Primary school “Mladika” Ptuj, Slovenia

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The official name of the school is Osnovna šola Mladika – Primary School Mladika and it is the oldest school in Ptuj, located by the Drava river bank, in the eastern part of town. It was first built in 1902 and was an all girls school. Because it was so charming, it was nicknamed “Beauty by the River” After the first world war, German remained the primary teaching language, due to a shortage of Slovene teachers, however by April 1919, the last German teacher left the school.

In April of 1941 Ptuj was occupied by the German army. All Slovene schools were closed, the teachers deported to Croatia or Serbia. The school was now inhabited by German teachers, many of them having no suitable education. The school was destroyed but the city authorities agreed on rebuilding the school and it was reopened in 1948, under the name Osnovna šola Toneta Žnidariča. In 1991 it was renamed Mladika, as it had originally been called. The school is located in the oldest town of Slovenia and is therefore rich in cultural and natural history. It is a primary school with approximately 40 teachers and 360 pupils. The pupils are aged from 6-15; first to ninth grade. School briefly cares about the environment and implementing healthy. The school is involved in numerous projects supporting the pupils’ education – Eco school, Healthy
school, Quality education for the future. Primary school Mladika has previous experience in Comenius and other international projects. Since
the school is located in an area rich in culture of any kind, the school is constantly involved in activities aimed at exploring the cultural and natural heritage, therefore are appropriate partners for the project. Teachers and students have been exploring the culture of their environment from several aspects (two years ago the school focused on traditions and last year the main focus was on the sights of their town, where pupils acted as tour guides for their parents and teachers)- from festivals and traditions to monuments, to the beautiful castle located on a hill rising above the town center. Next year’s topic is water .Every year the pupils discover something new about their hometown. The key persons involved in the project are all interested in cultural and natural heritage, they are members of different societies, or have connections to people working in the field of natural or cultural history, that are involved in preserving and nourishing our heritage. Some of them are members of a choir, some are active in a folklore group, one teacher is a member of the society The imperial-royal town of Ptuj. And most of all, they are all teachers, pedagogical workers, which have made it their life goal to not only teach the curriculum, but also the importance of cherishing your heritage and preserving your environment. They are also skilled in working with the computer and eager to learn about the use of ICT tools, as well as being excited about meeting colleagues from other countries who share the same passion.

The chief coordinator of Agora project will be headmaster, who is very much in favor of making natural and cultural heritage popular among pupils. The deputy coordinator is a foreign language teacher (English and German), since she has made contact with the coordinator from Croatia and has helped in preparing the application. She will help in translating the materials. She is an active eTwinner – she has recently taken part in a couple of projects and have established one of her own entitled Penpals/Brieffreunde, where the aim is to learn about foreign cultures via e-mail, letters, videos, photos and other presentations, which all require ICT skills and knowledge. She is always looking for new ways to improve her teaching, as well as her ICT skills, and what she is especially excited about is the fact, that this project would give her the opportunity, to do this outside of the classroom. In her opinion, learning by doing, is the best kind of learning.

Address: Žnidaričevo nabrežje 1

Our team on this project is:

Mihaela Cajnko Gojkosek

Marta Skrbinsek

Karmen Ivancic

Renata Suznik