Interculturalism as a new form of coexistence.
Professional staff’s competence improvement for the effective integration of immigrant children in education and training.
Operation No. C3330-13-269000
The implementation of the operation is partly financed from the EU’s European Social Fund and the Ministry of education, science and sport. The operation is being carried out within the framework of the Operational Programme Human Resources Development for 2007-2013, the developmental priorities of »Development of human resources and life-long learning«; priority directions »Improvement of the quality and effectiveness of education and training systems« and the public tender of the Ministry of education, science and sport for the selection of operations of »Professional staff’s competence improvement for the effective integration of immigrant children in education and training«, published in the Official Journal of the Republic of Slovenia, no. 65, 2. 8. 2013.
The basic goal of the project is to contribute to the strengthening of support in educational institutions for the development of interculturalism and its values and ensure proper information and training for professionals in order to ensure successful integration of immigrant children from other linguistic and cultural backgrounds in the Slovene educational system. The project’s goal is also to ensure appropriate training for professional workers who are in contact with the immigrant children, and the training of professional staff – multipliers for working with practitioners of educational institutions included in the project.
Consortium: ISA institut, Osnovna šola Koper, Osnovna šola Antona Ukmarja, Osnovna šola Milojke Štrukelj Nova Gorica, Osnovna šola Muta, Osnovna šola Livada, Osnovna šola Karla Destovnika-Kajuha Šoštanj, Osnovna šola Tabor I Maribor, Osnovna šola Leskovec pri Krškem, Osnovna šola Grm, Osnovna šola Trzin, Osnovna šola Martina Krpana, Osnovna šola Matije Čopa Kranj, Osnovna šola Srečka Kosovela Sežana.
2. 8. 2013 – 31. 8. 2015
Ministry of Economic Development and Technology
Mateja Štirn, administrative co-ordinator
M: 00 386 41 424 564
Prešernova 5, 1000 Ljubljana
Anton Baloh, professional coordinator
M: 00 386 51 374 900
Osnovna šola Koper
Cesta Zore Perello-Godina 1, 6000 Koper
Mojca Jelen Madruša, professional coordinator
M: 00 386 51 604 088
Osnovna šola Koper
Cesta Zore Perello-Godina 1, 6000 Koper
Set of policies and programme
The number of children of immigrant background is recently increasing in Slovenian schools. Consequently, there are more and more teachers and professional staff directly involved in working with these children.
The guidelines for integration of immigrant children in schools and kindergartens state that education and training are the two most important factors for successful integration of immigrant children, which most effectively contribute in ensuring equal opportunities for successful personal development, participation in work and social life to everyone, regardless of sex, origin, beliefs and other features. Thus it is very important that the integration process is carefully planned and that allows the integration of children who overcome the difficulties in learning the language, through ignorance of the differences between cultures and new environment, differences in school systems and educational programmes between the countries of immigrant children and Slovenia.
Professional workers, who come into contact with immigrant pupils, have the awareness that it is necessary for them to know the field of the integration of immigrant children and their families in the social, linguistic, educational and intercultural range. Consequently, professional workers have to obtain a professional competence in the field of multiculturalism and intercultural learning. The demand for this expertise and knowledge in the field of teaching and other educational activities increased in the past year.
The project offers different professional trainings for professional staff giving the latter the opportunity to improve the knowledge in the area of integration of immigrant pupils in education and training.
First and foremost it is the training of professional staff, multipliers, who will pass the acquired knowledge and material gained throughout this project to as many professional workers in their own organizations, collectives of participating schools, at the regional training events, as well as the rest of the schools in the respective regions. The work will be oriented in searching, finding, testing and developing new models and strategies of integration of immigrant pupils and students with the implementation and upgrading different good school practices already in use in the field of integration of immigrant pupils and students in education (preparatory school for immigrants as initiation before the start of the school year and continuation during the school year with the various forms of assistance, both in the social and educational field, that will contribute to better integration in a new environment, class hours of interculturalism and acceptance of diversity, teaching Slovenian as a second language with learning and didactical materials and overall presentation of graphics material Slika jezika, Slovenian as a teaching language, preparation and monitoring of learner’s individual programme, pupil’s portfolio, personal folder, didactic-methodical adjustments in education, cooperation with parents taking workshops and courses for parents, workshops and courses for students learning the language by meeting different cultural habits and customs, tutoring and peer assistance, cooperation with the local community).
The project, widely planned and regionally covered, enables cooperation of a large number of schools included in the network of school-educational institutions and at the same time it is also a chance for a large number of professional workers to take part in it and gain knowledge to ensure a successful integration of the immigrant pupils and students.
Target group of participants in the project
Qualitative goals of the project