MM atthes Alliance For Childhood Fact Sheet english by x8M625X


									            With the support of the Jean Monnet Programme of the European Union

The Members:
ARGE-Erziehungsberatung, Austria                   Dr. Martina Leibovici
The Linkedness Project, Belgium                    Heidi Defever
Experiential Education Project, Belgium            Professor Dr. Ferre Laevers
Flemish Institute for Family Sciences, Belgium     Professor Dr. Hans van Crombrugge
The Kempler Institute, Denmark                     Claes Solberg Pedersen
Legambiente, Italy                                 Vanessa Pallucchi
Ministry of Justice/Council for Child Protection (NL) Jeroen Petri
Universal Education Foundation (NL)                Marijke Sluijter
Janusz Korczak International Society               Theo Cappon
Center for Youth and Development, The Hague
University for Professional Education, The Hague
Roosevelt Academy, Middelburg (NL)                 Professor René Diekstra
Verein mit Kindern Wachsen, Germany                Lienhard Valentin
                                                   Sabine Heggemann
University of Cordoba, Spain                       Professor Rosario Ortega Ruiz
                                                   Rosario Del Rey
Fundación Marcelino Botín, Spain                   Fátima Sánchez Santiago
International Association for Steiner / Waldorf
Early Childhood Education (Sweden)                 Clara Aerts
Pen Green                                          Margy Whalley
                                                   Eddie McKinnon
European Council for Steiner
Waldorf Education, Brussels                        Christopher Clouder
The Educational Volunteers Foundation
of Turkey                                          Nurdan Sahin
Secretariat of the Group, Brussels                 Michiel Matthes

Cooperation with:
Diversity in Early Childhood Education
and Training (DECET)                             Anke van Keulen
Thomas Coram Research Unit, Institute of Education
University of London /
the magazine Children in Europe                  Professor Dr. Peter Moss
International Step by Step Association, Hungary Liana Ghent
Université de Toulon, France                     Professor Dr. Boris Cyrulnik
Mother Child Education Foundation, Turkey        Batuhan Aydagül

Eligibility of members:
Organisations that work on the Quality of Childhood in one or more member states of the
European Union with, ideally, the following characteristics:
     preferably a leading organisation with a large network
     in-depth knowledge of the subject in question.

Members must be invited to join. The Alliance for Childhood European Network Group has
chosen to be part of the international initiative taken in Forest Row (UK) in June 1998 to set
up an international network called the ‘Alliance for Childhood’. Contact details of other
Alliance for Childhood network groups:
     in the United Kingdom:
     in the USA:
     in Brazil:

The Focus of the Work
The theme of the work is: to improve the Quality of Childhood in the European Union and
Educational Space.

The Mission, as formulated on 4 October 2006:
The participants at the meeting declare that they share a deep concern about the quality of
childhood in the member states. For this reason, they have come together and have decided to
start to work in concert to improve the ‘Quality of Childhood’ in the member states of the
European Union and beyond.

The participants believe that a poor quality of childhood is harmful for children. When society
as a whole improves this quality, it will be beneficial for the children and adolescents in
question and for the societies in which they grow up.
Furthermore, the participants believe that a good quality childhood is based on the following
principles and attitudes:
     The child is respected as a fellow human being with his or her own aspirations to
        develop his/her inner potential.
     The quality of the relationships of the child with important adults and others is a key
        element of the quality of his/her childhood and for his/her growth as a human being.

The Work Method:
The Alliance for Childhood European Network Group is a network group of public advocacy
groups in the member states of the European Union that work on the Quality of Childhood in
their own countries or group of countries/ specific areas. Governmental or semi-governmental
organisations that work in the same spirit can also be invited to join.

The activities of the Alliance for Childhood European Network Group are complimentary to
the activities of the various members. The following concrete activities can be distinguished:
     The members brief each other on how they perceive the situation with regard to the
        Quality of Childhood in their areas of activity.
     The members brief each other on their concrete activities, strategies, networks in
        which they function, etc..
     Because the members have a continuous dialogue with each other, a consensus on
        certain topics may gradually emerge; the result of this is as follows:

           o It will reassure the individual members that they have made the right analysis
               and will give them the assurance that they are on the right track. This in turn
               will give all the members more self confidence to pursue their activities.
           o Having gone through this process with a group of leading experts in the
               European Union, a consensus will emerge and this in turn will emanate to
               other stakeholders, the media and the political parties.
           o All the members will start to act differently and more effectively because of
               the new insights acquired in the Alliance for Childhood European Network
               Group. As a result, all the members will start to positively influence the
               existing networks in which they are active in their own countries / group of
      In short: the Alliance for Childhood European Network Group will create a knowledge
       system with respect to the Quality of Childhood in the European Union.

