Title Inclusion in kindergarten and primary school in Europe as a start for an inclusive society
Project Number DE/13/LLP-LdV/VETPRO/285093
Project Type Mobility - Professionals in Vocational Education and Training VETPRO
Individual Participation Not possible
Marketing Text The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities was adopted on the 13th December 2006. Germany ratified the Convention on the 24th February 2009. This was a first important step towards equality for the 8 million disabled people living in Germany. Consequently, children with special educational needs have a legal right of education and childcare together with children without those needs. Thus, the first authorities which are responsible for a successful implementation of all relevant steps for the inclusion of children with disabilities are kindergarten, day care centre and family centre. The participants of this exchange project should compare their competencies with qualified staff of early childcare institutions in Spain, Italy, Iceland, Poland and Estonia and transfer these experiences into work and further/adult education in their home institution. The project was awarded by the NA-BIBB and was distinguished with the title "good practise, mobility project 2014".
The project executing organizations are the district Paderborn with 97 organizations, the protestant congregation of Paderborn with 18 organizations, the Caritas Association for the diocese Paderborn e.V. with 620 organizations, the Kolping-Academy NRW with over 1000 participants at nursery level and the Kolping Bildungswerk Paderborn as applicant. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities was adopted on the 13th December 2006. Germany signed it on the 30th March 2007 in New York and ratified the Convention on the 24th February 2009. It is mandatory for Germany since the 26th March 2009. This was a first important step towards equality for the 8 million disabled people living in Germany. In article 7 (1) is specified that “States Parties shall take all necessary measures to ensure the full enjoyment by children with disabilities of all human rights and fundamental freedoms on an equal basis with other children”. Consequently, children with special educational needs have a legal right of education and childcare together with children without those needs.This results in a paradigm shift. Inclusion means, that children with disabilities must not be treated anymore with a special needs education, but with pedagogy where heterogeneity is the normal case. This new type of inclusive education in early childhood has already been taken for granted and was successfully implemented in other European countries. However, this paradigm shift in Germany implies that kindergar-ten management and nursery teacher (VETPRO) have to achieve new competencies for a successful implementation of inclusion of children with disabilities. For developing these com-petencies we make this application.
These means in detail:
-Comparison of training courses and study programs for nursery teacher / kindergarten management between Germany and the host country.
-Comparison of support programs on “Inclusion in early childcare education”.
-Job coaching and work shadowing in kindergarten/ day care centre in the field of “Inclusion in early childcare education”.
-Transfer of potential models / modules in kindergarten/ day care centre in Germany and in the host country.
Utilization and distribution of results
Access for disadvantaged
Recognition, transparency, certification
Professional, Scientific and Technical Activities
Human Health and Social Work Activities
Other Service Activities
Public Administration and Defence; Compulsory Social Security