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Cirkevna spojena skola
Skolska 650
Vranov nad Toplou 093 02
Slovakia
Cirkevná spojená škola, is a church school consisting of all levels of education and providing
education at pre-primary, primary, and secondary level with two study programmes: an eight-year
form –for students at the age of 11 and a four-year programme for students at the age of 15. We are
a relatively small school with around 250 pupils and no more than 50 staff members. Our study
programmes specialise in teaching ICT, foreign languages (German and English) and social studies.
Besides formal teaching, students attending our school can take part in various after school clubs
such as sports, science, biology, tourism, music (school band) and many others, where they can
relax and develop their talents. Our school is located in the eastern part of the country, in a small
district town with about 25 000 inhabitants. Vranov district is mainly industrial area with high
unemployment rates. Although our school is not old, last year we celebrated the 25th anniversary of
our primary level, we have been engaged in a number of activities that are related to this project. Our
staff is relatively young, and thus very open to new ideas and insights into new teaching methods
and, therefore, have great interest in visiting schools in Europe in order to observe and analyse
examples of good practice. This is meant not only about the methodology of teaching but more
primarily about the way how to cope with a growing number of cases of inappropriate behaviour
among pupils. Bullying in all its forms has been present in schools for decades but in today’s modern
world with a multiracial and multinational nature, is this problem even more serious. Although in our
region we do not have many foreigners, we still face the threat of bullying due to living together with
the minority of the Roma people. The attempts to integrate these pupils into a normal school life are
very often blocked inappropriate behaviour from the side of their classmates, which carries the signs
of bullying. To learn kids to tolerate each other not looking at the colour of their skin or the language
they spoke, is the key competence for the upcoming globalised and multinational world of the near
future. The project has been designed and prepared by a team of experienced people, not only
teachers, who have already run a number of different European projects (Youth in Action, Comenius,
Euroscola, etc.). The head of the project team is the coordinator of international projects at our school
(contact person in the application form) who works with the management of the school and manages
all the necessary tasks related to these projects. Even if the coordinator decided to leave this
position, we have a number of responsible people who could continue in running these projects. The
same team of people is currently responsible for another KA2 project and the third KA1 project so
their experiences of running Erasmus+ projects are considered to be a real asset in this project, too.