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How to work with children? United Way Poland and Romania won an Erasmus+ grant

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United Way Poland & United Way Romania Foundation has been granted in Erasmus+ program for the project “How to work with children? Polish and Romanian educators for children.”  Actions will start in the beginning of September 2015 and will last till the end of February. This innovative idea concentrates mainly on educators’ preparation for challenges in children social inclusion and equalizing the chances for teenagers from disadvantaged environments.

The budget granted for Erasmus+ is 40 939 Euros for United Way Poland and Romania

Presented  project is mainly concentrated around the preparation and empowering for teachers, pedagogues and youth workers to face challenges  in the subjects of equal access to education, diversity and social inclusion of children and youth from underprivileged environments and in hard family, social, financial or health situation.

The main goal is to prepare educators, pedagogues and tutors to work in difficult environments and with groups of special educational needs, as well as to promote innovative methods of working with difficult children and youth and fighting against the discrimination of groups that are not complying with traditional system of care and education.

Regular, universal pedagogical education is not enough to work with so called difficult youth or with those with special educational needs.  Groups spending most of their times on streets or in intervention  and care institutions, as well as the groups of children and youth with special needs, excluded from traditional schooling systems require innovative methods of education often not related to the current didactic canon of formal education.

Therefore the project aims for expertise development of people that work with children and youth from groups threatened by social and educational exclusion, as well as for the increase of their awareness of discrimination and a strong influences of prejudices.

Throughout the two two-week training courses the participants - teachers, pedagogues and youth workers  will  increase their knowledge on innovative methods of working with difficult children and develop their didactic skills that facilitate the inclusion of underprivileged children into the education system and into the school community. It will be also an opportunity to work on the development of own pedagogical tools that will be useful in their work with difficult children and youth.

Another product of the project will be creating a guide to good pedagogical practice.

After the project, the participants will be able to implement new standards of working with difficult children and youth on the local community level. The institutions that they work with will gain professional pedagogues with improved working tools and innovative methods to use in everyday work. Furthermore they will be able to work with the local community, identify discriminative behavior and prevent its development.

As a support of their work there will be an accessibility to the results of the intellectual work, available to the use of all teachers, pedagogues and youth workers from the countries engaged in the project. As both of the organizations are functioning as the departments of same international organization United Way  there will be a possibility of sharing it between youth workers from other countries. That will work in favor of promoting innovative methods of working with underprivileged children and youth.

In both countries: Poland and Romania, the problem of pedagogues educational maladjustment in comparison with children and teenagers’ needs appear. Teachers are educated in a traditional way, methodology and teaching are consistent with needs of ministerial programs, rather not with special educational needs of students. Problem connected with special education and care for children and teenagers, who are from difficult family and social environment and need compensatory programs, (and who were put into the traditional social and family environment not prepared for bringing care for such group) appeared.  This problem is also visible in daily support centers. The necessity of strengthening or even creating the training pathways for pedagogues and educators, which will be proceeded to bring quality in this area and contain actions included children and teenagers in social environment, appeared.