The objectives of the partnership are:
– To explore the situation in partner countries regarding reading skills of children and to prepare a Need Analysis on the topic;
– To develop a series of activities aiming at improving reading skills and interest in reading;
– To support pupils in developing better reading comprehension and increasing their level of functional literacy;
– To share good practices and experience between teachers in partner countries;
– To involve parents in school activities;
– To promote project aims,activities and results among local community.
The problems to be addressed through the project activities are:
– According to the latest research the level of functional literacy constantly decreases;
– The number of actively reading children gets lower and of those who are interested in reading;
– The level of aggressive behavior at school increases,while the level of face-to-face communication gets lower;
– All these lead to lower academic results, and eventually to dropping out of school.
Objectives listed above will be achieved through different activities divided into four main directions:
1. Need Analysis–a survey among teachers, pupils,parents,librarians and other specialists on children’s reading habits;summarizing results by each partner for their respective country,and a Compiled Need Analysis will be prepared,as a base for developing activities, and for the final evaluation.
2. Reading Workshop–These will aim at increasing young children’s interest to reading and motivating them to read more.Involving parents will lead to better teachers–parents-students collaboration. Sessions in a library will provide additional reading environment. The opportunity to share reading experience with peers from partner countries will enrich their knowledge about the countries in Europe.
3. Reading Classroom–These will aim at teaching pupils to read effectively and to be able to use and implement the new knowledge, but not to see the process of learning as way of gaining numerous facts.These will provide opportunity for students with reading difficulties to get support for improving their reading skills.
4. Reading on Stage and Reading Exhibition–These are interactive activities that could involve many children of different age in a creative way.
5. Teaching approaches in Reading practice–based on sharing good practices and experience between partners.
6. Increasing public awareness about the problem–using all dissemination channels available.
Mrs Manola Vaya, Junior High School Korinos- Mrs Tanya Borisova