The theme of the project is "The art – a world without limits". Because the power of art has no limits – art educates, develops, improves, unites, persuades, and motivates – a world of boundless possibilities. Art is a powerful engine with all its diversity, a highly influencing complex factor for a complete formation of personality.
The period of kindergarten and primary school age is unique in the growth of man. During this period an intensive mental and physical development takes place, which layers the foundations of the personality of the child.
Through organized and purposeful communication with art we realize educational functions of aesthetic and moral inception in children, we will discover gifted children, develop children’s imagination and creative talents.
The activities of the partnership will be focused on the area of pictorial, applied, musical and stage art.
During this partnership we will compare the educational systems and methodologies, exchange experience, ideas, lesson plans and try to discover new educational opportunities. We will motivate parents, representatives of local authorities, media and other organizations to render assistance and empathy for accomplishment of the goals of the project. We will advertise and spread the results of the project activities by organizing meetings and workshops for parents, pedagogues and local institutions and by taking part in scientific-practical projects we will create quality products. We will organize training for qualification with university lecturers. Teachers, who need improvement of language skills, will do an English language course.
End products of the partnership will be an online collection of fairy tales, songs, dances, dramatizations, children’s portfolio; album; project portfolio.
In the kindergarten children are taught all day from 3 to 7 years, divided into 5 groups by age.
At present time 132 children are growing and nurturing under the care of a director, 10 teachers, a music teacher, 11 human service staff and a nurse.
The children come mainly from low-income families.
From 2008 to 2010 the kindergarten is working on an approved project "Comenius" with partners from Perugia, Italy; Malmö, Sweden; Hamburg, Germany and Cangas del Nartsea-Spain. The Bulgarian team won high honors from the National Agency of the "Lifelong Learning"- Certificate to the overall quality of the project.
Our motivation to be coordinators of the project is driven by faith, that education through art is the most modern slogan that makes its way into all cultural nations.
We are in a normal living area. Our school was built in 1963 together with the houses. Our children live in blocks of flats or in their own small houses. Our students have got a short way to school, they can walk or they go by tram. Supermarkets, doctors, kindergardens, some shops are situated around our school. Schoolgarden, a large schoolground and a gym belong to our school. We don`t have any children with special needs, only some families come from other countries like Russia. Potsdam is near Berlin and so a lot of parents work in our capital. The unemployment rate is not so high but we have students with special social needs and we support them with special teachers. 21 men and women belong to our staff.
We have some expierences in taking part in Comenius Projects. We are a very young school in Eastern Germany and this programme helps us to develope our skills and we can improve our foreign language skills.
Daugavpils 26th preschool educational institution is a public institution. It has 10 groups which are visited by 196 children aged 1-7 years. 25 teachers and 10 teacher assistants are working with the children. It is located in a multicultural city near the Latvian border; therefore we have children of different nationalities: Latvians, Russians, Belorussians, Poles, Gypsies etc.; however, teaching takes place in Latvian and Russian. 6 out of 10 groups are daily groups (24-hour mode). These groups are visited by children from social risk families, orphanages – shelters, social houses. The institution employs a social pedadogue, a speech therapist, a sports teacher, two music teachers, 2 nurses, 6 night sitters. Children and parents are involved in aesthetic and spiritual development classes as well as art classes. We also have a school for young mothers. Our institution regularly participates in various creative competitions and activities for children and families, cooperating with the Orphan's Court, social services and cultural institutions. Participation in the project will allow us to assert our institution as an active, modern and sustainable preschool educational institution.
Our kindergarten is located in Marklowice, a small village in the South of Poland. There are 200 pupils, 15 teachers and 15 technical staff. Our pupils are 3 - 6 years old. Marklowice is situated in the Upper Silesia, the region which is famous for coal mines. Lots of people work in the coal mine which is in the centre of the village. It also concern our students’ parents. The Municipality of Marklowice possesses the financial resources for new modern schools, sports fields or playgrounds. The building of our kindergarten is new, it was built last year. The kindergarten in Marklowice applies for participation in the Comenius project as a partner because thanks to this project pupils and teachers could make new European friends, improve their English, their communication skills and of course they could better know different ways of teaching and learning art. The Comenius project would enable our teachers to discover new, different types of methodology, classroom activities and classroom management strategies. We feel that our teachers would benefit greatly from exchanging ideas and experiences with other European teachers. Both students and teachers also want to learn more about other cultures, customs and traditions. We hope that our attending in the project will enriches and increases the quality of educational process, it contributed to put in practice new educational strategies and to work out pedagogical technologies.
Braila is the county seat of the same name and is located on the left side of the Danube, in southeast area, at the intersection of three historical provinces: Wallachia, Moldavia and Dobrudgea. Braila is a cosmopolitan city with heterogeneous people, an ethnical mosaic where Romanians have lived in harmony with many other ethnics: Greeks, Bulgarians, Armenians, Turks, Jewish, Italians, Albanians, Germans, Russians, etc.
The full day kindergarten no. 47 is located in a socially and economically challenged area, with a high unemployment rate. 218 children aged 3-7 are educated here. Many of the preschoolers’ parents are off to work in the European Union, leaving the kids with only one of the parents, grandparents or other relatives.
Our institution offers these children an appealing educational environment as to attract and motivate them to study and participate in different activities. We have developed educational programs targeting intercultural, sanitary, ecological education and in 2011 we obtained the “Green School” title. By this project we intend to offer the kids the possibility to get themselves acquainted to the culture and customs of other European countries in view of future curriculum development of optional discipline such as intercultural education.
Kavaklı Anaokulu is located in Beylikdüzü in Istanbul. Beylikdüzü is a new developing area in west part of Istanbul. Kavaklı Anaokulu is in the central place where there are bus stops, shopping centres, and places for social activities. It's in the centre but our school has a big garden where the children can grow their own vegetables and fruits and feed their animals. We have areas where we have picnic with our kids. Our aim is to grow socially and environmentally conscious individuals who are self-confident and aware of social and cultural values. So we usually go to museums, art galleries, theatres, and we sometimes do fairs where we show our kids' hand-craft works. In this way the parents can see their kids' works and developments.
The children come mainly from high-income families. Most of our parents are university graduates. Our school has two buildings. Each building has three floors with 4 big classes (total class number is 8). In the first building we have 5 years old students and in the other 6 years old. There are 360 students, 1 headmaster, 2 asistant managers, 16 teachers, 6 staff for cleaning and cooking, 1 student adviser and 1 security officer.