The parent and specialist collaboration project for children development and minimisation of social exclusion “My opportunity”
Project is financially supported by Iceland, Lichtenstein & Norway.
to promote social and cognitive development through innovative, educational and engaging activities to the kids from social risk groups within Cesis, Priekuli, Amata and Ligatne’s regions, minimising the risk of social exclusion, providing psychological and informative support to child’s parents and teachers, promoting cooperation between the two groups.
Main activities: research of child’s active needs, including diagnostics, usage of developmental lessons and psychologist help to the parents, which shall include short films on tablets, consultations from psychologist, as well as seminar for parents and teachers about child’s development, sensitivity periods, safe environment, learning and social disabilities, as well as social issues in the current employment market and the use of Montessori’s approaches for such skill development.
1. Children prone to social risks - aged 4 to 8 years:
a. children from low-income families;
b. children from families with one provider;
c. children from adopted families;
d. children with light mental and functional dissabilities;
e. children with learning and/ or functional disabilities
2. Parents of those children
3. Primary and secondary school teachers; especially from regional schools
Location: Cesis, practical seminar for parents and teachers in Priekuli and Amata.
In total the project should provide help for 55 kids, which shall participate in 565 practical lessons and consultations throughout 9 month period. The informative seminar shall have 70-80 participants, the parents of the children will be able to participate in 3 different disciplines.
Altogether with informative and educational materials, there will be 400 parents and teachers included. The children, after attending the classes, are expected to benefit in following ways: improved ability to concentrate, increased self-belief, independence, increased interest in certain things, decreased level of alert, increased mathematical skills and/or language, increased capability to start social contact with other kids/adults. In longterm, the project will help the children to sic ally interact, increase their interest in information and educational processes, increase positive attitude towards themselves and others.
The project will benefit the parents and teachers by providing information about children developmental needs and Montessori approach and techniques used to advance development, as well as, will increase the parent, specialist, NGO and local government cooperation in improving educational service quality.
Total co-funding: 17602,78 EUR
Project manager Liena Milherte, +371 26425851