F.R.I.E.N.D.E.S.K.: Foster Reception for Inclusive Educational Needs: Development of Educational Support for Kids

Erasmus+, KA201 – Strategic Partnerships for school education
Project no 2019-1-IT02-KA201-062355
Implementation period: 01.09.2019 – 28.02.2022 (30 months)

FISM – Federazione Italiana Scuole Materne della Regione Toscana (Italy) – coordinator
Kentro Merimnas Oikogeneias Kai Paidiou (Greece)
Universita Degli Studi di Firenze (Italy)
Asociatia EUROPANET (Romania)
World University Services of the Mediterranean-Wusmed (Spain)
Sdrudzenie Znam I Moga (Bulgaria)
Perifereiaki Diefthynsi Protovathmias & Defterovathmias Ekpaidefsis Thessalias (Greece)
Blue Room Innovation SL (Spain)

The project brings together 8 partner organisations with longstanding experience in the field of social inclusion and children education, with the aim to create and test an integrated system where teachers and experts involved in ECEC systems could work together for providing children households with an inclusive and all-encompassing service.

The general objective of F.R.I.E.N.D.E.S.K. is to reduce the social exclusion of children 0-6 years old coming from marginalised contexts through the implementation of an innovative ECEC (Early Childhood Education and Care) model.

The specific objectives are:

  • to intervene on the cultural and social deprivation of children and families who live in conditions of greater precariousness due to low income, recent immigration, loss of work, illiteracy, psychic fragility, geographical marginality. Children and their families are the main beneficiaries of this project;
  • to increase the professional skills of teachers and educators, experts and schools staff, through inclusive methodologies and pedagogical approaches;
  • to create an “educating community” made up of nurseries and primary schools, health-care services, hospitals and associations and all the other actors dealing with the rights of children, education and social inclusion.

Considering the way in which ECEC systems are dependent on the responsible authorities at the highest level, which may be Ministries or Regions or Municipalities, at the end of the experimentation F.R.I.E.N.D.E.S.K. will try to engage public authorities in order to create guidelines improving on how to tackle child poverty and social exclusion through measures such as family support and benefits, quality childcare and early-childhood education.

TWInS – Together Working for Inclusion at School

Erasmus+, Key Action 3: Support for policy reform – Social inclusion
Project no 592162-EPP-1-2017-1-IT-EPPKA3-IPI-SOC-IN
Implementation period: 31.12.2017 – 30.12.2019 (24 months)

Cooperativa Beniamino SCS ONLUS – Campo nell’Elba (Italy) – Coordinator
Istituto Comprensivo Liana Strenta Tongiorgi – Pisa (Italy)
Etairia Drasewn Epimorfosis. Education Activities Society, EDRASE – Halki (Greece)
London Spark – London (United Kingdom)
Agrupamento de Escolas D. Carlos I – Sintra (Portugal)
Associação para a Acção Educativa, Cultural e Desportiva Janela das Brincandeiras – Sintra (Portugal)
EUROPANET Association – Iași (Romania)


In the School System, new and old problems are added at a time when the economic and geopolitical crisis pushes for new forms of marginality and new integration needs.

In the usual situations where students have special learning needs, social need conditions, behavioural and behavioural disorders, there is added the need to work with young people who are children of migrants and asylum seekers.

For this reason, the project aims to work on inclusion and integration at a systemic level, considering it not a process to be experienced oriented on a “single” issue, but as a mutual enrichment of all the parties involved, who will be both the object and the subject of the intervention.

The role of the project is to support the choice of many schools in Europe to adopt an intercultural view not only on the integration of disadvantaged pupils nor on the adoption of compensatory strategies for educational disabilities. The main objective is to accept diversity as an example to open up the whole school community to a variety of differences.

We are promoting inclusive education and training and fostering the education of disadvantaged learners, including through supporting teachers, and educators and leaders of educational institutions in dealing with diversity and reinforcing socio-economic mix tying the learning environment.

As a thematic, it concerns the difficulties, exclusion and integration problems of students from disadvantaged families attending school. It aspires to create a network of stakeholders (pupils, parents, teachers, local community) from one school (Liceul Tehnologic ‘Vasile Cocea’ Moldovița) in Moldovița, Suceava County.

