Maia Sandu at UN Summit: Our commitment towards citizens is to recover educational losses

The cornerstone for future success is to best take advantage of the on-line resources together with improving the face-to-face interaction between teachers and pupils, President Maia Sandu stated at the UN Transforming Education Summit that was held in New York. “Our commitment towards the citizens of our country, after the pandemics, is twofold: first to recover the educational losses and, second, to build a better system based on the valuable lessons that we all learned,” said the official, being quoted by IPN.

“Moldova is currently facing an additional challenge: the Russian aggression on neighboring Ukraine. It sent hundreds of thousands of refugees to Moldova and our schools welcomed thousands of Ukrainian children, proving the dedication of our citizens and teachers,” said President Sandu.

The official noted that “children’s engagement in education is high, only if education is a powerful societal dynamic in our countries, only if teachers are central inspirational and aspirational models for our children. On-line, face-to-face or both, teacher training and teacher societal valuation is key to our collective success.”

Maia Sandu said that in the efforts to transform the teacher condition, three guidelines are followed: better teacher training - with emphasis on continuous training, better selection procedures and appropriate reward for their work. “Our 2022-2030 Inclusive Education Program will focus on multifocal intervention through coordination of the education, health, and social services at all levels of education,” stated Maia Sandu.

Part of our mission is, in my opinion, to leave to our children a more cohesive world, a world in which our children cooperate with each other, a world in which our teachers cooperate with each other, a world in which our diversity is the energy for peace, prosperity, innovation and understanding, a world in which leaders talk about education, not about conflicts,” concluded the official.

The Transforming Education Summit was held on September 19 on the sidelines of the 77th session of the UN General Assembly.

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