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Zorg voor sterke (sch)ouders!
Start date: 01 Sep 2016, End date: 31 Aug 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The VCOV (Flemish Confederation of parents and parents' associations) is the umbrella organization/master organization of the subsidised private education and represents all the parents and the parents’ associations of the Catholic framework (education) in Flanders. The VCOV involves all parents in school and makes education clear for parents. Parent participation is our core business. The VCOV is a coach for parents and parents'associations and gives parents a strong voice. By the application 'Care for strong parents' we choose open-minded for an international mobility project. We consider it important to inform parents and support them in the development of new education decrees that try to make the Flemish education more inclusive (eg. M-decreet). We see in Europe very different views on (inclusive) education for pupils with special needs. In Flanders, we experience that parents have many questions and uncertainties. That is why we want to put the issue of 'care' in the focus and we want to strengthen our team, so that they can acquire the skills and knowledge to guide and inform parents. Our education expert in special needs education will participate in two training courses in Scandinavia:- "The multi-professional network in Finland" - "Individualised learning in Swedish schools": We choose to get to know and experience the Scandinavian educational system, which has a very good 'imago' considering new education systems and methodologies. Parents are part of the multi-professional network in the Finnish education system and are a major partner in preparing the individual development plan in Sweden. The courses are organised in an international group and are an excellent opportunity to exchange experiences and knowledge with colleagues from across Europe.The education expert who will attend the courses will inform and educate her colleagues through train-the-trainer. In that way eventually we want to work out a course that can be given to parents and parents'associations throughout Flanders: a training about education and care for pupils with special needs.Through our contacts with headmasters of schools and chairmen of parents'associations, we want to reach as many parents as possible. In addition we also want to promote our activities through networking with various organisations eg. Network against Poverty, International Committee (IC) and so we can reach parents who are in a vulnerable position. We expect that our support will be for parents with children in primary and secondary schools and in special education.Conclusion: school development and parent participation is on top of the agenda of a lot of European countries, but there are a lot of differences in handling pupils with learning problems or handicaps. All these differences are a chance to learn from each other, accross the border of nations and accross the one in the own mind!
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