GOOD PRACTICES IN THE LITHUANIAN SCHOOL: EDUCATION FOR INTEGRITY

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At the end of last year, within the Moldovan-Lithuanian project “European Lessons 2. Component Education against Corruption” funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania from the Cooperation Program for Development and Promotion of Democracy,  a group of teachers from  Moldova participated in a study visit in several educational institutions in Lithuania. The purpose of the visit was to familiarize with the experiences of Baltic colleagues in the field and to have been successful for many years in capitalizing on integrity education promoted extensively at European level. On the agenda of the visit were included consistent visits to different types of schools, placed on a diverse geographical area, including hours of assistance, discussions with management teams, with teachers involved in the projects, as well with students as their main beneficiaries.

We have also known the unique landscape of Lithuania, among others, the country with the highest degree of forestation in Europe, but also the multicultural context, with many immigrants, mixed families. Even in schools with ethnic minorities, there are no particular lessons of Culture and traditions of the respective ethnic group, these being realized through other extracurricular activities quite a bit (Nota Bene! for Moldova!) Concerts and all artistic activities with folk customs and traditions on the big scene were in the past, say managers.

Among the most important news, which would also be of interest to our school environment, we state: the functioning of a Transparency Lab in Schools, the Honest School Title offered to a network of schools concerned with the fight against corruption with significant positive practices; the framing of the “Education against corruption” module in the discipline of “Ethics; multiple partnerships that favor efforts in the given direction, including Catholic churches; the 15 non-traditional days organized in pre-university institutions with the ” School  in other manner”, one day at the end of each month and the last week of school, such as non-textbooks days, excursions and other informal activities; replacing the traditional inspection with systematic checks of the child’s well-being in school, etc. The honest school status began to be given to the Lithuanian schools involved in the promotion campaign organized by Transparency International. The slogan launched for each student was: “I am honest,” followed by a few self-assessments: What do you think about yourself in this chapter, why? What do your colleagues, friends, relatives think? The concrete actions that followed had commitments such as: I will write the test honestly, I will not copy, not lie, etc. Subsequently, the organization initiating the project sent thematic stickers to the schools: I am honest, and the students in grades 11-12 who received them were supposed to promote the integrity and honest way of conduct and relationship among teachers, but also to apply them on each control / test work. Obviously not all students applied them, but after the promotion and clarification campaign, for 6 months, the number of honest students increased. Finally, in each school, a closing event was organized, where students completed a questionnaire, where they wrote what they learned, how they applied, how they feel about it. Some schools continue today to achieve honest school status by entering this network and promoting integrity at family, school and community level. Among the slogans shared by students, we noticed: Clear conscience helps us make good decisions; the essence of our existence is responsibility, etc.

We observed, in other ways, that in every classroom there is a functional interactive whiteboard, the easy connection to the Internet throughout the school, that the agenda and the electronic catalog have already become common issues; that meetings with parents are organized only in the presence of the child, mandatory, twice a year, where, as a priority, listen to the problems said and understood by the child, or, at present more and more children with problems of psycho-emotional behavior and social issues come to school, and teachers have to help them in as many ways as possible. In general, visits to schools have revealed many interesting things, a very good situation, happy children, but some disgruntled teachers who receive 700 Euros, average wage, but expect more from the state, at least 1000 Euros, promised by politicians, but ….

Our project continues in the current quarter, and the practices described above inspire us to initiate more actions to promote integrity in our schools, starting with transparent and participatory decision making by management teams, continuing honest student behavior at each lesson / evaluation and ending with the eradication of corruption by parents and  educators  initiatives.

In this context, we announce educational institutions wishing to engage in long-term corruption preventing to send a motivation letter, agreed with the team of managers, to sign the Declaration of Integrity Education, assuming specific commitments for the managerial team, teachers, pupils and parents. Teachers in the institution have to apply the “Education against Corruption” module, located at https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1oj2PwRGliQ83osoMP8Hdy-yz63y0IE9f,  and send sequences from lessons and other educational activities organized by the end of the semester at: vpostica@prodidactica.md. As a result, the school will receive the title of HONEST SCHOOL, benefiting from specific educational partnerships with other institutions in the given field, as well as relevant didactic support. Deadline: February 25, 2019.

