My Little Europe Project

The project "My Little Europe" is implemented in the Primary School "Joachim Krchovski" in Kriva Palanka.

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The My Little Europe project will provide an opportunity for cultural integration, foster a passion for knowledge and learning about celebrities, develop teamwork and develop communication technology knowledge. Moreover, the project will result in conclusions / recommendations on how to work with students. The recommendations will be developed on the basis of research and observations. The tools that teachers will use to evaluate students will be developed based on the principles of neurodactics.

The project consists of two phases

In the first phase children and teens will have to make a presentation (album, book, video, computer presentation) about a hero they met in their mother tongue (literature hero), in history class (national or regional hero), the geography lesson (national researcher) or the physical lesson (athlete). – Heroes – national representatives will be selected in the schools themselves with in-school voting. Information on national / regional heroes will be shared as part of the project. Students will send messages containing information about their national heroes using advanced communication technology. This will result in getting to know other European countries through the presentation of their individual national heroes. This approach to teaching / learning is much more effective, according to neuro-teachers. Children learn about the history of a country by getting to know the hero - they identify themselves with the hero and remember information about it faster and more effectively. Students will exchange their presentations via email, Skype and social media, learning how to use communication technologies.

In the first year of the project, teacher involvement will be noted. Questionnaires will be developed to learn about how students want to learn more, their daily routines, how much time they spend on learning and in what situations they learn the most easily. Research materials for teachers will consist of videos recorded by students showing their own ordinary day. Children 's habits will be monitored to see what conditions and when they are learning. Each partner school will collect the information and use it to produce a relevant report. The main focus of the second part of the project will be on analyzing the results and preparing recommendations to be implemented in the school. The recommendations will be given strictly according to the principles of neuro-didactics. The main purpose and recommendation of neurod didactics is lecture that is not burdensome to the brain, using students' cognitive curiosity and power of mind as well as combining cognitive knowledge with emotions, allowing students to assume and freely seek solutions that are not limited to verbal communication and to facilitate the collection of individual information in a coherent whole.

The most essential element and prerequisite for success is the ability to exploit students' cognitive curiosity.

Equally important is to ensure a safe and friendly environment.

In order to convey the principles of neuro-teaching in schools, students' habits need to be understood. On this basis, partner schools will be able to develop specific recommendations to facilitate the learning process.

During the second year of the project, children from all partner schools will make a book (album) containing photos and descriptions of heroes (prominent persons) from their immediate surroundings (family, friends). This will make them understand that the heroes are among them. The best books from all schools will be published together. Other works will be on display.

The project will also engage teachers (looking for effective solutions to improve teaching and learning conditions) and students who will learn about European countries through creative activities.

The project is funded by the National Agency for European Education Programs and Mobility through the Erasmus + Program.


Activities in September

During September, the following activities foreseen by the Erasmus + project "My Little Europe", financed by the National Agency for European Education Programs and Mobility, were realized in the Primary School "Joachim Krchovski".

  1. Making a notice board placed in the hall of the school
    Teacher Lazo Gjorgievski together with their students edited the project bulletin board and placed it on the first floor of the school
  2. Starting the logo contest
    The teachers who are part of the team working on the project introduced the students to the logo contest.
  3. Preparation of the list of ICT tools used in teaching
    Teacher Natasha Kolevska prepared the list of ICT tools we use in teaching
  4. Creating a Facebook page, website or blog about the project.

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The pedagogue of the school Zaklina Hristovska is in charge of managing the administrative tasks and responsibilities related to the project, and the financial part is for Milanka Markovska.

Activities in October

During October, the following activities foreseen by the Erasmus + project "My Little Europe", financed by the National Agency for European Education Programs and Mobility, were realized in the Primary School "Joachim Krchovski". 


  1. Students prepare a short film about their school
    9th grade students made a short film presenting our school to other partner schools
  1. Students start preparing for multimedia presentations and videos for our region
    Teachers instructed 8th grade students to start making multimedia presentations and videos for our region
  2. Students together with teachers prepare postcards and send them to partner schools
    Grade 7 students along with teachers Lazo Gjorgievski and Tanja Dimitrovska-Skrbic made postcards in which they presented themselves and their school and sent them to the partner schools.


Activities in November

During the month of November, the following activities foreseen by the Erasmus + project "My Little Europe" financed by the National Agency for European Education Programs and Mobility were implemented in the Primary School "Joachim Krchovski". 

