High-speed internet access in study classes, but also the integration of digital technologies in schools in the Republic of Moldova are essential for the continuity and efficiency of the current study process, but also for the long-term development of competitive professionals. According to the data presented in the Integrated Management System in Education, 16,575 students and 212 teachers stated that they do not have access to the internet.
Therefore, the Ministry of Education, Culture and Research, the Moldova Competitiveness Project, the TEKWILL Project, but also the “Starnet”, “Moldtelecom”, “Orange Moldova” and “Moldcell” companies have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to support internet connectivity in schools and the use of digital technologies in education.
The partnership comes in the context in which the COVID-19 pandemic reconfirmed the need for digitization to facilitate and improve the process and quality of studies.
What does the Memorandum provide?
Public, private and development partners will capitalize on their own resources and ongoing initiatives through a joint and coordinated effort to support the development of Moldova’s digital education, to achieve a systemic impact, which will have sustainability and effectiveness.
Internet operators support the connection of Moldovan schools to the Internet
Internet and telecommunications operators have joined the partnership to support Gigabit connectivity of Moldovan schools, providing them with secure, accessible and high-speed internet access, as well as covering internet classrooms for integrating digital technologies into classes.
Providers will connect schools to the internet for free or at reduced prices and will focus on both urban and village institutions to avoid the gap between them.
Private partners will also be involved in individual initiatives related to providing equipment and improving digital skills for students and teachers.
According to the Memorandum, the signatories aim:
- To support an inclusive and high-performing digital educational ecosystem by providing accessible and high-speed digital equipment, technologies and internet connectivity for schools in the Republic of Moldova, as well as high-quality digital educational content, tools and platforms;
- To strengthen the digital skills of Moldovan teachers and students, which are crucial for the continuity of education adapted to the challenges of COVID-19, as well as for long-term investments in competitive human resources;
- To integrate diversity, equity and inclusion, using technology as an equalizer to eliminate gender, income and living differences.
The “Memorandum of understanding to support internet connectivity in schools and the use of digital technologies in education” is a partnership between the Ministry of Education, Culture and Research, the Moldova Competitiveness Project funded by the USAID, Sweden and the United Kingdom, the TEKWILL Project funded by the USAID and Sweden, but also the “Starnet”, “Orange Moldova”, “Moldtelecom” and “Moldcell” companies”.