Formal education does not sufficiently include young people with fewer opportunities in educational processes. The use of non-formal tools is at a low level. There is a lack of educational coherence between the formal and non-formal sectors. In turn, health education is ignored in the educational activities of both sectors. Competence to care for your health (physical and mental) is currently the key competence of young people and directly affects their educational opportunities and future life. Hence the need to develop holistic health education tools, including local partners, individual activities and all education sectors. Inclusive education in the project will also be supported by: basing tools on national languages, aspects of mental, social and environmental health as well as stimulation of social activity.
The education sector is not only formal education, but also the entire area of non-formal education for which the use of quality standards is poorly spread. Based on previous experience, we noticed the desire to develop these entities and the need to introduce new, ever higher standards.
“Child welfare education” is a term still very poorly known in Poland, and the principles it promotes are not educational priorities, unlike in Norway. Referring to the holistic approach to health, we believe that ensuring the safety of the educational space is the foundation of the quality and effectiveness of the education process.
Further priorities included in the project are:
– lack of aspects of sustainable development integrating the environmental and social dimension in educational tools,
– insufficient promotion of equal opportunities for men and women in Polish NGOs and poor use of good practices of other countries,
– poor integration of new technologies in education and the use of open resources,
– low substantive level of pedagogical innovations and low effectiveness of training of educators.
The Education Programme uses funds from Donor States: Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway within the framework of the European Economic Area. The aim of the Program is to reduce economic and social differences between States within the EEA and to strengthen relations between Poland and Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway in the field of education.
Specific priority areas have been highlighted in the Program. Here they are:
management in the education sector,
developing a quality culture in the education sector, including internal quality assurance systems,
development and promotion of the VET sector, taking into account the dual teaching system and cooperation of vocational education institutions with employers,
development of vocational guidance,
education regarding the child welfare education system.
FURIM Insitutt, based in Oslo, Norway, aims to produce evidence-based knowledge on the areas of focus – Outdoor, Youth, Tourism, Sport and Environment. FURIM also aims to develop approaches in order to solve existing problems and needs through the transformation of these knowledge into technical knowledge and to use these approaches as solution tools through project-based works.
The key competences include but not limited to Social innovation Education, Social Inclusion & Integration, use and implementation of technology and Social Media, Youth empowerment, Project management and enhancing of Capacity building activities, Entrepreneurship Education, Active citizenship engagement, Sustainability education.
FURIM Institute conducts research and development activities using scientific and evidence-based methods and develops and implements projects according to the results obtained from these activities for its own areas of focus. The Institute supports scientific and academic studies.
In collaboration with national and international organizations, FURIM Institute develops curricula/syllabus for formal, non-formal and in-formal education organizations, creates face-to-face and distance learning content, and actively participates in educational platforms. FURIM carries out projects and activities with organizations related to its areas of focus. FURIM also participates in national and international networks; develops effective cooperation with all stakeholders related to the areas of focus. In addition, FURIM also aims to carry out social innovation studies in related areas of focus.
Our association has been involved in non-formal education of children and youth in the field of health education for many years. Since our foundation in 2012, we have implemented many international projects: youth exchanges, training sessions and seminars, including Erasmus+.
As our greatest success we consider the development of innovative tools for youth health education: START NOW!. In the frame of the Erasmus + KA2 Program, for two years we have created 20 modern lesson modules, based on non-formal methods. We have implemented this project in partnership with organizations from Cyprus and Bulgaria. If You are interested please visit the page with lesson modules: www.startnow-learning.eu
We owe the place we are now to, above mentioned, START NOW! After two years, we decided to return to the modules, introducing further innovations in health education and expanding our cooperation with partners from Norway.
The headquarter of our association is in Opole, with which we have been associated from the very beginning. In the city, we carried out youth exchanges with Opole’s partner cities: Potsdam and Ivano-Frankivsk, and we met together with other partners, experts and local community, at conferences and seminars of our other projects.
Health education, however, is not the exclusive area of our activities. Together with our partner from Cyprus we have implemented a project in the field of counteracting sexual violence among young people. The results of which you can see at www.reactactprevent.com.
popularize the principles of “child welfare education” in Poland,
networking & exchanging experiences
The project focuses on the health of young people and is based on the previous experience of our organizations. The main area of activity is the development of innovative educational tools for public health. Based on already developed START NOW! lessons modules, we will further develop and disseminate them to new groups of beneficiaries.
The second overarching goal is to promote the principles of “child welfare education” in Poland, based on the exchange of good practices with a Norwegian partner.
Is that all?
Of course not. Our activities, and above all the topics raised and educational materials created (modular lessons) will pursue various smaller, but no less important goals:
education on sustainable development,
promotion of equal opportunities for men and women,
incorporating new technologies in youth education,
development of pedagogical innovations.
The final recipients will be above all, young people. We will reach them through education of teachers and youth workers. The developed quality standards will have a positive impact on children and young people through educational organizations and institutions, implementing them.