Melky's school

Melkys ecovillage community last year established Melkys’ primary school which is a school based in the countryside of Lithuania, around 12 km from the border of Vilnius.


It all started when a few young families decided to live in a more sustainable way and move from the city to the beautiful countryside of Lithuania. Within a few years a mutual idea arose in everyone’s home – to build a school for our own children. Many meetings took place, where the vision of the school was discussed. All of these meetings lead to few main principles on which the school is standing today:


Spiritual and humanistic approach. In the lessons we apply humanistic pedagogical principles: every person is a spiritual being, by nature seeking to grow, to improve, to know and to seek for freedom. We focus the children on the good and the beautiful that is in this world. By communicating through the language of the heart, we focus on revealing the personal qualities of each child, encouraging their search of their own goals, and we aim to develop their dignity, courage, compassion, loyalty, goal achievement, respect, creative in  sight, responsibility and wisdom.


Nature - an integral part of the school. Classes take place indoors and outdoors. Every day we hold a variety of outdoor activities, in the forests, meadows and in the lands of community members. Such activities enhance children’s physical bodies, develop friendships, tenderness, sensitivity towards beauty, goodness and cultivate a sense of being part of th  e universe.


During the lessons we strive to evenly assign intellectual, creative and physical activities. We are accumulating positive and pleasant experiences. We encourage independent decision-making, so each can develop oneself.


Classes up to 15 children. This allows us to plan tasks and activities according to each child's individual growth rates and personal characteristics, and it also strengthens the relationship between the teacher and the student.


Practical activities and projects with adults. Conducted works and projects give children the chance to feel full-fledged members of the co community, it helps them to use their theoretical knowledge in practice and gives them memorable experiences.


With these principles we are leading the extracurricular activities this year. Pupils in the age of 6-9 have learned how to build sheds, have created their own theater performances, have traveled around the houses of the members and much more. Next year the school where 15 pupils will be studying will be fully opened. This will be yet another important step towards a full 12 year education where children can search and grow freely together and with nature.