What we’re going to do:
• to work on inclusion concept
• to identify local needs
• to build a local network with families and teachers involved in the project
• to work with families and teachers and in the classroom on the goals chosen by the network
• to share ideas and strategies at European level

Milestones: they represent the macro-objectives of TWInS project:
• Milestone 1: To increase the understanding of the local network of each school. Data will be shared at European level to provide a mapping of the learning context involved and its features.
• Milestone 2: Data collection qualitatively and quantitatively organized, production of an Inclusion Map of each school.
• Milestone 3: To promote a concept of integration that is understood as respecting and enhancing diversity.
• Milestone 4: Production the guidelines of the manual.
• Milestone 5: To encourage inclusion processes and support the school context to assume the characteristics of an environment that responds to the needs of all children and especially children in difficult situations.
• Milestone 6: To produce a document that promotes school inclusion and that involves the whole system that is centred on the enhancement of differences.
• Milestone 7: Dissemination of specific materials produced and guidelines.

With this, we will take advantage of the long-term goals of the TWINS project, alongside the work packages that are a set of actions to achieve the above objectives.

First-year: the project aims to build a working “Network” within each school: a group consisting of “strategic” representatives, that will have the “mission” to collect data about the needs of the school on inclusion, train teachers and families, and reflect on the ways of work to be done.

The Network, through European meetings, will provide shared work guidelines in all countries and will work to tailor their work to the single school and propose specific intervention at their institute.

Second-year: after data collection, the Network will implement a one-year intervention with the students: a systematic path through workshops, curricular work at school, etc., of which at the end of the year we will compare and measure the results.

The idea is to work on the issue of inclusion through education while ensuring that each job can be tailored specifically to the school, though following shared European guidelines and sharing good partners with partner institutes.

In this sense, the construction of the Network, a new alliance between school institutions, families and all other actors around the school, is fundamental for a job that is able to offer true integration, and having to support all pupils, “all equal and all different”, must also be supported by everyone.

TWInS aims to work on inclusion of youth disadvantaged or with special needs, meant form of health and wellbeing of an entire school system, fostering social dialogue and prevent discrimination and intolerance. With students, we will use instruments to empower creativity and transversal, with the entire system we will work on the skills of teachers but also on the system culture and trying to impact the local territory.

The kick-off meeting was held in Sintra, Portugal, 20-23.01.2018. For photos click here.

Project Launching Event in Romania at Liceul Tehnologic ‘Vasile Cocea’ Moldovița, Suceava County, Romania, 27.02.2018. For more details and foto album click here.

First school network meeting at Liceul Tehnologic ‘Vasile Cocea’ Moldovița, Suceava County, Romania, 23.04.2018. For more details click here.

School network meeting at Liceul Tehnologic ‘Vasile Cocea’ Moldovița, Suceava County, Romania, 14.05.2018. For more details click here.

School network meeting at Liceul Tehnologic ‘Vasile Cocea’ Moldovița, Suceava County, Romania, 26.05.2018. For more details click here.

The second meeting was held in Halki, Greece, 26-30.05.2018. For photos click here.

Training in Slatina-Timiș, Caraș-Severin County, Romania, 27-29.07.2018. For photos click here.

The third meeting in London, UK, 11-12.11.2018. For photos click here.

The fourth meeting in Kos, Greece, 12-14.05.2019. For photos click here.

The fifth meeting in Iasi, Romania, 19-22.07.2019. See photos of 1st day, 2nd day and 3rd day.

Final school event in Romania, at Liceul Tehnologic ‘Vasile Cocea’ Moldovița, Suceava County, Romania, 22.07.2019. For photos click here.

Last project meeting and Final project Conference in Pisa, Italy, 19-23.10.2019. For photos click here.

Quantity and Quality in EVS (QQ EVS), the role of the promoters

QQ EVS is a project coordinated by Tambour Battant with 8 partner organisations from 7 countries.
1. Baltic Regional Fund – Latvia
2. Dianova España – Spain
3. Asociatia EUROPANET – Romania
4. Geoclube, Associação Juvenil de Ciência, Natureza e Aventura – Portugal
5. Office Mulhousien de la Jeunesse – France
6. Service Volontaire International – Belgium
7. ŠKUC Association – Slovenia
8. Tambour Battant – France
9. TDM 2000 – Italy18274781_10213322455798752_2070806576344614036_n

From 2 to 5 May 2017, Tambour Battant organised a training for youth workers from 8 European countries: France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Slovenia, Belgium, Romania and Latvia.

20 participants found the foundry campus within a week to exchange experiences, practices and tools in the field of project management of EVS and tutoring of international volunteers.

Besides the content of this training, this event had three main objectives:
1. Promote the sharing of expertise and tools for the development of quality projects;
2. To establish reliable partnerships and long term;
3. Promote volunteering as an expression of civic involvement.

This Projet is co-funded by the European fund: Erasmus+ Youth, with the support of the Municipality of Mulhouse (FR) and the University of Haute-Alsace (Campus Fonderie, Mulhouse).

