KIVITSISA is a project established by all five municipalities of Greenland. It is historic that they work so closely together with a common objective for the primary school with the overall goal of lifting the education of the students. The project is also implemented in a cooperation with The Institute of Learning and The Agency for Education. As the municipalities are very different, there will be various differences on how KIVITSISA starts up in each municipality. Common for all is the direction of the project, the will to work together, and to support each other.
To implement KIVITSISA will be a big and exiting task for each school. It requires focus on both the educational and the technical. Because of that, the project will be implemented in phases, so the focus will be on one group of schools at a time. The plan for the rollout at each school is shown below.
Some schools have already received the iPads. This is because KIVITSISA is built on the experiences from the project that Qeqqata Kommunia and Kommune Kujalleq started in 2013.
The goal with KIVITSISA is to improve the learning level in the elementary school. iPads for everyone and improved internet access can, if used in the right way, give many exciting new possibilities in the education. The Students can collect, produce and communicate knowledge, they can cooperate with other students, both national and internationally, distance learning can be established and so on. Both teachers and leaders will be trained in how to take advantage of these new possibilities. To ensure that the new opportunities actually strengthens the students’ learning, the teachers will be included in new collaborative efforts, with focus on sharing good practices.
Cooperation at all levels is on the top of the list among KIVITSISA’s goals. Also outside the municipal school, the project has great support. The project receives support from four foundations: The VELUX FOUNDATIONS, The Hempel Foundation, A.P. Møller og Hustru Chastine Mc-Kinney Møllers Fond til almene Formaal, and The Oak Foundation, Denmark. These four foundations are represented in the project’s steering committee, together with partners and stakeholders, who are actively interested in supporting the project. Below, an overview of how the project is organized.
The cornerstone of KIVITSISA is, that teachers and school leaders receive support and help with the new tools in how these tools can improve the learning of the students. This support will be based on teachers cooperating and sharing their knowledge. The principle is simple: if you learn something, it’s your responsibility to pass it on. In the middle of this, is a group of so-called IKIORTIT (Those, who help). IKIORTIT is an overall designation of several functions, all intended to support with educational and didactic help and thereby be a support to the colleagues in their every day job. Some teachers are IKIORTIT full time, while others have these functions as part time while also being a teacher.
The task of IKIORTIT will be to support their colleagues closely in the daily teaching. They are included in the process of improving, completing and evaluating the teaching, just as they are available for the on-going guidance and sparring. IKIORTIT will during the project be trained in helping their colleagues. This training they will receive at IKIORTIT NAAPIFFIK (The IKIORTIT Meet-up), where they meet up and receive training in both pedagogy, technical aspects and how to guide their colleagues. Over time an IKIORTIT network will be established across the country. IKIORTIT will besides this, receive inspiration and professional input through webinars and through sparring with the project manager of KIVITSISA.
KIVITSISA is an educational and didactic project that has as its goal to lift the learning of the students. To make this possible, it requires a solid technical set-up. Like everything else in KIVITSISA it is built on a close cooperation between the five municipalities. All five municipalities and The Institute of Learning will establish a common platform. This common solution means that the municipalities can work together and help each other and makes it easier when teachers and students moves from one municipality to another.
Shown below, you can see how the common platform will be implemented. First, the overall decisions about the systems is made. Hereafter all IT-supporters from the five municipalities and Institute of Learning will meet and be trained in how to manage and support the new system. During the project the operation of the systems will be based on a close cooperation between the municipalities, and experiences will be shared.