:
  • A child friendly environment renovated rooms endowed with books and toys accessible to children.
  • Child centered education, qualified educators, organizing learning activities by interest centres based on children needs.
  • A family open to changes, this implies parents actively involved in the child’s education, conscious of their role and of the kindergarten’s role in the child’s education, becoming thus equal partners in the educational process.
  • A community oriented towards partnership, this means a community implementing projects for children from the community, open to innovations and that supports the efforts of the community’s education institutions.
  • An Education for All and Everyone, and namely an inclusive education focused on the needs of every child.

»»  Training of Teaching and Administrative Staff

Training of Teaching and Administrative Staff

Training of the teaching staff from preschool education sector is realized at two levels:

  1. Initial training of teaching and managerial staff in colleges and universities.
  2. Continuous training offered by various NGOs, educational centres, organizations licensed in the field.

Strategies stages of the teaching staff training under the “Education for All” Project

  • “Cascade” training of 2947 teaching and administrative staff
  • Training at the national level of 4034 teaching and administrative staff
  • Institutional training for 937 educators from beneficiary institutions
  • Training offered by 48 local mentors (of the 100 trained ones)

In order to ensure the durability of investments made under the “Education for All – Fast Track Initiative” Project, local trainers and mentors have been involved in training activities, together with national trainers.

In 33 kindergartens, renovated under year I of the project, seminars and mentoring activities have been carried out so that that these institutions become centres for dissemination of quality practices, and that the teaching staff evaluate heir own practices in comparison with requirements established in the Teaching Standards and elaborate Individual professional development Plans.

Continuous training services have been offered by the following national consultants:

  • Educational Programme “Step by Step”
  • Educational Centre “Pro Didactica”
  • Day Care Centre “Speranta”
  • Association “The Woman and the Child – protection and support”.

»»  Consolidation of Social Partnership and Involvement of Communities
Consolidation of Social Partnership and Involvement of Communities in Early Child Development Programmes

Communities have been mobilized and social partnerships have been built through the national communication and community mobilization campaign “Help the child become a Great Personality!”, focused on enrolling children from disadvantaged families in preschool education programmes.

The campaign “Help the child become a Great Personality!” included:

  1. Establishment and training of 82 community teams constituted of 425 community agents
  2. Ensuring communication between parents and their fellow-villagers with a view to enrolling children from disadvantaged families in preschool education programmes.
In such a way, further to implementation of the campaign in the Project’s localities, 1 672 children from disadvantaged families have been enrolled in preschool education programmes.

Partnerships created under the social mobilization campaign “Help the child become a Great Personality!”

  • Mayors - Community mobilization, organizing project activities
  • Social assistants - Identification and support to children from disadvantaged families
  • Educators - Home visits, Special events, Parents education, Individual meetings, Conquests, Materials distribution
  • Family doctors and nurses - Identification of children from disadvantaged families, Transmitting messages during home visits, Counseling within Family Doctors Centres
  • Mass-media - Subjects and TV and radio reportages, Newsletter, Media visits, Articles in written press, Web
  • Private sector, local NGOs, volunteers, parents - Identification and support to children from disadvantaged families.
Main Partners of the campaign “Help the child become a Great Personality!”
  1. Company MOLDCELL
  2. Company TELERADIO Moldova
Partners of the campaign:
  • ODORAS Magazine
  • Centre of Journalistic Investigations.
  • National Centre of Roma People
  • Centre of Information and Documentation Regarding the Child’s Rights
  • Association of people with special needs “Motivation”
  • ARTIStudio
  • Training Centre CMB
  • National Federation of Gymnastics
  • Personalities – “Great Personalities”, participants in the Project’s actions
The Project brings evidence to the fact that it is sufficient to support at the initial stage the communitarian initiatives for ki
ndergartens’ renovations, so as to obtain results:  
  • The number of children who have access to education increases
  • LPA gets actively involved in solving community problems in partnership with teaching staff, parents and other community agents
  • The community becomes more active and consolidated
  • Preschool institutions become active and known community partners
  • The community obtains additional financing based on accumulated experience
  • Examples of active communities stimulate other communities to involve.

»»  Successes of the „Education for All – Fast Tack Initiative” Project
Successes of the „Education for All – Fast Tack Initiative” Project

  • The Project’s achievements were in the foreground of the International Conference regarding Early Child Development, held in Chisinau during October 12-13 2009.
  • Education policy documents developed under the Project have been solicited as a valuable resource under the International Conference held in Moscow on June 23 2010, with the title “The perspectives of the training of teaching staff in early education: policies, researches, quality and innovation”.
  • The Project’s website www.prescolar.md, with information available in three languages (Romanian, Russian and English), has been mentioned during the International Conference from Moscow as a useful source to be considered under implementation of similar projects, as well as for documentation purposes and training of specialists in early child education.
  • The UNO Global Report on good practices in achieving the Millennium Development Objectives, edited in New York, presented Moldova’s experience in ensuring access to education for all children. The report includes also a case study dedicated to Moldova: “Republic of Moldova: Education for All – Fast Tack Initiative”.
  • Four initiatives of the Ministry of Education and Local Public Administrations, implemented under the “Education for All – Fast Track Initiative” Project, have been disseminated as good practices and included in the “Good Practices Guide for Local Public Authorities”, developed by the Institute for Development and Social Initiatives (IDIS) “Viitorul”
  • The Mayor of Cioresti village of the raion of Nisporeni, Valeriu Gutu, has been awarded the distinction “The best Roma Mayor”, the Mayor himself being of other than Roma ethnicity.
  • The manager of kindergarten no. 1 from the town of Nisporeni, Tatiana Cociu, has been awarded a special government premium – Diploma of excellence of the first degree – “For significant contribution to early education”.
  • The president of the raion of Nisporeni, Ion Munteanu, has been awarded a Diploma of excellence of Ministry of Education, for contribution in promoting early education.
  • Six representatives of the Local Public Administration and seven kindergarten managers have been awarded Diplomas of excellence by Ministry of Education and “Moldcell” Company, for promoting the values of education for all.
  • The kindergarten from village of Panasesti, raion of Straseni and the kindergarten from Nisporeni town have been awarded diplomas by the Raion Councils and the title “The most prepared preschool institution” in the school year 2010-2011.
  • The team of the “Education for All – Fast Track Initiative” Project has been nominated for the Human Rights Premiums 2010 under the conquest for the best human rights promotion actions, carried out annually by the United Nations Organization in Moldova.

»»  Perspectives for the Republic of Moldova

Perspectives for the Republic of Moldova

At the same time, there are still pending issues that, in order to be resolved, require investments:

  • 230 localities lack kindergartens
  • One out of four children has no access to early education.

In order to ensure quality education services:

  • 8 out of 10 kindergartens need capital repairs
  • 2 out of 3 institutions need to be endowed
  • 2 out of 3 educators need continuous training
  • Children with special need nationally institutionalized inclusive practices.
Additional investments are needed to ensure access of all children to quality early education.

According to the latest statistical data, 230 communities from the country lack preschool education units, depriving thus 8 247 children from access to education.
  • In 110 localities the total number of children of preschool age ranges from 20 to 100. This is the case when the option of establishing Community Centres could be considered.
  • In 21 localities the number of children ranges between 100 and 400. These communities are in need of kindergartens.
  • In 3 villages, the preschool institutions have been wrecked by inundations, requiring compete reconstruction in order to ensure access of 244 children to education.

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