Teachers and heads of schools to learn creative self-expression in the Narva College of the University of Tartu
Around a hundred teachers, heads of schools and hobby instructors will gather in Narva on 18 & 19 August to attend the third Nordic-Baltic Creativity Forum and find out how to use music, movement, dance and theatre in their everyday work and communication to evoke interest in children and increase their enjoyment of school.
“Nordic society stands on a foundation of strong shared values and a holistic view of bringing up children and learning until the age of 18,” explained Berth Sundström, Director of the Nordic Council of Ministers’ Office in Estonia, which launched the Creativity Forum three years ago. “This means that learning and playing complement each other in the school system. In addition to achieving good performance at school, it’s necessary to teach children about self-expression and establishing good relationships to make them less vulnerable in life, more daring and considerate of others.”
The Narva College of the University of Tartu is organising this year’s Creativity Forum, entitled ‘Creative Self-Expression’, with the Nordic Council of Ministers.
Rector of the Narva College of the University of Tartu Katrin Raik: “It’s good for teachers and their trainers to meet before the start of the school year and to learn from one another. It’s interesting to hear about the experience of our neighbouring countries and to do so in a somewhat different environment – Narva.”
Everybody needs creativity to cope in a rapidly changing living, learning and working environment. Creative and unusual ideas and personalities are those that inspire new solutions, giving birth to new products and services.
To understand creative teaching and creativity as such, as well as to encourage its practical implementation, the Nordic Council of Ministers’ Office in Estonia launched the international Creativity Forum in 2012, which was carried out for the first time under the title ‘Creativity Changes the World’ and last year under the title ‘Creativity Stimulates the Senses’.
The main speaker at the 2014 Creativity Forum, ‘Creative Self-Expression’, will be Nikky Smedley from the United Kingdom. Many people all over the world know Smedley best from the kids’ show ‘Teletubbies’, in which she was the voice of Laa-Laa. Smedley is also a renowned expert on creative thinking and communication in business, industry and education, and she has also shared her ideas in the TedEx series of events.
Drama teacher and therapist Sigríður Birna Valsdóttir from Iceland will share her more than 15 years of experience in combining creative methods and therapy in schools. She will also teach teachers how to use acting to fight bullying.
A detailed description of the ’Creative Self-Expression’ forum with a list of all speakers and the programme can be found on the website of the Nordic Council of Ministers’ Office in Estonia at www.norden.ee.