SMILE

"Supporting motivations to Intervene on Learning and Experience" 

November 2013 - October 2015
ERIO is a partner in the SMILE project funded by the European Commission’s Lifelong Learning Programme. This two-year project is implemented in five countries (Italy, Croatia, Bulgaria, United Kingdom and Belgium) and is done in partnership with six organisations.

The aim of this project is to fight against an early drop out of Roma students by addressing this problem with a prosocial approach and ideas of shared responsibility and solidarity between communities. The project SMILE intends to support primary schools in their effort of involving Roma students, creating a welcoming learning environment for the Roma children and families and developing a sense of community through the foundation of a new spirit of community feeling based on the concept of prosociality.

The specific objectives of the project are:
  • Realizing a didactic scheme defined as “Prosocial Community Inclusion Model (PCIM)” addressed to create or reinforce the students’ positive perception of the diversity and to establish shared prosocial teaching and learning rules for developing a pedagogical reference scheme, thus considering the specific issue of Roma inclusion through the reinforcement of the social competences. In this perspective, the integration is an issue of all the Education Community. The frame is translated into a sort of “code” defined as “Community Code”.
  • Realizing and Experimenting a model of an Educating Community, defined as “Community of Concrete Answers” and verifying the efficacy in the field of the inclusion of Roma. The Code becomes the backbone of the relationships among the School and other social communities (religious communities, sport associations, cultural associations etc…).
  • Creating formal cooperation among the communities where the students live, the Educating Communities that will represent a formal agreement involving all the Institutions or associations, Roma and Gagè which are points of reference in the education of students.
  • Experimenting a protocol of Education of Educators, as meant as member of the Community and the related experimental training

Visit the project website: www.romasmile.com

Project deliverables:

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.
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