“Linking School and Community”
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The emergence of multiculturalism within the school is not just about immigrants (repatriates or aliens), but it is a general and horizontal pedagogical orientation that permeates education curricula and aims at the interaction between different cultures, as well as the incorporation of the culture of each ethnic, cultural and socio-economic group within a common and unified social experience. In this context, the role and level of involvement of parents in school and the support of families are important components in improving the academic performance of children and in better promoting various socio-cultural and intercultural competences. The Research Programme “Linking School and Community” has been a national-level project, which aimed at combating school failure and possible social exclusion of the immigrant students, through the use of pioneering ways to get their families involved in various dimensions of the school’s life. It was carried out in all 13 regions of Greece, for three consecutive school years (2010-2013), and included school units that had high percentages of immigrant student population (the coordinators were academics and/or senior researchers from the respective regions’ higher education institutions). In total, 278 primary and secondary schools took part in the project, involving 462 teachers. More than 1,000 families were informed about the project and were given the opportunity to participate in at least one of the project’s actions (there is no precise number of participating immigrant persons, because not all regional coordinators provided a reliable estimate of those persons).
There is a lack of public knowledge and understanding of specific migrant groups, their needs and rights (general social, and specific educational). There is also a lack of understanding of key discrimination problems that migrants are facing, and a lack of specific training of key public officials to deal with specific groups of migrants in order to ensure proper access to their rights and prevent discriminatory practices.
|Wie funktioniert das?||
A number of interventions were designed:
The teachers, as well as the immigrant families who participated in the project, have expressed very positive comments about its implementation. Especially the teachers saw the project as something that raised their awareness for a number of every-day problems of the classroom, and simultaneously provided intercultural learning material for future use. Both teachers and families expressed the wish that the projects had more time for implementation and a better institutional support, either by the Ministry of Education or by the Local Authorities.
The type of evaluation performed or to be performed & evaluation indicators: The evaluation was made by the scientific committee of the Programme, and it was based on the:
Available resources: Resources of the school units were used. Training seminars took place, either in the participating schools or universities’ premises, or in various conference venues around the country.
Recommendations: do’s and don’ts:
Short description of target population:
und benötigte Ressourcen
Funding was provided by the European Union Operational Programme "Education and Lifelong Learning"; national Strategic Reference Framework (NSRF), 2007-2013, mainly for operational costs (e.g. transportation costs); two part-time persons were employed as administrative personnel.
|Organisation||University of the Aegean|
|Kontaktperson||Dionysios Gouvias Email schicken)|
|Funktion||Coordinating person for the dissemination of the “Action 7” final reports|