On May 5, 2011, representatives of the Institute of Sustainable Education (director asoc. prof. Dzintra Iliško, prof. Ilga Salīte and doctoral students Inga Gedžūne and Ginta Gedžūne) took part in the seminar – discussion “The role of school in a municipality: Opportunities and challenges” which was held in Riga (Latvia) within the international week “Education for all” and organised by Latvian Commission for UNESCO in cooperation with the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Latvia and the Soros Foundation – Latvia.
Following the initiative of Latvian National Commission for UNESCO (LNC), in year 2011 within the international week “Education for all” Latvian educational institutions, municipalities, NGOs and other institutions of the branch addressed and analysed the topics pertaining to the role of school in encouraging and implementing sustainable development of municipalities. During the international week “Education for all”, answers were sought to questions about whether society perceives a school as a local resource; whether this resource is being efficiently used; how school development and potential is related to development of economic and social environment in a municipality; what does family expects from school and how the supply corresponds to the interests of various social groups; how open a school is to cooperation with employers, NGOs and other social partners; how a school can promote development of the local growth and self-confidence etc. Conclusions arrived at during the discussion and all relevant information is summarised and published at www.unesco.lv.
During the seminar – discussion “The role of school in a municipality: Opportunities and challenges” the participants worked in four groups discussing such issues as: the role of school in identifying and meeting the inhabitants’ needs in a municipality (group moderator: Dzintra Iliško); exploration and purposeful use of municipal resources; formal and informal education for qualitative lifelong-education; involving social partners in school development in a municipality. More than 60 participants from all regions of Latvia took part in the seminar, representing such areas as educational institutions of various levels (schools, higher education institutions and universities), research institutes, Ministry of Education and Science, Ministry of Economics, Ministry of Welfare, State Office for Quality Education, National Centre of Educational Content; State Education Development Agency, Latvian Association of Local and Regional Governments and various regional municipalities as well as other institutions. As a result of the seminar, summaries of discussions were prepared containing suggestions and recommendations for strengthening the role of school on a municipal level, so that they could become centres of cultural and social development of the local community and ensure qualitative formal, non-formal and lifelong education for a wider range of beneficiaries.
asoc. prof. Dzintra Iliško
Institute of Sustainable Education
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