DON’T BE LATE TO SCHOOL PROJECT (2011)

Project Info

DON’T BE LATE TO SCHOOL PROJECT (2011)

Don’t Be Late to School Project was a “Strengthening Pre-School Education of Children with Special Education Needs” project that was co-financed by funding from the European Union and Republic of Turkey where Ministry of National Education was the beneficiary. The project was realized in 2010-2011 at low socio-economic status regions of Fatih district in Istanbul. The project had 3 stages.

 

In the first stage 124 pre-school teachers at all pre-schools in Fatih district were given “Early special education and inclusion” training. In the second stage, 795 streets in 14 neighborhoods of Fatih with low socio-economic status were walked around to scan 24786 houses and 1195 children with 3-6 years of age were reached to give “developmental” tests by expert psychologists and pedagogues. 137 suspect and 88 abnormal children with special education needs were directed to Guidance Research Centers of Ministry of National Education. In the third stage, families of 50 students at Fatih School for Disabled Children were given “special child care” training and parents are given certificates by the Ministry of National Education.

 

Special targets of the study according to general purposes:

 

  • Raising awareness of preschool teachers about children with special education needs and their professional knowledge about special education and inclusive education,
  • Raising awareness of parents about children with special education needs, informing them about children’s needs, and helping develop positive parental attitudes,
  • Detecting children with special education needs (In the scope of the project children with 3-6 years of age were given developmental tests by expert psychologists and pedagogues) and directing families to relevant institutions,
  • Certifying mothers of disabled children on childcare and education,
  • Developing and strengthening cooperation and dialogue between partners (Family-Guidance and Research Center [RAM]-School) that would enable strong early special education at pre-school and inclusive education,
  • Raising awareness in district population about the importance of pre-school special education and inclusive education. Children with special education needs who were detected, their parents, and teachers were given education and guidance regarding the children’s education.

 

Target group of the study were pre-school teachers, parents with 36-72 month-old children, 36-72 month-old children with special education needs* and their parents, and parents of disabled children.

 

* Speech and language problems/learning disability-mental deficiency/socialization, behavior, and attention deficits.