Governance, Benchmarking and Training tools for Diversity positive ECEC provision (Diversity +)
Early childhood education and care (ECEC) has an essential role to play in learning to live together in heterogeneous societies, as all children have the right to affordable ECEC. In conjunction with the council’s decisions and the role of the ECEC on promoting learning and developing the skills of all children, from an early age (3), since it can be an excellent tool for achieving educational equality for children in disadvantaged positions. However, the ECEC’s facilities and approaches are not designed to meet the different and multi-cultural needs of disadvantaged groups, and this is because there is a wide range of marginalization.
The project “Diversity +” will enhance the quality of early childhood education and care systems (in line with the ECEC Council recommendation), supporting the professional development of teachers and assistants involved in the organization, guidance and delivery of ECEC, enabling them to better address integration and diversity, promoting equality, social inclusion and respect for diversity; eliminating discrimination, segregation and racism, actively promoting empathy, tolerance, compassion and awareness of diversity.
Therefore, the main target group of the project will be ECEC leaders, HR officials and other senior management, as these people are responsible for governance structures of the EC institutions. They will be supported in the necessary process of changing the facilities and curricula offered, staff readiness, organizational procedures and institutional stops. This will take the form of benchmarking and governance tools that will guide the ECEC institutions to better understand how they can change institutional culture and provide development of services that take into account a variety of identities of diversity.
The target sub-group will be the ECEC teachers and assistants. Increasing evidence of the development of national identities and prejudices from an early age has consistently shown that children can understand racial differences from the age of about two years and are able to develop negative attitudes and prejudices to them from about the age of two.
Finally, clear guidance and skills will be given on how to create a comprehensive framework between children themselves, as prejudices, bias and social identities are shaped through social interactions in peer groups and outside pre-school settings.
During the course of the project, there will be 6 planned meetings: one in Italy, one in Bulgaria, one in the Czech Republic, one in the Netherlands, one in Slovakia and the other one in the UK. The piloting will take place in 6 partner countries.
Period of project implementation: 1.9.2020 – 31.08.2023
Co-funded by the Erasmus + program of the European Union