This project could not be possible without our team of international, professiona and passionaet people from diverse set of institutions. Our lead team comes from Latvia - Department of Education, Culture and Sports of Riga City Council and University of Latvia. Our international partners are Tartu University (Estonia), St. Peter’s Lutheran School of Tartu (Estonia), Consejería de Educación y Cultura (Spain), University of Oviedo (Spain), Teacher and Resource Center Oviedo (Spain).
For more practical and hands on approach we also have our great associated partners - I.E.S. Alfonso II (Spain) and The Riga Catholic Gymnasium (Latvia). In this page you can see more structured description of the project parters, experience and contacts.
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, CULTURE AND SPORTS OF RIGA CITY COUNCIL
PROJECT CONTACTS :
We are a municipal institution that handles matters related to pre-school, general and professional (Arts, Music and Sports) oriented education, culture, youth, sports, as well as integration in society. One of the functions of the Department is to manage pre-school and primary education and to provide secondary education for all children residing within the administrative territory of the Riga City. The Department oversees 115 general education schools (incl. 88 secondary schools, 23 elementary schools and 4 primary schools) with 68 155 students, 82%, of these students master elementary education programs, but secondary education programs are mastered by 18%. Out-of-school and vocational education is provided by 115 comprehensive schools, 9 music and art schools, 11 sports schools and 13 Riga Municipality’s out-of-school education institutions which are attended by 84 068 students. The Department has 174 employees, Education Board has 9 education specialists - experts dealing with general education. The Department has 2 officers working with European projects and having significant experience with different EU programmes, including Erasmus+.
University of Latvia
PROJECT CONTACTS : Tamara Pigozne
The University of Latvia (LU), with its 14,000 students, 13 faculties and more than 20 research institutes, is one of the largest comprehensive research universities in the Baltic States. UL is a renowned research university promoting excellence in studies. UL is the first and the only Latvian state university to be included in The Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2015-2016. In the QS World University Rankings now occupies 651th–700th place (data sept. 2016). Four stars in the QS Top Universities Stars rating. The University offers more than 130 state accredited academic and professional study programmes. UL pays great attention to the development of international collaboration and supports different schemes of mobility (148 bilateral agreements with universities around the world, more than 700 agreements with 368 institutions in 32 European countries within the ERASMUS+ programme). The University of Latvia is currently a partner in 9 Erasmus Mundus projects.
The LU has also a notable academic expertise in international projects regarding the educational aspects of cultural, social , ethnical, gender, age and other diversities: for example: “Joint European Masters in International Migration and Social Cohesion” (Faculty of Social Sciences), “Eastern Partnership in Global Environment: Sharing European Excellence in Inter-Disciplinary Research and Teaching” (LU Centre for European and Transition Studies), “AURORA II - Towards Modern and Innovative Higher Education (EU-Russia)” (LU Foreign Affairs Department), “ICCS 2016 - International Civic and Citizenship Education Study” (Faculty of Education, Psychology and Art), “Transnational and Intersectional Methodologies in Gender Studies” (Faculty of Humanities), etc.
The University of Oviedo
The University of Oviedo is a public institution of higher education and research in the Principality of Asturias. With over 400 years of history, it offers a full range of undergraduate degrees adapted to the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) in all branches of knowledge and postgraduate degree programs in collaboration with national and international universities and more than 250 companies. With an international calling, close ties to the region and a strong commitment to the transfer of knowledge to the business world, the University of Oviedo was one of the first nine universities in Spain to receive accreditation as a Campus of International Excellence on 26 November 2009. The CIE Asturias-Ad Futurum project brings together more than 300 regional and national institutions, companies and technology centers.
In numbers University has 25.000 students, 2.000 Lecturers and Researcher, 1.000 Administrative Staff members, 57 Undergraduate Degree programs, 50 Master's Degree programs, 6 Erasmus Mundus Master's programs (3 coordinated by the University of Oviedo), 24 PhD Programs, 65 Certificate Courses, 800 International students, 17 Faculties and Schools, 38 Departments and €198 million annual budget.
