The project "Improving the protection and wellbeing of children in Europe: enhancing the curriculum" (funded by the European Commission - Brussels, Erasmus +) assembled an international team of trainers and university professors in social work to develop training programs and materials corresponding to the current global challenges to people's development: migration, poverty, marginalization of people and communities, and violence.
The project includes eight universities with specialized areas of expertise and experience: Stirling University; Scotland, State Pedagogical University of Chisinau, Moldova; University of Belgrade, Serbia, University of Bucharest, Romania; New Bulgarian University, Bulgaria; University of Kent, UK; University of Pristina, Kosovo; University of Tirana, Albania; Terre des Hommes, the Lausanne Foundation in Hungary is a local coordinator with strong European working relations, supports networks in Southeastern-Europe and a good understanding of the problems and specificities that may arise.
During the Budapest workshop, the experts discussed the latest details of the training programs developed in the 8 countries participating in the project. Training programs and materials were presented at a national level during specially organized events within the project. The products reflect both the contemporary challenges to social work and the peculiarities of local contexts; they synchronize good teaching practices from Europe and the philosophy of rights-based social work with children and families.
An important product of the project is the developed distance learning module. The module develops skills and builds knowledge about working with children and families who are refugees from the Middle East. It pinpoints the specificities of legislation and services provided in European countries that provide refugees with asylum. The module will be available for distance learning from August 2018 here on our on-line child protection platform (www.childub.org).
The project was created in response to a survey on the deficits in university education for social work in Bulgaria and other countries in Southeastern Europe. The established deficits of the university education regarding social work in Bulgaria and other countries in Southeastern Europe are as follows: lack of standards for social work, lack of opportunities for interactive education, and lack of practical activities that meet standards.
The products of the project were incorporated into the new program "Psycho-Social Interventions with Children and Families", launched in the autumn semester of the school year 2018/2019 at the Department of Health and Social Work, New Bulgarian University.
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