The MiTu - Move Together project has committed itself to the goal of using preschool gymnastics for integration across the country. Families from different cultures and families with children with disabilities will be included in preschool gymnastics in a relaxed atmosphere. This coming together goes beyond getting to know different cultures and languages to dismantling prejudice and overcoming contact anxiety. The children are able to make the most of the opportunity to engage in physical activity as well as develop basic capabilities and social skills to prepare for starting school. As a result, not only the child but also the parents are integrated into the community and life of the club.
The idea behind the MiTu project is based on the four-pillar model
The project is networked on a national, cantonal, regional and local level. Networking partners include specialist units, organisations, projects, professionals, clubs and associations. A good network facilitates access to target groups and saves resources by exploiting synergies.
The club is actively supported by the project management, which is responsible for overall coordination. This frees the club from any additional expense and ensures quality assurance and sustainability at the project location. Key information on the local preschool offering is communicated to the target group using a flyer printed in 14 languages.
Training and development
The preschool gymnastics instructors complete the basic preschool gymnastics course and participate in MITU training once a year. The training is designed to offer the instructors a platform for exchanging ideas, enabling practical and theoretical transfer of knowledge, sharing professional input on areas of intercultural competence and reflecting on their own values. It is available to all preschool gymnastics instructors, whether they are involved in the MiTu project or are members of Sport Union Schweiz.
The cooperation with universities, specialist units, institutions, organisations and projects within and outside Switzerland guarantees the academic foundation of the project, meaning academic findings are integrated directly into the project.
The MiTu project aims to
- Promote a welcoming atmosphere and cultural openness
- Facilitate access to the community and encourage movement among socioeconomically disadvantaged families.
- To exploit cultural diversity as an opportunity for mass participation in sport
- Active attendance at gymnastics
- No additional effort for gymnastics clubs
- Use of existing facilities
- Active promotion of cooperation among parties involved in early care and sport
- Networking the preschool offering at a local, regional and national level
- Promotion of training and development for preschool gymnastics instructors
- Making an active contribution to early care