The Little School of Croatian Language and Culture is a traditional project organised by the Croatian Heritage Foundation in continuity since 1993. To date one thousand eighty children from thirty-three European and overseas countries and sixty expert leaders of diverse backgrounds have participated.
The Croatian Heritage Foundation invites you to the presentation of SPOMENAK, a monograph celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Little School of Croatian Language and Culture to be held on 29 October 2013 at 1 P.M. at the Matis Club (entrance next to the CHF) on Trg S. Radića No. 3, Zagreb.
The event will be opened by a welcome speech delivered by CHF director Marin Knezović. The book will be presented by professor Dragutin Rosandić, senior lecturer Lidija Cvikić and editor Lada Kanajet Šimić. The programme will be moderated by Vesna Kukavica.
The Little School of Croatian Language and Culture is a traditional project organised by the Croatian Heritage Foundation in continuity since 1993. It is targeted to children from the ages of 9 to 16 who live and are receiving their education outside Croatia with the goal of developing their knowledge of the Croatian language and learning about the cultural and natural heritage of Croatia and the regions they reside in. It is currently the only programme of its kind for children of Croatian extraction that aims – through workshops, play, entertainment, socialising and interaction – to preserve their national linguistic and cultural identity.
The programme consists of language, theatre arts, journalism, puppetry, dance and film workshops, discussion groups, creative writing workshops, Croatian culture and natural heritage workshops, sports and entertainment segments. As the programme covers not only Croatian language instruction, but also includes many other elements of Croatian cultural identity, the workshop form allows for a correlation between all of these content elements, while an interactive approach to learning allows for free expression and improvisation – which creates great motivation among all participants, regardless of their level of proficiency in the Croatian language.
In her article for the book senior lecturer Lidija Cvikić notes that, “Instruction at the Little School shows that the latest classroom equipment, the Internet and colourful books are not prerequisites of successful learning – an excellent teacher, interested pupils and a lot of good will are. The Little School has all that and much more.”
To date one thousand eighty children from thirty-three European and overseas countries and sixty expert leaders of diverse backgrounds have participated in the Little School of Croatian Language and Culture.
Text by: Lada Kanajet Šimić