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« Södermöre » takes part in the European Local Democracy Week - a paneuropean event coordinated by the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe - as « Partner city »

Dialogue with children aged 12

boussole The Ljungbyholm middle school
date From 13/10/2017 to 13/10/2017
We will have discussions with children aged 12 focusing on the grading system, which can be stressful for children. We will also discuss the school environment, how the pupils feel in different parts of the school and ask them whether they feel safe in school, if they are stressed, etc. The students will work in groups of five to six and choose two or three topics related to the school environment that they feel need changing. Subsequently, they will present the different topics and the proposed changes to the politicians.
We will have discussions with children aged 12 focusing on the grading system, which can be stressful for children. We will also discuss the school environment, how the pupils feel in different parts of the school and ask them whether they feel safe in school, if they are stressed, etc. The students will work in groups of five to six and choose two or three topics related to the school environment that they feel need changing. Subsequently, they will present the different topics and the proposed changes to the politicians. RESULT: In this dialogue there were three politicians to answer queestions and wishes from the children. We also had two staff members from the municipality: one is an expert in school and the otherone is a democracy developer. As with the dialogue with the Children in age 10-11, the aim was to get information on what they think have better for them to better perform in school. We prepared examples of topics that they could presuppose and have in mind during the work shop. We had two topics that they had to choose: - what they think is the best with school? - how they feel about the grade system? The topics that was the most popular to talk about was: • The lunch-room is too noisy and some of the students wished that the staff that serving the food could be nicer. • The schoolyard engaged many of the students; they wanted more things to do for students in their age. The best thing with school was: • That they all are very good friends with each other. • They like the fact that they are learning thing, and they want to learn more. • The playtime and the time with each other in the schoolyard. • The practical classes like lessions in handcrafts and physical education are very popular. The also appreciate that the school have a youth centre in the school building where the students are allowed to visit during breaks. • They also appreciate the teachers. About the grad system, the student said they were a bit stressed but with information and facts of why we have the grade system, and also why it´s a good system to messure how they stand in relation to other students, schools and nations they belive it´s overall a good thing that we have a grad system.
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