A strategy for an inclusive school

Діяльність Центру Document The Slovak Academy
The Slovak school ZŠ Spišský Štvrtok elaborated a strategy to build a more inclusive school and avoid early dropouts, following their participation at the 2016 Slovak and Czech Regional Academy.

The strategy was the main result of the project “Get to know each other – Understand – Cooperate” which addressed the problem of low educational achievements of pupils from socially disadvantaged backgrounds, often resulting in early dropouts. The aim was to identify and understand the main causes and factors influencing pupils’ behavior.

“We would like to understand the factors in the context of the Roma culture, the situation in their families, the accepted values and attitudes”, the project organizers say in their report.

The goal was to see similar results among minority pupils as with pupils from the majority population. The NGO Wild Poppies helped organize activities based on the living library methodology where Roma leaders and personalities from the school community presented their stories, inspiring others.

The team also organized two workshops for the pedagogical staff. PaedDr. Juliana Perečinská, director of an elementary school in Chminianske Jakubovany, gave an introduction to concepts like diversity, social inclusion and integration as well as specific failures and misunderstandings in communication with pupils and their parents. With her help, the school staff prepared a SWOT analyses. Based on the SWOT analysis, the pedagogical staff developed a whole school strategy for building an inclusive school environment and prevention of early dropouts from compulsory education.

The Strategy sets three goals for inclusion:

Goal 1: UNDERSTAND THE PERSONAL GOAL OF A PUPIL:
To understand and recognize the personal goal of a child and help him/her to find effective ways to achieve it.

Goal 2: SUPPORT THE TALENT OF A PUPIL
To help a pupil find his/her skills or a talent and support a child in its further development and utilization of the talent

GOAL 3: DEVELOP A PUPIL´S CULTURAL CAPITAL
To present and explain pupils different forms of cultural behaviour / patterns of behaviour and help them to understand and adopt those patterns which could be effective in social communication.

The strategy will be implemented in the school year 2017/2018.

Podporené v rámci bilaterálneho fondu na národnej úrovni v rámci grantov z Islandu, Lichtenštajnska a Nórska (Granty EHP a Nórska 2009 – 2014 v Slovenskej republike).
Supported through the bilateral fund at national level within the Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway grants (EEA and Norway Grants 2009 – 2014 in the Slovak Republic).

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