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Puppets mission: childhood without borders
Start date: Sep 1, 2014, End date: Aug 31, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Studies and analysis of various scientific research indicate that preschool education lacks of variety of teaching strategies and approaches. The preschool teachers tend to develop unfounded fears of new teaching strategies and try to avoid crossing "safe circle" of traditional teaching ways. That means poorer attitude to the preschool education as a less important to the pupils than basic school education. The project „Puppets mission: childhood without borders“ is based on a philosophy of holistic education and aims to encourage preschool teachers to integrate new, less used teaching strategies to the practical process of education. Incorporation the cultural knowledge and preschool experience from project partner schools of Lithuania, the Netherlands, Republic of Macedonia, Bulgaria, Spain, Italy, Romania and Portugal will be accomplished. The project involves 9 partners from eight European countries: • Kindergarten „Žilvitis“, Lithuania (Kaunas dist.); • Sbo de Bolder, Netherlands (Franeker); • Istituto Comprensivo "Giuseppe Lombardo Radice", Italy (Siracusa); • OOU Goce Delcev, Macedonia (Kavadarci); • Scoala Gimnaziala Ioan Bancescu Adancata, Romania (Suceava); • Kindergartens Latinka and Izvorche, Bulgaria (Shumen); • Agrupamento de Escolas de Albufeira Poente Jardins de Infância da Guia e Vale de Parra, Portugal (Albufeira); • CEIP San Antonio Spain, (Elche). The main target groups: 3 - 7 years old preschoolers and preschool teachers. The other beneficiaries of the project: primary teachers, staff of the schools, parents and local communities, experts and practitioners of preschool education, trainers and local, national authorities. The total number participants of the project "Puppets mission: childhood without borders" is 849 people (735 children from 3 to 7 years old and 164 teachers, teaching staff and principles) from eight European countries. 223 children involved to the project are with fewer opportunities. 175 children are from poor families, having social and economical obstacles; 6 children are mentally and physically disabled. Duration of the project: two years. This time is enough to incorporate and try new teaching strategies for preschoolers. The main goals of the project, responding to the European priorities: - improving and promoting new teaching strategies and skills for better quality of preschool education; - sharing cultural diversities in preschool education; - encouraging teachers of introducing innovations; - strengthening the professional skills of the preschool teachers. The project is focused on improving widely used in the education of preschoolers teaching strategies like play, drama, experiments, music and promoting such underutilized teaching ways like ICT approaches in preschool education. As the main target group is 3 - 7 years old children, cultural activities are the main tool and content of the implementation of the project - adaptation and integration innovative teaching technologies to the process of education. During the transnational project meetings/training activities every country shares the experience of the teaching strategy of the hosting country. Also the implementation these strategies into the practice during cultural events will be discussed. The seminars and „open“ educational activities on the exact teaching strategy of hosting country will be carried out. The participants will also cooperate in exchanging and developing teaching methods and materials, in creating intellectual output website „Preschool teaching strategies“ as a basis for a long-lasting communication and in enlarging the teaching techniques in the preschool education. This website will provide information about teaching strategies for the preschool teachers and other interested people. This product will include educational practice in the adaptation and integration of new teaching strategies of eight partner countries.
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