  1. Start the competition for the hero
    The students were given the task of making a presentation about a person known in our country or region.
  1. Voting for the best logo and awarding diplomas
  2. Visit to Poland
    Three teachers from our school were visiting Primary School in Bydgoszcz – Poland. There, they met with teachers from other partner schools, attended classes and attended a conference on the topic of the Neuro-didactic model in innovative education.

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The teacher of the school Zaklina Hristovska conveyed the information gained about the neuro-didactics in the education of her colleagues from the Primary School “Joakim Krchovski”.

Activities in December

During the month of December, the following activities foreseen by the Erasmus + project "My Little Europe" financed by the National Agency for European Education Programs and Mobility were implemented in the Primary School "Joachim Krchovski". 

  1. Hero Contest
    Teachers and students have chosen three heroes to make presentations and to choose the best one for the hero. The three heroes that students can write about are Tose Proeski, Kire Lazarov and Goce Delchev.
  1. Our region
    The best presentation for our region was sent to the other partner schools
  1. Voting for the best logo from the other partner schools was also conducted and we selected the Lithuanian logo
  2. Teacher Lazo Gjorgievski made Christmas and New Year greetings that we send to partner schools
  3. Start of three new matches
  • Literature Contest "WHY DO I ADDRESS MY HERO?"

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Activities in January / February

During the month of January and February, the following activities foreseen under the Erasmus + project "My Little Europe", funded by the National Agency for European Education Programs and Mobility, were implemented at the Joachim Krchovski elementary school.

The students handed in their work for three matches for My Hero and were selected the best in each category.

The joint blog of the project featured presentations of the three heroes as well as all the best works from the three matches.  

  1. In the first literary competition "WHY I SPEAK TO MY HEROES" the following students were selected:

1st place Simona Jakimovska IX-4

2nd place Nena Nikolovska VIII-1

3rd place Nina Taskova IX-3

  1. In the second art competition "MY HERO OF INTERACTIVE VIEW" postcards made by the following students were selected:

1st place Nina Kolevska VIII-1

1st place Angela Angelovska VIII-1

1st place Teona Velickovska VIII-1

1st place Ana Stojanovska VIII-1

2nd place Simona Jakimovska IX-4

2nd place Marijana Petkovska IX-4

2nd place Despina Velinovska IX-4

3rd place Andrej Tasevski VI-5

  1. In the third photographic competition "WE LOOK OUR HEROES THROUGH THE EYE OF THE CAMERA" the presentations made by the following students were selected:

1st place Anja Aleksovska VII-2

1st place Mihela Mitkovska VII-2

2nd place Lina Rangelova VII-1

3rd place Teona Gjorgievska VI-2

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Kire Lazarov - the best handball player from Macedonia

Tose Proekski – most popular singer in Macedonia and UNICEF regional ambassador

Goce Delchev – teacher and freedom fighter

Activities in March

During the month of March (05-10) representatives from the Joachim Krchovski Primary School visited a primary school in Lithuania as part of the activities envisaged by the Erasmus + project "My Little Europe", funded by the National Agency for European Education Programs and Mobility. .

The first day while we were in the "city of the sun" the Hulei was raining heavily, but that was no reason not to enjoy this beautiful city. We visited many interesting classes at the Medellino Elementary School, among which we didn't particularly admire the "Ebru" or the drawing water – very interesting drawing and coloring technique. The fair dedicated to St. Casimir was a different experience, full of games, songs, children's smiles and a pleasant atmosphere. The hosts made every day special and memorable. We visited the Cross with the Cross, a very interesting and unusual place but still the only one of its kind. Visiting the chocolate factory and preparing cakes there was something that left us with wonderful impressions of this visit. But besides the visits and the great socializing he had many working meetings. All the partner countries in the project had their representatives in Hulei who introduced their heroes to us. We discussed the project related activities that we have completed but also the ones to work on in the coming period. We were also welcomed by the Deputy Mayor of Julei who explained a lot about the city, education, youth, the past of Lithuania and how they see their city and state in the future.

We returned to Macedonia with positive impressions and impressions but with many tasks ahead of us. Our school will host representatives from Poland, Lithuania, Bulgaria, Spain and Portugal from May 07-12, so we started preparations for this very important meeting right away.

The whole project team is involved in the preparation of the upcoming meeting. They all had special tasks to complete. The headmaster of the school Dragan Ristovski was involved in the organization and the welcome. His assistant Gordana Ivanovska was in charge of welcoming the municipality and the school as well as organizing the transportation and accommodation of participants. The teacher of the school Zaklina Hristovska participated in the preparation of the classes, the event on the occasion of May 9, the dance groups as well as the whole organization of the events during the week. Teacher Lazo Gjorgievski was in charge of decorating and artistic appearance of the school as well as painting and recording of activities, and teacher Natasa Kolevska for information, diplomas, certificates and organization of students and their participation.


