Project name: Bottom-up Online Zelfhulp voor Ouders met een achterstand – OZO
Project duration: March 1, 2017 – September 30, 2018
Project applicant: Ezzev Foundation; project partner: Parents’ Association at the Experimental Primary Schools of Maraslion (PAEPSM) – Athens, Greece
Within the rich existing Dutch supply of services providing help to underprivileged parents, an online self-help environment is lacking offering an interdisciplinary approach, rather than a one-specialism approach, and choosing a bottom-up approach in which the already available parent resources are taken as the starting-point.
Aims of the project are:
- Implementing an online environment for underprivileged parents;
- Stimulating underprivileged parents to enrich the self-help environment with their own resources;
- Empowering underprivileged parents by means of a learning module on how to start, have and end a dialogue – with other adults and with their children;
- Empowering underprivileged parents by means of a learning module on how to present oneself on video;
- Empowering underprivileged parents by means of a learning module on how to present oneself on online.
The project will be implemented by five Ezzev Foundation staff members, each with their own relevant specialisms: starting up and maintaining online environments for adult education, starting up, and maintaining online communities, the interdisciplinary creation of learning modules on how to start, have and end a dialogue and how to present oneself on video and online.
The specialization that is lacking among the staff members is the ability to create a bottom-up community for underprivileged parents, taking their already available resources as the starting-point. This specialization will be developed with the help of the Greek parent association PAEPSM that initiated self-help environments in Athens, partially as a result of the crisis. By means of providing training, an exchange of Best Practices and critical evaluation of elements of the project, this will be executed.
The result of the product will be an evaluated pilot in the Netherlands of a bottom-up self-help environment for underprivileged parents, starting with their available resources, in which interdisciplinary learning modules are provided. The project effect that is hoped for is that Dutch and potentially also EU-help organizations and organizations that support underprivileged parents will approach the initiative positively and are willing to move in the direction of the pilot’s starting points and implementation.