The Portage Programme is launched in five regions of Moldova with the support of our local partner Partnerships for Every Child.
This week, 40 child disability professionals from five regions of Moldova participated in a training workshop on the implementation of Portage. Portage is a programme of educational support designed for families with children with special needs to use at home. It uses a holistic model of support designed to engage parents/carers and children in order to facilitate communication, learning, playing and relationships. The Portage Programme will be piloted in the five regions of Cahul, Calarasi, Falesti, Nisporeni and Ungheni in close collaboration with local authorities. Dependent upon the results of this pilot process, it is envisioned that the programme may be integrated as a new intervention within the national education and social protection systems.
Mrs Viorica Mart, a senior consultant at the Moldovan Ministry of Education, was present at the opening of the training and said “The Portage Programme helps us come closer to each family and child to provide them [with] the necessary support. With the implementation of the programme, parents will gain confidence and will be able to communicate about issues that they and their children face”.
The training event was organised by Partnerships for Every Child in conjunction with HealthProm and the UK National Portage Association as part of our ongoing EC-funded project ‘Improving access to community-based early years and preschool support services for vulnerable children with special needs in Moldova’.
Read more about our work in Moldova here.