|Project title||Student participation in schools|
|Thematic area||Youth and children issues|
|Name of the organization||Foundation for School Development|
|Postal address||1122 Budapest Maros u. 23-25.|
|Project manager||Trencsényi László|
|Project timeframe||March 2nd, 2015 - February 29th, 2016|
|Amount of support||10,715 €|
The aim of the project was to draw attention on the fact that making the pupils’ participation and school democracy should become the equipment of teaching. The project idea was to contribute to learn about democracy, active citizenship and in preventing conflicts through getting know the process of setting up rules.
5 primary and secondary schools were involved to the projects: in the selection process project promoter decided to involve both primary and secondary schools, in which were no similar pupils’ participatory forum, have different kinds of maintainers, from each region and had a motivation to participate in the project.
Sensitizing trainings followed the selection procedure where teacher and pupils participated. Teachers were introduced to several models so they could choose. It was common that schools chose to improve the basic model and refrained from the innovations.
Two kinds of questionnaires were prepared by the project promoter and filled by 81 pupils and 5 school directors. Professionals of the Foundation analyzed the questionnaires, online platforms of the schools and based on that the schools were offered several development instructions. Following those instructions pupils participation became more visible as they wrote and publicized short reports of school programs, made photos for the galleries, became more active and conscious in the life of the Pupil’s Self-government. Mentors supported the whole development processes.
With the contribution of this project a network was established, and the next 5 schools were already selected and invited to the network; representatives of the Pupil’s Self-government -belonging to the new members- also visited the already participated schools.
Each school organized a closing day, then the project promoter organized an evaluating conference where the closing, summarizing study was presented.