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The Coordination Network of Solidarity Schools was set up in October 2015, after many meetings of structures concerned with solidarity in the field of education, in a framework of self-organization and democracy. It is the capstone of an effort to bring together, connect and coordinate these structures.
The purpose of the Coordination Network of Solidarity Schools is to promote the alternative and assertive character of Solidarity Schools through joint actions as well as joint, mixed parent-teacher-student meetings without permanent representatives.
Solidarity Schools are structures built on the basis of real needs of society, yet without restricting their role to the satisfaction of those needs. As Coordination Network, we wish to highlight and strengthen the distinct role that Solidarity Schools aspire to play in society as well as in the world of education.
All decisions of the Network –as well as of every Solidarity School involved in it– are made by mixed student-parent-teacher meetings. Decisions are made by consensus, without voting, and when there is no agreement, a synthesis of views is worked out.
Through Solidarity Schools, students, parents and teachers become also exposed to and learn about other activities, related to solidarity, anti-racism and culture. In this way, all people involved acquire an experiential relationship with these concepts and are given the opportunity to delve into them.
The scope of our vision encompasses support and reinforcement of alternative forms of education. We wish to play a role supportive to the public education system, without being –in no case– a substitute for it. Solidarity Schools can become the fertile environment for the cultivation of alternative educational forms which will influence and improve public education.
We stand in solidarity with both public and private educators, but we are not a trade union and we cannot perceive demands in the field of education through a teacher-centered lens. We seek to create a broad social front to defend the character of education as a free social good that, as such, will be pluralistic and will evolve on the basis of both the actual needs of society and developments in educational sciences.
Translated by Stavros Kozobolis
Edited by Argyris Georgoulis