Since 2003 Estonia has taken measures to ensure the integration of children from families of newly arrived immigrants and Roma people, incl. teacher training and publication of teaching/study materials. However, there is still a problem with regard to counselling of schools – they lack information, are not sufficiently skilled in involvement of pupil in the joint study in classroom, weak capacity to establish joint working relation with the family members.
In order to solve the problem, the Project intended to establish a sustainable counselling system all over Estonia through organising of supervision seminars for teachers, capacity-building of already-existing educational counselling centres and strengthening the information dissemination and state-wide network.
Overall objective: to ensure equal opportunities in the Estonian education system for children from families of newly arrived immigrants and Roma people
Direct objective: to improve the counselling services for teachers of children from families of newly arrived immigrants and Roma people and to increase the competence of counselling specialists in the field, in order to ensure the quality and availability of study counselling services on the local level.
As a result of Project, the confidence of schools was increased in the work with the target group.
1. Improved capacity of schools to work with pupils of new immigrant and Roma families, incl.:
- 47 school headmasters and 131 teachers have participated in the supervision seminars
- 131 teachers have improved their skills for the use of existing teaching and study materials
- 50 specialists of counselling centre have participated actively in the supervision seminars
- 20 specialists of related organisations (NGOs, etc) have participated actively in the supervision seminars
2. Improved knowledge and skills of specialists of regional guidance and counselling centres, incl.:
- 73 specialists of regional counselling centres have participated in the training courses (aspect of inter-cultural learning, by using the practice of non-formal study)
- 73 specialists of regional counselling centres have participated in the classroom monitoring visits
3. Improved exchange of information between schools and with the regional guidance and counselling centres, incl.:
- The teaching and study resource environment http://www.innove.ee/et/yldharidus/muu-kodukeelega has been established, awareness campaign on the internet carried out to introduce it
- information leaflet produced and disseminated
- 2 state-wide network events held for teachers and counselling specialists in the topic of education of children from families of newly arrived immigrants and Roma people
For further information, please visit sub-pages of current Project website.
The project consisted of 4 main Components:
Component 1 Organising supervision seminars for school headmasters and teachers
Component 2 Organising training courses and classroom monitoring visits for specialists of regional educational counselling centres
Component 3 Improving the exchange of information
Component 4 Project management
NGO ProDia (http://prodia.ee/), Lead Partner
The Center of Excellence in School Improvement (www.ami.ee) – Partner 2
Integration and Migration Foundation „Our People" (www.meis.ee) – Partner 3
The Project "Improvement of quality of study counselling for children from families of newly arrived immigrants and Roma people" benefits from a € 189 909 grant from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA Grants. The aim of the Project is to contribute to the achievement of the following output 4 of EEA programme: "Development and application of inclusive educational organization model and appropriate intervention strategies in formal education system to improve the welfare of vulnerable groups of children and youth."
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) 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 beneficiary 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 €1.79 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.
Mr Tanel Mätlik, Project Manager