On 15 November, 2019 the Association for Promotion of Education, Culture, and Sport ‘Education for All’ Skopje organized a conference on ICF. It was titled “Education for All - a Language for All in School” (E3). The Conference was held at the INNOFEIT Center of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technologies, Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje.
The main theme of the conference was the practical implementation of the ICF in schools. The conference gathered more than 80 professionals (teachers, psychologists, school pedagogues, special educators and rehabilitators, parents and school administration representatives) from 30 different institutions. The participants attended the presentations of professor Manfred Pretis, PhD (Dr. Pretis SINN), professor Silvia Kopp-Sixt, MA (The University College of Teacher Education Styria), professor Dudu Melek Er-Sabuncuoglu, PhD (Istinye University Istanbul/CGEDER), and Goran Petrushev (Macedonian Association of Special Educators and Rehabilitators). In the second part of the conference, there were two workshops. The workshops were held by professor Manfred Pretis, PhD and Katerina Todorova, MA (Medical School Hamburg). They were evaluated as very interesting and useful for the participants. “Education for All - a Language for All in School” conference was organized in the frames of the ’Common Language in Schools’ project.
The Association for Promotion of Education, Culture, and Sport ‘Education for All’ Skopje cordially invites you to the “Education for All - a Language for All in School” Conference to be held in Skopje, on 15 November, 2019. The conference will take place at the INNOFEIT Center of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technologies, Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje.
The main theme of the conference is the practical implementation of the ICF in schools. “Education for All - a Language for All in School” conference is organized in the frames of the Erasmus+ KA201 project ’Common Language in Schools’, which provides concrete tools for professionals who work with pupils with developmental difficulties in schools. It introduces the World Health Organization’s International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) as a common language to describe a child’s individual learning situation, and to enable ability-based, holistic, transdisciplinary assessments and planning processes. More detailed information on the project and its products can be found at: www.icf-school.eu
The conference is free-of-charge, and it will be conducted in English and Macedonian, with a consecutive translation provided by the consortium partners.
The conference Agenda is provided below and all the interested individuals can register for participationusing this form: https://forms.gle/ajwaqU21jNnzs9K77 or by sending an e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The deadline for registration is 5 November, 2019. All participants receive attendance certificates.
We are looking forward to your positive response to the conference!
The second meeting of the ‘A Common Language in School’ project partners was held in Hamburg on the 21 and 22 May, 2019. In the presence of the representatives of all of the institutions which take part in the project, the coordinator professor Pretis summarized the activities performed so far and informed on the progress of the project. In a pleasant and collaborative working environment, the partners determined the guidelines for the future tasks and agreed on the activities to be completed by the next meeting in Skopje.
On 11 April 2019, members of “Education for All” from Skopje presented the idea of the ‘A Common Language in School’ project to the teachers and administration representatives of the Goce Delchev High School in Kumanovo, North Macedonia. After the presentation, the teachers asked questions and gave feed-back on the disseminated information.
On March 22, 2019, a representative of "Education for All" from Skopje had a meeting with the Mayor of the Municipality of Centar, Mr. Sasa Bogdanovic, where he informed about the idea and the goals behind the project ‘A Common Language in School’. The Mayor expressed his support for the project on behalf of the Municipality, and agreed on future cooperation on project activities.
On November 12th and 13th, the ‘A Common Language in School’ project kickoff meeting was held in Graz, and was hosted by the PH Steiermark (University for Teacher Education). All of the partners were represented by at least one representative. The project coordinator, Prof. Pretis, guided the consortium through the work programme, the rough features of the planned outputs, as well as the administrative and management issues of the project. Lots of ideas on the outputs and dissemination possibilities have been exchanged and discussed in a very intense and constructive manner. The overall spirit and motivation of the partnership and the combined expertise of the consortium gives reason for optimism regarding the expected results!
The Association for promotion of education, culture, and sport “Education for All” from Skopje participates in the Erasmus+ project titled “A common language in schools”, which started on September 1, 2018. The coordinator of the project is Prof. Dr. Manfred Pretis (www.sinn-evaluation.at, Austria) and the consortium of partners includes organizations and institutions from Germany, Austria, Macedonia, and Turkey.
“A common language in schools” (www.icf-school.eu) deals with implementation of ICF (International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health, WHO 2001) in schools and it provides concrete tools for professionals who work with pupils with developmental difficulties in schools.
If your school, your pupils, parent representatives, school psychologists or school administration wish to participate in the project (e.g. in terms of piloting the products in German, English, Turkish, or Macedonian), please contact Prof. Dr. Manfred Pretis at email@example.com.
UNICEF launched #EarlyMomentsMatter, a new campaign supported by the LEGO Foundation to drive increased awareness about the importance of the first 1,000 days of a child’s life and the impact of early experiences on the developing brain.
During this critical window of opportunity, brain cells can make up to 1,000 new connections every second – a once-in-a-lifetime speed. These connections contribute to children’s brain function and learning, and lay the foundation for their future health and happiness. A lack of nurturing care – which includes adequate nutrition, stimulation, love and protection from stress and violence – can impede the development of these critical connections.
