Education in Latvia
and Rezekne Municipality
Inta Rimšāne
Coordinator of project “SPARK”
E-mail: [email protected]
December 7, 2012
GENERAL
INFORMATION ABOUT
REZEKNE
MUNICIPALITY
The biggest municipality in Latvia: 2 524 km2
 Consists of 25 rural territories
 Population: 31 053 (in July,
2012)
 Biggest number of inhabitants in
Malta rural territory (3229 people),
the smallest in Puša rural territory
– (485 people)
 57% Latvians, 37% Russians,
6% other nationalities
 Located near the Eastern
border of the EU with Russia and
Belarus
EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM
OF LATVIA
Development of pupils’ talents
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In formal education (lessons, olympiads,
scientific research);
In non-formal education (hobby education).
How hobby education works in Latvia
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Hobby education programmes are implemented at:
802 schools of general education,
54 schools of vocational education,
48 institutions of hobby education (children and youth centres,
centres for technical creative work, centres for environmental
education)
institutions of pre-school education and institutions of
professional trend (music, arts and sport schools)
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Almost 80% of pupils are involved in hobby education irrespective of
age, ethnicity, gender, social status, special needs and residence
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State provides partial funding for the wages of teachers of hobby
education
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Municipalities provide funding for the development of economically
technical basis and partial funding for teachers’ wages in case of
need
Institutional Cooperation in Hobby
Education
Ministry of Education and Science
National Centre for Education
Local governments,
local authorities
Educational establishments
Parents
Schoolchildren
Programmes of hobby education
Culture Programmes
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Art of dance (folk dances, modern dances (break dance,
hip-hop, tap dance), ballet etc.)
Music (choir singing, vocal ensembles, solo, duet, brass
bands, vocal instrumental, instrumental ensembles,
symphonic orchestra etc.)
Visual art, visual plastic art (drawing, painting, ceramics,
weaving, floristics, metal working, woodworking, china
painting and painting on glass , sewing, needlework etc.)
Theatre arts (movement theatre, puppet theatre,
theatresports, stage speech, theatre etc.)
Folklore (tradicional singing, dancing, playing music,
narration etc.)
Creative industries (animation, computer graphics,
photo, movies, design, video, radio/TV studio etc.)
Technical creativity programmes
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Electronics, radiotechnics, technical modelling
Car modelling, radio controlled car modelling,
slot racing etc.
Aviation and rocket modelling, kite construction,
ship modelling
Robotics, lego
Informatics, programming etc.
Environment programmes
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Astronomy
Natural sciences
Environmental studies
Floriculture, gardening, landscape designing
Ecology
Geology
Geography etc.
Sport programmes
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Individual sports (aerobics, badminton, judo,
calisthenics, table tennis , orienteering, swimming, sports
dance, sports tourism, karate, track and field athletics
etc.)
Sports games (basketball, floorball, football, hockey,
lacrosse, handball, volleyball etc.)
Technical sports (kart racing, mini car racing, motorsport,
water motorsports etc),
Board games (draughts, novuss, chess, brain games,
table football/ hockey etc.)
Other programmes
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Youth creative initiative groups
Guides, students of local history, school museums
Journalism, crative literary work
First aid, self- defence
Road safety
Esthetics,style study, academic etiquette
Household
Foreign languages
Rhetoric
National guard youth,
Etc.
Hobby education among age groups
age 18-25
3%
pre-school
14%
10th -12th grade
15%
1st - 4th grade
29%
5th - 9th grade
39%
Problems of Hobby Education in Latvia
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Insufficient accessibility to modern and varied hobby education
programmes ,especially implementing inclusive education
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Offering of hobby education is irregular – it differs between a city
and country
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Lack of teachers to implement hobby education programmes,
especially in technical creativity and creative industries
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Lack of resources to modernize the material - technial basis of
hobby education
EDUCATION IN
REZEKNE
MUNICIPALITY
Facts about education institutions
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2387 pupils of grades 1-12 (September 1, 2012).
