• Reflection on #HDR2015: Building a Decent Work Agenda for Moldova

        21 Jan 2016

        The 2015 Human Development Report, launched in December 2015, is entitled “Work for Human Development”. Work is essential to human development and it implies much more than jobs that generate income. It includes unpaid care work, creative and voluntary forms of work. Not all work is sustainable and contributing to human development in a sustainable way. Over the past two decades or so, the Europe and Central Asia (ECA) region in general and the Republic of Moldova, in particular, made important progress in terms of human development. As the Global Report underlines, women and men have an unbalance participation on the global labor force. At global level, female participation in the labor force and employment rates are heavily affected by economic, social and cultural issues and care work distributions at home. Women carry out the major share of global work, they face disadvantage in the world of work, both in paid and unpaid work. In Moldova, based on the recently conducted Time Use Survey, the time use is as per below infograph: One of the components of the Moldova HDI which drags down the national achievements is related to income dimension. The economic growth in the recent years has been to  Read More

      • By students, for students: New apps stimulate learning in Moldova

        17 Dec 2015


        You may remember that recently we launched the first hackathon in Moldova to develop applications to support math studying in schools, EduSoft. The contest has now been finalized, and we have some impressive results to share. Our Edusoft contestants have produced work that will allow students to take a look at a topic from different angles, in this way accommodating diverse learning styles. They focused their efforts on developing human-centered tools that boost the teaching process by assisting teachers, not replacing them. The contest was open for five weeks. Six teams were pre-selected, and the following three apps were nominated as the best: 1. Konio Softworks with Mathyx – This application is designed for rapid testing of students in the classroom. It helps teachers check the level of understanding of a particular topic by students. It generates personalized reports and class performance graphs. 2. Born to Code with MATH – This application explores knowledge retention among students in three different stages. A. Checks whether the material was presented in a simple and attractive format? B. Helps students apply their knowledge to practice through a number of mini-games; C. Tests the knowledge of students at the end of the module through a  Read More

      • Applying Design thinking with the youth from Transnistria

        14 Dec 2015

        Photo: UNDP Moldova

        On December 8–9, a workshop was organized at Vadul lui Vodă for young people - the future entrepreneurs from Transnistrian region. To generate a comprehensive and productive discussion, at the workshop were invited 15 young people from Transnistria and 15 young people (mainly students and youth looking for a job) from the right bank of the River Nistru. Hence, the ideas coming from the youth were based on their experience and the context and background of the region they were coming from. The aim of this event was: 1. to identify the problems related to starting up a business in Transnistria, and 2. to consolidate confidence measures by strengthening the dialogue between the young persons from the both sides of the River Nistru. During the two-day workshop, the participants were familiarized with the design-thinking methodology, took part in the practical exercises to identify the problems related to starting up a business and developing prototypes of solutions that would enable or encourage young people to start a business. By the end of the event, the young persons presented their ideas. Four groups of participants have presented the following ideas: 1. Elțin. The idea was about opening offices to provide free-of-charge consultations in  Read More

      • EduSoft: co-creation of education in Moldova

        08 Oct 2015

        Photo: UNDP/Cristina Lupuşor

        It’s not the changing technology and software that matter. It’s how we use the best available technology to shift learning in a way that fits our students’ needs. This is why, as MiLab, we have been experimenting with the Ministry of Education through a number of initiatives to rethink education. Our latest adventure is a hackathon, where we’ll be working with Moldova’s best and brightest to build next-generation educational content and tools. Education + Software = EduSoft In the past three years, the Ministry of Education has equipped more than 100 schools with computers, but the use of educational software in class is still very low. To make things worse, only 50.74 percent of high school students (in 2014) have passed the math test during the baccalaureate exam. Using software that relates to Moldovan curricula for studying mathematics could help modernize the educational process and improve students’ performance. So when a group of IT students approached us with this idea, we couldn’t say no. We believe that solutions are only viable if the users participate in the creative process. No wonder then that collaboration is at the heart of the EduSoft Hackathon. From the moment the idea was born all the  Read More