Creating Open Societies: Step by Step

Creating Open Societies: Step by Step

when a child is born the child is open and I think that openness has to be kept and has to be supported the step-by-step thesis was that the first six years have a disproportionate influence on the rest of the life of people you can't create open societies and you can't change issues around equity and poverty in society unless you start investing in the youngest citizens at the beginning it was not easy during Soviet system there was one opinion that there was one right answer step by step program it was totally different approach totally different thinking child centered classrooms classes oriented to the children education that allows the child to develop full potential with the competences and capacities to think critically to have their own minds to communicate with others who respect others the very basic philosophy of our curriculum when we established it was one of creating an inclusive environment inclusion of children with disabilities children from disadvantaged backgrounds children in the rural area and ethnic minorities people from Roma and gypsy and travel communities the classrooms that we create reflect the communities that we built actually living democratic values not only learning about them theoretically children will be able to be active citizens in a democratic open society one of the biggest investments of the Open Society Foundations in central Eastern Europe has been in the development of an entire civil society sector across the region it grew into a network which then very soon became a movement the International step-by-step Association is a regional network of early childhood professionals that grew out of the non-governmental organizations that were implementing the step-by-step program we have members coming from 35 countries our mission is about access equity in early childhood education systems access to quality methodology access to quality materials in education the platform of professional development self-assessment self-reflection peer learning developing standards and best practice it was not that we just offered the methodology and asked them to implement but we offer training for the teachers we offer site visits to support them through mentoring through learning communities it will help them grow as a professionals feel better about themselves and it's beautiful because people feel feel empowered the parents are the primary educators their involvement in the children's education is really important by supporting families and connecting families and collaborating with them that's how you really bring around a holistic environment for a child we try to create a demand among parents for quality services you can always bring people together if you invite them to talk about dreams that they have for their kids first step is to build a trust among people who are working with children and people in the community whether they are parents in Roma communities or parents in rural or urban areas the community itself needs a shared vision about what's best for their children so they can actually fight for their children's rights sometimes it's not about one achievement or changing one policy but making something become part of the culture in the way teachers internalize the values in the way we approach children and families our classrooms in preschool and in primary they're like laboratories where children are learning to experience democracy children hazzard graduated high school where we implemented step by step ideas they were more communicative they were open teachers who've been working with us since 2003 we consider them also our students and and they've grown up and they're now with the Education Department at the province level or at even at the Ministry of Education this Europe becomes more United the International step by step Association which has its initial footprint in central Eastern Europe is attracting members from all over Europe children are citizens today they have the right to well-being they have the right to education and happiness and education that gives a an impulse that continues throughout life and it starts in early childhood and it starts actually with parents education it's not good just to have to say that education as human dies and then you just sort of leave it and aside but you have to do something that it has to be an action you you you

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9 thoughts on “Creating Open Societies: Step by Step

  1. Nice propaganda!!!Don't panic so much.Europe,as well as the world,started to wake up.Your money can't buy our believes and our faith.

  2. Brainwashing. Proof right here that only does it work but it makes you look and feel TOTALLY DRAINED. Just look at the hunched shoulders and hollow eyes. These poor people need to wake up and get with the program. NONE OF THE REAL CITIZENS OF THE TARGET COUNTRIES OF THIS REVISIONIST and RELATIVISTIC EDUCATION POLICIES OF THE GLOBAL CRIMINALP POLITICAL CLASSES.

  3. Basic research will teach your that holism is not associated with an open society. I wonder if these people realize the logical fallacy they believe?

  4. Firstly these people look unhappy…

    Secondly why does soros make large donations to government as well…

    I'm thinking NWO.. where the word government just has a new name, with an uglier face.

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