IOM Launches Mother-Tongue Materials for Moldova’s Diaspora Kids

Over 100,000 children currently live overseas with their parents, who migrate from Moldvova.

While the families may benefit financially, the children often lose touch with their community and culture, and even stop speaking their native language.

To tackle this, on 25 April 2018 IOM launched a set of educational materials to ensure Moldovas diaspora children can carry on learning Romanian. A textbook, a guide for teachers and a curriculum have been developed and are currently being distributed to diaspora groups.

The educational books and guides were developed together with the Ministry of Education, Research and Culture of the Republic of Moldova, the Diaspora Relations Bureau and linguistic experts from the National Association of European Trainers, Moldova.

The Ministry of Education has approved the curriculum, which makes this a first of its kind product not only for Moldovan diaspora but also for the Romanian-speaking diaspora abroad.

Some 2,000 workbooks and Romanian literature books are being distributed to 14 educational centres in Italy, Portugal, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Ireland, the Russian Federation, Georgia, Kazakhstan and Canada.

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