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Reintegration of School Age Mothers into the Education System

 

Learner Mobility Meetings were held on 22nd-25th April, Italy and 1st-5th June, Poland!!

  • Lead Co-ordinator of the Project                                                                             –  Asociata Alaturide Noi, Pentru Viitorul Tau                                 (Romania)
  • Kaleidoscope Enterprise Ltd                                                        (Hatfield, UK)
  • Odemis Halk Egitimi Merkezi                                                            (Turkey)
  • Isis Luigi’ Medici                                                                                   (Italy)
  • Knowledge sp z.o.o.                                                                          (Poland)

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 Partnership results
 

Reintegration of School Age Mothers into the School Education System Partnership welcomed representatives from

                  (Hatfield,) Romania, Italy, Turkey and Poland               Hatfield Learner Mobility 8th-10th September 2014!”

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Kaleidoscope Enterprise (formerly Welwyn Hatfield Ethnic Minority Group) had the partnership’s third face-to-face project planning meeting in Hatfield.

Thanks to Cllr. Lynn Sparks (Deputy Mayor of Welwyn and Hatfield) to supported us organising the Civic Ceremony at Hatfield Meeting which held on 8th-10th September 2014.

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Reintegration of Teenage Mothers Project meeting in Turkey, 1st-8th April

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Daily Blog of our week in Turkey as part of the Grundtvig Project ” Reintegration of School Age Mothers into the Education System”

Day 1 _ 1st April

Our group: Moreen, Tim, Carmen, Judith, Emma and me (Mary), all rendezvoused at St. Albans at 4.30 a.m. Yes, as you can imagine, we did consider that Moreen was playing an April Fool’s joke. But this was not the case and soon we were on our way to Gatwick Airport. The Easy Jet line was crowded but we were soon through into the departure lounge enjoying breakfast.

Our flight was very smooth made even better by a glass of wine. Once through customs etc we were met by our host Erol Yilmaz.  We learned there was a delay before other participants in the project arrived so we were transported to a modern shopping mall where we enjoyed a few hours of free time.  After which we collected the other project members and set off for Odemis. 

Our hotel was first class and after supper we all retired for the night.

Day2_2nd April

After breakfast we had a short walk to Ege University and settled ourselves in the conference room.

We were warmly welcomed to Turkey by Serdar Ergin (Director)

Each project leader then introduced themselves, members of their teams and a small description of our home counties.  They then went on to say how teenage mothers were perceived supported in their particular countries.  The presentations were mainly given in English, some with the aid of interpretations.  Moreen had obviously given a great deal of thought to her presentation which was delivered in a professional manner.

Then it was the turn of the learners.  We were divided into groups and had to discuss the roles of those parties involved in teenage pregnancies.  We in turn then had to present our findings.

We were then entertained by demonstrations of national dancing, singing, piano and violin playing. Finally, a young man played a mandolin and many of us got up and danced. To complete the morning all the learners took part in a bonding exercise organised by the Polish interpreter.

Our Turkish hosts then escorted us to an adult learning centre where we saw many women involved in making handicrafts for sale.  This was a good example of Turkey’s mantra of lifelong learning.

We were then transported to a beautiful hilltop restaurant for lunch. Many local dignitaries also attended the lunch and they made us feel most welcome.

After lunch we returned to Odemis and were given a tour of Serdar Ergin’s education centre and again we witnessed more ladies working on handicrafts.

Our hosts then took us to Birgivi which was the capital of a region during the days of the Ottoman Empire.  We first looked around a former home of a medieval merchant. This was a fascinating place set in beautiful gardens. We then had tea which was followed by a tour of a 12th century mosque and the village.

Day two finished with supper in the hotel.

Day3_3rd April

Once again after breakfast we adjourned to the conference room in Ege University.

Initially we were welcomed to the session.  Following this Assistant professor Gul Erdem from Turkey presented a paper on maternity services with reference to teenager mothers in the host country.  Professor Daniela Bobocea from Romania then gave an excellent paper.  There followed a number of papers from different countries.  These were very well presented and extremely interesting. Moreen introduced our speakers, Judith and Emma.  Both ladies presented their papers very clearly, the entire audience sat silently listening and they (the audience) were obviously very interested in what they had to say. In fact a delegate from Romania commented that she felt it impossible to follow Emma’s speech as it was so powerful.

The morning finished with all delegates mingling with each other and students from the university.  Many photographs were taken, emails exchanged and friendships made.

After lunch we were taken to a local museum, exhibits covering many aspects of Turkish life. We the travelled to a mountain village and saw many Turkish families enjoying free time together. Needless to say the weather was warm and sunny.   I was fascinated by a gentleman herding his goats amidst visitors both local and foreign. We all sat and enjoyed Turkish tea and more food courtesy of our hosts. 

We returned to the hotel for supper and the presentation of certificates.

Day4_4th April

After breakfast we said goodbye to our fellow Turkish learners and set off for Pamukkale.  Pamukalle means “cotton castle” in Turkish, it is classed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

We stopped for lunch at a very large hilltop restaurant after which we set off for our hotel.  This however, turned out to be the only hitch in our visit.  Clearly, our host had been misled by the tour agency, he quickly cancelled our reservation and we left the hotel.

We went on to visit the site of Pamukalle.  This is an area of hot springs and travertines- terraces of carbonated minerals.  This area is both unique and breath taking. We all explored the site and took time to paddle in the hot water and view the amphitheatre.  Unbelievably, in the sixties, much of this area was partially built over and consequently damaged.  These buildings and roads have been demolished, and artificial pools have been made. 

