Baltic Regional Summer Academy brings 36 school representatives from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania together!

During the 4 day training, 12 school teams from Baltic countries learned how to create an inclusive learning environment including how to deal with controversial issues in the classroom.

The Baltic Regional Summer Academy’s «Building Safe and Inclusive schools for all» residential seminar was launched on the 28th of June by the EWC, the Estonian Ministry of Education and Research and the Estonian Institute of Human rights.

The teams, comprising of school leadership, students, NGO and parent representatives were introduced to the Council of Europe Charter on Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human rights Education, the Competences for Democratic Culture, the whole school approach and the main manuals in education for democratic citizenship and human rights education.

The European Wergeland Centre

Work did not stop even during the weekend. Led by the experienced trainer team, which symbolically also consisted of representatives of three Baltic States: Elizabeth-Kasa Mälksoo (Estonia), Natalja Gudakovska (Latvia) and Žilvinas Gailius (Lithuania), the participants built democratic and inclusive schools and planned their local projects to promote tolerance democracy, human rights and active citizenship and to build safe learning environments for all at schools and in the local communities.

These topics and planned actions seem particularly important this year, when the three Baltic countries mark the 100 anniversary of their Statehood with Centennial Celebrations!

Local projects will be implemented during the 2018-2019 academic year. During their work School teams will be supported by the team of National Facilitators: Kersti Kivirüüt (Estonia), Ivo Rode (Latvia), Albertas Lakštauskas (Lithuania).

We sincerely thank our long-term partners and friends in the Baltic States for continuous support of the programme, the trainer and facilitator teams for the provided new competences, inspiration and support, and the participating school teams for their active and dedicated work during the seminar!

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Programme partners.

Estonia: Ministry of Education and Research of the Republic of Estonia, Estonian Institute of Human Rights

Latvia: Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Latvia, National Centre for Education

Lithuania: Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Lithuania, Vilnius Education Development Centre

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