Estonia

Estonia

The school in Estonia started when the Kofoed methods were transferred to a shelter for street children in Tartu.

After contact was made between the shelter and the Copenhagen Kofoeds School, the shelter was set up with a woodwork shop and rooms for computer classes and sewing. After a while it was possible to hire staff to help socially threatened children with their homework and to provide them with food and care.

A co-operation has been established with the social authorities to work with children and youngsters who shirk school and form street gangs.

The school seeks out the youth in the streets and has succeeded in convincing many of the youngsters to come to the school, where they are given care. In order to get something to eat, they have to participate in the school's activities. The youth are to a wide extent without social norms, and the activities at the school are used to teach them a normal behaviour.