KICK OFF MEETING in Poland

We finally had the opportunity to meet! During the two hot days, we worked very intensively and very constructively on the first educational modules.

Despite numerous difficulties related to the coronavirus epidemic and the closure of the borders, the first meeting of the partners of the “StartNow +” project took place in Katowice, Poland. After the several online meetings, we finally had the opportunity to see and get to know each other in reality.

The meeting was attended by project coordinators and leaders: Maxim Mukhamodeev and Hakan Ozalp from Norway as well as Martyna Jaros, Agnieszka Zawiślak and Piotr Jaros from Poland. For several productive hours, we have developed:

– scheme of the updated educational module StartNow!

– joint project promotion and communication channels

– agenda for the coming working year

– sources of information on child welfare education, i.e. a set of practices enabling a safe and comfortable educational space for children. Soon you will get to know the list of 10 modules selected to be updated and enriched with new content and graphics. It will be interesting, modern and colorful!

Why we do this?

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.

What are our goals?

We aim to:

  • improve the health competences of young people,
  • popularize the principles of “child welfare education” in Poland,
  • educate non-formally
  • 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.

For whom?

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.

What is our project about?

It is about youth health education. Together with our partners from Norway, we will develop innovative tools for public health education.

However, we don’t start from the ground. Our base is already developed. Those are the lesson modules that we have created as part of the previous START NOW! project in 2018. Now we have planned a number of innovations and improvements in the modules, that you may already know (if not, please visit: www.startnow-learning.eu).

Primarily:

  • we will develop separate language versions of modules in Polish and Norwegian,
  • we will further facilitate the navigation and use of lessons by educators,
  • we will adapt the modules to the school education format,
  • we will implement advanced IT solutions (which we will talk about soon).

There is something else …

Thanks to our Norwegian partners, we will prepare a comprehensive “child welfare education” promotion program and teach about the safety of children and young people in education. Scandinavians are far ahead in this regard, and we are going to significantly shorten this distance and work on the psychological comfort of kids at school and outside.