PROJECT CONTACTS :Dr María Verdeja-Muñiz
The Advisory Board of
Education and Culture
PROJECT CONTACTS: Dr. Fernando Álvarez Fernández-Novo
The Advisory Board of Education and Culture (CEC - Consejería de Educación y Cultura) is the institution responsible for the proposal and implementation of the policy of the Government of Asturias in education, vocational training and higher education for the whole region. The CEC is also responsible for the promotion of culture in its various manifestations, the development of language planning and standardization, protection and dissemination of historical heritage, museums and arts, promoting traditional festivals, libraries and archives. Finally, also it corresponds to this Council the proposal and implementation of government policy on sport. The structure of the Ministry of Education and Culture is integrated by the central organs and advisory and support set out below:
a) central organs:
1. General technical Secretariat.
2. Deputy Ministry of Culture and Sports:
2.1. General Directorate of Cultural Heritage.
2.2. General Directorate of sport.
3. General Directorate of Teachers and educational planning.
4. General Directorate for Academic and educational innovation.
5. General Directorate of vocational education and lifelong learning.
6. General Directorate of Universities and Research.
7. General Directorate of language planning and standardization
The Teachers Training
Centre of Oviedo
PROJECT CONTACTS: Montserrat Sánchez Pérez
The Teachers Training Centre of Oviedo is a public administrative institution in charge of providing teacher training activities for schools and teachers under its geographical scope, in accordance with the programmes developed from the Advisory Board of Education.
The schools under its scope are currently 150, including different educational levels: from Infant Education to Baccalaureate through Vocational Training, Adult Education, Special Education and Specific Regime teachings (Languages, Artistic Studies). Due to the geographical area where the Teachers Training Center is situated, it works with urban and rural schools, with consequent differences in its characteristics.
Our main task is the development of the teacher training activities, the creation and dissemination of curricular materials and the support of different educational actions in all non-university levels. It promotes processes of innovation and the exchange of good practices and resources.
Besides this, The Teachers Training Centre supports teachers in the development of their projects and collaborates with several entities, such as the University of Oviedo, the City Hall of Oviedo, the Regional Health Ministry, etc. in actions related to teachers´ training and educational innovation and in the development of interinstitutional educational projects.
The technical-teaching team of the Teachers Training Center is integrated by the director and five advisors on different areas: 1 on the technical- scientific area, 1 on the Attention to Diversity area, 1 on Technologies of Information and Communication area (ICT), 1 on Infant and Primary education area and 1 on Sociolinguistics and bilingual programmes area. The rest of the team is formed by two administrative people, a concierge and a person who is in charge of the maintenance of the spaces and the building. All of them support the development of all the activities taking place at the Teachers´ Training Center.
University of Tartu
PROJECT CONTACTS: Dr. Egle Säre
University of Tartu as a national university of Estonia bears the responsibility for solving problems faced by the society by ensuring the continuity of Estonian intellectuals and language and culture and by contributing to the development of education, research and technology and other creative activities throughout the world. Core values of the university are: research-based activities, the academic freedom and autonomy, openness to new ideas, cooperation, a human-centred approach and individual development and responsibility.
Main objectives according to the Strategic Plan 2015-2020 of the University of Tartu:
1. Graduates who change the world;
2. Research and development work that has a global impact and guides the development of Estonia;
3. Innovation and enterprising spirit through which knowledge finds its way into the economy;
4. Organisation that inspires and unites people;
5. Continuous development that reinforces the survival of Estonian language and national culture.
Tartu University has nearly 3,400 employees and 14 500 students
St. Peter’s Lutheran School of Tartu
PROJECT CONTACTS: Tarvo Siilaberg,
St Peter’s Lutheran School of Tartu, opened in 2013, is the successor to St Peter’s School, which functioned in Tartu from 1906 to 1944. St Peter’s School is a private Christian school, providing education from the nursery school level up to that of the lower secondary school. The majority of the members of NGO Tartu Luterlik Peetri Kool, managing the operation of the school, have professional background in pedagogics and a number of them have studied pedagogy of religion at the Faculty of Theology of the University of Tartu.