The campaign kicks off with #EatPlayLove – a digital and print initiative aimed at parents and caregivers that shares the neuroscience on how babies’ brains develop. #EatPlayLove assets explain the science in a straightforward, visually interesting way to encourage parents and caregivers to continue to make the most of this unrivaled opportunity to provide their children with the best possible start in life.
(Students at Hadew primary school in Jijiga, Ethiopia. Photo: UNICEF/UN043870/Lister)
United Nations Universal Children’s Day was established in 1954 and is celebrated on November 20th each year to promote international togetherness, awareness among children worldwide, and improving children's welfare.
November 20th is an important date as it is the date in 1959 when the UN General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child. It is also the date in 1989 when the UN General assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Since 1990, Universal Children's Day also marks the anniversary of the date that the UN General Assembly adopted both the declaration and the convention on children's rights.
Mothers and fathers, teachers, nurses and doctors, government leaders and civil society activists, religious and community elders, corporate moguls and media professionals as well as young people and children themselves can play an important part in making Universal Children's Day relevant for their societies, communities and nations.
Universal Children's Day offers each of us an inspirational entry-point to advocate, promote and celebrate children's rights, translating into dialogues and actions that will build a better world for Children.
Around 150 parents, professionals, students, policy-makers, journalists and other stakeholders attended the third multiplier event “ Helping parents to support their children with autism”, held on November 1 in the Museum of the Macedonian Struggle in Skopje, in the framework of the European project “Equity and Social Inclusion through Positive Parenting” (ESIPP).
Hosted by the Macedonian Scientific Society for Autism (MSSA), the conference raised awareness about the importance of parent education in autism and shared the work and expertise of the project partners to a wider audience. The ESIPP Parent Education Programme, developed in collaboration with partners from across Europe, was also introduced.
One of the most stirring moments of the day was the speech given by Zoran Giev, parent of a child with autism and participant on one of the ESIPP parent training sessions delivered in Skopje. Giev talked about early diagnosis, education and the lack of information, support and understanding as being among the greatest problems faced by parents of children with autism in the FYR of Macedonia. He also stressed the importance of raising awareness and being truly supported by the community in order to foster the inclusion of autistic people.
Furthermore, attendees took part in the workshops “Managing Sensory Sensitivities in Autism” and “Understanding and Managing Challenging Behaviour”, given by ESIPP partners from Target Autism (UK), MSSA and the Autism Assessment Support Practice Center (Cyprus).
Prior to this one-day conference, Zoran Giev and ESIPP partners from MSSA and the University of Northampton had the opportunity to participate in a roundtable discussion with Lidija Krstevska Dojchonovska, State advisor at the Office of the Prime Minister of the FYR of Macedonia, as well as a representative from the Ministry of Education, Mirjana Zlatanova, and from the Ministry of Science, Emilija Jovanovska. A discussion was held to highlight the importance of continuing to provide ESIPP training after the project’s completion, and how to ensure its sustainability.
The conference was largely covered by local and national media.
(Source: Text written by Cristina Fernández, http://esipp.eu/uncategorized/150-participants-learn-positive-approaches-autism-skopje/)
SKOPJE, 11 September 2017 – At an event to launch the Macedonian language version of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health, the Government, UNICEF and partners united on the need for systematic reforms and attitudinal change to end exclusion, isolation and institutionalisation of children with disability.
The event was opened by the Prime Minister, Mr. Zoran Zaev and UNICEF Representative, Mr. Benjamin Perks. It brought together hundreds from all sections of society – government, civil society, children with disabilities and their families – who pledged their support for the rights of persons - particularly children - with disability.
“We are here today to discuss how to make a society without barriers for children with disabilities. This is fair. But above all this is our duty as people. Because this world belongs to all of us and it will function well when we accept that we are not supposed to create a place for someone, because everyone has a place already. All we should do is to respect the right of everyone to a place in a society that belongs to all,” said the Prime Minister, Mr. Zoran Zaev.
The International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health – a tool to change the way we see and respond to the needs of children with disability – was presented. It promises to accelerate much needed reforms to ensure optimum inclusion, fulfilment of potential and quality of life for children with disability. It puts emphasis on ability rather than the barrier of the impairment alone and will serve as a tool to introduce inclusive practices in health, education and social protection.
“Many countries, through systematic reforms and attitudinal campaigns have become places where exclusion, isolation and institutionalisation of children with disability are no longer acceptable. Building on these lessons, we intend to continue our work with government, civil society and media to make sure there is not a single corner of this country where children with disability remain invisible, isolated or excluded,” said UNICEF Representative, Mr. Benjamin Perks.
The event marked the beginning of a new phase of the “Be Fair. For a childhood without barriers” campaign. Initially launched in March with support from the European Union, the campaign has been making a fundamental shift in how society understands disability and in attitudes towards children with disabilities. The new phases “See the child, not the disability” puts emphasis on the need to unleash the potential in every child.
During the event, a panel of children and youth with disabilities gave compelling accounts of the challenges they’ve experienced; and inspired audiences with their abilities, leaving them with a feeling of hope for change. Among the guests were celebrities and influencers who joined the “See the child, not the disability” campaign with messages of support. A children’s choir from the Primary School “Kuzman Josifovki Pitu” accompanied by Ema Ananievska on piano, united all in the room with an inclusive performance of Tose Proeski’ “This World”.
(Source: UNICEF: Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.