41 education institutions providing an opportunity to
receive pre-school, comprehensive, special,
professional, vocational and out-of-school education.
7 secondary schools, 8 primary schools, 3 boarding
basic schools, 2 vocational education institutions.
Special Education Support Centre where teachers and
parents can get a consultation of a special education
teacher, speech therapist or psychologist.
The pre-school education programmes are implemented
in 19 pre-school education institutions and 7 schools.
Institutions providing hobby education
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Music school in Malta rural territory
Art school in Nautrēni rural territory
Children and youth sports school in Rezekne
town
Music secondary school in Rezekne town
Children art school in Rezekne town
Children art and music school in Vilani
municipality
Financing in hobby education
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State
Municipality
Other (sponsors, volunteers, projects)
Parents
Elements of vocational education
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Two secondary schools offer not only the
programs of general education but also the
vocational education programs from Grade 1:
Malta Secondary school No. 2: art
Makasani Secondary school: craft
It is planned to transfer the existing experience
also to other schools and offer the pupils the
programs of choreography, theatre, IT
technologies and other programs.
State financing for hobby education in
2012/2013
Programmes of culture education (67%):
Dancing (folk dancing, modern dancing, line dancing),
Music (choirs, vocal ensembles, pop groups, instrumental ensembles,
folklore groups, guitar players),
Theatres (theatre sports, drama)
Art (visual and applied arts)
Sports (18%)
Environment (5%)
Technical innovations (6%)
Other (5%) (scouts, school newspapers)
DEVELOPMENT OF
PUPILS’ TALENTS IN
MALTA SECONDARY
SCHOOL NO. 1
Clubs/classes
Learners: 229
Drama class (forms 1.-4.)
17
Drama class (forms 10.-12.)
15
Folk dance (forms 2.-3.)
22
Folk dance (forms 4.-5.)
25
Folk dance (forms 6.-7.)
15
Folk dance (forms 10.-12.)
16
Choir (forms 1.-4.)
29
Choir (forms 5.-9.)
27
Vocal ensemble (forms 1.-4.)
14
Vocal ensemble(forms 5.-12.)
10
Guitar
19
Computer club
10
Design
10
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Additional classes in different subjects.
Olympiads in different subjects.
(school/region/state)
Students’ scientific research work (participation
in conferences at school/ Latgale
region/state)
Drama class
Choir
Vocal ensembles
Folk dance
Design class
DEVELOPMENT OF
PUPILS’ TALENTS IN
VEREMI BASIC
SCHOOL
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Talented students are identified at school.
Parents are educated on how to recognize and
develop their children’s talents:
-created workshop is organized once a year,
-’’mothers’ school’’ works regulary.
During learning-teaching process teachers take
into account the interests of talented students by
offering them a higher degree of difficulty and
their interests relevant topics and tasks.
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Talented students are provided with
additional materials, offered to attend
individual consultations with teachers
Students have possibility to participate at
school, regional and state subject
Olimpiades
School is targeted and effectively plans,
promotes and supports the participation on
talented students in talant competitions and
shows
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School offers talented students to develop
theirabilities in different clubs of interests and extra
activities
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Talents shows, contests ’’Erudite’’, ‘’Talants
parade’’ regulary take place in school and
best participants have possibility demonstrate
their talents in regional events;
School is targeted and effectively plans,
promotes and supports the participation on
talented students in talant competitions and
shows
School theatre club
School dance club performing
dances
Music band performance at school
events
Handicraft club
ROLE OF THE
PROJECT IN
DEVELOPING THE
STUDENTS’
TALENTS
SPARK
Students
Participation in a talent show
Teachers
Parents
Summary of the experience,
analysis
Camp at the Razna lake
Educational lecture
Cooperation,
exchange of experience
Defining of own talents
Defining students’ talent
THANK YOU!
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