Viorica Goraș-Postică, project coordinator

WE ANNOUNCE THE START OF THE PROJECT ”EUROPEAN LESSONS 2: COMPONENT ANTI-CORRUPTION EDUCATION”

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Recently, the Education Centre PRO DIDACTICA hosted the visit of the Lithuanian expert DAIVA PENKAUSKIENE, the director of the Centre for Modern Didactics in Vilnius, on the occasion of launching a new Moldovan-Lithuanian project, supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania from the Co-operation Program for the Development and Promotion of Democracy. The duration of the project will be one year until April 2019, addressing pupils aged between 15 and 18 years who study Civic Education and / or optional discipline “European Integration for You”. This initiative promotes activities to prevent and eradicate corruption in the state by educating conscientious, critical and responsible citizens, by implementing anti-corruption education in secondary education.

The objectives of the project include: To develop anticorruption education module and test it with teachers, implementing course “Education for EU integration“; To develop learning materials for students; To develop dissemination channels and in-country support network in this respect. The target groups of our intervention will be school teachers of the “European Integration for You” course and the students involved; as direct beneficiaries will be the AO EC PRO DIDACTICA and the educational community in Moldova, and as indirect beneficiaries – other NGOs and state institutions responsible for preventing corruption, etc.

This module will complement the school curriculum “European integration for you” as well as the curriculum of Civic Education and guidance, and will be made available to users in digital format. The module will support the implementation of anti-corruption activities at state level, thus helping the National Anticorruption Center to implement its action plan on eradicating the anti-corruption phenomenon. During the visit, the Lithuanian expert met the project team, the project experts Eugenia NEGRU and Rodica ESANU, who debated the concept and the expected results of the project, with an emphasis on promoting good practices inspired by the Baltic countries. Also, two educational institutions from the capital were visited, who will be involved in the future project: TL “Prometheu-Prim” and TL “Aristotel”. The guest was impressed by the interest and the openness of the teaching staff and of the administration and by the motivation of the pupils for studying and applying good practices for the uprooting of the corruption phenomenon at various levels.

We concluded on the importance of this investment in human resources and in the development of teaching materials that will remain in the system and will perpetuate the impact of successful experiences that will contribute to building a democratic society, governed transparently, with involved and honest citizens.

Finally, we invite teachers interested in this issue who will teach in the next school year, the  optional course “European Integration for you” in high school, send a motivation letter (within a standard A4 page) for involvement in the project, until July 20, at: vpostica@prodidactica.md. They will benefit from a training program (at the end of August this year) at EC PRO DIDACTICA, from teaching materials and by the status of teacher-experimenter during one semester – all confirmed by an authorized certificate.

Coordinator: Viorica Goraş-Postică,
tel. 069366848

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS – TERMS OF REFERENCE EXTERNAL MID-TERM EVALUATION

Project title: Partnerships for Quality and Relevance in ICT Vocational Education in Moldova

Country: Republic of Moldova
Project number: 8295-00/2015
Project duration: 01.12.2015 – 30.11.2018

1. Background

Since its independence, the Republic of Moldova economy has suffered from a lack of efficiency, partly due to serious decline in quality of education. The Education Strategy 2020, adopted in 2014, sets out as main priorities for the Government improving the quality, relevance and efficiency of the education system. The Vocational Education Strategy 2013-2020, adopted in 2013, is the main policy document in the field vocational/technical education, that aims by 2020 that VET will become more attractive, quality, relevant for the labor market, accessible, career oriented, flexible, allowing nonformal and informal learning validation and mobility in the European space in line with Copenhagen Process and Bruges Communique provisions.

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