aces Academy in Prague, 29 March – 1 April 2011
Presentation of results, exchange of experiences
From 29 March to 1 April the Central European educational platform aces – Academy of Central European Schools took place in Prague. Almost 350 pupils, teachers and ministry representatives from 15 countries came together in the capital of the Czech Republic. 700 teachers and 5,400 pupils have been involved in 45 projects focusing on conflicts in school and society during the project cycle 2010/2011. Now the project representatives came together in Prague to present the results and exchange their experiences.
Special Achievement Awards
Finally, at the aces Ceremony on Thursday, 31 March, five projects were honored with a special achievement award:
Category student participation: “Show respect to be respected“
Schools: Kisnánai Általános Iskola és Napközi Otthonos Óvoda in Kisnána, Hungary and Osnovna škola Bilje in Bilje, Croatia
Category civil courage: “Dispute as a means to handle conflict“
Schools: Bocskai István Gimnázium, Szakközépiskola, Szakiskola és Kollégium in Biharkeresztes, Hungary and Liviu Rebreanu Szakközépiskola in Bălan, Romania
Category conflict resolution: “For the welfare of all generations – long live the mediation!“
Schools: Elementary School Milija Nikčević in Nikšić, Montenegro and Elementary School Branko Radičević in Bujanovac, Serbia
Category international cooperation: “Develop tolerance – Respect difference”
Schools: Turističko-ugostiteljska škola Antona Štifanića in Poreč, Croatia and Ekonomska srednja škola ˇBosa Milićević in Subotica, Serbia
Category special recognition: “Messengers of a peaceful way of living“
Schools: Tudor Vladimirescu in Târgovişte, Romania and Gimnazija Mrkonjić-Grad in Mrkonjić-Grad, Bosnia and Herzegovina
New call for school-partnership projects
At the moment a new aces call for proposals is going on: In line with the topic of the European Year of Volunteering, the theme of the project cycle 2011/2012 is: “Building bridges in societies – volunteer in your communities!” Peers supporting those with learning difficulties in schools, concerts in old people’s homes or young and old engaging in initiatives that protect the environment or fight discrimination – these and other activities can be part of a cross-border volunteer project. Project proposals can be submitted until 30 April 2011. An online partner finder helping schools to search for the “ideal match”, according to common interests and requirements, is available on www.aces.or.at.
The school network aces was founded by ERSTE Foundation in 2006. Today 15 countries are part of the network. The initiative is coordinated by the non-profit organisations Interkulturelles Zentrum and VČELÍ DOM and is supported by the Ministries of Education of all participating countries. The aim is to bring teachers and students from Central and South Eastern Europe together.