On the 28th and 30th of October, in Oslo, SICI (Standing International Conference of Inspectorates), in connection with the Norwegian Directorate for Education and Training, promoted a general meeting and an event about “Facilitating Change – Communication and Inspection”.
SICI was founded in 1995 and it was formed by 8 members, including Portugal.
Nowadays, it has 35 country members (France, Turkey, Sweden, Estonia, Germany, Ireland, Belgium, Czech Republic, Finland, Croatia, Wales, Portugal, etc.), due to the work developed in the educational inspection, in Europe. This work is focused in the quality of schools` response and in the education. SICI has a privileged access to information and tools. Portugal was represented by the Education Inspectorate – representatives of the Regional Inspectorate of Madeira and the Regional Inspectorate of Azores.
This event had the presence of the Secretary of State of the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research. His intervention was focused on communication, as a key element for change and for the improvement of education. He pointed out the proactive and the interactive role of the inspectorate with schools, local authorities, media and higher education institutions. He also said that SICI provides “foods for thoughts”.
The event had the presence of inspectors of several countries, where they worked together. They provided contributions and discussed examples of methodologies and materials, documents that facilitate communication, before, during and after the inspectorate intervention in school.
The Regional Inspectorate of Education (Madeira) worked with 2 inspectors, one is from Wales and the other one is from Austria. We introduced them our reality, we are an Autonomous Region with Political and Administrative Status and we have our own Government agencies. We mentioned that the inspectorate is part of the Regional Department of Education.
According to different forms of organization of Educations systems, it was possible to see common goals.
Of the meeting resulted the importance of establishing international relationships, networking in small and large groups and also the provision of information and tools. The school has to change, because it feels this need and not because of the intervention of the inspectorate. “We do not see people as they are, we see people as we are”, Dalai Lama.