Facebook Group of the project
More info on the project page of the coordinator organisation
Some images from the working days 
Day 1 of training
Day 2 of training
Day 3 of training
Day 5 of training
Farewell dinner

EU no borders

Objective: to encourage and to start new partnerships in frame Erasmus+ Programme
Themes: Inclusion-Equity and Youth (Participation, Youth Work, Youth Policy)
Method: non-formal methodologies for a better and fast understanding between the participants and also for to stimulate project proposals and new partnerships
Venue: Naples, Italy
Project dates: 04.05.2015 – 10.05.2015

Promoter: Associazione Mosaico (Italy) is an association for international exchanges and trainings
1. ASOCIATIA EUROPANET – Country: Romania
2. Associazione di Promozione Sociale Futuro Digitale – Country: Italy
3. BORDERLESS – Country: Italy
4. Vega Omladinski Centar – Country: Serbia
5. Youth for Social Changes – Country: Albania
6. Univerzitetni rehabilitacijski institut Republike Slovenije – Country: Slovenia
7. Suleyman Sah Univesitesi – Country: Turkey
8. EN.O GREECE – Country: Greece
9. Udruzenje “Mladi Volonteri” – Country: Bosnia and Herzegovina
10. Youth Association DRONI – Country: Georgia
11. Baltic Regional fund – Country: Latvia
13. Siksali Arendusselts MTÜ – Country: Estland
14. EUROCIRCLE – Country: France
15. National Assembly of Youth Organizations – Country: Azerbaijan
16. Ocean Znanja u Republici Hrvatskoj – Country: Croatia
17. Talentum Alapítvány az Önkéntesség Támogatásáért – Country: Hungary
18. Akademickie Centrum Informacji i Edukacji Europejskiej – Country: Poland
19. Association Center for Intercultural Dialogue – Country: Former Yugoslav
20. Associação Interculutral Para Todos – Country: Portugal
21. Mykolaivska Miska Molodizhna Hromadska Organizatsiya “Iskra” – Country: Ukraine
22. Comunidad Saharaui Residente en Asturias – Country: Spain

EU no Borders is a meeting for youth and social workers, an occasion for partner searching, for to take contact and for a mutual knowledge, for to compare each other methodologies and “philosophies” work and the different approaches with disadvantaged young people, for to build new international partnerships among EU-, south- and EU south oriental countries.

It’s a project for members of big or little organisations active in youth policies field and its objective is to develop professional international cooperation. It’s a meeting between “men in charge”, finalised to the development of future proposals projects. It’s a “market” of partnerships and projects between organisations with a real interest to share interest and their international cooperation.

It’s necessary, between so different realities, to search the correct form of expression and communication; to work on the resources and the experiences of the participants self for to ensure the greatest possible involvement space. Every activity of the program it’ll be centred on the necessity to open himself to the others and to reveal how much the possible elements related to his own work and to his own organisation.

How to be PETER PAN?

1st May 2011 – 30th April 2012
Local Youth Groups Association (AGLT) in partnership with EUROPANET Association announces the “How to be PETER PAN” project launch, project financed by Soros Foundation Romania through the “Emergency Fund” Program.
Projects period: May 2011 – April 2012.

Project purpose:
The development of Educational Socio-Pedagogical Services (Social Animator) from the rural environment to offer social activities to include children with disabilities (visual and mobility) through training and support (scholarship, training in the field of social animator or psycho-pedagogy) offered to youth (17-35 years old) from the rural communities in which AGLT has local youth groups to work in socio-medical centers or directly into the community with children with disabilities.

Direct beneficiaries:
– 60 young people (from which 20 are youth with visual and mobility disabilities) from poor rural and small urban areas, local facilitators in AGLT, trained as animators in working with children and youth with visual and mobility disabilities;
– 20 scholarships;
– 200 children and young people with visual or mobility impairments participants in Playing Days and special days organised by youth;
– 200 families supported in the daily work of child care;
– 20 potential employers (including socio-medical service centres at home).

Intended results:
1. 60 young people will be trained and certified as social animators in working with children with visual and mobility disabilities.
2. 80 Playing Days with at least 200 children with visual and mobility disabilities.
3. 20 young social animators selected to receive 1-year scholarship.
4. 20 young social animators will participate in the Peter Pan Creation Camp.
5. Publishing and printing of the 2 brochures with at least 30 games for working with children with visual and mobility disabilities in 500 copies.
6. 5 events to promote young social animators (Career Day and workshops) with the participation of parents with children with disabilities or employers with an employment potential of hiring young social animators.
7. The launch of the two-game brochures for the social animators that work with children with visual and mobility disabilities.

For more details and information about the project, contact person: Cristina Chert – project manager, e-mail: neteuropa@ymail.com.

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