Finsterwalde, Germany (coordinator)
E & G Projekt Agentur GmbH has been committed to sustainable regional development for more than 20 years to ensure the long-term quality of life in the Elbe-Elster region in the south of Brandenburg, Germany. The company has extensive experience as a service provider in the fields of “work and employment” for the regional economy as well as for public and private institutions. E & G Projekt Agentur GmbH has been involved in numerous interesting regional, national and international projects for many years.
In the Kit@ project involved is Eva-Maria Aurenz from E & G Projekt Agentur GmbH.
Eva-Maria Aurenz is project coordinator in the company and is currently working on the Kit@ project for Output 2. She is also a trainer in “Media 4 Kids”, a practice-oriented offer in the field of media education especially for rural regions. The 4-day further training course “Media 4 Kids” deals with relevant questions of media education and provides handouts for practical media use in day care centres, after-school care clubs and child and youth welfare facilities.
Eva-Maria Aurenz holds a Master’s degree in Cultural Studies from the BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg in the field of “Culture and Technology”.
Before joining E & G Projekt Agentur GmbH, she completed a trainee program with a degree in “Expert in Media Sales Business” via the Media Group Academy and worked for a regional media company in the field of media sales.
EDUC@ATIONAL DYNAMICS Partnership is an accredited Language and Teacher Education Centre situated in Hermoupolis, the capital city of the island of Syros and of the Cyclades Islands in the South Aegean, Greece.
It runs courses in English, Italian, German and Spanish for all ages and operates throughout the year; winter courses are from September until May/June and summer courses from June until September.
E.D. is a Cambridge Examination Preparation Centre and has a broad network of collaborations for its academic purposes:
- It collaborates with universities in the UK, the Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Spain, Sweden and the USA;
- It networks with several organisations and academic institutions across Europe in multi-lateral EU Projects;
- It participates in educational pilot EU Projects as active partner;
- It is member of the QLS Network – Quality School Services;
- It is registered with UCAS and undertakes procedures to register students to universities in the UK for undergraduate and/or postgraduate studies;
- E.D. has long experience in designing e-learning educational tools, teaching methodologies based on interactive communication, and innovative vocational training methodologies;
- E.D. has been awarded several times by the Pan-Hellenic Federation of Language Centres, the Municipality of Hermoupolis and the Prefecture of the Cyclades for its cultural and educational contribution.
It is run by Eugenia Papaioannou and Christine Kanellopoulou-Kyriakopoulou.
Banská Bystrica, Slovakia
Skola dokoran – Wide Open School n. o. was established in 2012 as a potential successor of the Wide Open School Foundation which had focused on life-long learning through variety of personality and individual needs centred projects since 1994. The Foundation was established as a spin-off organization by the Open Society Foundation Bratislava to pursue its priorities in early childhood development and education, reform of education system and education of the marginalized. The new non-profit organisation was supposed to follow-up on Foundation´s rich and successful history, take over its brand, projects. The non-profit organization took over references and liabilities of the Foundation from previous projects.
The vision of an ideal situation in the field of Early Childhood and Care situation for our organisation is that all families in heterogeneous communities, especially with children at an early age, living in a full-value and tolerant environment, have access to education and social services, and in addressing their needs they can rely on an open and competent public administration. In order to achieve this goal Skola dokoran – Wide Open School n. o. cares about the needs of families from heterogeneous communities, especially those with children at an early age, eliminates intolerance and facilitates dialogue among stakeholders and contributes to the development of stimulating environment with emphasis on education, employment, housing and health.
Activities of Skola dokoran – Wide Open School n. o. are divided into 4 main categories:
- Children successful in school;
- Families which fulfil their basic functions;
- Sustainable heterogeneous communities;
- Engaged, educated and experienced experts.
The Centre for Psychological Research and Social Intervention (CIS-IUL), where key staff members participating in this consortium conduct their research, is one of the nine research units conducting excellent research at ISCTE-IUL. It is integrated in the School of Social Sciences and Humanities, and is closely linked to the Department of Social and Organizational Psychology of ISCTE-IUL. Research is conducted mainly through externally funded projects and researchers are organized in research groups sharing scientific interests and backgrounds. CIS-IUL is a center of reference in several areas at the national and international level (e.g., community psychology, social cognition, gender studies, social justice, organizational psychology, risk perception, emotions, and intergroup relations). CIS-IUL has a long and solid experience in developing evaluation, research, and intervention activities in the areas of early childhood education, inequality, and discrimination.
