Future Project

OU Joakim Krchovski  part of an international project through the program Erasmus + with the title FUTURE
FUTUREFuture Unique To Es, Robotics and E-Learning)

The Erasmus program is the driver of modernization of education in Europe and aims to contribute to the development of Europe as an advanced knowledge society with sustainable development, greater social cohesion, better jobs and better work experiences for its citizens. In order to achieve these goals, the program fosters the exchange, cooperation and mobility of teaching and learning staff, pupils and students in the Europe area.   

Joakim Krchovski School has been an active participant in the Erasmus program for several years and actively applies European norms to improve education through exchange, collaboration and teaching staff mobility.

 As of 01.09.2018, Joachim Krchovski Primary School ”– Kriva Palanka is a second time school partner in an international project FUTURE (FUTURE) via the Erasmus + program. The main coordinator of the project is Portugal, and the project will last two years ie until 31.08.2020. The project includes primary and secondary schools from Portugal, Turkey, Lithuania, Poland and Macedonia and it will be in English. The project is funded by the National Agency for European Education Programs and Mobility. The main goals of the project are:

– Improving mathematical skills with coding (algorithms and mathematical reasoning,

– Skills acquisition: How to code?

– Fundamentals of Robotics through Mathematics and Natural Sciences,

– Web 2.0 Tool,

– Use of Web 2.0 and the Internet in everyday work,

– Communication and improvement of foreign languages,

– Getting to know different cultures and learning about each other's culture.

Once again our students and teachers will be able to exchange experiences with their peers from other countries, thereby improving the teaching process and student success.

We hope for a successful job.

Activities in November

Within the framework of the Erasmus + project, FUTURE (Future), the first meeting between the project partners was held at Villa Real de Santo Antonio in Portugal from 26-30 November 2018.
At the beginning of the meeting the host school had prepared a rich program with which the students through song and modern dance welcomed us warmly. Then began a tour of the school complex, exploring the premises, starting with several offices for teachers each for a specific purpose, through equipped cabinets and classrooms with smart boards and projectors. 
The headmistress welcomed us and successful work, with wishes for further cooperation, and at the same time all the teams gave a presentation presenting themselves, the school, the city and the country they come from in order to get to know each other and to cooperate better. 
During the school visit, we were particularly impressed by the organization, affordability, discipline, hygiene, hospitality, and school canteen where students receive a healthy meal daily. On holidays, students have the choice of playing table tennis in the school yard, going to a school library full of literature, computers and extras so they can prepare for the next lesson. 
An organized visit to the city told us about the location of the city, which is on the border with Spain, allows for and determines the past, but also the future as all things are related to the proximity to Spain and the Atlantic Ocean.
This meeting between partners was enriched by training and hands-on tutorials on web 2.0 tools by experts. There was also a competition among the best logos made by the students from the partner countries where the best logo was chosen by the student Andrijana Ilievska's 9-1 grade from the Joachim Krchovski elementary school.
The participants discussed and agreed on the further course of the project.



Activities in December

During the first working meeting in Portugal, the representatives from the Primary School Joachim Krchovski presented the first elementary school of Joachim Krchovski from where they come from, then the city of Kriva Palanka and finally the Republic of Macedonia through short films and presentations. The films and presentations were produced together with the students from the Primary School Joachim Krchovski and in cooperation with the municipality of Kriva Palanka. The most significant benefit of these meetings was fulfilled, which is to represent in the best light the municipality and the country we come from.

Upon returning from a working meeting in Portugal, Professor of Mathematics Dalibor Stoilkovski and Professor of French Elena Nikolovska, who attended the Web 2.0 Tools training, disseminated among their Joachim Krchovski elementary school colleagues. There was a great deal of interest from colleagues who wanted to learn something about the new Internet tools that would help them with their work, assessment, lesson preparation, and course time.

Prior to the dissemination of 9-1 grade student Andrijana Ilievska, she was awarded a diploma and prize for the first place in the logo competition, implemented in the framework of this project.

All participants in the dissemination, except new knowledge, also received certificates of participation. The project team continued its activities during December as the next workshop was already scheduled for the last week of March in Julei, Lithuania.

Activities per month  January

After the winter break, a dissertation for Web 2.0 Tools was also conducted in front of a group of students in grades 7.8 and 9 in Joachim Krchovski elementary school. Mathematics professor Dalibor Stoilkovski and French teacher Elena Nikolovska introduced students to some basic tools such as Plickers, QR Code, Quiver Vision, Google forms that they will encounter when working on project related activities. Prior to the lecture, the students completed a questionnaire on their knowledge and use of the Internet and the time they spend in front of the phone and computer. This questionnaire will be an indication of how students' Internet usage habits will change by the end of the project, as the purpose of the project is to use the time spent online to learn something new or replicate acquired knowledge. . Students attending the dissemination will have the opportunity to participate in project related activities as well as to visit one of the partner schools.

