REYN and Together Old and Young (TOY) joined forces to create TOY for Inclusion, a project to address increasingly worrying issues like discrimination and segregation that oppress Romani children from very early age.
Building on the success of the TOY project, TOY for Inclusion combines two approaches: it promotes intergenerational learning opportunities between older adults and young children as well as community-based early childhood education and care (ECEC).
TOY for Inclusion designs educational resources and establishes ECEC Play Hubs in seven European countries: Belgium, Croatia, Hungary, Italy, Slovakia, Slovenia – all REYN National Networks countries. Additionally, a TOY for Inclusion Play Hub will be established in Latvia.
Training to social workers and practitioners
TOY for Inclusion has trained 20 practitioners and stakeholders from the partner countries. Participants have learned how to promote inclusion in non-formal early childhood education and care settings and how to foster intergenerational learning (IGL). The training was based on the TOY for Inclusion toolkit which will be published in early 2018.
TOY for Inclusion is a project coordinated by International Child Development Initiatives – ICDI (NL). Other partners are the International Step-by-Step Association – ISSA (NL) and seven members of REYN: Educational Research Institute – ERI (Slovenia), Open Academy Step by Step – OASS (Croatia), Centre for Education Initiatives – CEI (Latvia), Wide Open School – WOS (Slovakia), Centre for Innovation in the Early Years – VBJK (Belgium), Associazione 21 Luglio (Italy) and Partners Hungary Foundation.
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