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EURLYAID Newsletter April 2017

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The fourth meeting of the “My School is My Home” project was held in April 2017 hosted by Sozial- und Heilpädagogisches Förderungsinstitut Steiermark (SHFI) in Graz.  The project team were welcomed by the Director of SHFI on 26th April, following which all partners shared their progress and country perspectives on educational services for children with chronic illnesses and complex conditions.

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The programme included a welcome from a Graz Councillor at the Town Hall in Graz and a typical Styrian Buffet. On the 27th April, the project partners visited a Styrian special school to hold discussion with teachers and observe.

The project is situated within the framework of the ERASMUS+ Programme, 2015-1-TR01-KA204-022361. For information previous meetings, please see Eurlyaid newsletters on www. eurlyaid.eu. All information about the project:  http://www.evdeegitim.eu/.

Project description:

Beneficiaries:

1) Parents of children with disability or comparable significant health status which might inhibit regular school attendance.

2) Teachers/educators working in home visiting systems or home schooling systems.

Goal: to increase the competences of teachers in cooperation with parents and children and leads to higher educational output for the children

Objectives: Ready to use, web based/live distance education kit will be prepared for the students who cannot attend school. Ongoing educational facilities at school will be transferred (computer, camera, microphone etc.) to students’ house via web based services.

Supporting access to educational opportunities through distance education.

Putting forward scientifically the problems of families who have disable children/home schooling, providing support, forwarding survey analysis data for the decision makers.

Psychosocial support education set for parents will be prepared. The education set will support parenting skills of parents.  Parents will be supported on subjects such as;

* individual family support plans,

* disability types,

* trauma and coping methodologies,

* communication methodologies,

 * legal rights for disabled individuals.

Teacher training set will be prepared for teachers who are in charge of training the students whom are disabled/ill and engaged at home.  The education materials will consist of knowledge which will help the teacher to provide positive attitude towards students and the parents as well. The material will also consist of knowledge about educational techniques coping with students' disability type.  The material kit will be provided as a web-based material and as a written material as well.  The material will be published on project's web page. The partner countries will translate and share the material.

Increasing the socio-professional integration degree of the beneficiaries. For disabled students self-esteem and social inclusion are also connected to the ability to education. 

Acquiring the necessary skills and abilities in order to use digital technology by the beneficiaries. New digital technologies almost equalize access to information and communication for student/parents.

New educational strategies which can be duplicated in the beneficiaries’ institutions and other European similar institutions.

Consolidating the partnership between the beneficiary institutions and develop their international cooperation capacity and increased capacity of the partner institutions for European Projects Management. - Increasing the quality of services offered by the partner organizations who offer services to disabled community members, by developing their international cooperation capacity during the two years of project implementation.

During the meeting, the group addressed all relevant issues and information about progress partners made.

Project progress reported at the meeting

The meeting provided an opportunity to share progress on the project so far including a demonstration of the Home Schooling Portal being developed as part of the project. Interviews have been undertaken with 27 participants so far.  Presentations were made by Professor Hakan Sari, Necmettin Erbakan Universitesi and representatives of Eurlyaid, Hamburg Medical School, Bosk and SINN.

The project resources will be translated into English and German and Dutch for the purposes of the website. The Turkish group visited a local school. The next steps were discussed: tasks for all partners to do the upcoming months,  the next meeting will be held in Turkey. Certificates for attending this meeting were presented to all and there were opportunities for social occasions. The final meeting will take place in Turkey in the Autumn 2017.