Lessons Learned

     

February 2018 | Initiating a long-term nationwide process of social accountability in the education sector: the experience of the “My School” project in Moldova

Back in 2013, when the Global Partnership for Social Accountability announced its first call for proposals, Moldovan think tank Expert-Grup considered multiple areas where applying social accountability would make a difference in the country. The decision fell on the sector with the widest expected outcome – the education sector. In a country with a less than democratic past, which was followed by a long period of deceptions that resulted in high migration, the population, especially the young generation had become passive. By promoting social accountability (SAcc) at the school level, the project saw an important opportunity to not only reach many individuals (students, parents, teachers and other community members as well as decision-making actors) but also reach some of them at a young age. Read More>>>

 

 

 

February 2018 | Public Hearing of School Budgets – an Exercise of Community Involvement and Accountability in the “MySchool’ project in Moldova

In autumn, the schools of the Republic of Moldova count not only their students, but also their money. Did you know that annually about 10 thousand MDL (USD 585) are spent per student? Twenty-five years ago or even five years ago, parents had no idea how much the school had to spend for their child and didn’t even care. The society has one ubiquitous thought: the school has to take care of my child. Indeed, school management is responsible for child safety, education quality, teaching staff quality, and for the comfort and conditions each student should have. However, this does not mean that parents should not be interested in the school’s life. Today, a process called accountability has made the difference. How does it work? Read More>>>

 
 

 

February 2018 | ‘My School’ project in Moldova - Teaching You to Make Your School Better

For 25 years, Elena has been working as a teacher at Onisifor Ghibu' High School in Chisinau, Moldova, and as a principal since 2012. In 2013, she found out about the "My School" Project, conducted by national think tank Expert Grup, and decided to apply to the contest of schools selected for project piloting. She succeeded. In this interview, Elena Cernei tell us about the lessons learned under "My School" Project, highlighting what managers of educational institutions need to know about about budget management. Read More>>>

 
     
 

2017 | Results of the Initiative from 2014 to 2017

Key figures for the last 4 years of "Scoala Mea" project. More here>>>

 
 

 

July 2016 | In Moldova, Engaged Citizens Raise Quality of Education

When we entered the room, it was filled with the delicious aroma of freshly-baked plăcintă, a traditional Moldovan pastry. Plus, tea was brewing! Indeed a perfect setting to welcome guests, but also just another regular gathering of the School Board of Mihai Eminescu Lyceum in the town of Hîncești, in central Moldova. The 13-member School Board comprises teachers, students, parents and representatives of local authorities and private businesses. Everyone has a voice in deciding how to spend the school’s MDL 6.4 million budget (nearly US$340,000) per academic year. And they make sure that the allocated money is spent in the best interests of the school’s 703 students. Read More>>>

 
 

 

May 2016 | Scoala Mea’s Experience in Strategic Learning and Adaptation in Moldova (Part 2)

2 ways in Which Scoala Mea Adapted its Operations. Insights from Scoala Mea  - a partnership that seeks to improve education outcomes in Moldova – help us illustrate what these two different and important forms of adaptive learning and management can look like in practice. Here, we continue our discussion with 2 instances of strategic adaptive learning / management. Read More>>>

 
 

 

May 2016 | Scoala Mea’s Experience in Strategic Learning and Adaptation in Moldova (Part 1)

5 Ways in Which Scoala Mea Adapted its Operations. Insights from Scoala Mea  -- a partnership that seeks to improve education outcomes in Moldova – helps illustrate what these two different and important forms of adaptive learning and management can look like in practice. Here we share 5 instances of operational adaptive learning / management. Read More>>>