April 2, 2022 – The MISODIS (International Dalmatian Multilingual School in Split) web project has taken another important step towards becoming a viable additional education option for internationals living in the Split area. After officially partnering with OŠ Kralja Zvonimira earlier this year, the Split-based youth organization Jedna Mladost has agreed to support the project for foreigners who want to send their children to public school in Croatia.
Burak Canboy, former board member of the German School in Shanghai and driving force behind the MISODIS web project, continues his efforts to create an affordable program for international parents who want to fully integrate their children into Croatian life. The public school OŠ Kralja Zvonimira, which hosts classes from 1st to 8th grade, joined the project with the aim of becoming the first public school in the region to specialize in taking care of the needs of international children in Croatia.
In addition to the school’s full-day program for children in grades 1-3, Jedna Mladost’s founders, Sanja Kosor and Michael Freer, have agreed to help by actively participating in the complementary program for children. from 4th to 8th grade. Jedna Mladost will also provide additional support in its current Saturday schedule.
MISODIS envisions a curriculum that will bridge the gap between the Croatian school system and the IB curriculum (International Baccalaureate https://www.ibo.org/). It will first support students with problems they may have with the Croatian language. At the same time, it will ensure that they continue their education in English and even in an additional foreign language, such as the mother tongue of the relocated families.
On-site at OŠ Kralja Zvonimira in Solin, the program will be offered Monday through Thursday in 2 shifts, allowing morning and afternoon shift students, regardless of which school they are visiting, to participate . The afternoon student shift will begin at 10:30 a.m. and end after a 45-minute lunch break at 2:00 p.m. allowing students to continue their public school afternoon shift. Accordingly, the program for morning shift students will begin with a lunch break after their regular school day at 1:15 p.m. and the program will end for them at 4:45 p.m. The schedule is designed to allow all children who must first go to Solin to be able to arrive in time for the start of classes.
Specialized and licensed teachers will offer lessons in the areas of languages (especially Croatian and English), mathematics, natural sciences and humanities as well as a daily period of mixed physical and creative activities as well as time for helping to catch up on homework and homework. An additional pedagogical effort will be made to harmonize the Croatian curriculum with the IB curriculum to allow children to easily continue their school career if families decide to move again. Although the program is not free, all parties involved have agreed to ensure that it will be affordable for everyone.
In addition to the on-site program, children in grades 4-8 will also be able to join various clubs and classes in Jedna Mladost, including the homework club, and various classes and activities around science, technology, arts, mathematics, entrepreneurship and leadership. There will also be the opportunity to get involved in European projects, for example this summer Jedna Mladost is taking a group of 12 children from here to Ireland for a week as part of the Erasmus programme.
In order to establish how many children and families will be able to join the program in September 2022, a non-binding registration page is online until the end of April 2022. In case there are more registrations than there are It is possible to accommodate, the registration will be done according to the order of the registrations (first come – first served).
Please register here https://forms.gle/JZ4bejMYoEKbKyC68 if you want to learn more and want to reserve a place for your child. A meeting in early May will be organized to share ideas, collect feedback and develop a program that places integration into the Croatian community at the heart of it, alongside quality and comprehensive education.
More information is available at www.misodis.com
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