Betzavta (together) training, in Golden Bay with Dorothea Schütze – Democratic Education consultant
Dorothea Schütze, an education consultant from Germany, is facilitating a three-day workshop on Betzavta (together) training, in Golden Bay. She is currently visiting New Zealand and has agreed to come and run this workshop for us.
Dorothea works in Germany assisting schools, organizations and companies with implementing democratization processes.
Kahurangi Educational Trust is now asking you, the community, that will make up our democratic school, to come and ‘participate’ in its development, through this workshop.
Although we are hosting this workshop it is not only for those interested in Kahurangi School. This workshop is designed for all people who are interested in questions of democracy, freedom and equality. People who themselves work with groups, either in schools, organisations or other initiatives, will be introduced to how they may incorporate the Betzavta concepts and ideas into their own communities.
“Democracy” is not just a definition appropriate for political systems or governments, but also encompasses attitudes and behaviour applicable to all situations of our everyday life.
Democratic school development
One of the essential principles of the concept for democratic school development is that it renders the participation and cooperation of all groups involved at the school (teachers, students, parents, other school personnel and external partners).
In order to develop and design schools in a democratic way it is necessary that all the different interest groups within the school – teachers, students, parents, counselors, educators, social workers, but also technical staff and external partners (e.g. government authorities, management staff, etc.) – are participating, and that each party involved knows the needs and wishes of the others and experience them as relevant.
With this concept, developed by Dorothea Schütze and Dr. Marcus Hildebrandt, all the relevant groups embark on a journey together to evolve their school in order to transform it into a more pleasant place of living, working and learning for everyone.
Hence our request for the community to come and ‘participate’ in the development of Kahurangi School through this workshop.
However, as I said above it is not only for those interested in the school, anyone working with groups and interested in the concepts will benefit and is welcome. We already have external participants enrolled in the workshop from outside Golden Bay.
Please send an email or call me to register your interest. Numbers are limited.
Dates: Friday 20th April: 1pm – 5pm
Saturday 21st April: 10.30am – 6.30pm
Sunday 22nd April: 10am – 4pm
Cost: $ 120 (includes lunch and morning/afternoon tea)
Venue: Community Centre, Takaka.
Telephone: Pew on 03 525 7595
“Learning & Living Democracy” by Dorothea Schütze and Dr. Marcus Hildebrandt.
Tags: democratic education