Supporting Inclusion and Diversity in Teaching
Budget: 284.405 EUR
Project Duration: 01.09.2020-31.08.2023
While schools in Europe continue welcoming children from different socio-economic, ethnic, cultural, religious and language backgrounds, their inclusion in the classroom remains a challenge for teachers.
The "Supporting Inclusion and Diversity in Teaching" project, part of the European Union's Erasmus+ initiative, promotes integration in the classrooms and brings together the expertise of organisations, institutions, companies and schools from six European countries.
But, how can we discuss inside the classroom with students on issues related to diversity? What tools can we equip teachers with, to deal with the challenges that arise from it?
The Goethe-Institut of Athens has initiated SIDiT - Supporting Inclusion and Diversity in Teaching -, a transnational project that makes diversity in the classroom the subject of teaching and thus aims to support primary school teachers who work in diverse classes.
Through the SIDiT lessons, questions of identity, culture, religion and social justice are addressed.
In addition, new materials are developed:
• A handbook with teaching scenarios to help teachers develop and implement their own activities in the classroom
• An interactive online self-paced course for teachers to practice innovative teaching practices
• Recommendations for educational policy decision-makers on the implementation of SIDiT in schools.
The new teaching methodology enhances both the language skills and the soft skills of students, which are crucial for social inclusion. They also support skills such as learning, critical thinking, media literacy, digital literacy or entrepreneurship.
The basis for the creation of the material are: on one hand, the principles of Universal Design Learning (UDL) and Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) and on the other hand, the two European reference frameworks, EntreComp and DigComp.
This is a class that makes you look at yourself and teaches you how other people see things.
I enjoyed getting to know the different cultures and languages in the classroom and seeing that while we are not all the same, we have equal rights.
– Students about SIDiT
The project started in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, which is why many of the activities were inevitably realized online.
Key figures - until 2021:
- The opening conference of the project took place online
- More than 100 students in the partner schools Toverfluit and Unescoschool in Belgium have participated in the lessons
- 79% of the students and 80% of the teachers wish to participate in the SIDiT project again next year
Further information and materials »
Project PartnersMarino Institute of Education – Ireland
CCS Digital Education – Ireland
Materahub Consorzio – Italy
PAR University – Croatia
Bantani Education – Belgium
Go! Uneschoschool Koekelberg School – Belgium
Go! Lagere Toverfluit School – Belgium
University of Athens – Greece
ContactVasiliki Katsomaliari: Vasiliki.email@example.com
Penelope Sotiropoulou: Penelope.firstname.lastname@example.org
SIDiT is co-funded by the Erasmus+ program of the European Union (Key Action 2) and the Goethe Institute. Partners of this project are universities, teacher training institutions, schools and companies.
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