Journey Together: Families, Schools and Communities
Journey Together: Families, Schools and Communities is a strategic partnership based on an educative innovation experience developed by Tallinna Teeninduskool alongside international partners.
The purpose of the activity is to increase the participation of student’s families in certain school activities to improve the academic performance of children and promote a sense of belonging within the school community. European programme enables to transform the experiences into the European context. The main emphasis is on increasing social inclusion, as Europe faces a long-term migration exigency, but also large-scale emigration within the Union, which diminishes the overall quality of education. Problems in educational establishments arisen due to low social cohesion, such as early school leaving and insufficient expertise to enter the labour market, exist in all the countries of the Union and by virtue of this, the project will be advantageous for all the partners and other stakeholders.
Therefore, the main aim of the project is to increase the participation of students and families in school life, and consequently achieve greater social inclusion within the local community, country and Europe. The activities will foster further understanding of early school leaving, gender equality and fairness in education.
With regards to the profile of the participants, it is important to point out that they come from countries of different geographical locations, history, culture and educational systems; however, they all share the same common concern of increasing cohesion among the members of their community, increase the feeling of belonging to the European Union and improving their teaching methods to cater for their diverse students.
To guarantee adequate communication and dissemination of the programmed work, a virtual link is to be included through eTwinning, an initial transnational management meeting between the leaders of each country, six local coordination and training teacher meetings, a shared website, contact with local authorities, media, the publication of four digital newsletters that will document the results and the writing of two official evaluation reports (Mid-term and final)
The expected results are
- Educational and cultural experiences.
- Harmony of teachers with colleagues, families and students from other groups.
- Increase in training and motivation of teachers who will then have a positive impact on their students.
- Greater gender equality.
- Prevention of absenteeism and early school leaving.
- Acquisition of skills by families to enable them to educate.
- School-family understanding.
- Participation of students and families within school life.
- Greater communication between members of the educational community.
- Enrichment of the “European Development Plan” of the participating schools.
- Transfer of the created materials through an international publication.
Finally, the impact and expected long-term benefits relate to the acquisition of teaching skills to cooperate with the families of students to improve social inclusion and school performance, broadening the pedagogical and personal horizons of teachers through working alongside European colleagues, improvement of the social and civic competence of students through greater democratic participation, an increase of their cultural background and feeling of belonging to the European Union, increase in the families’ trust in their school, improvement of school harmony, promotion and opening of the schools to the European dimension, and possible continuation of the project after the funding period.