The National Association of Educational Innovation and Inclusion in Schools (AENIE) is composed by 9 members of the Board, all linked directly or indirectly to the education system. The direction is composed of teachers, operational workers, union officials, representatives of parents, elements linked to the Portuguese education system and they believe they may have a important contribution in improving the quality of teaching-learning process in schools. The Association believes that it is imperative that teachers accompany this cibernaut generation of students, running the risk of becoming pedagogically obsolete.
“The short term scientific and pedagogical knowledge, teachers face today poses a constant dilemma: either they update, expand and diversify the initial knowledge, or age at a breakneck pace” (Manuel António Patrício). In addition, the AENIE believes in "task based learning" (TBL) because it appears as a form of real experiences of everyday life. Thus, the TBL emerges as very important reference in formative assessment, presenting itself as a source of success and motivation in student learning (one paradigmatic example is the activities of the European Club of Schools). Therefore the AENIE believes that the mobility of students in the employment context is the best way of improving personal skills in order to be prepared for entering in to the job market, promoting qualification, innovation and entrepreneurship, helping companies to be more competitive and looking for new niche markets abroad.
So, The purposes of the association AENIE are:
- to assure and contribute, by all means, that parents, tutors, teachers and staff can fully accomplish their mission as responsible elements for education;
- to contribute for the balanced personality and educational development of each student;
- to establish a teaching policy under the values of respect, equality and civic values of all students;
- to promote an inclusive and innovative school as far as pedagogical terms are concerned using the ICT Technologies;
- to help all students and parents/children’s tutors with economic problems;
- to support teachers with new strategies of teaching so they can improve their pedagogical methods through internal and external formation;
- to support schools as far as new pedagogical practices are concerned;
- to promote and support European Clubs in the Schools;
- to promote volunteering in schools:
- to promote student mobility;
- to promote internships for students in a work context;
- to promote new work skills of students;
- to develop students exchange projects.
To accomplish all that the AENIE association must:
- struggle for the students, parents, staff and tutors’ fair and legitimate rights and interests as far as school, education and culture are concerned;
- establish the necessary dialogue in order to promote understanding and cooperation amongst all parts involved in the projects;
- promote and cooperate in different actions in school, mainly by implementing new pedagogical practices;
- develop external partnerships for mobility of students in the employment context;
- promote and develop connections and partnerships with other similar associations or with their representative structures aiming the achievement of their goals/interests enclosed to the Education Ministry.