Základní škola CoLibri

The democratic School CoLibri

The democratic school was established in September 2018 by a group of enthusiastic parents. We are inspired by the work of Daniel Greenberg, Peter Gray, A. S. Neill and John Holt.

The democratic school is a safe place where children are fully responsible for what they are learning and how. There is no curriculum or scheduled lessons. Children are free to play and follow their inner voice, their passions, goals and aspirations. Staff members act as facilitators, to help children achieve their goals.

The school runs on democratic principles. The school meeting makes all the decisions related to an everyday running of the school (e.g. trip suggestions, purchase of material, new school staff and children, setting rules). Each member of the school (the staff and children) has an equal vote. The meeting is voluntary, however, all are expected to abide by the decisions made at the meeting.

Rule breaking and laws are dealt with by the Judicial Committee (JC). Currently, there are two children and one adulted on the JC and are elected for two weeks. All complaints are attended to by the JC. Each side has their voices heard before the final decision is made.

Who we are and what we are doing

We are a group of enthusiastic children and adults and together we create the CoLibri school, which for us is an adequate response to the needs of children and the democratic society of the 21st century.
We believe that children are competent to manage their education, their lives and the school itself. With us, they have the support and freedom to find their own way, make their own decisions and take responsibility for their decisions.
We believe that each of us has our own unique talents and our school offers a safe, stimulating and supportive environment where everyone can discover and develop their own.
Our school is imbued with a sense of belonging and cooperation, and children, thanks to the time spent in it, grow into free, responsible, healthy and self-confident adults.

What is important for us

Culture of our school is based on the following principles: