The First Primary School Čakovec was founded in 1898. This year is carved in the stone slab at the entrance to the school. The school building has an interesting history. In the past 110 years of its existence it has changed its name, state and curricula. The building has survived two major world wars. On 27 December 1918 a national assembly for Čakovec and its surrounding areas was held in the courtyard of the former Civil school, now the First Primary school in Čakovec. At this meeting a decision was made that Međimurje would secede from Hungary and become a part of Croatia. During World War II (September 1944 – April 1945) the building was used as a hospital for wounded German soldiers.

This is the oldest and the biggest school in the county of Međimurje. It employs 59 teachers and is run by the principal, Mrs. Neveka Šopar. The school is currently attended by 757 students. Every year our students take part in various regional and state competitions where they achieve great results. Over the years we have excelled at art, English, German and Croatian languages, geography, maths, biology, chemistry, technical education, history, drama group and different sports (swimming, gymnastics, basketball, badminton, table tenis, volleyball, handball and chess).

We develop a responsible and conscientious use of ICT in teaching, students regularly create their own digital educational content, such as posters, mental maps, quizzes, computer games and websites. We participate actively in international projects EU Code Week, Safety Internet Day and Safety and mobility for all, and for our activities we have received awards and recognition globally. We look forward to working with other schools and making new friends.

Our staff are dedicated to their work, which is proved by many awards and the results of researches on an international level. Several projects were presented at international conferences in Ireland, but also throughout the region (Albania, Serbia and Kosovo), and we are particularly proud that our employee took part in the “Best Practices for Roma Integration” project which was fully funded by the European Union. We also invest a lot of time in the field of human rights and children’s rights and the best practice of teaching children in this direction was presented at the “International conference on human rights education and training for the civil and public service” in collaboration with United Nations and Council of Europe in Dublin. In our school there are also combined classes in which a teacher in an unusual way, through various workshops and through different kinds of games, teaches children anti-discrimination, diversity, compassion and the full inclusion of children with disabilities. In this way children learn from an early age that being different from others is a gift, not a punishment.

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