From March 27th to 30th almost 350 students and teachers from 15 different countries came together at the aces – Academy of Central European Schools in Senec/Slovakia. They presented the results of their joint school projects all around the topic of volunteering and shared their experiences and learning outcomes. All participating schools were honoured and an international jury of experts awarded the most innovative projects.
Volunteering – aces topic in 2011
aces is one of the biggest international school networks in Central Europe and every year a project contest for school partnership projects is carried out. Volunteering was the topic in 2011. Students and teachers from the awarded projects, delegations of schools from previous aces cycles, representatives of the Ministries of Education from the partner countries came together in Senec. The aces Academy is the central network event of the year. It is a participative platform for exchange on education, a practitioners’ circle and a community of best practice. Besides the presentation and evaluation of the results of their school partnership projects, the participants had time to share their experiences and lessons learned. During the four-day event the participants gained new knowledge, skills and attitudes in relation to voluntary work in schools, communities and society. Different workshops about new ways of teaching and learning, as well as the new aces topic media literacy were offered.
The following projects were awared with the aces Academy award for the most innovative cross-border school projects:
Category “Student Participation”: Project “Volunteering Club 365”
NOVA International School, Skopje, Macedonia
The Secondary Vocational School of Economics, Administration and Service “Atanas Burov”, Silistra, Bulgaria
High School “Andon Zako Cajupi, Tirana, Albania
Category Volunteering: Project “The Rainbow Volunteers”
OOU”Josip Broz Tito”, Struga, Macedonia
OŠ Franja Malgaja Šentjur, Šentjur, Slovenia
Category International Cooperation: Project “Inclusive Volunteering – An Intercultural Bridge through Play, Song, Dance and Food”
Centar za odgoj i obrazovanje ”Ivan Štark”, Osijek, Croatia
Osnovna i srednja Žarko Zrenjanin, Subotica, Serbia
Category Civil Courage: Project “Small Actions Make Big Changes”
Primary school “Strasho Pindzur”, Negotino, Macedonia
Primary school “Dule Karaklajić”, Lazarevac, Serbia
Category Special Bonus: Project “As Our Hands Align”
Dimitar Miladinov Primary, Skopje, Macedonia
Osnovna škola Josipa Matoša, Vukovar, Croatia
School Nr. 93 “Emi Racovita”, Bucharest, Albania
“Media Literacy”: New call for school partnership projects
„Media Literacy“ is the theme of the current aces competition for school partnership projects. Till April 30th schools from all aces partner countries can submit their project proposals. For further information visit www.aces.or.at.