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Learning how to produce change

„What do you do for the children who don’t have enough cloths to wear, or food, or for those who have to walk kilometres in order to get to school?”, ”How do you fight against indifference or  the irresponsibility of the parents who don’t see the reasons for which they should send their children to school?”, “How do you cope with  the difficult, sometimes violent attitudes and types of behaviour of the students who cannot give up to the model of reacting seen in the family?”, “How do you help a child becoming capable of making good decisions for his life, as a grown up and as a responsible citizen?” and “How do you fight or approach the constraints given by the way the education system works?” – these are challenges to which 25 teachers from Iasi learned to answer, on the second training course of all four, organized for the teaching staff from Iasi and Vaslui Counties on the project “Partnership for inclusion!”. The course took place during the period December 10th – 13th 2015 and the training was ensured by specialists of COTE Foundation and aimed at improving the competencies of the teaching staff from the rural area, in order to prevent school abandonment. Considering the theme complexity, the agenda and course contents covered subjects like: communication, ways of relating and positive climate, creative methods that stimulate the interest for learning, the development of life skills through practical learning and the importance of school and professional orientation in the context of preventing the children from prematurely abandoning school. The training included aspects concerning the creation of a context that would permit the identification of elements that contribute to building a “friendly school”, to becoming aware of the importance of the attitude and relationship established with each student individually and to identifying the actors involved in offering support  to the students in difficulty and their families, but mostly identifying actions that could be made at the level of a school, a classroom, a pupil, by each form master. The course was appreciated by the participants as a unique experience which helped them be confident in the small, but significant changes they could generate.
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