The 3rd working day of the Study Visit was held
The 3rd working day of the Study Visit in the framework of the project «Good Governance in Local Communities: V4 Experience of Strategic Planning for EaP Countries» was held on September 12, 2017. The project is implemented by the Euroregion “Dniester” with the support of the International Visegrad Fund and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands.
According to the program of the Study Visit the project participants visited following communities in Wielkopolska Voivodeship: Sompolno, Slesin and Licheń Stary, which are situated about 140 km from Poznan, the regional center.
Meeting with the Mayor of Sompolno Roman Bendarek was held in the Town Administration. The topic of a new lecture for project participants was “Optimization of the Education Management Strategy on the Local Level Using the Example of Sompolno”. Participants from Ukraine and Moldova waited this topic very much as our countries faced a common and urgent problem, namely there are a lot of available school places but not enough pupils in communities with law population.
In 2012 the Administration of Sompolno was forced to close one school and place another one under the management of a public organization so that it could be additionally funded by pupils’ parents. The Mayor told about procedure, risks and obstacles of such decisions using the example of Sompolno. Even though the Administration had conducted a broad information campaign on the analysis of the education sector as well as measures for involving the public, there were a lot of protests by local residents. The council deputies took a decision to close the school by a margin of just one vote.
Nowadays the positive results of such cardinal decisions are obvious. The closed school had been reformatted to a specialized school, and the total expense budget on education remained unchanged, and then the expenses on improving the material and technical base of existing schools increased.
Representatives of Slesin gave a lecture on “ Public Participation – Cooperation Among the Administration, Self-Governing Bodies and Residents Usng the Example of Slesin”. Participants showed great interest in the topic of cooperation in the field of culture and sport.