Date: April 9, 2014

"We are different. Human diversity is beneficial. What do I do, as a teacher, when children see differently what I teach them?" - 22 school managers have found answers to these and other questions related to inclusive education, within the framework of a training in the area of inclusive education.

The training was held on the 5th of April, in Chisinau, and was organized by Keystone Moldova Association within the EU-funded project Public-Private Partnership for the Sustainable Development of Locally Governed Disability Services: Supporting Decentralization Reform.

School principals and deputies from 12 schools from the rayons of Singerei, Ungheni, Dubasari, Falesti and Anenii Noi attended the training. For more than a year, these schools have been working on the change of attitude of children and teachers towards pupils with special educational needs (SEN). The training was developed to elucidate school managers on some aspects related to the concept of inclusive education, role and functions of intraschool multidisciplinary team and educational support services for children with SEN.

"The concept of inclusive education is on the agenda of all the establishments and the whole society. This training is useful because it discusses the pressing problems faced by the management team of the institution. We have clarified many issues related to the constitution and functions of the Intraschool Multidisciplinary Team, even about the funding process of educational support services. Now, we know how to organize and monitor efficiently the implementation of inclusive education in secondary education institutions"stated Mrs. Lidia Cretu, principal of Theoretical High school "Emil Necula" from Mereni village, Anenii Noi rayon.

The schools run by the participants at the training started the school inclusion of children with SEN and have some achievements in this area, such as: creation of Resource Centers for Inclusive Education, employment of support teachers, establishment of Intraschool Multidisciplinary Teams. Yet, "We, as managers, have not had any training in the area of inclusive education till now", stated Mrs. Maria Sasu, principal of the Secondary School from Tescureni village, Ungheni rayon. "Firstly, we have to know exactly and concretely the actions for inclusive education of all the children" she added.

Some of the teachers present at the training have children with disability in their classroom: "This training was useful for my experience as a teacher. I have learnt new teaching methods. I have an aggressive boy in my classroom and now I have found more from the other people's experience in working with children with disabilities. I will take over some of the techniques used by my colleagues to calm him down" said Mrs. Nina Gulpescu, deputy-principal of the secondary school from Horesti village, Falesti rayon.

"We are very different. This human diversity characterizes us and we cannot adopt the "one-size fits all" approach. As, otherwise, we disable human personalities. Children have the inclusive right to personal development. We, as experts in the field, have to consider the fact that we have very different groups within the classroom. We combine methods and techniques depending on the children in the classroom" concluded the training Mrs. Galina Filip, the trainer.

The training was organized within the project Public-Private Partnership for the Sustainable Development of Locally Governed Disability Services: Supporting Decentralization Reform, implemented by Keystone Moldova and funded by European Union.

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