The School of Life Seminar in Kraljevo
The goal of the School of Life Seminar „Start at the beginning, the beginning is important”is to equip teachers with important and necessary knowledge and skills to help children grow up and develop into productive, caring citizens of the world.
The first of three accredited seminars planned within the project “Schools of Life –Together for childhood”took place at preschool institution “Olga Jovicic Rita”in Kraljevo. The training module “Start at the beginning, beginning is important”was approved by the Institute for Advancement of Upbringing and Education, reference number 607. It was originally scheduled for May 15th–17th 2014, but due to the floods in Serbia and inability of all participants to attend, it was cut short with only first day of training conducted. The rest of the seminar was postponed and successfully executed on June 6th and 7th.
The seminar was designed to connect the comprehending of early childhood development with modern practice of preschool upbringing and education. In that sense the content of training aims to stimulate practitioners in mutual exchange of experiences and good praxis, giving them opportunity to think of the way how to improve practice, or how to use existing capacities to make preschool education more accessible to a greater number of kids and their families. The respect of differences and inclusion of parents as active participants in educational process was specially pointed out.
The seminar in general was evaluated with an average grade of 3,82 (out of maximal 4). The participants have particularly highly valued the usefulness of the contents regarding the pleading for importance of programs focused on support for growth and development of children in early childhood.
Seminar presenters were Olga Lakicevic, project coordinator from CIP – Center for Interactive Pedagogy, who is the implementation partner in the project and Marina Stanojevic, professional associate of the preschool institution “Nasa Radost”, Smederevo.
At the same time the seminar was being held, the adaptation works on object in Sirca village, municipality of Kraljevo, were progressing as well. In the past period the works on the porch and the ramp have been completed, together with the exterior insulation of the building, inner walls, distribution of plumbing and heating installations. In the upcoming period, the execution of the final works on the facade, floor insulation and the equipping of kindergarten’s interior are expected.