P4 Skilled and socially inclusive region
4.1. More people benefiting from stronger Central Baltic communities
01.09.2015 - 31.08.2017
ENDED_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.
Partner budget: 93.565 EUR
Amount of ERDF funding: 79.530 EUR ERDF
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.