The Zero Project highlighted Lumos’ work in 2015 as an Innovative Practice, and we are very glad to learn that Lumos Foundation received recently the prestigious UK Charity of the Year award 2015, in London. The Judges commented their decision here, by explaining that they were “so impressed by Lumos Foundation’s work in Moldova and throughout Eastern Europe that they chose it as the winner not only of the international aid and development category, but for the biggest prize of the night.”
In 2007, Moldova still had – like many countries – an old parallel education system with residential special schools. The government started a deinstitutionalization program, and with the help of the Lumos Foundation, more than 10 000 professionals have been trained on school inclusion, provision of qualified support to children with special educational needs, adapting the curriculum to children’s potential, etc.
Today, the number of institutionalized children in Moldova has reduced by 80 per cent and the Moldovan government has drafted a new action plan for complete deinstitutionalization for the period up to 2020.
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