What a 6 months it has been! There has been hectic and creative non-stop working: internal training, two weeks in Sofia for two project meetings, a week long teacher training on democratic education for more that 60 teachers who come from all Europe, immersion days at the Democratic school CDE in Bulgaria, and European Solidarity Corps camps! Many opportunities for our volunteers to discover and learn skills in new domains, including dream circling to design new project ideas, movie making and participating in hiring processes.
QUEST is also progressing in its Erasmus+ project participation, with 3 of its projects nearing completion (YEAT, SOCIS and DEN) which have resulted in the production of Guidelines, Reports, workshops and conferences. Furthermore, a new project was launched, involving six partners: YGBN (Youth going back to nature).
In parallel, QUEST has also embarked on some other trips: one to Tallinn, Estonia, to visit and conduct interviews at Suvemäe to showcase a democratic state school that could be a precursor of change in European public schools around Europe. To complete this important experience, QUEST also traveled to the UK to interview Derry Hannam, a renowned expert in democratic education in state schools. Out of these two experiences, QUEST created a documentary film called “Opening Paths” that was launched lastwill be launched later this august at the EUDEC conference in Sofia this year.
At the same conference, QUEST will also showcase the BUSTA project and present the research results of the DESC project on the possibility of applying democratic education in state schools. Moreover, we will also lead a policy workgroup in order to collect ideas for advocacy strategy. A strong cooperation is now envisaged with EUDEC thanks to the role of Martina Paone, co-founder of QUEST, voted in as council member for research and theory generation at EUDEC.
More exciting news to come!