CIS-IUL members involved in Kit@ are Cecília Aguiar, Lígia Monteiro, Tânia Boavida, and Catarina Araújo.
Cecília Aguiar is an assistant professor at ISCTE-IUL and a senior researcher at CIS-IUL. With background in developmental and educational psychology, she has both conducted and participated in research on ECEC quality and teacher practices in ECEC, focusing on children’s social outcomes (i.e., peer social interactions, networks, and relationships) and, especially, on the social participation of children with disabilities. Other research areas include adult-child interactions, early childhood special education, and early childhood intervention. Cecília Aguiar has been awarded several grants, all of which secured through competitive calls promoted by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology, including a doctoral fellowship, two post-doctoral fellowships, and two Scientific Career Development Fellowships awarded to her as the principal investigator of two projects: “Enhancing peer relationships: Preschool teachers’ ideas and practices” and “Enhancing social participation of preschoolers with disabilities”. She coordinated the dissemination workpackage in the FP7 CARE Project and is currently coordinating the workpackage on curriculum, pedagogy, and social climate in the H2020 ISOTIS Project. Aguiar is also the national coordinator for Erasmus+ Project BECERID.
Lígia Monteiro Ph.D. is an assistant Professor at ISCTE-University Institute of Lisbon, and a researcher at CIS-IUL, where she coordinated the CED (Community, Education and Development) research group from 2014 to 2017. She’s the Director of the Masters in Community Psychology, Protection of Children and Youth at Risk. Has a background on educational and developmental Psychology (ISPA-Instituto Universitário /Universidade Nova de Lisboa), and has participated in several research projects studying the impact of family (e.g., attachment to mother and father), in children’s socio-emotional development, during infancy and the pre-school years. She has been awarded several grants: a doctoral and two post-doctoral fellowships (Auburn University – Department of Human Development and Family Studies, and ISPA-IU), through competitive calls promoted by FCT. As a researcher she is currently involved in several projects with national and international collaborations.
With a Developmental Psychology background Tânia Boavida, PhD, a full member at CIS, is currently developing her post-doctoral studies on “Professional Development on Collaborative Consultation in Early Childhood Intervention”. Both her doctoral and post-doctoral research studies have focused on professional development of both ECEC teachers and early childhood intervention professionals.
Catarina Liane Araújo is a research assistant at ISCTE-IUL and currently working on the “Kit@ Project – Media competency training for professionals in day-care centers and comparable institutions in rural areas of Europe”. She is also a collaborative researcher at CIEd – UMinho. Catarina has a background in primary education, special education needs, childhood studies, and ICT use in education. She has also conducted and participated in research on writing and learning disabilities, Self-Regulated Strategy Development (SRSD), and the use of ICT in primary schools (i.e., teachers’ and students’ perceptions, teachers’ practices, students’ academic performance, evidence based practices). Furthermore, Catarina Araújo has been awarded a doctoral fellowship by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology and has participated in various national and international projects related to teacher training through evidence-based practice (e.g., “The Voice of European Teachers – Comenius Network”, “The Pigafetta Project – An investigation project about the educational use of the Magalhães Laptop in primary education across the north of Portugal” and “The Effects of Socioeconomic Status and Multilingualism on Children’s Cognitive Development”).
MOMA is a Bulgarian company that develops innovative ICT business management solutions and counts on a highly skilled team of ICT engineers and consultants. The software development process is based on proven agile methodology and best practices in the area. We are familiar with the latest ICT areas, such as Cloud Computing, Service Oriented Architecture and Mobile Application Development. The company is specialized in developing custom software products for the core business of their customers.
We are focused on two main directions in the business process management – managing manufacturing business processes and online media content management, including e-learning.
The company has extended experience developing and implementing Enterprise Resource Planning and Decision Support System systems. The company’s flagship product called RedKey is innovative ERP/MOM system for management of manufacturing businesses in the following branches: metallurgy, machinery, furniture, textile, clothing, food processing, consumer electronics, home appliances and others.
In the area of online media content management and e-learning we have two products. First is eExam – a web based application for designing and executing tests and exams in multiple choice style. It is highly customized and powerful tool for teachers, trainers and students. Second is ShoutBack – a novel structured means for online media to communicate with their readers. It allows the online media to enrich their content, to the readers to express their opinion, to the opinion researchers to explore and analyze data and finally the policy makers to take decisions.