The team of Tulip Foundation is involved in a new programme for exchange of experience and practices for support and participation of parents and families aimed at the best possible care for their children together with partner organisations from Europe. We named this programme EFFECTS and with its implementation we aim to find effective concepts for training and support for families. The leading theme in the programme is the question “What is “good” educational support and how can the needs of families best be met within a neighbourhood?” The programme includes getting to know and sharing of concepts and practices of working with children and families in European comparison.
Our partners are Diakonie Baden, Evangelische Hochschule Freiburg и BAG Familienbildung und Beratung e.V. in Germany, Udruga za rad s mladima Breza from Croatia, Everton Nursery School and Family Centre from The UK and Haro, riksorganisationen för valfrihet jämställdhet, föräldraskap in Sweden. The activities are co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Commission.
By realising the programme we plan to strengthen our network by discussing ideas and curricula as well as participating in the knowledge and experience of our partners concerning relevant transversal and multi-professional competences. The participating professionals represent institutions that range from non-formal-education and training to early childhood education, youth activities, higher education and vocational education and training to adult learning. We plan to visit best practice institutions and to discuss training concepts and non-formal education concepts to be able to train trainers and/or other professionals better, who work with families and youth, so that they will be more competent to strengthen parents to better support and educate their children. We are also looking for resource oriented, inclusive education and training concepts to integrate refugee families better in the neighbourhood, to strengthen them through participation and to find creative ways of non-formal education, to find ways of respectful intercultural dialogue and language acquisition, to combat discrimination and segregation. We are interested in best practice examples, institutions that cooperate with families from refugee backgrounds. All the partners work on curricula for educators and intend to use the new insights to re-evaluate, develop or/and improve the educators competences.
The practical implementation of the programme started in the end of 2016 with a study visit to Germany.