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Basi (Birži) school

The predecessor of Basi elementary school has been the parish school of Birži. The first information about it can be found in the Latvian Newspaper of 1822, according to which the owner of Biržu manor has allocated land for the needs of the school and the teacher, as well as timber from his forest for the construction of the school building. Construction work was done by the local peasants in the same year.

In the school report of 1841, it has been indicated that 17 children had studied at home in Birži and 9 children in Cērande. Certain information about the Birži municipal parish school is given in the 1862 report, according to which 16 boys and 12 girls studied in the winter school and Vilis Lecis (Ville Lece) worked as a teacher.

In 1874, the owner of the Birži manor, Baron Holtej, sold the manor brickmaker’s residential house with 6 hectares of land to the parish municipality, with the provision that this building will be used for school or parish purposes. The school was located in this building from 1874 to 1922, when it moved to the Birži manor. A shelter for the disabled and elderly was established in the previous school building.

In 1875, the school was transformed into a 2-class educational institution, where 87 students studied.

In 1925, an event hall with a stage was built in the barn of the former Birži manor. From 1926, a 6-class elementary school with 4 teachers and 2 lesson instructors was operating in the parish. 147 students attended the school, 40% of whom came from neighboring municipal parishes.

In 2007, Basi elementary school had 67 students and 11 teachers. All students were residents of Gudenieki municipal parish. A group of pre-school children (5-6 years old) with 10 children, one teacher and one nanny also was at the school.

In 2009, the school lost its independence and became a branch of Kuldīga elementary school. A boarding school was established in the school.

The school was dissolved by the Kuldiga municipality in 2017.