On June 7, 2022 DVV International country office in Moldova conducted an ample policy workshop aiming at establishing an Adult Learning and Education (ALE) Platform. The event was planned and conducted in cooperation with Ministry of Education and Research.
The aim of the event was to bring together stakeholders, interested in development of the subsector in Moldova and to initiate a multilogue on challenges and perspectives of ALE. The audience of about 60 participants received warm greetings from Valentina Chicu, the Advisor to the President of the Republic of Moldova in the sphere of education and research, from Galina Rusu, the State Secretary in the Ministry of Education and Research of the RM, from Achim Mortier, the Head of German Development Co-operation of the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in the Republic of Moldova, Larisa Novac, member of the Parliament, as well as Uwe Gartenschlaeger, president of the European Association for Education of Adults and deputy director of DVV International greeted participants by a video message.
The head of LLL Service in the Ministry of Education and Research, Marcelina Baleca, presented the state of art in the sector and articulated the need for a shared responsibility with regard to ALE between central and local authorities, the imperative of creating and developing community-based Adult Education Centres, and a broader understanding of ALE beyond traditional equalizing of ALE with continuing professional training only. Daniel Funeriu, high EU advisor to the Ministry of Education and Research, pointed to the need of linking policy-making with other development processes in the country, including enlightening and community-based traditions. Levan Kvatchadze, Regional Director for Eastern Neighbours countries, shared some reflections on developments in Moldova, emphasizing challenges and formulated some far-reaching recommendations on possible ways to bring public, professional and policy discourse in Moldova into a closer conformity to international trends and approaches.
In the second part of the activity, the audience was asked for identifying in small group discussions main impediments for a dynamic development of ALE sector in Moldova, followed by clustering findings into areas of legislation, policies and financing provisions. These aspects have been assessed as necessary to be tackled in the upcoming years. It became even more obvious that state structures opt mostly for centralized control mechanisms, while civil society units vote for wider policy dialogue, as well as for democratic and market-driven approaches in ALE praxis.
DVV International office prepared and shared with participants several relevant international documents on ALE, translated into Romanian language and has articulated determination to follow up on the event, to approach organizations for making commitments for further development of missing elements in policies and legislation, for improvement of framework condition for ALE in the Republic of Moldova.