November 2020-October 2022
Co-creating with parents and adult educators an online learning platform for boosting skills
(parental and professional).
The relationship between parents and children is changing over time, with new technologies, modern ways of communication between children, different ways of spending free time parents are on a daily basis adapting to new information on how to communicate with their children, nurture their maturation and development and bring them up into confident and vigilant children. It has shown that adult education can compensate a lack of education in earlier life and enable social mobility – and thus promote social cohesion, equity and equality. With the improvement of parent’s personal growth, communication and their parental skills they are gaining solid grounds for further development of their professional skills as well. With this project we aim to influence the lives of adult educators, parents and children in a way so that all three groups gain valuable life tools. For adult educators life tools are in a form of enhancing professional skills, for parents those are parental and communication skills and for children it is their overall well-being, quality of life and better relationships between parent and a child.
This project aims at supporting adult educators and their beneficiaries (parents and children) in acquiring and developing skills and key competences through an innovative learning environment (online digital platform) in the following ways:
1) Through the project, the SKILLS4PARENTS model will be developed which will provide adult educators with knowledge and competencies to strengthen their professional profiles and with a specific methodology for achieving better cooperation with their beneficiaries – the parents and better involvement of parents in their child’s development and life in general.
2) Adult educators will be educated to use digital technology tools in their work with the parents and that will enable a more collaborative relationship with parents and children as well as parents’ greater participation in both the psychosocial development and educational process of their children which will ultimately lead to better quality of life and well-being of the children and the whole family. In line with the sustainability goals, the online digital platform will enable other adult educators who are not necessarily directly involved in the project to apply the SKILLS4PARENTS methodology which contributes to supporting and strengthening the educators on a wider range.
By building the skills and competences, particularly in the field of communication skills, mentoring and guidance, problem solving and goal setting skills, counseling skills and digital competence, of adult educators who support the parents in their psychosocial development, teaching them personal growth skills, communication skills as well as their parental skills, through the use of digital technologies – online digital platform – the project will set up access to upskilling pathways for adult educators.
SKILLS4PARENTS will contribute to decreasing of the digital inequalities in the access and use, to reducing inequalities in learning digital skills of adult educators and parents, and concomitantly children, and to reducing inequalities in the provision of online support services for parents and families. In this way project SKILLS4PARENTS, with its innovative ways of delivering adult education, will play a crucial role in ensuring equal digital opportunities and bridging the digital divide whilst promoting social inclusion of target groups and ensuring setting up and sustainable long-term access to the upskilling pathway.
COFACE Families Europe, Belgium www.coface-eu.org
DLearn, Italy www.dlearn.eu
Emphasys, Cyprus https://emphasyscentre.com/
Europaikos Syndesmos Prosanatolismou Stadiodromias, Cyprus http://www.eacg.eu/
Step by Step Parents Association, Croatia http://www.udrugaroditeljakpk.hr/
Stichting Incubator, Netherlands www.inqubator.nl
After the organisation of focus groups of adult educators and parents across 5 countries to understand skills gaps, needs and transmission, the partnership published a European comparative report end of May 2021, as well as national reports coming out of the focus groups. See more.