The âChild in safe educational system: the involvement and intervention for the interests of all childrenâ beneïŹts from 193Â 240.98 âŹ grant from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA Grants. The aim of the project is to develop better understanding of inclusive education and to strengthen working ability with children at risk by supporting them, using innovative and creative teaching methods.
The programme proposal was prepared in close collaboration with the Norwegian Association of Local and Regional Authorities (KS) as a donor programme partner (DPP) and other institutions in Norway. Programme is managed jointly by the Estonian Ministry of Education and Research (MoER), the Estonian Ministry of Justice (MoJ), the Estonian Ministry of Social Affairs (MoSA)Â and by the Estonian Youth Work Centre (EYWC) as a Programme Operator Implementing Agency (POIA).
Through the EEA Grants and Norway Grants, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway contribute to reducing social and economic disparities and to strengthening bilateral relations with the beneïŹciary countries in Europe. The three countries cooperate closely with the EU through the Agreement on the European Economic Area (EEA).
For the period 2009-14, the EEA Grants and Norway Grants amount to âŹ1.79 billion. Norway contributes around 97% of the total funding. Grants are available for NGOs, research and academic institutions, and the public and private sectors in the 12 newest EU member states, Greece, Portugal and Spain. There is broad cooperation with donor state entities, and activities may be implemented until 2016.
Key areas of support are environmental protection and climate change, research and scholarships, civil society, health and children, gender equality, justice and cultural heritage.
Project period: August 1, 2014 â April 31, 2016
All project activities are aimed to prevent positional risks that may occur in the kindergarten and at the school (e.g. bullying, loss of learning motivation and lagging) by rising competences of internal and external educational staff members and by improving functioning models of cross-sector collaboration.
Project execution methods rely on child-centred principles, using NGO Hea Algusâs, NGO Pusaâs and other partnersâ (including external expertsâ) practical experiences.
The goal of this project is to promote principles of the inclusive education in kindergartens and in basic schools stage 1 (grades 1-3) and also increase their performance to deal with children at risk in preventing decrease of motivation, poor progress and problem behaviours, including bullying. Increasing competencies of employers of internal and external support system of educational institutions will make cross-sectoral cooperation models more effective.
- Develop and implement functioning effective methods of inclusive education at schools and kindergartens for children and families (at risk).
- Involve educational, social and health experts to create coherent, child-centred and sustainable support system based on the principles of inclusive education.
- Developed and piloted need based training course for employers of internal and external support system.
- International specialists (Norway, Belgium and United Kingdom) will be mediate and implement training, mentoring and networking experiences to the direct target group.
- Carry out evidence-based study which has led to the better functioning and effective methods and techniques of inclusion.
- Compile and publish reference guide of experience â instructional material âCookery-book of inclusion: collection of recipes of good practiceâ.
Expected results of the project
- Working focus group of 25 people has been created: monitoring and analysis for the projectâs content of activities are taking place.
- The projectâs focus group has been trained during 17 days; prepared up to 8 competent trainers.
- 4 regional days (Tartu, JĂ”hvi, PĂ€rnu and Valga) to introduce the idea of ââthe project and to map training needs of the target group have been carried out; participants at least 120 people.
- 5-day training for 10 people has been held in Norway.
- Training course (80 hours) has carried out for project’s direct target group.
- Completed trainings for the target group at least for 40 institutions (kindergarten, school teams of 3-5 people from each institution) has been held in 4 (5) regions of Estonia.
- Children and their families (~2000 people) have been informed about operation of inclusive education model.
- As a result of the training: colleagues and other professionals (~400 people from the same institutions) have been included, with which hands-on experience of involvement is shared.
- 40 counselling trainings (one-day) has been taken place in kindergartens and at schools.
- 2 counselling centres from Estonia are included as good models. 4 project meetings have been held.
- Project activities and results are reported in the media: articles at least in 4 different printed presses are published.
- In collaboration with the University of Tartu a research-based study has taken place (40 schools/kindergartens).
- An experience guide / instructional material has been issued â the best material âCookery-book of inclusion: collection of recipes of good practiceâÂ (500 copies, 80 pages)
- To the website of Hea Algus has been created regularly updated projectâs web support: articles, project information, support materials, research findings.
Project team / focus group
Liivi TĂŒrbsal â project leader
Gerda Sillaste â training coordinator
Lii Kaudne â counseling and supervision coordinator
Thea Marran â research coordinator
Liis Maski â assistant
Taimi Schmidt â editor, material corrector
Tiina Rum â IT specialist, website manager
Pille HĂ€idkind â leader of research (University of Tartu)
Galja Fedulajev â accountant
Tiina Kivirand â expert from Ministry of Education and Research
Tiina Peterson â expert from Ministry of Education and Research
Trond Rekstad â trainer from Norway
Barry Groom â trainer from UK
Pat Patfoort â trainer from Belgium
The project promotor contact:
NGO Hea Algus
Veski 42, Tartu 50409
+372 742 1165; firstname.lastname@example.org