PIM

Development of Parent Involvement Models for Bilingual Pre- and Primary School

P4 Skilled and socially inclusive region

4.1. More people benefiting from stronger Central Baltic communities

Central Baltic

01.09.2015 - 31.08.2017

€204 865

€167 241

Project Summary:

The PIM project aims at supporting bilingual education for children in Russian-speaking minority groups in Estonia, Finland and Latvia by developing parent involvement models for bilingual learning process.

The main responsibility in bilingual education in the partner countries has been on the teachers and schools. The project will enable the Russian-speaking school communities to improve their home-school cooperation. In practice the project will combine traditional models of parent involvement with bilingual education specific themes and methods. The project will also take into account the context of old and new immigrants.

As a result of the project home-school cooperation and awareness about multicultural education are both expected to increase. The process, in turn, will have a direct impact on broader Russian-speaking communities gathered around the schools in the same town, and the same region. Through the schools, the changes can be initiated from the grass root level, but the overall influence will have an impact on the whole society.

Lead Partner

Tartu Ülikool

Country: EE

www.narva.ut.ee

Partner budget: 93.565 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 79.530 EUR ERDF

Project Partners

Helsingin Yliopisto

Country: FI

http://www.helsinki.fi/yliopisto/

Partner budget: 68.940 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 51.705 EUR ERDF

Latvijas Universitate

Country: LV

http://www.lu.lv/

Partner budget: 42.360 EUR

Amount of ERDF funding: 36.006 EUR ERDF

Expected results

The Project's main direct tangible result is a complex, tested and applicable work package of PIMs specifically targeting the context of bilingual learning process. This material is a much needed starting point for further active development and practice of bi- and multilingual education specific parent involvement programmes in Estonia, Finland and Latvia.

The communities receiving the firsthand benefits from the Project results are the school communities of Russian-speaking bilingual schools in the partner countries. The first beneficiaries are the schools to participate the Project’s pilot.

The Project will improve the home-school cooperation by approaching and supporting the parents as responsible partners in bilingual education, aware of the benefits of multilingualism and familiar with the policies of multicultural education. Currently the main responsibility in bilingual education in the partner countries has been on the teachers and schools. In the course of the Project rise of awareness of as well as involvement of the parents will help to build mutual understanding between home and school to acknowledge each other’s share in the child’s education experience. On one hand, educators have to understand specific problems of bilingual families and differences in their practices, one the other hand, the parents should be aware of the benefits of bilingual education and of the ways how they can stimulate bilingual linguistic development of their children at home.

The Project will enable the Russian-speaking school communities improve home-school cooperation. The process, in turn, will have a direct impact on broader Russian-speaking communities gathered around the schools in the same town, and the same region. Through the schools, the changes can be initiated from the grass root level, but the overall influence will have an impact on the whole society.