Primary School Horvati (Osnovna škola Horvati) was founded in 1897. and has had long history and tradition. It is one of the oldest schools in Zagreb. This public school has over three hundred students, age 6-15, classified into 4 upper and 4 lower grades. They take pride in providing safe (UNICEF program – school without violence) and challenging environment for our students. Besides regular classes, students can choose different elective subjects and extracurricular activities. We take pride in qualified, highly motivated teaching staff. Primary School Horvati was awarded by City of Zagreb for contribution to development of educational process. In our school, during the eight years of education, students have a long line of studies. Also, the school is well known and takes great pride for its successful inclusion of students with special needs (especially cerebral palsy), who participate in all the lessons according to the adjusted curriculum. Teachers, medical staff and personal assistants regularly help them. Horvati’s students actively take part in various projects and interest groups such as EU projects participation and video conferences.
The school gives special support to these kinds of projects that involve improvement of teaching methods, IT and knowledge of foreign languages because they have a positive impact on children’s everyday life abilities of administrating their lives and has an influence on local development. Croatia, as a country, in this moment, is in the middle of the new school reform project. It is trying to change direction on a national level: new ways of teaching, creativity in teaching, new ways of work evaluation, revision of subject curriculums – trying to lose unnecessary themes, development of critical thinking, logical way of thinking and coming to conclusions, teacher autonomy in choosing the teaching methods, getting students more active.
Primary school Horvati has a very good cooperation with local community and with some organizations that address needs of children with special needs and children in general. They are taking part in different projects for years. They are among few leading schools in Croatia in using videoconferencing in teaching. During last few years they have increased usage of ICT tools in teaching, at the same time they are educating students and parents about Internet safety. They have also been involved in a number of training and projects in developing adjusted and individualized teaching plans and programs. They are trying to build and find new ways for inclusion of children with special needs (during the process we are cooperating with organizations that address that sort of problems). Through e-learning, Comenius (now Erasmus+) projects and videoconferences our students will improve their knowledge, meet other countries and gain lots of friends from all over the world, friends who could eventually become their future business partners. As a partner they have participated very successfully in Comenius projects “Europe Anim’ Action”, “Young Europeans say: break walls, be tolerant!”, An Approach to Motivating learners to Read in European Schools and IPA project called Snail in school. Also, they are GLOBE school and part of ISE and ODS projects. Now they are in Erasmus+ K1 project for teachers. Through these the school has managed to get positive feedback, opportunities to network with other schools, ideas for projects and teaching interventions.