Kit@ – Media competency training for professionals in day-care centers and comparable institutions in rural areas of Europe
Objectives of the project:
The aim of the project is the creation of innovative solutions for the development of media pedagogical competences using ICT and the acquisition of digital skills of the professionals in child day care centers and comparable institutions, especially in rural regions. The teaching of knowledge aims at the application of innovative methods and pedagogical methods for the education of children using digital media. Substantial synergies can be used through international cooperation. Different levels, approaches and approaches to solutions in the partner countries can be transferred. This is especially possible by the fact that the IT platforms are essentially the same in the countries and lead to cross-national sustainable innovations.
Rural areas are at a disadvantage as an educational location, especially in the ICT sector, because equipment, Specialists are missing. ICT itself is important for the design and quality of life of rural areas; the disengagement of regions and the exclusion of social groups are threatening. All rural European regions face similar problems.
• Educators in children’s day care centers and similar institutions
• professional actors or institutions active in the field of early childhood education
• Children and parents as indirect target groups
GSA – Good Start for All: Development of Inclusive Education Methods for Pre-school Children from Socially Disadvantaged or Culturally Different Environments
Key Action: Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices
Action: Strategic Partnership
Project Duration: 1. 9. 2017 – 31. 8. 2020
Project is co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union, 2017-1-CZ01-KA201-035409.
This projtect will go into detail on the possibilities of cooperation among informal education settings with the pre-schools aiming to support the inclusion of children from socially disadvantaged or culturally different environments. The informal education settings include foundations, NGOs, daycare centers and children centers. During the course of previous project there was discovered a weak cooperation between pre-schools and informal educators especially in helping to reach parents and children to overcome the cultural, social and emotional barriers when entering and sustaining in the formal educational settings.
The goal of the GSA project would be to draw out innovative recommendations based on the best practices in partner countries on how they work with families and children from socioeconomically disadvantaged or culturally different environments such as migrant and Roma families, in order to prepare children to enter formal education and sustain. Accordingly the project is intended to prevent early school leaving (ESL) through engaging with socially and economically disadvantaged children at an early stage. Together with our partner organizations we will identify the main activities, methods, programs and strategies that are currently used to support pre-school children and their families at risk. Furthermore we will explore how they could be transferred to other countries. In order to facilitate effective exchange of best practices, a platform will be created, which will work on the selection of the methods, which proved to be successful and compile an innovative inclusive practices to be used by the informal and formal education settings across the EU. The identification and exchange of best practices will equip organizations and professionals with new methodologies and a larger toolbox to tackle issues surrounding socially disadvantaged children. A strengthened cooperation and coordination among stakeholders such as families, pre-schools and informal educators is paramount to achieve a higher quality ECEC and to identify and support vulnerable cases at an early stage.
The main activities of the project include elaboration of report on the national policies of inclusive ECEC in partner countries, description of inclusive strategies, methods and practices applied in informal pre-school settings in partner countries, preparing of training program and organization of three Joint Staff Trainings and development of Good Practice Guide to Inclusive ECEC based also on evaluations gathered during piloting phase in non formal settings (at least 3 per country). At the end of the project the final conference will be organized in Prague to bring together 100 proffesionals, experts, researchers and actors working in the field of project domain also in other EU Member States than those involved in partnership.
The project is carried out in partnership with:
- Öppna asylförskolan, Kramfors kommun (Sweden) http://www.kramfors.se/
- Tiny Signers (United Kingdom) http://www.tinysigners.co.uk/
- SPOLECZNA AKADEMIA NAUK (Poland) http://www.san.edu.pl/
- Skola dokoran – Wide Open School n. o. (Slovakia) http://www.skoladokoran.sk/
TOY FOR INCLUSION
to combat segregation of Romani young children and families, and enhance social cohesion through community based inclusive Early Childhood Education & Care (ECEC) services. The project also aims to improve the transition experience of Romani children to schools.
This project promotes the active involvement of Romani and non-Romani communities in ECEC services, through the development of toy libraries and intergenerational learning (IGL). Toy libraries are a successful approach to overcome segregation, provide access to quality non formal ECEC services that improve transition experience to formal education and build the capacity of parents. The project will organise IGL activities within toy libraries. IGL activities involve different age groups, including young children and senior adults, learning together and learning from each other. Previous research demonstrated that such activities challenge stereotypes and all involved experience the values of solidarity, respect and acceptance of the ‘other’. Discrimination against the very young and older adults is challenged.
- 1. Training on community-based ECEC initiatives, to promote inclusion in formal and non-formal ECEC settings;
- 2. Pilot actions (toy library and IGL activities);
- 3. ‘What Works Guide’ with recommendations for practitioners and local authorities to implement community based ECEC for Romani and non-Romani children;
- 4. Knowledge sharing and dissemination among local, national and international stakeholders and policy makers.