Title Improvement of social pedagogues professional qualification by mediation implementation;
Project Number LLP-LdV-TOI-2013-LT-0141
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Marketing Text Mediation in work with children and young people is not used in practice in Lithuania and Latvia, although the need is clearly declared. According Children's Rights Ombudsman Institution (CROI), mediation is observed in legal practise only in practise. In other ways, in Baltic countries families and children as two warring sides are practically bringing together for fighting. This causes only disappointments, conflicts. Secondary schools also lacks a facilitator according parents, teachers and students. The most common mechanism used for various social communication problems in schools is a responsibility "transfer" or punishment. A similar situation exists with professionals working with families problems. Social pedagogues wish to advance their professional competence, but in reality it can't be done. Mediation course is not included at social pedagogue studies, neither as regards Optional specializations, as well as there are no approved informal learning training programs.
Social pedagogue is the youngest profession in Lithuania, so system of professional knowledge and skills development is not yet fully developed. There no tools and experience to help social pedagogue acquire the necessary social competence in practical work with young people. Mediation in work with children and young people not in practice in Lithuania, although the need is clearly declared. According Children's Rights Ombudsman Institution data, mediation as practise still now is observed in legal practice only. In practise, families and children as two warring sides are practically bringing together for fighting. Therefore, work with children and their families looks more imitative and less of social. Assoc. Dr.Jolanta Sondaitė investigated (2009) the Vilnius district student, teacher and parent attitudes, knowledge and willingness to use mediation capabilities. The vast majority of the school community are not aware of the mediation (82 percent. pupils, 71 percent teachers and 83 percent. parents). The vast majority of the school community are not aware of the mediation. Most of the school community supports the mediation services of the necessity of school. About half of the students and teachers in the event of a conflict to seek the assistance of a trained mediator, if that possibility is. The same situation in practise is observed both in Lithuania and Latvia. The one difference could be strengthen regarding mediation for child and families: there done some researches in Lithuania, but Latvia do not have any information in question.
The main aim of project is to transfer a package of training and methodical material of mediators preparation.
Develop methodical tools for mediators preparation;
Promote high experienced professionals to work with other social pedagogues and encourage them to become mediators;
Create a network of mediators.
Mediators training program and methodical material will be adapted in accordance with needs of social pedagogues and tested during pilot training with assistance of experienced Germany professionals. All methodical package will be given to Vilnius and Rezekne colleges for further implementation in study programs. 25 social pedagogues will be trained in Pilot training course both in Latvia and Lithuania as mediators and they will use their knowledge in practice as well spread to other colleagues. E-version of all package in English will be available for other interested countries.
The main aim of project was to transfer a package of training and methodical material of mediators preparation.
- Develop methodical tools for mediators preparation;
The handbook "Mediators guide for social pedagogue" was prepared, firstly content development works took place in Germany, then it was and translated to LT and LV languages. The manual was published in March (2015) and its e-version is available for download in www.ppi.lt website.
- Promote high experienced professionals to work with other social pedagogues and encourage them to become mediators;
- Create a network of mediators. Initiative group of the mediators network was formed, with 7 key members. In the project website was created space for mediators to communicate and learn, also developed tool will serve for mediators supervisions after project end. During the project and after its ending the network will be further developed.
Mediators training program and methodical material were adapted in accordance with needs of social pedagogues. In order to examine the opinion of social pedagogues working in the school of general education on the need to develop the competence of mediator the empirical research was carried out (in spring 2014).
In September and October of 2014 the prepared training material was tested during two weeks duration pilot training's course in Lithuania and Latvia. The feedback after training was estimated with the main conclusions, that wide society has still to develop basic understanding of mediation and its benefits (similar survey findings were discovered in Lithuania and Latvia).
Mediators training program and methodical material that had to be transferred, was adapted and tested both in Lithuania and Latvia with assistance of Germany professionals. Independent experts from Lithuania evaluated products of the project and positive feedback was received. The next step was the survey of the project results further applicability possibilities.
Lithuania used the experience of Germany work with mediators network as well. Latvia is going to establish another mediators network in a nearest future. We believe it helped for German partners to improve their methodical package in accordance with Lithuanian and Latvian professionals insights.
Human Health and Social Work Activities
program or curricula
Product information Adapted Mediators training program and methodical material (2014), trainings for mediation professionals (2014), pilot trainings for social pedagogues (2014), published Mediators guide (2015), E-version of learning material (2015).