Recognizing the school’s importance for community development, the Keeni school in Estonia saw a need to get the students and village more involved in cooperation and decision-making.
School representatives went to the EWC Baltic Regional Summer Academy where they learnt to apply practical tools and whole school strategies to develop their school more democratically.
The Baltic Summer Academy builds the capacity of schools in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania to foster an inclusive and democratic culture by training teachers, school leaders, community members and student representatives in citizenship and human rights education.
After completing the training, the participants trained the rest of the school team on how to organize events that included the school, parents, and the wider community. They also worked on the professional development of teachers, strengthening their self confidence in teaching democracy and active citizenship within their subjects.