[CivilSoc] Conference on Community Schools, Omsk, Oct 9-13


Subject: [CivilSoc] Conference on Community Schools, Omsk, Oct 9-13
From: Center for Civil Society International (ccsi@u.washington.edu)
Date: Thu Oct 05 2000 - 02:06:53 EDT


"Community Schools and Education Policy in Transition Countries
                During the 21st Century"

October 9-13, 2000 in Omsk (Siberia), Russia, Krasnoyarsk Center
for Community Partnerships (KCCP) together with Organizing Committee
of Omsk City Community Schools (Department of Education of Omsk
Regional Administration, Department of Education of Omsk City
Administration, Public schools # 49, 63, 95, 142) is conducting an
international conference on community education/community schools in
transition countries.

Conference Goal

Establishing partnership between government education departments and
the community school movement. As a result: increasing number of
government programs and procedures to establish community schools as
part of the education policy in transition countries.

Conference Objectives

- Greater understanding of and involvement of government officials
(on all levels) in the community school movements of transition
countries.
- The analysis of policies and material support for community
education and community school movements.
- Review of and possible redefinition of community school models
being considered and supported currently by government officials.

Conference Participants

- Representatives of Education Departments from Russia, CIS, Eastern
Europe
- Representatives of RF State Duma, Russian Federation Ministry of
Education
- Community educators from Russia and Eastern Europe
- Scientists and community education experts
- Western charitable foundations

Conference Description

The conference will last for 5 days and will consist of plenary
sections, workshops and discussion groups. Siberian and East European
community school trainers will conduct the workshops and facilitate
the discussion groups. Plenary sections will provide key basic
information and a common foundation for discussions among
participants. Workshops will focus on various regional CS models and
experiences. Discussion groups will focus on key universal themes
connected to government involvement in community education. Each
workshop and discussion group will be conducted twice so as to allow
delegates to participate in as many discussions and topics as
possible. Site visits will be conducted to four Omsk community
schools. Evenings will be left for cultural events plus optional
discussion groups determined by conference participants.

For further information, please contact KCCP at:
P.O. Box 27027
Krasnoyarsk, 660077 Russia
Telephone/fax: 011-7-3912-55-33-73
011-7-3912-55-12-48
E-mail: kccp@krsk.infotel.ru
http//www.kccp.krsk.infotel.ru
______________________________________________

Additional information for those interested...

Problem Statement

Schools that work not only as educational institutions but also as
centers for community development are community schools (CS). In
their work they follow the idea of community education (CE) that is
an education philosophy and an approach to community
development. Community education emphasizes continuing education for
all, democratization of schools, and whole community involvement in
defining content, goals and forms of local education. Community
schools, which develop from everyday public schools, are an
instrument to support the process of community education and to
achieve its goals. As a center for community development, a community
school is not only an education institution but is a civic, cultural,
and community resource center for its microraion, town or
village.

Over the last 65 years the idea of community education
spread throughout the world and those who realize it in practice
constitute the international movement of community education.
To help educators to realize school potential as centers for
community development and organization of continuing education
concepts of community education and community schools began to spread
in Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union with
support from the Open Society Institute, Charles Stewart Mott
Foundation, Ford Foundation and Eurasia Foundation. In October 1999
in Krasnoyarsk in the framework of East-East Program of the Open
Society Institute the first international conference "Community
Schools as a Mechanism for Civic Society Development in
Post-Communist Countries" took place in Krasnoyarsk. It was hosted by
the Krasnoyarsk Center for Community Partnerships with active
assistance of Csaba Lorinczi, CE specialist for OSI-Budapest. 100
delegates participated from 11 countries--mainly activists of CS
movement working in schools, NGO representatives and alss goals. As a
center for community development, a community school is not only an
education institution but is a civic, cultural and community resource
center for its microraion, town or village.

Over the last 65 years the idea of community education spreference
also attracted representatives of government education authorities to
the CS movement. This participation is very important since the
establishment of partnership relations between government education
authorities and CS movement is the key question in the increase of
the number of federal programs and implementation of concrete actions
directed towards the introduction of community schools into education
policy in transition countries.

This conference was designed to facilitate the dissemination of
information about community schools to government representatives and
provide a forum for discussion and planning on ways government can
support the development of a community school movement.

Conference Organizer

The Krasnoyarsk Krai non-commercial organization, the Krasnoyarsk
Center for Community Partnerships (KCCP) is a resource center for
school-based community development. The main goal of KCCP is
heightened involvement of citizens in community affairs through
development of community schools.

The Center was established in the belief that democracy and reforms
aiming at formation of civil society can only be successful if each
individual is involved in the process and civic education and
upbringing are to be found everywherad throughout the world and those
who realize it in practice constitute the international movement of
community education. The Center was set up to serve as a model for
school-based community development as well as a resource center for
community schools of Siberia.

In its community schools development work, KCCP focuses on the
following three areas:

- formation of active and mutually beneficial partnerships between
schools and their surrounding communities;
- promotion of volunteerism;
- democratization of schools and classrooms.

Conference Organizing Committee of Omsk City Community Schools is
comprised of the city's education department and its four developing
community schools. All of these institutions have been involved
actively in the Siberian community school movement--e.g., through
conferences, training programs and the developing regional
association.
 

_______________________________________________
CivilSoc mailing list
CivilSoc@friends-partners.org
http://fpmail.friends-partners.org/mailman/listinfo.cgi/civilsoc



This archive was generated by hypermail 2a22 : Thu Oct 05 2000 - 01:29:13 EDT