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Visit to the school "Joachim Krchovski" - Kriva Palanka Macedonia started on May 07 and ended on May 12, 2017. At this short-lived joint training event 15 representatives from the partner schools participated from 5 European countries from Lithuania, Poland, Bulgaria, Spain and Portugal.

The meeting was filled with many activities, visiting classes and having a great time with the guests who were impressed by the wonderful nature and delicious food.

Representatives from the school coordinator from Poland unselfishly contributed to make this meeting excellent by preparing a presentation on neurodiagnosis in education. They also prepared a math demo for second grade students who were excited to meet teachers from other countries for the first time. For them, this was an unforgettable experience that they will long remember.

The Mayor of the Municipality Mr. Arsenco Aleksovski got acquainted with the representatives and devoted part of his time to acquaint them with the functioning of the municipality and the education in our city.

A special event was the celebration of Europe Day, May 9th, which was organized in cooperation with all schools in the city as well as the municipality and was fully dedicated to the guests and their visit to our country. Their countries were presented on special stands while our Macedonian culture and tradition was reflected in the wonderful performance of songs and dances prepared by our talented students. The students showed their talents in the art corner which was an integral part of the whole event. 

All the representatives from the partner schools had the opportunity to meet with some of the parents of the Macedonian students who participated in the preparation of traditional Macedonian food specialties that the representatives from the participating countries had the opportunity to taste.

The capital of the Republic Macedonia-Skopje left the guests speechless with its beauty and uniqueness. Matka Canyon, which impresses with its beauty, was especially impressed.

All that is nice is short. So this visit ended and everyone brought with them the impressions of our city and country wishing to visit us again.

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Activities in June

At the beginning of June, just before the end of the school year, a presentation was presented at the Primary School "Joachim Krchovski" for all activities completed and realized during the past school year 2016/17, which were part of the Erasmus + My Little Europe project. , funded by the National Agency for European Education Programs and Mobility. The presentation was presented to the students and teachers of our school as well as to all who showed interest in the project. She briefly showed everyone present how the first year of the project was going.

After the presentation, diplomas and diplomas were awarded to the students who were part of all these activities and contributed to their successful implementation.

Activities in September

During September, the following activities foreseen by the Erasmus + project "My Little Europe", financed by the National Agency for European Education Programs and Mobility, were realized in the Primary School "Joachim Krchovski". 

  1. Preparing a presentation for our neighboring country Bulgaria

Teacher Natasa Kolevska and her students prepared a video, presentation and interactive postcards for neighboring Bulgaria.

  1. Preparation for a visit to Vasil Kunchov High School in Vratca, Bulgaria

The administrative part of the preparations was completed by the pedagogue of the school Zaklina Hristovska, and the teacher Gordana Ivanovska provided gifts – souvenirs from our country for the partner schools.

Activities in October

As part of the Erasmus + My Little Europe project, teachers from Joachim Krchovski Elementary School in Kriva Palana visited Vasil Kunchov SS in Vratsa, Bulgaria from October 15-20, 2017.

All the representatives from the partner countries were warmly welcomed with the traditional bread, salt and geranium in the school, after which we visited the classrooms, the dining hall and the sports hall in the school. There were many working meetings where everyone proved to be great neighbors in their neighboring countries, presenting them in the best light of the presentations we made and showed to everyone.

We had a meeting with the Deputy Mayor of Vraca, Ms. Petija Dolapchieva, where we presented our teams, our countries and our joint project.  

We had a great presentation by the Polish team and the main coordinator of the project in the field of neurodidactics, Agnieszka Bulinska. The presentation was – “Neurodidactics – New teaching method! or How to make your mind happy? ” which was attended by the foreign language counselor from Vratsa Mrs. Rozenka Kabatlijska as well as many foreign language teachers from the city. Very useful for all teachers who want to improve their way of working and be more accepted by their students.

Apart from the working part, our visit had a fun part. We visited Ledenika Cave which is included in 100 most famous tourist spots in Bulgaria. It is also the most visited cave in Bulgaria. We enjoyed the autumn colors and the beautiful nature on the way back from the cave.   

Vraca is also known as the "City of Riches" because the largest excavation of gold and silver Thracian artifacts was found there.   

The hosts did not send us as well as they expected with traditional Bulgarian specialties and customs.

