The project is being implemented in collaboration with six partner schools: two from Serbia (Primary School "Branko Radičević", Novi Sad, and Primary School "Kosta Trifković", Novi Sad), two from Croatia (Primary School Frana Galovića, Zagreb, and Primary School Odra, Zagreb), and two from Slovenia (Primary School Livada, Ljubljana, and Primary School Šmarje - Sap, Ljubljana).
Associated partners include the Faculty of Education at the University of Zagreb, the Joint Psychology Study Program at the University of Kragujevac, Kredarica - Society of Slovenes, the Croatian National Council in the Republic of Serbia, and the City Library in Novi Sad - Digital Youth Center.
“Branko Radičević” is an elementary school located in the city of Novi Sad, in the center of the town. The school provides education for grades 1 through 8. It is one of the 36 elementary schools in Novi Sad. The school was named after Branko Radicevic, an influential Serbian poet in the school of 19th-century romanticism. Data of the school exists from 1802. Today's building was built in 1961 and the school has borne this name since 1952. The school has classrooms for grades 1 to 8, a library, an IT classroom and a physical education hall for all students. The school has organized an extended stay for students from the first to the fourth grade. Thanks to its location, the school is suitable for children from all parts of the city, especially suburban areas that have good traffic connection to the school. Perhaps this is why children of various ethnic communities attend this school. The school has about 450 students and it employs 30 teachers. Our school promotes intercultural dialogue, tolerance and basic human values among students, parents, and teachers in the region. The school fosters a spirit of togetherness, and a friendly relationship between school staff and students, and our aim is to better prepare all students for further education and life. Special attention is given to children in inclusion, social inclusion, and readmission.
The primary school "Kosta Trifković" is a modern school that follows up-to-date tendencies in education. It participates in various programs and projects on a national and international level (Razvionica - supporting human resources and research; School without violence - UNICEF: Fonetic laboratory; Together we are happy; Growing up in a healthy way; Informatic ABC book; Early education and taking care for dropout prevention and increase of educational achievements among Roma students; Novi Sad for equality for Roma girls). Having in mind the multiculturality of the community, the school promotes various and different cultures, traditions, and cultural heritage. Special attention is paid to students with fewer possibilities and from minority groups. The school participated in the following Erasmus plus projects: School internationalization through the interculturalism (2017-1-RS01-KA101-000070); Let’s Flip our Classroom(2018-1-RS01-KA101-000209); Living Books in Schools (2018-1-RS01-KA201-000423); Students Observers Learn Astronomy аnd Run to Travel to Space (FT-2020-1-FR01-KA229-079862_4); Exploring cultures - food, health, challenges & alternative learning environments for a more sustainable lifestyle ( 2020-1-SE01-KA229-077847_3). The school project team will be Snežana Rodić, Nada Šušak; Nataša Micić, Milica Puač, teachers and psychologists who have a long-lasting experience in educational work in primary schools. Their interpersonal and intercultural skills were polished through various international and national projects, including pilot project positive education in schools, and training about positive psychology and education in everyday life. They are all skilled positive education trainers who are willing to learn and participate in innovative projects that promote non-formal approaches in formal education. They are also skilled project coordinators and experienced team workers.
"Fran Galovic" Elementary School is located in the southeast of the Croatian postal capital, Zagreb, near the Sava river in the central part of Croatia. Elementary School Fran Galovic was founded in 1980. In 1991 the school was divided because of the large number of students, therefore two different schools are operating today in the same building, sharing the same equipment. The school is named after the great Croatian writer Fran Galović (1887-1914) who was writing in the Kajkavian dialect (one of the three dialects spoken in the Republic of Croatia) spoken in Zagreb and in the surrounding areas. This school year it has 720 students placed in 32 classes. The school has 70 staff members. The expert services include pedagogues, psychologists, speech therapists and a librarian. As an elementary school, the main purpose of the school is to educate students and develop their knowledge and skills they need for life. Our school motto is: „You do not have to be an excellent student, but you do have to be an excellent person“. We have a lot of extracurricular activities (first aid, chemists, little geographers, eco group etc.). The school's teachers are constantly training, both in formal and non-formal education, which strengthens their work. Additional work with potentially gifted students is being conducted by 5 licensed teachers in computer science, as well as talented students in dance, fine arts, robotics, drama, literature, puppetry and singing. Our school tends to do better by offering new possibilities for our students and teachers. By doing so we are continually attending professional training in various fields at national and European level. Our teachers, professional associates and principals hold lectures at various professional conferences from the municipal to the international level. The school is the project center of the workout for students from the Department of Pedagogy, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Zagreb.
Odra Elementary School is located on the outskirts of the city of Zagreb. The school is attended by 481 students distributed in 23 classes. The school has 61 employees, of which 45 are teachers and 3 are professional associates. The school also employs 7 assistants for students with various disabilities. According to our students' and their parents' expectations, we are making an endeavour to develop a modern and innovative school which supports talent and is opened for the needs of the local community. Our staff are actively participating in the electronic educational society of our country, as well as the European and the world community. They are carrying out international collaboration and student exchange programmes. For eight years, they have been carrying out many international projects. Every project is independent and a limited group of students focuses on them, but at the same time those projects complement each other and make the whole local community want to realise them. Actions we are taking at the school result in a large number of innovative solutions which then they share with teachers from other schools during various meetings, workshops, and international projects. We have received following certificates: the eTwinning School Label Awards 2019-2020, eTwinning Pupl Quality Label for KA2 Erasmus+ project United through cultural and natural diversity - learning through research, 2018, eTwinning Quality Label for KA2 Erasmus+ project United through cultural and natural diversity - learning through research, 2018, eTwinning School label award 2021./22, School cooperative „ Sv. Juraj“ also eTwinning Quality Label 2021. and projects „101 face of the Glagolitic alphabet“, „Game to knowledge and fun“ too. Our school offers their students a lot of possibilities to develop their hobbies and passions at a wide range of after-school activities. The students can also participate in various competitions and contests.
