Bulgaria, Romania, Greece and Portugal discuss making One School for All possible

The second management meeting of the teams from the European countries - Bulgaria, Romania, Greece and Portugal - participating in the SMILE project took place on 26 and 27 February 2020 in Iasi, Romania. The SMILE project aims to scale-up and disseminate the Bulgarian Model for Inclusive School Environment “One School for All” in Europe. The model offers an innovative and systematic approach to the inclusion of all students, teachers and parents at school.

During the meeting, the project partners, as well as representatives of the Romanian schools, presented the results of the training courses on the “One School for All” Model  for the school teams in Romania, Greece and Portugal. They have presented the action plans of the schools which will work on this year to improve their school's policies and practices in the four priority areas - school leadership, child safeguarding, partnership with parents and teaching practices.
With all the participants, we had the opportunity to visit one of the Romanian schools and to speak with the whole team working on the Model there. The teachers told us about the progress of inclusive education in their country and about the changes they expect with the introduction of this innovative practice. The participants watched with interest the screening of the documentary movie “One School for All”, with the participation of teachers and principals from Bulgarian schools who had already applied the Model created by the ELA Association.

The next meeting of the partners will be held at the end of 2020 in Athens, Greece.

The SMILE project is funded by the European Commission under the Erasmus + program. It lasts for 3 years and runs from 01/31/2019 to 01/30/2022 by the Association for Shared Learning ELA (Bulgaria), ARCIL (Portugal), Four ELEMENTS (Greece) and Fundatia EuroEd (Romania). The lead project partner and author of the Model is the Association for Shared Learning ELA.

ToT SMILE … Starting the journey

During November and December of 2019, the 12 hours training on the SMILE methodology to promote Incluvie Education took place in Lousã, Portugal, promoted by ARCIL under de ERASMUS+ programme. During 3 sessions, 4 team members from ARCIL delievered the ToT to a group of teachers, specialists and parents. The training also engaged one representative from the Board of a Public School from Lousã.

The ToT was the “start of a journey”; the trainers are now part of the teams that will assess and intervene in 3 Inclusive Education schools during 1 and a half school years, foccusing on the following areas:

- Inclusive Leadership; 

- Pedagogical Practices;

- Partnership with Parents;

- Child Safeguarding.

The trainers are extremely thankful for all the enthusiasm from the participants!

“The books are ready!”

After the Training of Trainers (ToT) in Bulgaria, the project team from ARCIL proceded with the revision and adaptation of the manual and self-assessment tool from the “One School For All” approach to Inclusive Education.

João Canossa Dias, Mariana Silva and Marta Melo, SMILE consultants from ARCIL, finished the task! The Portuguese versions of the manual and the self-assessment tool are ready for the implementation of the project!

Focus Group about Inclusive Education

During the summer period, in July (2019), ARCIL´s team promoted a focus group session in order to reflect about concepts and practices around Inclusive Education, using the “One School For All” model has starting point for the reflection. 

The session was facilitated by João Canossa Dias, coordinator of the SMILE project’s team at ARCIL, na engaged a group of mainstream teachers, specialized teachers, specialists and one external elemento, with expertise on the topic of Inclusive Education. The “One School For All” model was analysed and its application to the Portuguese context was under discussion.

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Training of Trainers in Sofia

Between the 27th and 29th of May 2019, CIE implemented in Sofia a training-the-trainers seminar to raise the capacity of partner teams from Portugal, Romania and Greece to apply and scale up the Model for building an inclusive school environment. 


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Centre for Inclusive Education

Address: Bulgaria,
1000 Sofia, 133 Knyaz Boris I, Str.

Phone: 00359 898 500 848

Contact persons:
Iva Boneva, Executive Director,
Liliya Arakchieva, Project Manager,