Erasmus – Strengthening Inclusion of students with special needs through Positive Pedagogy


Erasmus, Opetushallitus

Hankkeen kesto

01.09.2019 - 31.08.2021

Hankkeen tavoitteet

Strengthening inclusion of students with special needs through positive pedagogy is the European
project of three vocational education organizations: “Fachakademie für Heilpädagogik from
Germany, BeauSoleil vocational high school from France and Diakonia College of Finland (Suomen
Diakoniaopisto Oy, SDO), which is coordinating this project. This project is an important part of each
organization´s international activities.
The target is to develop professional skills of their staff and to strengthen inclusion of students with
different special needs. The international exchange program has not been possible for students with
special needs in these organizations.The three vocational colleges have a diverse range of learners.
Many students need additional support and guidance along their study path. Positive pedagogical
strength methods have been systematically used in the teaching and guidance of students with
demanding special support in vocational education in every participating organizations. Now the
teachers and coaches want to share and learn new ideas internationally. The aim is also increase
equal opportunities to participate international activities for all students.
With strength pedagogy, the aim is to learn how to link positive teaching and the “learning by doing”
premise, because it facilitates skills acquisition. It has been found that especially those students with
special support needs require information about their own strengths to experience success and learn
to guide their own activities. In an international culture, they can learn together and support one
another in a positive way.

Hankkeen toteutus

The project Schedule from September 2019 to June 2021
September 2019 Finland 23-27.9.2019 (Definition and comprehension of positive pedagog, Staff participating Special support groups for demonstrating positive pedagogy)

December 2019 Germany : 1.12.-5.12.2019 LTT (Positive pedagogy workshops, Experts from different partner institutions travel to Germany (Designing a 3/2020 workshops for student with special need)

March 2020 Germany: 10.3.-13.3. 2020 LTT ( Students and experts from different partner institutions travel to Germany (Positive workshop based on the principles of strength thinking )

May 2020 France: 11.5.-15.5.2020 LTT (Experts from different partner schools travel to France Designing a 9/2020 workshops for student with special need)

September 2020 France (week 39): LTT (Activites will include students from French College, BeauSoleil vocational high school, they could lead some of the activities. Positive workshop based on the principles of strength thinking Students and experts from different partner institutions travel to France)

January 2021 Finland LTT (Students and experts from different partner institutions travel to Finland)

April 2021 Finland TPM (Experts travel to Finland (in addition to SDO 2×2= 4 people) Project summary and conclusions)

Partners are agreed organizing the program in their college and housting these meetings.
This project is a small pilot with few students. In order to develop special needs students strengths,
skills, self-esteem and inclusion in pedagogical activities, the three partners will involve all students
and the whole educative community. Erasmus+ international exchange is a great lifelong learning
opportunity for staff and students. Later from these experiences could develop international staff and
student program for bigger group and also organise work placements, when positive strength
pedagogy is the method of evaluation.
This project with BeauSoleil vocational high school, Fachakademie für Heilpädagogik Regensburg
and Diakonia College of Finland will be open to anyone follow trough organization´s www-pages and
relevant Erasmus+ platforms. The project material is free to use for all Erasmus+ family members.

Lisätietoja hankkeesta

International cooperation cannot only be based on theory and internet communication exchanges.
Also Meetings between the actors are necessary in Finland, France and Germany. This international
exchange of positive pedagogy practices is new for the participants. In this Erasmus project, target is
to understand better, how to prepare students to enter the labor market by identifying their strengths
and actively using them, while learning professional knowledge, skills and competencies. The aim is
to identify the differences between the countries and to transfer the knowledge and concrete actions.
During the first year the staff will meet and learn together from each others teaching methods in LTTmeetings.
They will also plan and design Positive together- LTT-workshops and peer learning
activities for the students with need special support to join for the second year. During the second
year, teachers implement international training periods for the students in small groups. Through this,
students with different special needs should be able to experience success and appreciate
themselves. They also should feel better in class and less different with others students. Students
from foreign countries would join students in the hosting organization. The European network
provides a great peer learning environment for the development of international activities.


Suomen Diakoniaopisto
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