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Ashoka regards ČOSIV as an example of good practice

Ashoka regards ČOSIV as an example of good practice

Ashoka acknowledges ČOSIV’s systematic activity in the field of alleviating inequalities in children’s educational opportunities and supporting inclusive education in Czech schools. Ashoka regards ČOSIV as an example of good practice in achieving the necessary systemic changes in education.

Ashoka has pioneered the field of social entrepreneurship, identifying and supporting the world’s leading social entrepreneurs since 1980. Ashoka concentrates on innovative solutions that bring social benefits and respond to today’s social and environmental challenges.

The ČOSIV case study shows the work of our organization in the current publication SYSTEMIC AND 08EMPOWERING (SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP IN THE TIME OF PHILANTHROCAPITALISM). The publication aim is to inspire, share practical examples and support social innovators across continents. The analysis of the Czech Society for Inclusive Education and its chairwoman Klára Laurenčíková case study, which can be found on pages 36 – 41, depicts the complexity of implementing systemic change and its impact on systemic support provision for children with special educational needs in Czech schools.

“The case of ČOSIV depicts the way in which social entrepreneurs focus on improving existing regulatory and legislative public systems to guarantee access to quality public service for everybody.”

ČOSIV unites non-profit organizations, representatives of the academic community, schools, parents and people with special educational needs in the Czech Republic and supports changes aiming towards higher justice in education. ČOSIV concentrates on the overall support and awareness of inclusive education based on data driven decision making and the provision of resources, capacity building and methodological support for schools so as to create suitable conditions for the provision of quality education to all children, including children with special educational needs and gifted children, who often need increased support in education. ČOSIV strives for equal and equitable access to quality education for all children, pupils and students, regardless of their socio-economic background, living conditions, origin, cultural environment or health status. ČOSIV aspiration is to ensure that every child will experience acceptance and success at school. This would be achieved then by supporting schools in establishing conditions that are promoting the full development of their educational potential. One of the many activities ČOSIV is carrying out to achieve its vision is the transformation of legislative, financial and capacity conditions that will enable implementation of an inclusive environment in all Czech schools.

Getting Back to School after Disruptions

Getting Back to School after Disruptions

Students need to feel safe at school and have good relationships with peers and teachers so that they can learn, develop their educational potential, and achieve educational success. Many students are exposed to various demanding conditions and experiences during a state of emergency. All students are experiencing changes to their regime, isolation from friends, school, and usual activities. For many children, even their basic necessities (especially sufficient food, sleep and a sense of security) were probably not regularly met. Such children urgently need a safe, predictable, and friendly school environment upon their return. Especially if they continue to be at risk of not meeting their basic needs in the family environment. 

 

In the enclosed document, are presented six strategies that increase the feeling of safety and predictability while supporting behavioral expectations. When returning to schools, using PBIS strategies help providing not only comprehensive support for all pupils, but also targeted support for children with a higher need for support. 

ČOSIV receives the donation from First Book again

ČOSIV receives the donation from First Book again

First Book will work in partnership with ČOSIV (Czech Professional Society for Inclusive Education), which was founded in 2011 to engage and empower various education stakeholders individually, while also building local and national relationships, to distribute approximately 200 locally sourced, culturally relevant books to children in need in the Czech Republic.

ČOSIV will cooperate on distribution of the books with Česká asociace streetwork (Czech Association of Streetwork – www.streetwork.cz) which is the platform for all Czech leisure activities and clubs for children in need.

ČOSIV will distribute these books through a partnership with three Czech independent book publishers (Baobab, Meandr, Labyrint) to children in need in the Czech Republic.

 

Interview with Kaja Naes Johannessen

Interview with Kaja Naes Johannessen

Interview with our colleague from partner organisation Østbytunet on education of children with challenging behaviour was published at on-line magazine Rodice vitani.

“I know  it’s not easy with these kids. But adults are adults and should be better able to control themselves than a child. We should learn ways to treat and helpthese children. Of course, this is not easy, because when a child dissolves in emotions, it evokes strong feelings in us adults as well. Cortisol also floodsus and we feel like runnig away or attacking.”There is no easy way to deal with this, and the following is especially recommended: try to recognize the child’s signs of a affect approaching,
and try to stop it before it starts. The sooner we intervene, the more tools we have at our disposal.When we see that a child is getting restless, he is getting a little angry, so as adults we have a chance to work with him. As soon as he starts and we start withbans and punishments, the whole situation will escalate and we will not have many options. The affective arc is practically impossible to be stopped when it starts”.

The whole interview is available here.

First meeting with lecturers from Østbytunet,

First meeting with lecturers from Østbytunet,

On June 20th to 21st November 2019, we first met with lecturers from Østbytunet, our partner organization; we met in a group composed of the ČOSIV staff, our partners from the Østbytunet centre, and participants of the educational program – lecturers in training who will, after having taken the training under the umbrella of the project, train pedagogical staff in techniques of supporting children with demanding behavior due to developmental trauma. At the meeting, the lecturers presented to us details of the system of services to help vulnerable children in Norway explained the targets of the educational programme and its main theoretical base. We sat down to plan our visit to the Østbytunet centre and the lecturers delivered their first seminar for the public at the Department of Pedagogy of Charles University. The seminar, lectured by Kaja Næss Johannessen and Ann Karin Bakken, two experienced psychologists, was remarkable and the response of participants was enormous. For a videorecording of this public seminar, please see our Inspiromat Support For Inclusion.