New cycle of aces kicks off in Laško
Each year aces – Academy of Central European Schools launches a competition for cross-border school partnership projects in Central and Southeast Europe. This year, more than 400 schools have participated in the aces competition dealing with the topic “media literacy”. 44 projects involving 107 schools from 15 different countries have been selected by an international jury of educational experts. From 24 to 28 September the project participants– more than 200 teachers and students – met for the first time at the aces Kick-Off Meeting in Laško, Slovenia.
This event offered the possibility to get to know each other, to discuss the further implementation of the projects and to acquire useful skills such as project management, find out more about new teaching and learning methods or anything related to media literacy.
“But what’s even more important: the participants get to know each other and learn to overcome prejudices they might have towards people from other nationalities or ethnicities”, knows Reinhard Eckert from Interkulturelles Zentrum, one of the project coordinators, from experience.
Aces was initiated by ERSTE Foundation in 2006 and is coordinated by the non-profit organisations Interkulturelles Zentrum (Austria) and VČELÍ DOM (Slovak Republic). Its aim is to enable and enhance intercultural dialogue and cooperation of young people and to create a continuous network of shared knowledge, mutual learning and innovation. Until today, approximately 23.000 pupils and 3000 teachers have participated in the aces programme.