DISCUSSION WITHIN INCLUSION PROJECT

DISCUSSION WITHIN INCLUSION PROJECT

Discussion has been organised within INCLUSION project on developing toolkit for teaching and learning methodology. AUA hosted the colleagues from State Academy of Fine Arts of Armenia, UNICEF, Teach for Armenia and Russian Slavonic University on January 29.

As a responsible for the development of toolkit, AUA representatives shortly introduced the project and the aim of the toolkit. The document should serve as a tool for high school teachers who work with students having special educational needs.

UNICEF and Teach for Armenia have experience in conducting trainings for school teachers. They shared their experience and highlighted the points that the toolkit should focus on to ensure the effectiveness of the document.

At the end of the discussion it was decided to have a meeting with the representatives from Ministry of Education and Science of RA to understand their opinion and perspective on the toolkit for teaching and learning methodology.

TRAININGS IN BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA

TRAININGS IN BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA

INCLUSION project consortium members from Bosnia and Herzegovina organised trainings at University of Travnik and Tuzla during December. The main aim of the trainings were to introduce the best practice for inclusive learning and teaching methodology to the Bosnian partners. The trainings were organised both for faculty and administrative members of the institutions.

The trainings started with a brief introduction of INCLUSION highlighting the goals, objectives and main outputs of the project. For the faculty the trainers represented the methods for designing inclusive curriculum and made presentations for inclusive classroom.

The trainings for administration were mainly focused on inclusive admission and outreach programs. Besides, productive discussions were organised on supporting services that the institutions provide to their students.

TRAINING IN YEREVAN

TRAINING IN YEREVAN

A two- day training was organised within Inclusion project on November 29-30. Hosted by American University of Armenia, the training was conducted by senior lecturer of Roehampton University  Bridget Middlemas. The main aim of the training was to introduce the best practice for inclusive learning and teaching methodology to the Armenian partners.

The first day was dedicated to the faculty training representing the main principles and inclusive approach to teaching and learning. Bridget Middlemas highlighted the challenges that faculty members can face while working with students with special educational needs.

The second day of the training was for administration of the higher education institutions. Mrs Middlemas introduced the ways their administration deals with students from vulnerable groups. The key point was to distinguish students that have special educational needs right from the admission so that to support them throughout their education at Roehampton University.

Besides the training, the group that works on national guideline for  inclusive teaching and learning had a separate meeting with Mrs Middlemas discussing the outline and the main recommendations to be included in the national guideline.

MONITORING VISIT IN ARMENIA

MONITORING VISIT IN ARMENIA

Monitoring visit has been conducted within INCLUSION project in State Academy of Fine Arts of Armenia and American University of Armenia on November 15. Lana Karlova, the coordinator from National E+ Office in Armenia, together with Belén Encisothe Project Officer of the Executive Agency (EACEA), carried out a monitoring to have a better understanding of the project.

The monitoring started at SAFAA, where they met with the INCLUSION working team from the Academy, as well as with the representatives from Ministry of Education and Science and Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs of RA. Armenian consortium shortly represented the activities carried out so far, as well as discussed  the activitied planned to implement within Inclusion project. The consortium members also provided information on all the documents that were developed. The management team also made a short presentation on  the financial status of the project highlighting the challenges they faced.

After the discussion at SAFAA, Lana Karlova and Belen Enciso together with the management team visited AUA to continue the monitoring with the representatives of American University and “UNISON” NGO.