Aquilonis represented Handbook for RSP readers during ‘Days of Free Teaching’ in the Economy and Administration School in Bjelovar. Days of Free Teaching are a series of lectures and workshops led by respected experts from the economy, science and culture, held just before Easter holidays and lasting three days. This programme was first held in 1993 by Professor Vojislav Kranželić, the director of the Economy and Administration School in Bjelovar who is still the one organising it 18 years later. After a talk with director Kranželić to properly assert students’ and programme needs, Aquilonis reached out to Ana Kapraljević, a female writer and a professor who recently moved to live in Bjelovar. Besides her regular job and her writing career, she is a volunteer for Early Start Development, a community based organization designed to support individuals through mentoring and coaching while providing opportunities and enhanced skill-development through self-awareness, career preparation, technology, science awareness, entrepreneurship, service learning, social and human capital, life, community development, business soft skills, and the arts. Recently, she and her partner started Talks with a meaning, open discussion and literary group meetings with a purpose of encouragement of open discussion and critical thinking among Bjelovar citizens. Ana showed great interest to actively participate in our project and promote its vision throughout her many activities.

Read more: Myths and fairytales workshop – why reading really can't be boring!

...the piloting results are almost here! Meanwhile, take a look at the last portion of materials received from project partners! 

Slovakia: 

X. gimnazija Zagreb:

Director of Aquilonis, Predrag Pale, PhD, participated in a State Expert Conference ''European Year of Cultural Heritage'' organized by the Education Agency's Senior Advisers Marijana Češi and Miroslav Mićanović. On February 21st conference gathered around 200 participants in Croatian State Archivesis, mainly teachers of all general subjects, professional associates, educators and principals of elementary and secondary schools of the Republic of Croatia. The conference covered various fields of art (literature, architecture, film, music, art history, theatre ...) and new technologies.

Read more: State Expert Conference - European Year of Cultural Heritage

At the end of November there was the second meeting of Czech and Slovakian students who are part of the project. Unlike May, the roles of host and guest were reversed, so the Czech students, during the long train ride, could only wonder  what is waiting for them in Rožňava. The weather was unpleasant, but most of us fended off with good spirits and appropriate cloathing. Despite the weather everything was perfect. And we definitely have something to remember.

Read more: Second meeting of Slovakian and Czech students

ŠKOLSTVÍ magazine published by the Czech School Unions presented our project in an article written by Pavlína Vočková. 

The article can be found on the page 7 of the ŠKOLSTVÍ magazine!

 

On 23rd October 2017 our teachers participated in a Slovak national competition in the school library. The theme of the competition was: „ The most interesting school library activity focused on the Day of Milan Rastislav Štefánik.“

The organizers of the competition: PaedDr. Eva Szanyiová, Mgr. Lýdia Kalinová a Ing. Tatiana Chocholová
The number of the participating students: 58

 

The teachers of Slovak and English language organized a competition which was announced by the Slovak pedagogical library. Involved were the students of 2.B and 3.B and they were competing in groups of 4 or 5.

The whole competition was focused on the improvement of reading literacy and development of their reading skills. The teachers tried to motivate the students towards reading and they created 4 different competition checkpoints. In each of them the students learned about Slovak and world literary works. Three of them lead to M.R.Štefánik who is a very important personality from the history of Slovakia.

Read more: Slovak national competition: The most interesting school library activity!

Dacia Maraini – life and works

Dacia Maraini was born on  November 13, 1936 in Fiesole. She is an Italian writer,  the daughter of Sicilian Princess Topazia Alliata di Salaparuta, an artist and art dealer, and of Fosco Maraini, a Florentine ethnologist and mountaineer of mixed Ticinese, English and Polish background who wrote in particular on Tibet and Japan.
 Maraini's work focuses on women’s issues, and she has written numerous plays and novels. She has won numerous awards for her work, including the Formentor Prize for L'età del malessere (1963); the Premio Fregene for Isolina (1985); the Premio Campiello and Book of the Year Award for La lunga vita di Marianna Ucrìa (1990); and the Premio Strega for Buio (1999). In 2013, the documentary I Was Born Travelling   portrayed the story of her imprisonment in a concentration camp in Japan and the legendary journeys around the world with her partner Alberto Moravia, her close friend Pier Paolo Pasolini and opera singer Maria Callas.

Read more: Students from Liceo Seguenza met the Italian best selling author Dacia Maraini

The Praha Campus took place from 7th to 16th May 2017. Partners selected 22 pupils age of 15 to 18 from Partners schools (5 students from Croatia, 5 students from Italy, 6 students from Slovakia and 6 students from Czech Republic). Selection of pupils also included pupils with the migrant background. Selection of implemented literature texts also corresponded in order to meet another main project objective adressing the migrant literary misconceptions.

Accompanied with their mentors they worked closely on motivational stories selected for Praha-Campus.

 

After the arrival in Prague on 7th May, on May 8th the students and the teachers of 4 countries participating the project met at Náhorní High. Headmistress, Hana Pavelková, Pavlína Vočková, school Erasmus+ coordinator and Jan Pytel, Náhorní High School teacher and witter welcommed us warmly and took us for a school tour.

 

 

Read more: Praha Campus Report

The Campus which took place in Prague from 8th to 15th May, 2017, represented an important moment in the implementation of the Erasmusplus KA2 project “Handbook for RSP Readersl”. Five students and two teachers for each participating Country (Italy, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Croatia), met in the Czech capital to test methods and techniques to motivate reading.

 

 

Read more: LA in Prague - short report

Team Aquilonis was invited as the guests at the presentation of the winning works on May 12, 2017 at POE(Z)ITIVA. Po(e)zitiva is competition for the best poetry work of high school students in Croatia.

This year's competition marked the ninety-fifth anniversary of the birth of poet Vesna Parun. The subject of this year's competition was the woman in art, which placed the woman as a subject of art but also a woman as a permanent motive of artwork.

 

Read more: Promotion and cooperation with PO(E)ZITIVA

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