Until the next sightseeing and socializing we brought back fond memories of neighboring Bulgaria and the beautiful city at the foot of old Vraca Mountain.

 Activities in November and December

During the months of November and December, the following activities foreseen under the Erasmus + project "My Little Europe", funded by the National Agency for European Education Programs and Mobility, were implemented in the Primary School "Joachim Krchovski". 

  • Prepare and conduct surveys among students, teachers and parents about students' learning habits, new teaching forms and methods used by teachers and which assist students in learning.

According to the survey and the analysis of the results, we came to some conclusions and recommendations for improving the teaching process and improving the learning habits and preparation for tests and control tasks.

The results of the surveys were presented in diagrams and descriptive.

Survey report

Diagrams of the survey results

Pedagogue Zaklina Hristovska and teacher Natasa Kolevska participated in the implementation and analysis of the survey.

Activities in January and February 2018

During the month of January and February, the following activities foreseen under the Erasmus + project "My Little Europe", funded by the National Agency for European Education Programs and Mobility, were implemented in the Primary School 2 Joachim Krchovski ". 

  • The start of the competition for My Hero from the nearest surroundings

The students were given the task of making a presentation about a person who inspired them to be better individuals, which is part of their daily lives.

  • Choosing the best presentations for My Hero from the nearest environment
  • Preparing for a trip to Spain

Students in grade 7.8.9 made presentations for a teacher, parent or relative. From the presentations, 3 were selected which were the best and which will be presented in front of the partner schools at the meeting in Tomeloso, Spain.

The best presenters were the following students:

  1. Jovana Kolevska 8-1
  2. William Pavlovski 8-3
  3. Victoria and Valentina Gjorgjievski 7-1 nd.

Presentations on the heroes and results of the polls were posted on the joint project blog.

Teachers from our school prepare for a visit to Embayadores Primary School in Tomeloso, Spain.


Representatives from Joachim Krchovski Primary School – Kriva Palanka, Macedonia visiting the Embassyadores Primary School – Tomeloso, Spain

As part of the Erasmus + My Little Europe project, 4 teachers from the Joachim Krchovski Elementary School in Kriva Palana visited the Embaiadores Elementary School – Tomello, Spain from 05 to 10 March 2018.

We, the representatives of the partner countries, were cheerfully welcomed with a folk show prepared by the students of the school, playing the anthems of all the partner countries in the project and waving the flags of all the participating countries. It is wonderful to hear the anthem of one's country far from home and to see the flags of Macedonia flutter among the students of Spain.

After Makarena's beautiful performance we set off for a sightseeing school reminiscent of a castle of Spanish stories. The hallways adorned with the knights' and Don Quixote's symbols intertwined with the current activities of the teachers and pupils of the school added to the beauty of the whole area.

The hosts showed us the windmills Cervantes mentioned in his novel Don Quixote. They were huge monuments on top of a mountain that reminded of Spanish life in the past. They also showed us Europe's largest Osborn winery, which brings pride in bringing income to many families living in Tommelos and beyond. We were also shown many interesting museums and old houses all in the sign of wine and grape growing.

The welcoming of Mayor Jimenez by the Mayor of Tomeloso was very warm. The mayor greeted us all and wished us a nice stay here but did not forget to say a few nice words for his fellow citizens. She said that many hardworking and honest people live here and are very proud of it.

We attended classes at school and worked in groups with students. The classes were fun and the students happy because they met teachers from all over Europe.

We also visited the city of Argamasilla de Alba, which is considered to be most closely associated with the first part of Don Quixote's most famous Spanish novel. We also visited the prison at the Medrano house where Cervantes is thought to have written part of his novel. We also visited other places mentioned in this novel as well as monuments dedicated to the original Don Quixote as well as plagiarism of the novel of the same name.

Despite the rain we did not stop exploring the natural beauty of the area. The Ruidera lakes looked beautiful and the natural beauty around them left us speechless.

We also visited Toledo, Spain's once largest and most important city. His history may not teach us much. How is it possible for all three religions to live together Muslim, Christian and Jewish? Despite all the problems they encountered, however, the people in Toledo found a way to continue living together and helping each other no matter what their religion. But this city does not fascinate with its appearance as much as with its history. The buildings were medieval but life was modern and accelerated as in all major European cities.

This week was filled with activities from morning to dark but it was not enough to see all the beauties of this part of Spain. Still, we managed to feel part of the way of life and thinking of the people of Tomeloso and the environment that is very different from ours.        

The hosts did not send us with traditional Spanish specialties and dances. The flamenco dance was nod to the next sight and the next hangout.

