Project partners share the view that reading develops aesthetic sensitivity, influences intellectual development, broadens the possibilities of learning about the world, perfects speech (vocabulary, style of expression, grammar), trains thinking, and trains memory and attention. Is an important component of social development, affecting the material level. The level of readership varies in partner countries, but the indicators that characterize this phenomenon are much lower than in the EU's leading countries such as Sweden, the Netherlands and Denmark.
Through the implementation of the project, partners undertake activities to increase readership among students of partnership schools, and also participate in such initiatives in local societies, regions and partner countries.
The applicant organization is the Poviat Education Development Center in Giżycko (Poland), while the partnership is created by 9 schools.
From Poland, they are Primary School in Rydzewo, Kindergarten No. 4 in Giżycko and Complex of Electronic and IT Schools in Giżycko.
With Lithuania - School Linas in Alytus , Gymnasium Dainava in Alytus , Alytus Vocational Training Center.
From Latvia - School No. 93 in Riga, Lithuanian School in Riga and Technical School in Jelgava .
- Supplementing teachers 'competences with knowledge, skills and attitudes allowing for more effective education of students' reading competences.
- Develop more effective strategies for implementing reading education in schools.
- Defining the contemporary role of the school library, its target infrastructure, equipment and employee competences.
- Promotion of reading in partner regions (society, students, teachers, school authorities, local authorities).
- Equipping school teams with competencies necessary to conduct reading education in other schools.
50 people from 10 partner organizations will participate in the project. Each partner will be represented by an equal number of people, consisting of school leaders, library teachers, mother tongues, foreign languages and others having the greatest impact on teaching reading at school.
The main activities in the project are short training programs for employees. Three such five-day events will be organized: in Alytus in Lithuania, Giżycko in Poland, and Riga and Jelgava in Latvia. All project participants divided into five groups will participate in these trainings. During the training, they will develop IT competences according to the 'Reference Framework for the Development and Understanding of Digital Competences in Europe DIGCO MP' in application to reading education and library work, learn new reading education strategies in individual countries, take part in reading education shows and learn organization and methods school libraries.
The heads of partner schools and the applicant's employees will form a Project Team that will determine the principles and details of activities, carry out evaluations and organize the development of results. The team will meet at 4 project meetings. At the end of the project, conferences will be organized in three cities (Giżycko, Alytus , Jełgawa ).
As a result of the project implementation the following results will be obtained:
- Participation of 50 people in international learning / teaching / training activities. Type of action - Short training programs for employees. Total duration (days) - 15 days.
- Development of an innovative approach to reading education for students at the home school by 50 participants.
- Development of new school strategies for reading education for students by 10 school teams.
- Development of a new model of school library functioning by 10 school teams.
- Raising digital competences of 50 project participants, which was then used in conducting reading education.
- Preparation of three recommendations to local and state authorities indicating the needs of reading development.
- Organizing three conferences in a partner country disseminating the results, in which three hundred people will participate.
- Closer cooperation of 10 partners from three countries in the field of education.
Teachers participating in the project will develop their professional skills. The positive impact of the project will be primarily noted by partner schools. Their quality of work and positive perception in the environment will increase. School libraries will change. Project members will teach more effectively, and as a result students' achievement will be higher. The project's specially developed website will include Open Educational Resources used in the project: IT education - developing digital competences in Europe DIGCO MP, innovative reading development strategies implemented in three countries, reports on reading education in nine schools, descriptions of the work of nine school libraries and three public and fifty lessons on reading education.
All this accumulated knowledge in Open Educational Resources (in English, Lithuanian, Latvian and Polish) will be available to all interested.
The implementation of the project will be an element and impulse to strengthen the quality of education in partner schools.