The ongoing transformation of the Latvian education system is one of the biggest systemic changes the nation has seen since it’s foundation. To enable kids and teachers, the transformation team is not only utilizing state-of-the-art systemic change methods, but is inviting education stakeholders to have a say in the process.

In our live session we have got exclusive input from one of the executives of the transformation team, Zane Oliņa, who is detailling how they tackle the challenge to transform thousands of schools and all their teaching personell. With a maximum transition time of five years at hand, they have to move fast to be able to present results. This rare insight can help you understand the pressure and challenges a reform of this scale brings about.

Please go easy on us with the audio quality, as this is our first attempt on a live podcast.

Our main take aways

1. The vision process is of big importance for the whole process. Changing education means clashing ideologies. This is why it is important to get a shared understanding on what to teach and how to implement the new curriculum.

„If we can agree on the vision, we can probably agree on how to achieve it.“Zane Olina, Head of implementation, “school 2030”

2. The vision is the vehicle for change, but you need a process to enable all the stakeholders to actually identify with this vision.

3. It is the most difficult to reach those, who don’t want to be reached. Latvia is tackling this issue by creating pilot schools, where the new curriculum is implemented first. The teaching staff will then help other schools tackle the transition.