On 05.02.2019 within the project Idnina was marked the day of Internet Security – "Internet Safety". The students watched a presentation on what internet security means and made posters on the same topic

Students from Joachim Krchovski Primary School for the first time visit primary school in Lithuania thanks to Erasmus + program

Six students from the Joachim Krchovski elementary school spent an unforgettable week at the Medellino Progymnasia Primary School in Sulej, Lithuania, as part of the Erasmus + Future project. They were part of the school teaching, but also part of the Lithuanian families. They had the opportunity to get acquainted with the educational process in Lithuania and the way of life both at school and outside of school with their peers. In addition to participating in school classes and activities, students were also tasked with doing research and presentations on environmental issues around the world and how to deal with them. 
They visited many interesting places such as: the city library where they saw the largest book in Lithuania, a pottery workshop where they learned how to make pottery, they also visited a mill where they learned how to make traditional Lithuanian bread. They also had the opportunity to bowling and see a dolphin show, things that will forever remain in their memories. They also visited the Lithuanian capital – Vilnius, the "Lithuanian Venice" - Trakai, as well as Palanga and the Baltic Sea coast.
All the teachers and students from the partner countries were welcomed into the municipality of Huley where they were introduced to the city, its history, present and of course future plans. Our students conveyed greetings from our municipality to our representative in the hope of future cooperation.
The students returned to Macedonia with a lot of positive impressions and a desire to meet again with the newly arrived comrades from all partner countries (Poland, Portugal, Turkey and of course host Lithuania).
"We thank the hosts for the wonderful welcome and organization and look forward to seeing them in October at our school and our city," – students said.

Project Coordinator
Tanja D. Skrbic

Teachers from Primary School "Joachim Krchovski" visit primary school in Jedlice, Poland

In the framework of the project "Future" of the Erasmus + program, three teachers from Joachim Krchovski elementary school visited elementary school number 5 in Jedlice, Poland from May 20 to May 24, 2019.

-We had the opportunity to get acquainted with the educational process in Poland and attend – Scratch coding training held by Portuguese expert David Costa. The students showed us the whole school to all the partners we attended, presented experiments they taught in chemistry classes, organized an academy in honor of their patron and a small concert to show us their musical abilities.
The teachers from the partner schools in the project visited many interesting places, castles, monuments as well as the museum with the most famous painting in Hadlice painted by the famous painter El Greco. We also visited the Polish capital, Warsaw, where we were introduced to Polish history and culture. 
We also had a reception with the mayor of Hadlice municipality to whom we conveyed greetings from our municipality with the hope of possible cooperation.
The hosts managed to present our tradition, culture, history and education during our visit and made us feel welcome and welcomed. It remains for us to prepare to be good hosts as they were, said project coordinator Tanja D. Skrbic.

Joachim Krchovski Primary School hosted 26 students and 11 teachers from Portugal, Lithuania, Poland and Turkey

Within the framework of Erasmus + project "FUTURE" from 11th to 15th of November Primary School "Joachim Krchovski" hosted 26 students and 11 teachers from 4 different countries. There were numerous activities related to the main purpose of the coding project, but we also presented our tradition, folklore, food, education system and lifestyle.

At the beginning we were greeted by guests in traditional costumes with bread and salt at the school entrance. After a short walk through the classrooms and the Partizan school, the guests had the opportunity to attend a beautiful performance prepared by the teachers and students of the Primary School "Joachim Krchovski". School principal Dane Petrovski greeted them and wished them a warm welcome.

After the event the guests had a – painting workshop on porcelain motifs where they were introduced to our traditional costume.

The following day the guests were received by the Mayor of Kriva Palanka, Mr. Borjanco Micevski who welcomed them and showed them some videos about our city. He sent them with a wish for further cooperation in all fields with the project partner countries. The day continued with activities at the school. Working with Scratch and presenting the Microbit and Robotic Arm – projects going on at school but related to the project theme.

The guests also visited the city museum where they were introduced to the history of the city through paintings and artifacts and then visited the church of St. Dimitrija. Both visits were very interesting for them as they were something new and unusual for most participants.

Wednesday was reserved for us to work with E-twinning but also to visit one of the most beautiful monasteries in our country St. Joachim Osogovski. The participants were impressed by its beauty and uniqueness. There they heard many interesting facts about the beginnings and founders of the monastery, as well as about St. Joachim Osogovski and his ascetic life.

After visiting the monastery we went back to school where we had a class with Microbit coding and a game presentation coded by our student Sara Stefanovska.

On Thursday, teachers and students watched the work of all students participating in the project. Their task was to make legends and quizzes in Scratch. The theme of the quizzes was Environment and Pollution. All the crafts were wonderful and the students were praised for their great work. Afterwards we listened to a small concert and followed the awarding of the certificates to all participants.

Friday was booked for a visit to the capital Skopje. We visited the Kale, the old Skopje Bazaar, the monuments in the center of the city and finally Matka. Participants were thrilled by the capital.

This meeting was a working one, but in the meantime the participants got to know our kitchen. They had the opportunity to try pie, greens, beans, mousse, stuffed peppers, various salads, pickles, baklava, steamed cakes, boza and all that is typical for us and our city. The students got to know the families of our students and their way of life.

That is the beauty of these projects. To make it clear that we are all different but that differences can bring us closer and friend us rather than separate us.

Diversity doesn't mean you are better or worse than others, it just means you have a different lifestyle, history, culture, education system.

Project Coordinator

Tanja Dimitrovska-Skrbic


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