VET institutions are now better equipped in preventing the COVID-19 pandemic

15 December 2020

Twelve vocational education and training (VET) institutions in Moldova received protective equipment and disinfectants, under the joint partnership between United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA Moldova) and Austrian Development Agency (ADA) in VET.


Overall, 15 thousand masks, and 1140 liters of disinfectants were donated. The beneficiary schools are: CE in Light Industry from Chisinau, CE in Informatics and Information Technologies from Chisinau, Pedagogical College “Alexei Mateevici” from Chisinau, Professional school nr. 2 from Chisinau, Polytechnic College from Balti, CE in Services and Food Processing from Balti, Agro-industrial college from Riscani, College “Iulia Hasdeu” from Cahul, College “Vasile Lupu” from Orhei, Professional school from Nisporeni, Professional school from Rezina, Professional school from Cupcini, Edinet.


15 thousand masks, and 1140 liters of disinfectants were donated to 12 Technical and Vocational Education and Training institutions across Moldova.

"The challenge for 2020, especially for Technical and Vocational Education and Training institutions, was to provide students the training part. A quality and efficient training in vocational schools can be ensured only through direct interaction between student and teacher. The donated protective equipment comes at the right time and will help us to maintain the educational process in our school in safe conditions "mentioned Vitalie Belîi, interim director, Vocational School no. 2 in Chisinau.

"Online education is not suitable in all cases, especially when it comes to practical training, so I am glad that we will be able to continue our studies in school, in conditions of physical and psychological safety," said Daniel Pasincovschi, a III year student at Vocational School no. 2 in Chisinau.

The donation of protective equipment will ensure the continuity of the educational process in safe conditions.

The donation, delivered in the context of preventing and combating the COVID-19 pandemic, complements UNFPA’s and ADA’s efforts to deliver life skills education and ensure safe spaces for more than 6,000 students in 12 Moldovan VET institutions as part of a comprehensive three-year project implemented in partnership with the Ministry of Education, Culture and Research. 


“This is another great result of our successfully partnership with UN Population Fund in Moldova and Austrian Development Agency. We are grateful to them for supporting VET institutions. The donation will help the institutions to minimize the disruption in the education process” said Silviu Gincu, Head of the Technical Vocational Education Department, Ministry of Education, Culture and Research. 


Practical training at the Vocational School no. 2 from Chisinau.

"We urge other partners to support Technical and Vocational Education and Training institutions during the pandemic, so that more girls and boys can continue their studies in safe conditions," said Ludmila Sîrbu, Youth Program Analyst at UNFPA Moldova.


UNFPA, as part of the UN Moldova team, together with development partners, supports the national response to the pandemic through activities that aim to protect people, increase the capacity of the health care system and reduce economic and social disturbance.