We then set off for another hotel where we all spent an enjoyable evening.  Some of us had time to bathe in the thermal pool, sit in the sauna and experience a full body massage.

 Day5_5th April

After breakfast we were on the move again.

We travelled nearer the coast heading for Efes. (Ephesus) I was really looking forward to this day.  Firstly, we visited the Virgin Mary Church which had been sensitively preserved.  Efes itself was absolutely spectacular and lived up to all my expectations.  Many photographs were taken, everyone was truly impressed.

Then we headed for Kusadas which is on the coast.  The hotel had a perfect position and the majority of us had sea views. (sorry Emma) Our group were feeling quite tired so after supper we just sat in the lounge chatting until turning in for the night.

Day6_6th April

We were all sorry to leave the coast after just one night but there was more of Turkey to be explored. We had yet another journey into the hills to a village where we were able to taste many different wines.  We all participated enthusiastically.  In no time we were off again.  Our destination was Izmir.  On arriving in Izmir we took a boat ride across the bay to Karsiyaki, this enabled us to gain beautiful views of the whole city from the sea.

After the boat trip we returned to the coach and went to our hotel.  The hotel was very well appointed and situated in the centre of Izmir.

After supper we were taken on a tour of the city, we were so lucky to have such well-informed hosts who knew so much about the city.

Day7_ 7th April

Today was to be our final morning with all other members of the project as all the other groups were leaving for their home countries at noon.

After breakfast we all went shopping and a great many lira and euros changed hands! All to soon it was time to say goodbye to our new found friends.  As to be expected many photographs were taken and contact numbers exchanged.

We (the British contingent) were not due to return home until the following day, so after lunch we set off on another shopping expedition.  After which we were exhausted! We had a great last evening together enjoying wine and conversation.

Day8_8th April

Although it’s difficult to be believe but after breakfast but Carmen and Judith set off for the shops!  Emma, Moreen, Tim and I relaxed at the hotel.  At noon the taxis arrived and we were off to the airport, which was an interesting experience!  In no time we were flying home.  Once in Gatwick Emma and I were met and Carmen, Moreen, Tim and Judith travelled on to St. Albans.

All the learners had had a magnificent time.  Thank you so much Moreen for all your hard work.   – Mary W

 

My trip to Romania (2nd Nov- 8th Nov13)

It is not everyday that you have the opportunity to visit the land where Dracula originated.  I visited Romania with my manager Moreen Pascal, as part of an EU project (representing UK) “Reintegration of school age mothers into the education system”, along with three other EU partner groups: Turkey, Poland and Italy.  All participant group members worked very well together, sharing good practices with the wider group.

The visit certainly exceeded all my expectations of Romania: starting from a welcoming visit to Galați, a lively cultural fair and ending with the visit to the significant second largest building in the world the ‘Palatul Parlamentului’ (Houses of Parliament) in Bucharest.

We had the opportunity to visit a vocational college where students prepared many Romanian dishes and performed their cultural dance.  The other place we visited was a maternity ward, where we met some of the young mothers.

We also visited some spectacular historical sites with great architecture such as the ‘Neamț Citadel’ (a medieval fortress) and Peleș Castle Neo-Renaissance castle in the Carpathian Mountains.  Romania is an Orthodox Catholic country, which consists of many beautiful monasteries.  The Văratec Monastery and Agapia Monastery both bought a sense of tranquility to the visit.

There was plenty of breath taking views of beautiful natural green scenery  at the Bugeci mountain and Ceahlau Mountains..

Overall my visit to Romania is one that I will not forget, the country has  lot s to offer from great architecture, history and religion. – Henna 

Reintegration of School Age Mothers into Education Partnership –  Objectives and Strategy

    Objectives:
           – To understand the previous educational experience of young mothers
           – To highlight how education might be improved to prevent disengagement either                     prior to pregnancy or because of it
          – To identify how childcare considerations impact upon continuation or re-                             engagement in education
          – To highlight how education can best encourage young mothers to continue into                    post-16 education and training
          – To help prevent early pregnancy in women by informing programmes
          – To identify the causes which led to their early pregnancy and school leaving
          – To raise awareness in individual schools of their obligations towards pregnant                    young women and young mothers.
          – To overcome barriers to reintegration into mainstream and alternative provision                    and post-16 options.
          – To change mothers’ perceptions of education, in many cases successfully                         capitalizing on renewed motivation to succeed for the sake of the child
            Approaches taken to achieve these objectives will be at the following levels:
                • Individual (e.g. knowledge, self-esteem);
                • family (e.g. parent/child communication, family structure, history of mother or sister being pregnant as a teenager, children in care);
               • education (e.g. provision of sex education, truancy, lack of qualifications);
               • community (e.g. social norms related to sexual activity, peer and media  influences); and
               • social (e.g. experience of childhood poverty and social conditions).
All these factors contribute in one way or another to finding the cause of the problems and working to solutions. Local partnerships will be made, round tables of discussion and conferences organised, special classes and certified courses on the problem of early pregnancy will be taken by specialists and class teachers, flyers and brochures will serve as materials for helping these girls, together with the website, where all kind of information is provided. The idea of community mentors will be introduced by the English partner and certified courses will be organised by the Polish one.

Acknowledgements: The inspiration to apply to the EU for project funding came from information given in workshops ran by Community Action Dacorum and advice and encouragement from CVS Broxbourne and East Hertfordshire.