The project will continue the efforts initiated by the Institute for Rural Initiatives and Liechtenstein Development Service Foundation (LED) in Moldova to support the social inclusion of Roma communities in the Republic of Moldova.
With this innovative project iRi aims to provide an alternative model of quality education based on vouchers.
The overall project goal is to facilitate the processes of formal and non-formal education in a number of selected schools for the Roma children to be integrated into the school. The project focuses on reducing the education gap between the Roma and non-Roma children, decreasing class absence rate and dropout rate, and growing a friendly interaction, dialogue and trust between children, parents and teachers. The new initiative will be implemented in village of Zirnesti, Cahul district, and village of Gribova, Drochia district.
The core element of the assistance will be providing educational vouchers (the equivalent of school supplies needed to ensure a quality educational process) distributed among disadvantaged children with an emphasis on those children of the Roma origin. Also, the children will benefit from both homework facilitation classes and school lunch tickets, which they will be able to use at the school cafeteria.
At the same time the project will develop capacities among local, regional and national stakeholders for a better understanding and intervention in order to cope with the challenges and demands related to ensure quality education in the communities.