Creating Open Societies: Step by Step

Creating Open Societies: Step by Step

When a child is born, the child is open, and
I think that openness has to be kept and has to be supported. The Step by Step thesis was that the first
six years have a disproportionate influence on the rest of the life of people. That you can’t create open societies and
you can’t change issues around equity and poverty in society unless you start investing
in the youngest citizens. At the beginning it was not easy. During Soviet system, there was one opinion,
there was one right answer. Step by Step Program, it was totally different
approach, totally different thinking. Child-centered classrooms, classes oriented
to the children. Education that allows the child to develop
full potential. With the competences and capacities to think
critically, to have their own minds. To communicate with others, to respect others. The very basic philosophy of our curriculum
when we established it was one of creating an inclusive environment. Inclusion of children with disabilities, children
from disadvantaged backgrounds. Children in the rural area and ethnic minorities. People from Roma and Gypsy and Traveller communities. The classrooms that we create reflect the
communities that we build. Actually living democratic values, not only
learning about them theoretically, children will be able to be active citizens in a democratic
open society. One of the biggest investments of the Open
Society Foundations in Central Eastern Europe has been in the development of an entire civil
society sector across the region. It grew into a network, which then very soon
became a movement. The International Step by Step Association
is a regional network of early childhood professionals that grew out of the nongovernmental organizations
that were implementing the Step by Step Program. We have members coming from 35 countries. Our mission is about access equity in early
childhood education systems. Access to quality methodology, access to quality
materials in education. It’s a platform of professional development. Self-assessment, self-reflection, pure learning. Developing standards and best practice. It was not that we just offer them methodology
and asked them to implement, but we offer training for the teachers, we offer site visits. To support them through mentoring, through
learning communities. We will help them grow as professionals to
feel better about themselves. It’s beautiful because people feel empowered. The parents are the primary educators. Their involvement in the children’s education
is really important. By supporting families and connecting families
and collaborating with them, that’s how you really bring around a holistic environment
for a child. We try to create a demand among parents for
quality services. You can always bring people together if you
invite them to talk about dreams that they have for their kids. First step is to build a trust among people
who are working with children and people in the community. Whether they are parents in Roma communities
or parents in rural or urban areas, the community itself needs a shared vision about what’s
best for their children. So they can actually fight for their children’s
rights. Sometimes it’s not about one achievement
or changing one policy, but making something become part of the culture. In the way teachers internalize the values,
in the way we approach children and families. Our classrooms in preschool and in primary,
they’re like laboratories where children are learning to experience democracy. Children that had graduated the high school
where we implemented Step by Step ideas, they were more communicative—they were open. Teachers who have been working with us since
2003, we consider them also as students. And they’ve grown up, and they are now with
the education department at the province level or even at the minister of education. As Europe becomes more united, the International
Step by Step Association, which has its initial footprint in Central Eastern Europe, is attracting
members from all over Europe. Children are citizens today. They have the right to well-being, they have
the right to education and happiness. An education, that gives an impulse that continues
throughout life. And it starts in early childhood, and it starts,
actually, with parents’ education. It’s not good to just to have to say that
education is a human right, and then you just sort of leave it an aside, but you have to
do something that—it has to be an action.


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    Josh Thomas

    Firstly these people look unhappy…

    Secondly why does soros make large donations to government as well…

    I'm thinking NWO.. where the word government just has a new name, with an uglier face.

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    Merkaba 13 13

    Basic research will teach your that holism is not associated with an open society. I wonder if these people realize the logical fallacy they believe?

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    Samwisegamgee The Brave

    Brainwashing. Proof right here that only does it work but it makes you look and feel TOTALLY DRAINED. Just look at the hunched shoulders and hollow eyes. These poor people need to wake up and get with the program. NONE OF THE REAL CITIZENS OF THE TARGET COUNTRIES OF THIS REVISIONIST and RELATIVISTIC EDUCATION POLICIES OF THE GLOBAL CRIMINALP POLITICAL CLASSES.

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    Τοτος Κανενας

    Nice propaganda!!!Don't panic so much.Europe,as well as the world,started to wake up.Your money can't buy our believes and our faith.

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    Jorn van Sevenhoven

    So the music was there to take away focus from the fact A bunch of radical globalists are actively pushing their communist crap down todler throats?

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    open societies for everyone by forced indoctrination from childhood on – except for Mr. Soros and his upper class which lives 100% isolated in total homogeneity…

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