A dissemination and kick-off conference “Newcomer at primary school? Social learning in the classroom and all-day in primary schools“ was held by SPI Forschung on 14 November 2018 in cooperation with the Judith-Kerr Grundschule (Europe schools Berlin, conference host) and the Regional Further Training Unit (Verbund 3) of the Berlin senate for education, youth and family.
yMIND event in Athens
yMIND’s “Diversity in School” seminar hosted by Action Synergy was held on Saturday 6th of October at Impact Hub Athens with the attendance of 85 people mainly from the educational sector. yMIND is a participatory innovative project that promotes better social inclusion of newly-arrived migrant and Roma children and youth through comprehensive diversity education in school and community-based settings. The seminar included presentations from project partners and practicioners of the yMIND method.
yMIND’s booklet with creative works and voices of children and young people on diversity, bullying, discrimination and gender equality “Drop the label!” has now appeared!
yMIND Activity Update – GREECE
Within the framework of the project, activities that took place in Greece include the organization of 3 different Capacity building training for Teachers in Athens and in Sparta (Peloponnese). A total of 25 teachers participated and thus were presented and trained on the activities and methodology promoted by yMind. It is worthwhile mentioning that one of the project’s main stakeholders in Greece is the “Counselling and Professional Orientation Centre (KESYP)” from the Ministry of Education in the district of Laconia (Peloponnese). KESYP is also member of the “District Action Group of Prevention in the Observatory of Violence”.
Videofilm “Bullying – More than a fight”
The Austrian Women’s Shelters Network together with 18 pupils and teachers from an Integration class in Vienna, has developed a screenplay for a video on bullying. The video is called “Bullying – More than just a fight”. It is Larissa a new student, she comes from poorer backgrounds, does not know so well, she is somehow different, is shy and she is laughed at for being different. Especially two boys – Lukas and Dragan. Both are starting to get more violent. They also persuade Edi and Alex to joke about Larissa. Larissa withdraws more and more, does not speak to anyone anymore.
National dissemination conference
On May 18th was held the national dissemination conference to spread yMIND achievements in Sofia. HESED team was proud to host many NGO partners in the Center for Integrated Development in the Roma neighbourhood. The colleagues were really impressed by the project activities and the results at this stage and declared their hope for further possibilities for implementation of activities to prevent violence in schools in Bulgaria.
yMIND in the German National Diversity Day
On Tuesday, 5th of June, the German Charta der Vielfalt organises the 6. German Diversity-Day! yMIND is part of the play with the upcoming whole-school event, summer fest on 8th June. More information can be found in the website.
The yMIND booklet presenting the strong and lively children’s and young people’s voices on diversity, gender equality and bullying in school, developed with the contributions of more than 360 students in 18 schools (and one kindergarten) in Austria, Bulgaria, Germany and Greece is upcoming this summer.
Stakeholders got aware of the implementation progress of yMIND in Sofia
One of the HESED community centers hosted a meeting with representatives from the State Agency for Child Protection, the Agency for Social Assistance and Sofia Municipality’s Department of Social Work. The participants learned about various programs applied in the frames of the Model for Integrated Development and were impressed by the progress and reflectiveness of the young people, participating in our project yMIND, which focuses on anti-bullying in schools.
Beside the 3rd partner meeting in Vienna, in the last month yMIND has participated in several scientific forums of national scope and importance in Germany, which supported the dissemination and upscaling of the good practice models.
3rd Project Meeting in Vienna
The third project meeting of the y-MIND project was held in Vienna, Austria from the 12th until the 14th of March. The main aim of the meeting was the review and discussion on the progress and implementation of the two best practices. During the meeting, the partners had the chance to present the current situation related with the implementation of the two best practices models in their country and discuss about the continuation, evaluation and upscaling of the project activities.
European Parliamant – the GEAR against IPV approach
The GEAR project, which results formed one of the basis for the Good Practice 1 model of yMIND holds an event presenting its results and policy recommendations at the European Parliament on 21st of November. The event is organised by the European Anti-violence network and the Smile of the Child and is entitled “Gender Equality Awareness Raising against Intimate Partner Violence: Empowering new generations to build healthy intimate relationships”.
yMIND was present at the EACEA Thematic Cluster meeting on Social Inclusion: Inspiring Trends in European Funded Projects that took place in Brussels on 9 October 2017. More than 100 projects from the Erasmus +, Europe for Citizens and Creative Europe programmes attended the meeting. The project’s technical coordinator from SPI Forschung gGmbH participated in two of the workshops and hosted an Open Space discussion session on “Diversity from children’s perspective” group during Workshop 1: Intercultural dialogue and mutual understanding.
Piloting of POL model in Bulgaria
The piloting of good practice model 2 Popular Opinion Leader (POL) started in two big Roma communities in Sofia, Bulgaria. The first piloting steps comprised a special selection of young community leaders in the two selected locations – Filipovtzi and Faculteta neighbourhoods. To learn more about the community norms and for the purposes of the needs assessment during the preparation phase HESED`s team organised two focus groups exploring the topic of gender based violence within the selected community of intervention.
Piloting of Comprehensive diversity training in Germany
The piloting of good practice model 1 Comprehensive diversity training started in the cooperating four schools in Berlin, Germany. The first implementation steps comprised participatory needs assessment workshops and focus groups with learners to explore their views and perspectives on issues like commonalities and differences, diversity and discrimination, bullying, gender roles and inequalities.
yMIND held its second partner meeting in Sofia, Bulgaria
The four project EU-country partners teamed up for second time since the beginning of the yMIND project between 9th and 12th May 2017 in Sofia. Hosted by the Bulgarian partner Health and Social Develoment Foundation (HESED) the meeting marked a milestone in the preparation for testing of the selected two good-practice models aiming to improve social inclusion of young disadvantaged learners through education.