The Livada primary school was established in 1992. It is a small school attended by 400 students. It is located in the suburb of Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. Although it is an ordinary primary school, it is very well known for its specific characteristics. For many years, we have been working with migrant students from all over the world. As much as 95% of students are immigrants of the first, second or the third generation, mostly from the former Yugoslavia republics (i.e. Bosnia, Serbia, Macedonia and Montenegro), however, the school is also attended by the asylum seekers (coming from Ukraine, Iran, Syria and Kosovo). The Livada primary school was established in 1992. It is a small school attended by 400 students. It is located in the suburb of Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. Although it is an ordinary primary school, it is very well known for its specific characteristics. For many years, we have been working with migrant students from all over the world. As much as 95% of students are immigrants of the first, second or the third generation, mostly from the former Yugoslavia republics (i.e. Bosnia, Serbia, Macedonia and Montenegro), however, the school is also attended by the asylum seekers (coming from Ukraine, Iran, Syria and Kosovo). Our students belong to different nationalities and religions. Some of them are children of the second generation immigrants who acquired Slovenian citizenship, the others have recently moved to Slovenia and were granted the right to permanent or temporary residence in the territory of Slovenia, the rest are applicants for asylum. The Livada Primary School shares its premises with The French School in Ljubljana (Ecole Française in Ljubljana) and takes part in many joint activities. More than 20 different languages echo through the corridors of our school. The Livada Primary School serves as an excellent example of working with migrant students and is always willing to provide advice and assistance to other Slovene schools that face themselves with different problems when working with migrant students. We have developed a strong, profound and subtle feeling for working with students of different cultures and nationalities, which helps us to successfully build our professional career. We try to do our best to create the feeling of acceptance and a sense of belonging for each of our children. We strongly believe that if the individual is accepted and respected they feel comfortable and can contribute to the society. Bearing that in mind, we try to spread this philosophy also among others. According to “School climate survey” carried out among children (and their parents) attending 141 Slovene schools, our school was ranked among top 4. Most of the children and their parents appreciate the cosy atmosphere within our school.
Šmarje-Sap primary school lies in a very small town where the tradition of education is more than 500 years old. The present school building was built in 1959 but it has had three extensions. The number of students is increasing as more and more famillies have been moving to Šmarje-Sap as it is in the outskirts of our capital city of Ljubljana. The pupils attending our school are from 6 to 15 years old. The older ones change the classrooms after each lesson. There are 23 classrooms (some of them with a special equipment for chemistry and physics, a computer room , a kitchen for learning cooking …), further on there are two gyms, a library, the school canteen, a big hall with the stage for performances, the dental clinic for children of the area, football and basketball grounds, a playground for younger children and a tennis court. The school starts at 7.40 in the morning and finishes at 1.45 p. m. at the latest. It depends on the different timetables of the classes. Occasionally lessons are carried out also outside the school. In various daily activities, excursions and days spent in the nature (camps) the pupils expand their knowledge in an innovative, modern and pleasant way. After school our pupils can take part in several clubs according to their interests. We are all very proud of our school as it regained the independence (in 2017) from the bigger school in the near-by town of Grosuplje. About 50 members of the staff and 450 pupils is just the right number for making the communication productive and inspiring as we are very open for new ideas either from the teachers as well as from the students. The relations among the teachers are friendly and respectful. When we decide to take part in a certain project, we are willing to participate and to support each other even if we are not the members of the project team.
The Institute of positive psychology (IPP) is a non-governmental association whose scope of work is positive psychology promotion and its incorporation in all aspects of personal growth and development. It also deals with the implementation of positive psychology principles in formal educational systems. The IPP is engaged in several projects that deal with professional training for educationalists who work in both formal and non-formal educational systems. It also provides professional support for both students and teachers who are experiencing various challenges in the process of achieving educational and personal goals. The IPP has its programs for raising awareness of the importance of mental health, motivation in personal growth and in recognition of individual strengths and virtues. IPP, was formally registered in early 2021 in Novi Sad, although it was operating in the area of protection of mental health years before as an informal group of experts. The association is founded in order to achieve goals in the field of mental health protection of the community and the individual. Among the founders of IPP there are 3 doctors of psychology, two of them in this project proposal team.
IPP is pursuing the following goals:
- raising the awareness of individuals about the possibilities of personal well-being, about the way of personal growth and development, about their own needs,
- improving the psychophysical health of individuals and their families,
- protection of the mental health of the individual and the community,
- work against all forms of discrimination,
- education of young people, youth and adults,
- promotion of equality of all people,
- human rights education,
Last year, the IPP finished the project Positive education in schools in Novi Sad, where two schools with 20 teachers and 200 students were involved in activities about positive psychology and education. The project was supported by the Ministry of education, Department in Novi Sad, which was involved in the process of evaluation. The evaluation results show that the positive education implementation impacted both the teachers and the students in raising their level of satisfaction with achieved goals, in better interpersonal relationships in school and family surrounding. The results also showed that the students started to perceive their school as a safe space where they can find support and motivation for further achievements. This year expects to start two new projects also about positive education. The next project will deal with Positive education on the secondary school level. The IPP team consists of 5 experts in positive psychology, 2 project coordinators, and 4 project assistants.