During the national conference “Implementing inclusive education in the Republic of Moldova – a decade of challenges and a vision for new achievements“, 1-10 December 2020, took place the Inclusive Education Gala 2020, for the fifth consecutive year. During the Gala, 6 educational institutions plus the “Alexandra Grajdian” Trophy for COURAGE and INNOVATION in the promotion of inclusive education were awarded. The Trophy is an initiative of the APSCF member organizations in memory of Alexandra Grajdian. Until she became a promoter and one of the first founders of the NGO movement in Criuleni district, Ms. Alexandra Grajdian carried out a vast pedagogical activity promoting rights, ensuring access and participation for disadvantaged people. The mission she followed with great verticality was promoting a new mentality, creating an environment of acceptance, tolerant attitude and active involvement in the lives of people in need of support.
The nomination process for the trophy lasted for a month. Subsequently, the evaluation commission analysed 40 nominations, received from 21 districts. The selection criteria were: courage and innovation in promoting inclusive education, accessibility of the institution from all perspectives, leadership in implementing inclusive education, advocacy / advocacy for inclusive education, cooperation and partnerships with parents, community, local public administration, NGOs, etc., pro-active promotion of their own experiences by disseminating good practices in the field of inclusive education. The evaluation report can be seen here (Romanian language). In the second stage, the members of the evaluation commission and representatives of the APSCF secretariat conducted online interviews with the educational institutions, which accumulated a maximum or almost maximum score.
“Today’s event is a commitment of all of us to contribute to the connection of the legal and institutional framework for the protection of children and families to international policies, in order to ensure social equity and access to quality education, and to create a friendly educational environment. and inclusive for every child.” – said the Secretary of State in the field of education Natalia Grîu.
The “Alexandra Grajdian” trophy for COURAGE AND INNOVATION in promoting inclusive education was awarded this year to the Oxentea Gymnasium, Dubasari district. The institution is a school for all children, with the management team working together with the teaching staff and the parents looking for opportunities to develop an inclusive education and to initiate collaborations with local, national and international CSOs. The school has demonstrated a truly inclusive culture that is reflected in the attitude and individualized approach of each child and each parent who comes to the institution.
During The Inclusive Education Gala, the Ministry of Education, Culture and Research, in partnership with APSCF, awarded 6 mentions for the results obtained in the implementation of inclusive education to the following institutions:
- The Theoretical High School “Gheorghe Palade”, Puhoi village, Ialoveni district
- “Poienița” Early Education Institution, Malcoci village, Ialoveni district
- The Early Education Institution no. 1 “Spiriduș”, Bălți
- “Anton Crihan” Gymnasium, Singerei
- Filipeni Gymnasium, Leova district
- The Theoretical High School “George Coșbuc”, Bălți
More details about the trophy and the selection criteria: