On 16 and 17 October, at the Faculty of Teacher Education, University of Zagreb, an initial meeting of the international Erasmus+ K2 project, entitled “Development of Literacy and Language Learning for Disadvantaged Young Learners” (Erasmus+ K2 2018-1-HR01-KA201-047499) was held. The Faculty of Teacher Education is the coordinator of the project to be carried out until 2020, and its partners are StCyril and Methodius University, Skopje, Macedonia, University of Maribor, Slovenia, and the Ivan Gundulić Primary School from Zagreb, Croatia.
The aim of the project is to act more efficiently on the development of language skills and literacy of children who are, because of their linguistic and cultural background, at a disadvantage in relation to their peers, thus improving their overall educational achievements. With this aim in mind, the project shall include researching innovative and transdisciplinary ways and methods of literacy development and language learning, as well as creating learning materials to stimulate their use in all learning situations: formal, non-formal, and informal.
The initial meeting was opened with a cordial welcome to all the participants, and the representatives of the partner institutions were greeted in the name of the host and the project coordinator by Kristina Cergol Kovačević, PhD, Assistant Professor, Vice Dean of Science, Arts, and International Cooperation, and the project leader, Tamara Turza-Bogdan, PhD, Associate Professor. Their welcoming speech particularly emphasized the relevanceof the project’s theme to modern society and educational institutions, as well as the fact that this is the first Erasmus+ project coordinated by the Faculty of Teacher Education, which indicates the leading role of the Faculty in the considerations of modern education.
During the two-day practical part, the participants began creating the first outcome of the project: the Report of Best Practices for Developing Literacy and Language Learning, which shall be presented to the general public in February 2019.