Pärnu Postimees: Sütevaka festival makes classes exciting

Wednesday, 23 October 2013
Dance and mathematics. Photo: Madis Sinivee/norden.ee Dance and mathematics. Photo: Madis Sinivee/norden.ee

Writing in the Pärnu Postimees newspaper on 23 October, Karin Klaus described C.A.M.P. (Creative Action – Meaningful Performance), a three-day youth festival held at Sütevaka Secondary School of Humanities, during which more than 60 youngsters from Estonia and the Nordic countries experienced ordinary classes taught in an exciting and creative way.

"The students, ranging in age from 15 to 17 and hailing from Estonia, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Iceland, the Faroe Islands and Greenland, came together in Pärnu to dance physics, sing maths, interweave design and history, combine art and biology and blend chemistry and theatre," Klaus explained in her article. "The project was designed to overturn people's prejudices of boring school lessons and to approach subjects from a new angle."

The full article from the 23 October edition of Pärnu Postimees can be read (in Estonian) in .pdf format here.

The festival aimed to encourage the youngsters to think differently and independently, bringing together subjects which at first seemed incompatible, such as dance and physics, or music and maths. The students were assisted by experts from Estonia and the Nordic countries. The festival culminated in a performance entitled 'A day at school'.

"The idea behind C.A.M.P. sprang from a creative forum which highlighted the need for creative and innovative teaching methods – not just in Estonia, but in the Nordic countries as well," explained Eha Vain, a cultural adviser with the Nordic Council of Ministers' Office in Estonia. "For kids to make a real breakthrough in life they need to be taught at school how to be independent, curious, empathic and analytical by bringing different areas together. It brings fun and excitement into the classroom."

C.A.M.P. took its inspiration from the now traditional youth culture carnival in Finland. One of the workshops in Pärnu was led by Mikael Andresson, the man behind the carnival.

More information about the festival, its programme and the leaders of the workshops can be found here.

Contributing to the successful organisation of C.A.M.P. were Sütevaka Secondary School of Humanities in Pärnu and the Union of Local Governments of Pärnu County.


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