European Union Grundtvig Learning Partnerships: Public Living Room–A Safe Learning Space (August 2013 – July 2015)
The project entitled “Public Living Room–A Safe Learning Space”
is supported by Turkish Center for European Union Education and Youth Programs. The activities began on August 2013 and will endure for two years. It is a partnership of Mother Centers in 5 countries. The partnership wants to explore the qualities of mother centers, how it functions by debating its most essential aspect: safety. In the partnership each partner has chosen a sub-theme related to safety. Partners formulate questions to be debated by all other partners and they gather the outcomes of these debates afterwards in a theme paper
As per the partnership agreement for the first year of the project (2014 August 1-June 30), International Children’s Center (ICC) has participated in 4 meetings held in Austria Poland, Germany and Slovakia. In the local context, ICC has also organized one meeting for the partners in Ankara, Turkey on 28-30 January 2014. The last meeting of the first year of the partnership was held from 30 May to 3 June 2014 in Munich, Germany. ICC could not take part in this mobility and decided to take part in the upcoming meetings with a group of staff in order to benefit more on the topics.
For each of the mobility meeting held, ICC, with support of the Gaziantep Metropolitan Municipality, organized discussions on the topics in the mother centers of Gaziantep. The first local discussion with the mothers in mother centers of Gaziantep was directed by one of ICC’s staff in Gaziantep and other discussions were held the mother center coordinators themselves. For each of the topic, a questionnaire was sent to Gaziantep mother centers. After the questionnaires were done, the answers were received by ICC and a detailed report was prepared to be presented in the mobility meetings.
A report for each of the debates was prepared both in English and in Turkish, and outcomes of the discussions were presented in the mobility meetings. Before each mobility meeting, a newsletter was prepared by the hosting partner on the topic to be discussed. The newsletters included a brief information on the topic to be worked on, questions to facilitate debates and organizational and logistics information about the upcoming mobility. Each newsletter was translated to local language by every partner in order to help every people from different cultures in the partner countries.
The subjects of the first year of the project were:
- Making the Mother Center into a Safe Public Living Room,
- Creating safety in times of crisis/ life changing situations,
- How mothers give each other support in early motherhood,
- When I leave my child.
- Safety in the family,
- Having a supporting group/ community
As per the second year activities of the partnership, first meeting of the second year (1 August 2014 – 30 June 2015) was held in Regensburg, Germany on 24-27 October 2014. Landesverband Mütter- und Familienzentren in Bayern e.V. from Germany, coordinator of the project hosted this meeting which was organized on “Topic:12: Tools & methods to set up safety in our group” subject of the partnership. Participants from Germany, Slovakia, Poland, Turkey, and Austria attended in the meeting and presented their discussion reports on the subject. Apart from the findings based on the discussion reports, ICC contributed by giving information on Team Dynamics and strategies on handling difficult situations in mother centers.
ICC also proposed a mini-poster to be used by the mother centers which highlights the characteristics of a team member. The aim was to remind every mother and the coordinators of the mother centers how we should act and react in a team efficiently. This mini poster was very much appreciated by the Mother Center coordinators and the decided to use it according the their cultural needs and/or obstacles faced in their home countries
The second meeting of the second year of the project was held in Warsaw, Poland on 20-23 November 2014. The aim of the meeting was to discuss on “Health Systems” of the partner countries. The main focus was to determine the differences of the mother and child care services provided in the countries and to learn whether mothers are aware of the services provided during maternal period. In counclsion, it was noted that mostly women are aware of the services provided and that they give importance to maternal health.
The second meeting of the second year of the project was held in Warsaw, Poland on 20-23 November 2014. The aim of the meeting was to discuss on “Health Systems” of the partner countries. The main focus was to determine the differences of the mother and child care services provided in the countries and to learn whether mothers are aware of the services provided during maternal period. In counclsion, it was noted that mostly women are aware of the services they are provided and that they give importance to maternal health.