Second Management Meeting of SMILE Project in Iasi, Romania

The second management meeting of the teams from the European countries - Bulgaria, Romania, Greece and Portugal - participating in the SMILE project took place on 26 and 27 February 2020 in Iasi, Romania. The SMILE project aims to scale-up and disseminate the Bulgarian Model for Inclusive School Environment “One School for All” in Europe. The model offers an innovative and systematic approach to the inclusion of all students, teachers and parents at school.

During the meeting, the project partners, as well as representatives of the Romanian schools, presented the results of the training courses on the “One School for All” Model  for the school teams in Romania, Greece and Portugal. They’ve presented the action plans of the schools which will work on this year to improve their school's policies and practices in the four priority areas - school leadership, child safeguarding, partnership with parents and teaching practices.

With all the participants, we had the opportunity to visit one of the Romanian schools and to speak with the whole team working on the Model there. The teachers told us about the progress of inclusive education in their country and about the changes they expect with the introduction of this innovative practice. The participants watched with interest the screening of the documentary movie “One School for All”, with the participation of teachers and principals from Bulgarian schools who had already applied the Model created by the ELA Association.

The next meeting of the partners will be held at the end of 2020 in Athens, Greece.

One School for All

One School for All is our most encompassing and wide-reaching cause, our raison d’etre. Our ultimate goal is comprehensive introduction and application of the principles of inclusive education.

Inclusive education is a process of changing the school environment based on respect and acceptance of other people. It implies wise management of school processes in a way which makes children feel supported to develop their capacity and to overcome hardships; which makes teachers feel encouraged and confident that they are able to cope with the growing challenges, while parents are able to assume their responsibility and role in partnership with schools.