In the framework of the final conference of the ETTECEC project, hosted by Autism-Europe on December 4th 2019 in Brussels, the ETTECEC free online platform for teachers was launched and presented by partners from Slovenia, Spain, and Czech Republic.
Autism-Europe, as partner of the project, hosted the half-day conference “On Autism for preschool teachers” at the Hermes Campus of the University KU Leuven in Brussels. It gave participants from different countries the opportunity to learn more about the situation of inclusive education in Europe and to discover the ETTECEC training, its methodology and impact.
Participants from China, the USA, Belgium, France, Luxembourg and other European countries gathered to know more about the results of the work undertaken by professionals from Spain, Slovenia, Czech Republic and Belgium.
The event started with an introduction of the EU and international legal framework regarding inclusive education in Europe given by Autism-Europe’s director Aurélie Baranger, and continued with a general overview and presentation of the ETTECEC online training and how to access and manage the moodle platform by Maja Skrubej Novak, autism specialist from Svetovalnica za avtizem (Slovenia).
Then, Egle Havrdová, Deputy chair of the board at Schola Empirica from Prague (Czech Republic), presented how the research was conducted before developing the training, notably through study visits, pilots and interviews with preschool teachers, parents and other stakeholders carried out in the framework of the project. ETTECEC partners Lucie Milcent, project coordinator at Asociación Mi Hijo y Yo (Spain), Petra Ristić, director and teacher at Mateřská škola (Czech Republic), and Manja Veldin, researcher at the Pedagoški inštitut/Educational Research Institute (Slovenia) described how the online training has been piloted and implemented in their areas, and showed some success stories resulting from the project .
Presentations from project partners were supported with videos aiming at sharing testimonies of different teachers who have already participated in the different ETTECEC training sessions.
At the end of the event, participants had the opportunity to share their impressions about the ETTECEC training and highlighted common needs and challenges, as well as the importance of developing such a training due to the lack of resources and contents.
The day before, 12 ETTECEC partners attended the 4th transnational meeting at the Autism-Europe’s office to exchange the latest updates of the project and prepare the last outputs before it came to an end.