At the second edition of the “Profesor Inovator” (Innovative Teacher) Gala, 22 of the most innovative teachers in the country were awarded for the outstanding results obtained in the educational process, after they managed to implement interactive teaching methods and promote digitalization. The nominated teachers were selected from over 1,000 educators across the country who completed Tekwill in Every School’s summer training program.
Among the award-winning pedagogues is Silvia Machidon, art education teacher and director of the “Mihail Sadoveanu” Theoretical High School in Giurgiulești village, Cahul district. Transforming the high school from the ground up for a year, she demonstrated that teachers are capable of moving mountains to give students equal opportunities to study.
“In recent years, the social context pushes us to change some things. The children see the learning and teaching process differently, and the involvement in the project “Tekwill in every school” brought a new breath. By accessing these courses, the students realized that they can get help, a pre-training for the profession they want”, says Silvia Machidon, who was awarded in the “Excellence in Leadership” category.
The seven categories of the gala were: Transforming education through volunteering, Developing the young generation of specialists, Excellence in training programs, Excellence in innovative teaching methods, Excellence in leadership, Ambassador of digital transformation, and Ambassador “Tekwill in every school”. Each winner received a prize worth 10,000 lei, offered by the companies Allied Testing, QSystems, FBS Group and Mind The Value.
“Today we have a lot of state-of-the-art electronic equipment in the school. The most important thing we will continue to do is invest in human resources. You cannot be a leader today if you are not well prepared, including on the IT dimension. We cannot talk about successes if our teachers are not trained in such activities”, said Valentin Crudu, director of the Directorate of General Education of the Ministry of Education and Research.
Just one year after the launch of the project, around 1,000 teachers have followed complex training programs to bring the disciplines of the future to schools, including: Graphic Design, Web Design and Development, Algorithm Programming in C/C++, Intelligence Artificial Intelligence, Design and Development of Mobile Applications and Entrepreneurship, Video StoryTelling and Emotional Intelligence in Communication.
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“We are delighted that the Digital Labs initiative, established together with the Government of Romania, the Government of Sweden, USAID, and the European Union, has had a great impact on students, their achievements being impressive. Together with Tekwill, we are raising the stake even more now, by implementing the new Digital School initiative, to ensure that both students, teachers, and school administration improve their digital skills”, said Dima Al-Khatib, UNDP Resident Representative in the Republic of Moldova.
Thanks to the dedication of the teachers, approximately 50,000 students have access to optional courses, aligned with the current demands of the labor market.
“I would like to celebrate today what you do every day because you are not only teaching for the future, but also for the present. You make a difference every day for children, for communities,” said Catarina Nilsson, Program Manager at the Swedish embassy in the Republic of Moldova.
The “Tekwill in Every School” project is implemented by Tekwill in partnership with the Ministry of Education and Research and with the support of external development partners: USAID Moldova, the Swedish Embassy in Chisinau, EU4Moldova, UNDP Moldova.