Municipality Grzmiąca is located in the central-eastern part of the West Pomeranian, in the district Szczecinek. The municipality is a typical agricultural area with a clean environment, a large forest area and the proximity to the river Parsęta. These are conducive to develop tourism and agro-tourism. Natural terrain, location and landscape values allow for active leisure time in the form of walking, hiking and cycling. A large number of forests (over 40% of the commune) encourage especially mushroom gatherers and other undergrowth (blueberries, cranberries, herbs) and the hunters and wildlife observers. In the commune there are natural monuments. The most important is the oak in Kamionka with a height of 15 meters and a circumference of 730 cm. Oak is the second in terms of the thickness of a tree in the district Szczecinek (according to some sources in the province West Pomeranian). The area - 204 km²/ Inhabitants – 5200/ the number of villages - 18
Best Practice of Inclusion:
“Inclusion in education”
Special school and educational center in Szczecinek
We are an open, dynamic and integrated institution of special education for children and youth with intellectual disabilities. We support children and youth with disabilities in their aspiration for independence.
The center consists:
Children and young people are admitted in our institution on the basis of a medical report. We also offer the children a patient-therapeutic care. We have professional, qualified and creative staff and offer a variety of therapies, methods and materials and a very friendly atmosphere.
The lessons are held in colorful and sunny classrooms, professionally equipped and adapted to the needs pf people with disabilities. We offer the children the following forms of treatment:
In our center there are 179 pupils, 50 of witch live in a boarding house. The youth living outside the town are brought daily to the center and taken back home after the lessons by small busses.
Our pupils take part in a variety of artistic initiatives. The art therapy that is often used in the classroom has therapeutic goals. They help the children to improve their artistic skills and craftsmanship. This kind of lesson gives them the opportunity to express themselves without the need to speak or write. Such techniques as drawing or painting enable people with disabilities to better communicate with their environment encourage self-esteem, free their sensitive and help to change undesirable or aggressive behavior. We also offer our children the therapy trough dancing and singing. The children also learn to photograph, as well a a variety of techniques to create Christmas decorations, woodwork and sewing. In a number of events our pupils sing, recite poetry and perform theatrical pieces.
In the movie and in the pictures we can see how our student make Christmas decorations using the decoupage method, learn to use felt, wool and paints and decorate paper eggs with loose materials. We can also see the theatrical performances in witch our children took part, and an orchestra performance where Children used newspapers as an instrument. The pictures can show you how much fun and joy the children become from the various forms of artistic expressions.
Statements of the GrzmiacaTeam to the In-Town Project:
to sum up our joint project that is unfortunately coming to its end I would like to thank our friends from Ahrensbök and Grevesmühlen for giving us an opportunity to take part in this project. From our friends from Germany, Hungary, Sweden and Portugal we had a possibility to learn about the ways of dealing with a very difficult topic of care, support, integration and bringing the children, adults with disabilities and often socially excluded, back to life in society. We understand that there are quite big differences between us. Gmina Grzmiąca is a municipality located in the mid-Pomerania and is relatively small. The population is about 5300 residents. The Gmina is typically agricultural. The unemployment reaches over 25 per cent which causes that our specificity differs from many other municipalities in the quantity and quality of social problems concerning people with disabilities and the ways of their integration into local society.
At the same time I believe that the mutual exchange of our experience is very important in improving the working methods in terms of disability and preventing social exclusion. As far as this field is concerned, there’s never too much knowledge and experience. That is why; beside the existing differences between us we declare our active cooperation, the willingness of the further cooperation to be able to develop new effective methods to help people with disabilities in our communities. We are open to any proposal that could help our cooperation to achieve the best results.