Towe Project: educational innovation for children up to 3 years old
28 November, 2017
Two years of academic and educational intercooperation have allowed to develop the European Towe project, with the active participation of Suara Cooperativa through the team of the public nursery school Mas Balmanya of Sant Feliu de Guíxols. It is an innovative educational method aimed at improving the well-being of the child from 0 to 3 years. The balance of the experience is being very positive.
It is a project coordinated by the european universities Kingston University (leading the research), the University of Stavanger and the Ramon Llull University, which has been applied in nursery schools in the three participating countries, including Mas Balmanya. The objective has been to improve educational quality through training, practices and materials that the professionals use. One of the singularities of this pedagogical research has been that the academic and educational world have worked together, prioritizing the well-being of the child.
The presentation of the results was made at the Blanquerna Auditorium of the Ramon Llull University, with the presence of all the members of the project in Catalonia. The director of the school, Maria Àngels Domènech, points out that "joining Towe has represented a unique opportunity and at the same time a challenge."
Among others, it has been a growth and cohesion as a very important team and has even involved changes in operation. For example, team meetings have been modified, now more focused on self-analysis and reflection on everyday practice, paying close attention to the interaction of children. The recordings made throughout the project, mainly of the time of the dining room, have been very useful. The impact of all this work has been very important in day-to-day management of the center. "Now we trust more in the child, we listen more and we have more in mind their needs, we put the child in the center," adds the coordinator, Mireia Miralpeix.
During the duration of the shared research, all the participants have taken part in the universities and schools involved. For the Mas Balmanya team it has been an opportunity to meet professionals from other countries and other pedagogical methods.
More information in the Towe Projecte website.