THE ”PAIDEIA” CLUB RESUMED ITS ACTIVITY

On October 13, 2017, the Educational Center PRO DIDACTICA resumed the debates of the PAIDEIA Debate Club. The first activity, Education through film was moderated by the Livia State, former expert and gathered teachers who are eager to learn about an alternative way of working with young people.

Demonstration of the two documentary films, Spinkler and Haiduc, aimed to familiarize present teachers with the methodology of the work with documentary film in order to raise young people’s awareness of the challenges of today’s world. The topics tackled in films, as poverty and drug use, were treated by participants from various perspectives, asking for emotional involvement, but also critical thinking of club members. These films are part of a Czech initiative, carried out in the Republic of Moldova through the curriculum of the optional subject with the same title, promoted by the NGO “People in need”, in collaboration with OWH Studio, Ministry of Education, Culture and Research and EC PRO DIDACTICA.

If for the first film, the moderator structured her didactic approach guiding teachers, step by step, to discover the educational valences of the film, for the second film, inspired by a reality in Romania, the participants themselves proposed ways to understand and study a documentary film. Using the techniques of critical thinking, teachers have proposed several variants of “teaching” of the film that emphasizes the awareness of the message, as well as solutions to solving problems in society.

We greatly appreciate the activism and interest of the teachers who chose to participate in the first session and we warn those who signed up online and failed to come that if they do not attend the next meeting, they will not be able to sign up in the second semester at PAIDEIA. We are trying this responsibility, because many have signed up, occupying their seats, and leaving this privilege to many other applicants.

GATHERING THE FIRST RESULTS AT THE FOLLOW-UP SEMINAR ON OPEN EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES

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On the 12th of October 2017, at the PRO DIDACTICA Educational Center, the first group of teachers from the primary and general secondary education institutions from various school subjects attended the evaluation and certification seminar with the topic “Open Educational Resources”, after benefiting from a new training program in the field. Thus, teachers have the opportunity to harness their own digital competences by designing and applying electronic resources in the educational process, both to the subjects they teach, and to the councelling classes or to any other kind of educational activities. We have found with professional satisfaction that the interest of the students for the subject studied is still high, specific practices of creative development, search and efficient use of national and international OER have been presented with the involvement of colleagues and students.

It has been noted that many schools have been endowed with advanced ICT equipment (tablets, laptops, interactive tables), including broadband INTERNET, favoring the use of OER by strategic policy in the field approved  at the institutional and national levels, encouraged by the Digital Skills Standards for Teachers from general education.We enjoyed that all the trainees were involved, they talked with each other quite productively, creating an effective exchange of advanced experiences and practices. Most of the participants participated in the Contest OER 2, organized in the same project in the previous months, and starting with December this year, the most interesting resources will be provided to the public, by placing them on the web page www.red.prodidactica.md/en/resources-oer/national-oer/.

Among the most original open resources, we mention those drafted by chemistry teachers: Dr. Rita Godoroja and Corina Conac, as well Mrs.Maia Porombrica, physics and mathematics teacher.

The workshop also discussed some technical and didactic aspects (ways of placing free licenses on the open educational resources created, the importance of linguistic correctness of the digital product, requirements for an efficient digital presentation, which is the OERs’  role in the creativity development of students at various school disciplines, free tools on the INTERNET to create OER, etc.).

In addition, we encourage teachers to produce OER, to improve their ICT skills, to learn English language and other international languages, thus being open and prepared to know a whole world through the subjects taught and to provide quality education services for the new generation of children and adults in the information age.

Viorica GORAŞ-POSTICĂ, Valeriu GORINCIOI, trainers,

Cristina BUJAC, project coordinator

PRIMARY SCHOOL TEACHERS MEET AT THE EDUCATIONAL CENTER PRO DIDACTICA TO UPDATE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR PEACE EDUCATION THROUGH THE CULTURE OF GOOD NEIGHBORHOOD

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On 25 August 2017, over 30 teachers from 17 educational institutions from different localities of the country participated for the fourth consecutive year in a training program for the professional empowerment to teach the new optional discipline “The Culture of Good Neighborhood”, in fourth grade. The seminar took place within the project “Educating Culture of Peace trough Good Neighborhood in Primary School”, implemented throughout the Republic of Moldova, including the Transnistrian region, with the financial support of the international network for peacebuilding – GPPAC (The Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflicts) www.gppac.net. The objectives of the activity include: familiarizing teachers with curriculum specifics to the optional subject “The Culture of Good Neighborhood” in the fourth grade with the title “My Country- my pride”; analytic and interactive scrutiny of curricular contents; designing the didactic approach for the 4th grade in specific intercultural contexts; debating the imperatives of peace education in the current Moldovan educational environment, as well as facilitating an exchange of experience on the rigors of piloting curricular contents and related interactive methodology.

The curriculum of this subject is structured on the following modules: Geographical Environment; History; Traditional and contemporary culture; The neighbor’s language; Axiology and Conflictology and proposes the development of a coherent set of specific competences, such as: Forming a responsible and respectful attitude towards the locality, the native country as a fundamental element of the patriotic education; Enhancing the social competence and responsibility of young people for the well-being of their country, necessary components of civic sense; Developing skills for dialogue and negotiation, dispute resolution and conflict situations, in accordance with democratic principles and principles of peace culture; Showing a lasting interest in the history, culture, life and problems of the country; Forming a constructive attitude towards the development and optimization of the situation in the country; Active involvement in forming a personal position and the ability to generate new constructive ideas. Students and teachers received the workbook on intercultural education  “The Culture of Good Neighborhood”, with the title My Country – my pride, in Romanian and Russian languages, which includes the following thematic area: My Country and the whole World. Peace and harmony; Attitude towards the world, country and cultures of Moldova; Values of the good neighborhood; We and the others: communicate, friendship, collaborate; The miracles of nature. To protect them; Excerpts from the “Red Book”; Monuments and nature reserves; To know the architectural monuments; Historical events that represent us; Voivodes and leaders who glorified our country; Our religious leaders; Writers and composers from Moldova; Means of communication: past and present; Scenery items  and ornaments of different ethnicities; Crafts of Moldovan natives; Dolls and puppet theater; Our hospitality. Tourism development; We welcome guests in their language; We are hospitable hosts!; Our traditional dishes; Souvenirs; We present the country to the foreigners. We expect a sustainble impact of the project activities, shown by peaceful and civilized behavior of children, teachers and parents in their communities, but also by using functional knowledges for constructive and peacebuilding interaction and good understanding in any other contexts.

To see information about the event access the link below from our partner GPPAC: http://www.gppac.net

Project coordinator:
Viorica Goraş-Postică, dr.hab. prof. univ. interim.