The end result of this will be that the Quality of Childhood in the member states of the
European Union will gradually improve.

Working Group on the Quality of Childhood of the European Parliament
MEP Karin Resetarits (Austria, Alde Party), together with Christopher Clouder, set up the
Working Group on the Quality of Childhood of the European Parliament. At this moment the
following Members of the European Parliament take part in the Working Group.

Alde Party                             MEP Karin Resetarits (Austria)
Socialist Group                        MEP Rovana Plumb (Romania)
                                       MEP Adrian Severin (Romania)
                                       MEP Corina Cretu (Romania)
Group of the Greens                    MEP Hiltrud Breyer (Germany)
European People’s Party                MEP Marie Panayotopoulos-Cassiotou, (Greece)
                                       MEP Livia Jaroka (Hungary)
Independence / Democracy Group         Kathy Sinnott (Ireland)

The Alliance for Childhood European Network Group is helpful to the Members of
Parliament to develop the agenda for the Working Group’s sessions and to draft the reports of
these meetings.

                                 The program of 2006-2009

5 December   1. ‘The Toxic Childhood Syndrome and the Quality of Childhood’ with
2006         Christopher Clouder (UK) and Professor Hans van Crombrugge (Belgium)
9 January    2. ‘Really Improving the Education in the European Union requires Systemic
2007         Changes’ with professor Luc Stevens (Netherlands) and Professor Ferre
             Laevers (Belgium)
6 March      3. ‘The Quality of Child-Adult Relationships in Families and School’ with
2007         Jesper Juul (Denmark)
15 May 2007 4. ‘The Child: his/her Networks and Neighbourhood’ with René Diekstra
September 20 5. ‘How can we improve in the European Union the Early Childhood
2007         Educational Systems’ with John Bennett, the author of the OECD Study
             Starting Strong.
November 6 6. ‘How to let children and adolescents acquire key competences for the
2007         world of the 21st century? with Dr. Martina Leibovici-Mühlberger from

               Austria and Geseke Lundgren from Sweden.
January 8,     7. ‘Attachment, what it is, why it is important and what we can do about it to
2008           help young children acquire a secure attachment? with Sir Richard Bowlby
March 4,       8. ‘A vision on children and childhood in the European Union’ by Michiel
2008           Matthes
May 14,        9. Professor René Diekstra about ‘The Changing Face of Adolescence.
2008           Accounting for changes in adolescent development and their effects on
               education and social policies’.
July 1, 2008   10. Professor Steen Hildebrandt (University of Aarhus, Denmark) about the
               ‘Multiple intelligences in the knowledge-based society’.
September      11. Presentation of the report of the Fundación Marcelino Botín entitled
16, 2008       ‘Social and Emotional Education, An International Analysis’ by Mr
               Christopher Clouder and Fátima Sánchez Santiago.
November       12. Professor Boris Cyrulnik from France: what measures can we take to
12, 2008       improve the quality of childhood in the European Union?
November       13. Organisation of a Symposium in Bucharest, Romania at the request of
17, 2008       MEP Mrs Rovana Plumb: ‘A European Policy Agenda for the Quality of
               Childhood with special emphasis on the case of the children of Romanian
               migrant workers’.
January 27,    14. Professor Michel Vandenbroeck (University of Ghent, Belgium) about
2009           Diversity and Equity in Early Childhood Services.
March 3,       15. ‘Taking stock of what has been achieved with the Working Group since
2009           December 2006 and looking forward’ with Michiel Matthes, Secretary-
               General of the Alliance for Childhood European Network
April 28,      16. Professor Peter Moss (University of London) about young children and
2009           their services: developing a European approach.
September 8,   17. Improving the Quality of Childhood in the European Union during the
2009           present economic downturn
November       18. The European Commission is developing a research agenda regarding
17, 2009       families and family policies. The Alliance for Childhood European Network
               Group will present in this session its key research questions in this respect.
December 8,    19. To be determined.

The ultimate aim of this Working Group is for the European Parliament to adopt the
approaches that were developed in the Working Group on the Quality of Childhood.

Secretariat and Contact Details:
Mr Michiel Matthes
Konkelstraat 214 Box 7
1200 Brussels,Belgium
Tel: +32.2.7622557

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