LINC aims to develop a holistic, inclusive learning intervention for preventing ESL that starts early on, in primary school, and continues throughout lower secondary education. The project aims to provide a supporting community to learners, teachers, and parents well before ESL becomes a visible risk aiming to help the all players involved in school education effectively prevent ESL.

Based on the fact that ESL is a complex problem that is the result of not only school performance but also socio-economic factors, family background, parental educational levels, social exclusion particularly for migrants, poor understanding of the school system, attitudes towards education, and insufficient training of teachers among other influences the intervention will target the school community as a whole, including learners, parents, and teachers strengthening the social networks that can support children achieve excellence in learning. Community building approaches and experiential learning enhance current efforts on tackling ESL by:

  • ­Creating early on and maintaining a supporting, community environment for learners in the school and at home, with a focus on moral support, stimulation, communication with parents and teachers, and access to knowledge
  •  Helping learners, teachers, and parents understand school curricula purpose and structure and their relevance to real life; positively affects perceptions on the value of education
  •  Providing an inclusive environment for migrants by celebrating cultural diversity through integration into joint learning activities for learners, teachers, and parents and helping them better understand school systems in their host countries
  • ­Empowering teachers to lead activities that promote enhanced engagement of parents in schooling, i.e. parent engagement in school life, and learning, i.e. in homework study
  •  Empowering teachers through training to design and deliver inclusive, interactive learning activities that entice learner stimulation and parent participation
  • ­Empowering teachers to initiate and maintain relationships with parents throughout the school year
  •  Increasing the confidence of parents in their ability to help their children in their educational efforts through a community spirit
  • ­Supporting parents as learners by providing access to information on lifelong learning
  •  Allowing parents better access to information on their children school projects and progress through social networking services aiming for enhanced engagement
  •  Improving learner-teacher-parent communication through the school community and supporting ICT social networking services


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