Twenty-four students and 69 teachers participated in three trainings on career guidance for people with disabilities in November, organized by Keystone Moldova.
Students from years II and III from the Faculty of Psychology and Special Psychopedagogy, within the State Pedagogical University “Ion Creanga,” learned more about school inclusion, the development of independent living skills, and the stages of the career counseling and guidance process for people with disabilities. They particularly liked the examples of social inclusion and labor inclusion of people with disabilities.
- “We hear some examples, we learn theory, but when we see a concrete person who is employed and has a full life in the community … these stories inspire us.”
- “It is hard to achieve inclusion of people with disabilities, but there are possibilities for that. Even though we have a lot of work to do, we already know where we are heading.”
- “We are the creators of our future!”
Thirty-three teachers from general education and representatives of the Psychopedagogical Assistance Services discussed the role of specialists in counseling and career guidance of people with disabilities. They also talked about intersectoral collaborations in the process of counseling and career guidance of people with disabilities. Participants said that COLLABORATION is the most important element.
- “Without collaboration you can’t do anything. Only together—teachers, parents, LPA—we can achieve educational inclusion and career guidance for all students.”
- “Disability is not an obstacle to professional development. It is important that the person has the desire and the support they need.”
Thirty-six teachers from technical vocational education talked about professional self-determination; organization and operation of career counseling and guidance services; and career guidance in formal education—news and challenges.
- “Even if they are already studying in technical vocational schools, it is important for people with disabilities to have career guidance. If they are guided and supported, they can have a good future and a profession to their preference.”
- “A problem for people with locomotor disabilities is the lack of accessibility in vocational technical schools.”
- “If we work hard, we will see results.”
The trainings were organized in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Research of the Republic of Moldova, Republican Center for Psychopedagogical Assistance and State Pedagogical University “Ion Creangă.” The activities are organized within the Project “Cross-border partnership for inclusive career guidance” (2SOFT / 1.1 / 145), implemented by Keystone Moldova in partnership with “Close to You” Romania Foundation, financed by European Union through the Joint Operational Program Romania–Republic of Moldova 2014-2020, through the European Neighborhood Instrument (ENI).
For more information about the Project, please see: https://www.keystonemoldova.md/en/projects/cross-border-parternship-inclusive-career-guidance/