The project is co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union, 2017-1-CZ01-KA201-035409.
This project 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 the previous project, there was discovered 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 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. 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 professionals, experts, researchers and actors working in the field of project domain also in the other EU Member States than those involved in a partnership.
Co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union.
On 30 and 31 January 2018, the first transnational project meeting was held within the GSA project in Prague. Representatives of organizations from Great Britain, Poland, Slovakia, and Sweden came to Prague and ten people participated in total. Within two days, the primary objectives of the entire project and the tasks for the following months were clarified.
The second project meeting was held in Leeds, Great Britain, on June 26 and 27, 2018. Schola Empirica presented survey results from partner countries. The survey aimed at identifying the key methods formal and informal educators use when working with children from culturally different or socially disadvantaged environment and the problems they face in their work. The survey results are the part of the first project output.