Social partnerships at school
Lyceum 14 in Rostov-on-Don tries to educate their students to become active citizen not by merely teaching about human rights, liberties and responsibilities, but also through involving them in solidarity projects with the local community.
They believe that social partnership encourages the students and teachers to become more actively involved in local decision-making.
“The situation is that society in general, including different social groups, and schools in particular, have practically no experience of acting on the basis of democratic values”, Galina Chernisheva, Natalya Abramova, Elena Chernysheva, Olga Kravchenko and Elena Ponomareva wrote in their project report and continued:
“This is one of the most serious challenges to the school nowadays. The school has to be innovative – and gain the experience of cooperation with the local community on promoting democratic values, educate the local community in human rights and promote a society model where the rule of law dominates, not the rule of force”.
In their project in the joint EWC and Moscow School of Civic Education program Civic Education in the Russian Regions, the school teamed up with the South Federal University, the Ministry of Housing, the Consumer Committee, the school alumni association and local inhabitants. The project’s aim was to establish partnerships to find solutions to the community challenges.
Today 90 percent of the students have joined the debate club and the number of students and parents actively participating in the school governance has increased. Students are encouraged to participate in social projects and together with the South Federal University they have a strong focus on integrating Democratic Citizenship Education in the main subjects.