Dr. Josef RAABE Slovensko (Slovakia)
The publishing house RAABE was founded in Slovakia in 1999 as a branch of the Czech publisher. In January 2005 it gained its independent status and since then the company has been operating as Dr. Josef Raabe Slovensko, s. r. o. This Publisher of specialised literature is a member of the Klett group – nowadays one of the leading publishers of educational literature in Europe. The seat of the Klett group is Stuttgart in Germany. It has 58 companies in 37 locations in 14 countries and it is one of the most prominent educational companies in Europe. RAABE provides expert information mostly to directors and headmasters of kindergartens, primary and secondary schools, all educators and others working education as well as medical doctors. The company’s goal is to be a professional and reliable partner in finding solutions to both specific and everyday needs of school managements as well as pedagogists and other professionals in education. The efficient headmaster, engaged teacher and competent student – that is the vision of the RAABE company that publishes books and other materials, methodical resources, journals and worksheets. It also provides professional education and individual consultations. With its popular teaching materials for educators and worksheets for students the company successfully combines traditional and modern teaching methods. All materials are based on state programmes of education. They are very valuable teaching resources and they often serve as a substitute for missing textbooks.
The University of West Bohemia in Plzeň (Czech Republic)
The University of West Bohemia in Plzeň is the only public institute of higher education located in the Plzeň region. The university has seven faculties with more than 60 departments and two university institutes of higher learning. Today nearly 14,000 students can choose from a large plethora of bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree programmes. The University of West Bohemia in Plzeň has an important position among universities in the Czech Republic as well as within the European higher education space. The university strengthened its tradition of European higher education at the end of 2012 when it gained the ECTS Label (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) which certifies that the study environment at this university fully meets European standards.
The Faculty of Education as a part of the university develops a wide range of programmes within the life-long learning, mainly those focused on further education for teachers.
The Stuttgart University (Germany)
The Stuttgart University was founded in 1829. Its history is rich and particularly notable is close cooperation between technical disciplines and humanities. It has 10 faculties with more than 5,100 employees and around 20,000 students. The university offers 56 study programmes and 20 postgraduate programmes. The university lies right in the centre of the largest high-tech region of Europe, surrounded by a number of renowned research facilities and by global players as Daimler or IBM as our neighbours. The most relevant activities related to the current project topic is the practices of the Fehling-Lab of the University of Stuttgart, part of the Faculty of Chemistry that is school laboratory for natural science, in particular chemistry. It is also the centre for advanced education for chemistry teachers in charge of the University of Stuttgart and the pedagogical university of Ludwigsburg.
MiNe-MINT e.V. (Germany)
MINT - Mathematik - Informatik - Naturwissenschaften – Technik is a civic association located in Stuttgart bringing together institutions and individuals. Its main goal is to inspire and support the interest of school students in natural sciences. The organisation develops various projects for pupils from 5th to 12th grade, primarily as extracurricular activities through peer mentoring, teacher training workshops, and mobile laboratory or lecture programs. All programs take place during the academic year. Students typically join the programs at the beginning of the school year in September and remain with them until they proceed to the next academic level, that is, one to three years. MiNe -MINT instructors often serve as coaches to student teams competing in regional, national, and international science and technology competitions. It also organises seminars for teachers of natural science and technical subjects.
Primary School with Kindergarten of Udiča (Slovakia)
Primary School with Kindergarten in Udiča has a rich history. It has been an independent legal subject since the 1st of July 2002. As of the 1st of January, the status of the school changed when it became a joint school with the kindergarten. The school established by the village of Udiča now has 10 primary school classes, two afterschool club departments and three kindergarten classes. The school is attended by children from the village of Udiča and other nearby villages of Prosné, Uhry, Upohlav and also from the town of Považská Bystrica.
The school ´s mission is to encourage quality in pre-school and primary education through providing specialized care for children with disabilities, alternative teaching methods, attention to environmental education and various educational cultural and sports events.
Secondary Private School of Design (Slovakia)
The Private Secondary and Art School of Design was founded in 1998 by painter Bohumil Bača. The school gained all certificates to provide full secondary schooling in arts and since 2011 also further secondary level training leading to the degree of DiS – Certified Specialist. The school offers a four-year programme in various specialisations such as Visual Communications Graphics, Garment and Textile Design, Photography, Film and the Media, Animated Film, Management of Arts and Design. In line with the dual education practices the school actively works on building a Design and Multimedia VET Centre in order to: ensure students' and graduates' smooth transition to the world of work, expand cooperation with companies and increase possibilities for pupils better placement on the labour market.
The 7th Primary School and Kindergarten Plzeň (The Czech Republic)
The first school year of the 7th Primary School and Kindergarten in Plzeň was 1991-1992.
Being the only school in Plzen´s housing estate Vinice, it serves a role of both cultural, social and education centre. It is a joint school with a kindergarten. It has about 460 pupils in grades 1 to 9, and it also has two preparatory classes. There are 104 children in the kindergarten. The school has 26 classrooms, most of them serve as basic classrooms. Laboratories and special classrooms are assigned for teaching specialised subjects: Physics, Chemistry, Informatics, Workshop practice and Music. Their equipment corresponds to the specialisation and aims at development of pupils´ practical skills. Practical activities, cooking lessons are provided in special premises. Since 2007 a training kitchen have been available for pupils.