Project „Latvian School Bag
The project „Latvian School Bag” provides an opportunity for pupils to experience a variety of activities and events of historical heritage, professional art and cultural within the educational framework while access to them will be guaranteed by the state.
Aims and Objectives
- to provide an opportunity for all school-age children and youth to experience Latvia, to explore its values, culture and relationships through dynamic and meaningful activities thus strengthening sense of belonging and civic identity.
The project „Latvian School Bag” provides an opportunity for pupils to experience a variety of activities and events of historical heritage, professional art and cultural within the educational framework while access to them will be guaranteed by the state. Within four main content areas students will have an opportunity to explore and experience 1) evidence of the development and preservation of the Latvian statehood, 2) values of the cultural heritage and contemporary expressions, 3) development of science and innovations, especially for arts and creative industries, and 4) values of nature and cultural landscape.
Implementation will include visiting (providing access to) cultural events and processes, inviting artists, creative professionals etc. to schools, promoting cooperation among education and culture specialists and developing local involvement and ownership.
Conceptual framework of the project is bases on four pillars promoting citizenship, sense of belonging to the state, national identity, quality of education in the sense of the 21st century, cultural awareness and expression competence and decreasing of the social inequalities.
The project will give the opportunity to all the Latvian children and young people (approximately 200 000 each year) regularly acquaint with classical values and contemporary manifestations of professional art and culture, adding knowledge and creating awareness of the processes in architecture, design, theatre, music, visual art, dance, literature, cultural heritage and cinematography.
The main principles of Latvian school bag should be: equality in access regardless of the place of residence of the child, diversity, balance between traditional and contemporary culture, opportunity of active participation, as well as promotion of awareness, emotional experience and critical thinking.
However, the access to the existing and newly created cultural and artistic offering must be ensured to all Latvian children, and active participation of children and youth in the creation of culture and art themselves should be promoted. There should be conditions that promote children's opportunities to meet artists and help art and culture become a part of everyday learning process within and outside the school.
The project is a gift to the Latvian society in centenary of the state of Latvia (2018).
Such or similar practices successfully function in many countries. Experience of similar program in Norway has been studied in particularly and should be explored more in details in terms of principles and administration of it.
Art Educational centrs TRIS KRASAS is a participant of the program “Latvian School Bag”. TRIS KRASAS work out two programs for students, who are interested in architecture and design – Researching Architecture and Design in Miera Street! and Researching Design in Miera Street!
These two programs are for children and pupils from age 6-15. The form of the learning is excursion with active participation. In the introductory part of the excursion students will gain new knowledge about architecture, design, followed by creative tasks to study the buildings, details and atmosphere of Miera Street in Riga, but at the end of the event - discussions about "discoveries" and an exhibition of creative works. Benefits for students - improved knowledge and understanding of Riga's urban environment, activated research skills, interest in architecture and design.