Project Coordinator: "My Little Europe" with registration number: 2016-PL01-KA219-026498_6

Tanja Dimitrovska-Skrbic


Activities in April 2018

During the month of April 2018 in the Primary School “Joachim Krchovski” a selection of the best presentations were made by the students who were part of the project. They made presentations on "What we learned about each other from the My Little Europe project".

The students took an active part in the whole project and from all the presentations we chose two that we would present to the other partners at the meeting in Oaxo, Portugal. The presentations were made by the students:

1. Angelina Spasovska and Marija Pavlovska 8-5 grade
2. Lina Rangelova 8-1 grade

They also developed a quiz on issues related to the countries involved in the project and the heroes that each country presented and posted on the joint blog.

The students produced a special booklet for each country with information provided by the teacher Dragan Ristovski. We will present them at the next workshop together with the presentations and the quiz. Students who participate in the project receive certificates and diplomas for their hard work as well as symbolic gifts.

The survey conducted by the school's teacher Zaklina Hristovska on students' learning and repetition habits was posted on the blog. Also, all other activities and meetings are posted on the blog and on the site of the Municipality of Kriva Palanka.

Activities in May 2018

Visiting Elementary School in Oaxo, Portugal as part of the Erasmus + My Little Europe project

Four representatives from the primary school "Joachim Krchovski", including Tanja Dimitrovska-Skrbic, Zaklina Hristovska, Natasa Kolevska and Dragan Ristovski, visited several elementary schools within the group of schools of Professor Paula Noguirea from May 18 until May 18, 2018. This was the last working meeting of the "My Little Europe" project. Europe small in the project but otherwise quite large. After a day and a half trip we reached the southern part of Portugal in a small town called Ocio. The name of the city means water and says a lot about the city and its surroundings. As we got off the train we were greeted by the smell of salt and fish that signifies life for residents and a sign of recognition for visitors. Slowly the rest of the representatives from other countries arrived.

At school we were all greeted with presents, song and dance. The headmistress of the school welcomed us warmly and the students greeted us with flags, flowers and gifts.  

We looked at the school and started working. We visited maths, computer science, English, exchanged experiences and got to know a little different way of teaching. All the heroes who were part of this project were included in the story "Six Minutes" written by Agnieszka Bulinska, the project's chief coordinator. A wonderful synthesis of all six countries in one small character who managed to find and learn the best of all heroes. We enjoyed listening to the story and watching the illustrations of characters associated with each country.

After the meeting we were on the Tuk – Tuk city sightseeing tour. The cute vehicles we toured around the city and the interesting guides made us enjoy the scenery and the drive.

Especially interesting and memorable was the visit to the school on the island of Kulatra. It has 30 students and is the only school located on an island in the surrounding area. Surrounded by sand and palm trees, it resembled a Western movie scene. Teachers have to travel by boat to get here and work with these students. However, the distance was not an obstacle to enjoying their students.

We also visited the city museum which was also a sign of fishing, boats and music. There we learned that the city was completely destroyed by an earthquake that was followed by a tsunami and fire. After that the whole thing was rebuilt. Then there is the monument in the center of the city that symbolizes the water, ie the name of the city.

In the municipality we were welcomed by the education counselor of the municipality of Oaxo who expressed great satisfaction with the involvement of all teachers in such projects in order to improve the quality of the educational process. He stressed that the future lies in quality education, and the exchange of experiences is a very important part of it.

We visited another school that is part of Professor Paula Nogueira's group of schools. This is a newly built and modern school designed by a renowned Portuguese architect. The students' safety is at the highest level, and for their pleasant stay there are all conditions. The use of modern teaching methods is everyday as well as participation in various competitions and projects.

We also visited Sagres, which is special because it is the most southwestern part of Europe where all sailors have departed in the past to explore the seas, oceans and other continents. In the past people thought that the world was ending here and that the rest was water, so they called the place "The End of the World". Today it is a tourist attraction with beautiful ocean views.

And so from the end of Europe we say goodbye to all the partners in the "My Little Europe" project. The separation was not easy at all, but the hope and desire to see it again remained.

Special thanks to the Municipality of Kriva Palanka for the support it provided to us during the project by sharing all events and information on the municipal website. Also, gratitude to Irena Beleshkovska for the space and time on the MIA portal for the project related activities. Thanks also to K3 Television and Hristina Nikolovska for the reports that promoted our project across the country

Project Coordinator: "My Little Europe" with registration number: 2016-PL01-KA219-026498_6

Tanja Dimitrovska-Skrbic








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