At St Peter’s School, Estonian culture and Christian upbringing have always been highly valued. Today’s St Peter’s School is a contemporary educational institution where the learning and teaching process go hand in hand. Our school stands for cultivating values by example and developing empathy in children. Every child receives individual attention due to small class size. We provide intensive classes in German as well as classes in media and communication studies, and religious education. To achieve set goals, we work closely with our students’ families, and a parent council actively supports the school. At our nursery school, Waldorf educational principles are applied in teaching Christian values.
St Peter’s School was one of the founding members of the Union of Estonian Christian Private Schools in 2014. The Union of Estonian Christian Private Schools is a member of the International Association for Christian Education (Internationaler Verband für Christliche Erziehung und Bildung).
St Peter´s school is a growing school, currently we have grades 1.-4. and 5 kindergarten groups. A total on 143 pupils are enrolled in the in the 2016/2017 academic year: 51 in school and 92 in kindergarten. School will continue to grow class by class, up to 9. grade. 43 people are working for St Peter´s school and kindergraten and there are 17 members of NGO Tartu Luterlik Peetri Kool.
Project has 2 schools as associated partners, one public school from Spain and one private school from Latvia. They were chosen because of the experience and commitment in the field of character education and their involvement in innovative teacher support practices.
The Riga Catholic Gymnasium (Rīgas Katoļu ģimnāzija) is a private educational institution with 38 teachers and around 150 students from 1st to 12 grade, whose mission is to provide a person-centred high-quality primary and secondary education, and to promote the development of students’ free, socially active and mentally mature personality, based in Christian values. The institution has designed and is currently implementing a character education module integrated into existing curricula, including elements such as Respect; Responsibility to others; Compassion; Humility; Integrity; Justice; Moral courage; Caring and Fairness. The main objective of the program is to promote school’s ethos, which is underpinned by core values that support the development of the whole child as reflective learner (to help students become smart and to help them become good). They are developing a Character Education Resource Manual and are involving many stakeholders in the development & implementation of the character education program. The program includes character education training for teachers & parents. They are also the organizers of an International conference on Character education in collaboration with the university of Latvia. In the frame of this Erasmus + project, they will present their experience in transversal competences and character education during the joint staff meeting in Riga (July 2018, see section G3_C2) and they will be associated as experts in the elaboration of the support program (see section G1_O2).
I.E.S. Alfonso II (Oviedo, Spain): With more than 150 years of history, I.E.S. Alfonso II is the oldest public high school in Asturias and one of the oldest in Spain. Among our alumni we can find outstanding intellectuals, artists, writers, politicians or scientists, queen Letizia of Spain has been one of our students. However, as a public school, we intend to achieve excellence for all our students, no matter their social or educational background, that’s why inclusion and social justice are keystones of our identity together with the academic excellence. Thus, we offer courses from the first year of compulsory secondary education (Educación secundaria obligatoria), Baccalaureate on its scientific, technologic and humanistic branches, and higher professional education in the branches of early childhood education and physical education (Formación profesional de grado superior). Also, we are a reference center in our region for inclusion of recent migrant students with our linguistic immersion program, and also offer an evening school program for adults who want to obtain their Baccalaureate. Noteworthy as well is our cooperation with the University of Oviedo, as several teachers are also lecturers at the Faculty of Education and our schools receives every year an important body of student-teachers who are close to finish their Master’s in education degree. Our educational community consists on a total of 1086 students and 90 teachers, who work together with a non-teaching staff of 15 people. The core group of the program will created with a small group of teachers (principal, guidance counselor, and at least two more teachers with strong leadership in the school and experience in this kind of projects) but all the teachers with an advisory role in the compulsory secondary grades will take part in the activities of the project. As mentioned above, the aim of our school is to provide all our students with the best education in an holistic sense, educating the youngest includes for us scientific knowledge as much as competences and character education, even our higher professional education programs are focused on education.