Living in democracy
Gornja Radgona primary school in Slovenia broadened the role of the school parliament and school council representatives by giving each one a distinctive field on which to work and report
Gornja Radgona primary school already had a school parliament and council, but the Slovenian alumni of the 2012 Summer Academy – Nika Forjanic Huber (school psychologist), Damijan Sovec (art teacher) and Dejan Kokol (teacher of citizenship, homeland and ethics) - felt there was more they could do.
For democratic and human rights principles to be properly integrated into the life of their school there needed to be more opportunities for student and parent participation in school life.
So they broadened the role of school parliament and school council representatives by giving each one a distinctive field on which to work and report. A link was established with the local municipality and student representatives took part in a meeting of the Board for Social Activities – an opportunity to learn how democracy works at the local level.
At a whole-school level, an activity day of workshops on the topic of Growing Up brought together teachers, pupils, parents and representatives of outside organisations as equal participants.