Date: February 18, 2014

Several teachers from primary cycle attended a workshop on inclusive education, entitled "Learning to live together with others." The purpose of the workshop was to train teachers in developing didactic projects for inclusive lessons, as well as learning and using teaching strategies, so as to promote a tolerant and friendly school and community environment for children with disabilities.

The workshop was attended by 20 teachers, who work in ten schools in Singerei, Anenii Noi, Dubasari, Falesti and Ungheni rayons. Each of them came with their own experience and that offered them the opportunity to discuss real problems, to give advice on individual approach to children and to make knowledge exchange in their field.

"I like the training - I have learned a lot from other teachers, some of them have quite a rich experience in working with children with disabilities", stated Mrs. Elena Molodetchi, secondary school teacher from the village of Falestii Noi, Falesti rayon. "Besides the didactic strategies, I was interested in the ways we, the teachers, could work with the class, so as to change their attitude towards children with disabilities. Now, I have acquired more knowledge and I will apply it in practice", she added.

"Generosity and patience help the child with disabilities to integrate into school"- this is the conclusion made by the secondary school teacher from the village of Horesti, Falesti rayon, Mrs. Emilia Girbu, after many years of experience. "I had children with disabilities in my classes. Working with them, one has to learn to put oneself in their shoes and do everything so that they can learn as much as possible... Today, I have discovered more interesting things and I have managed to assess my previous behavior towards children with disabilities. The experience exchange I had with my colleagues from other rayons has also helped me", she added.

The workshop included various practical exercises, so that teachers were able to learn different strategies and techniques for working with pupils with disabilities, such as: differentiated assignments, appropriate timing to ask the child with disabilities, engaging in discussion, attention, praise, use of pictures and group work. Plus, teachers have made teaching sequences that have been experienced in the workshop and provided feedback to their peers. "It is good that we have theory and practice - this will serve us as additional material in our lessons. I like that we have to face different situations and see other examples of team work. We are really helped by the fact that teachers from different schools, with different life and work experience have gathered here", said Mrs. Nadejda Moghildea, a secondary school teacher in the village of Pirita, Dubasari rayon.

Each teacher, who participated in the workshop, will conduct a model of inclusive lesson, where the children will learn about disability and people with disabilities. In this context, Keystone Moldova provided didactic support for primary school teachers, and about 570 children of the III-IV grades from 10 schools will receive textbooks entitled "Bridge to understanding. Education for inclusion, tolerance, acceptance".

The workshop was organized within the project "Public-Private Partnership for the Sustainable Development of Locally Governed Disability Services: Supporting Decentralization Reform", implemented by Keystone Moldova, with financial support of European Union.

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