Education in Latvia and Rezekne Municipality Inta Rimšāne Coordinator of project “SPARK” E-mail: Inta.Rimsane@rdc.lv 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 In formal education (lessons, olympiads, scientific research); In non-formal education (hobby education). How hobby education works in Latvia 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) Almost 80% of pupils are involved in hobby education irrespective of age, ethnicity, gender, social status, special needs and residence State provides partial funding for the wages of teachers of hobby education 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 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 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 Astronomy Natural sciences Environmental studies Floriculture, gardening, landscape designing Ecology Geology Geography etc. Sport programmes 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 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 Insufficient accessibility to modern and varied hobby education programmes ,especially implementing inclusive education Offering of hobby education is irregular – it differs between a city and country Lack of teachers to implement hobby education programmes, especially in technical creativity and creative industries Lack of resources to modernize the material - technial basis of hobby education EDUCATION IN REZEKNE MUNICIPALITY Facts about education institutions 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 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 1. 2. 3. 4. State Municipality Other (sponsors, volunteers, projects) Parents Elements of vocational education 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 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 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. 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 * School offers talented students to develop theirabilities in different clubs of interests and extra activities 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!