From our class to our school

At Nikolaevka secondary school in Kamchatka, Russia, the students learned that democracy only works through common efforts, tolerance, compromise and respect for others.

But this realization did not come about by itself.  It was the result of a carefully planned project developed at the 2012 Summer Academy in Poland. The aim of the project was to move ideas of Human Rights and Democratic Citizenship from the text books to students’ daily lives and to increase the school community’s awareness of their legal rights. Practical activities and projects should give the student a real understanding of democratic citizenship and human rights.

The project group carried out workshops with the parents and teacher’s committee while the teacher Y.S. Anchipolivskaya developed the elective human rights course “Me and my rights”. The project culminated in the school wide project “From my class to my school” which really transferred the concept of Human Rights and Democracy from the textbooks into the students’ and the local community’s everyday reality.

“Students learn better through practical activities that democracy is not static, and that common efforts, tolerance, compromise and respect towards others are needed for its implementation”, deputy headmaster, T.V. Revenok said.

Interest in school life among students and parents increased thanks to the community projects.

“The project gave us, students, knowledge about methods and procedures needed for effective participation in political processes. We also developed a better understanding for the importance of civil participation in public life, Dmitrii Krivolapov, 11 grade student said.

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