Pupils learned about money, how to earn and save money, history of croatian money and they celebrated the International Day of Savings by visiting the Erste Bank in Čakovec.
The pupils met the employees of the bank, the services that the bank provides to the citizens. Pupils talked with employees in the bank office and asked everything what they are interested in. Some pupils have decided on their own future job.
The pupils also visited the only museum of money and securities in Croatia which is located at Privredna Bank Zagreb. The pupils learned about the historic development of money and securities, they learned about the importance and possibilities of saving money, handling money and they also developed their personal financial literacy as the foundation of a secure financial future.
A group of students from our school visited a bank institution (BPI) in our town last 12th December, in the afternoon. We are in an Erasmus project called YEA – Young Entrepreneurs in Action, and so we decided to visit a bank to know how this type of institution works.
At first, the bank was contacted and accepted to have our young entrepreneurs to visit it. The group was very excited to know a bit more about the way things work on a bank. We were very well received by all the employees and we had also a marketing technician to be with us to explain a lot of things. We have seen all the facilities, everything was explained and our students made a lot of interesting questions.
First Primary School Čakovec, the largest and oldest school in Međimurje, is also one of the leading Croatian schools in the application of information communication technology in teaching. One of the first twenty e-schools in Croatia and among the few schools in Croatia for the fourth year in a row actively using the iPad lab in teaching. For success on the way to become the school for the 21 century, teachers who readily accept new challenges with the support of the headmaster Siniša Stričak are most precious. A dozen teachers are continually improving applying technology in a contemporary and innovative manner enriching the teaching process with cutting edge add-ons, robots and other similar devices.
As part of the Erasmus project, the pupils of class 4B spoke about the skills needed for work. Children are now growing up in the safety of their rooms equipped with a computer, Play Station, a cell phone that teaches them in a fast, easy-to-access entertaining way, but sometimes with too little imagination and creativity. We encourage them to learn as much as possible, take them to additional activities that will give them the necessary knowledge.
With that best intentions, we sometimes forget about the skills and competences that should be developed since early childhood. Today's pupils will not have the opportunity to develop them because no one sets such demands before them.
We are used to create posters in our language and science lessons when preparing and presenting our project. We used our experiences and created a set of posters for our YEA Erasmus+ project. Some classes created Geography posters – about our partners countries – they looked up thein longest rivers, highest mountains, favorite tourists destinations. Some classes worked on each country ekonomy posters – they looked up information about thein currency, about the prices at shops, about big factories or companies. Some classes looked at culture of our partners and presented famous singers, writers, actors, artists. The older ones worked on financial literacy posters – how to earn, save and spend money.
Every September pupils from our school celebrate the European day of languages and every September we invite foreign students from Edison project to our school. Together we learn about the similarities and differences in our life style, in our educational system and in our languages. In 2017 we add a new activity to our day – we created and wrote a set of postcards for our new friends from Portugal, Turkey, Croatia and Italy. We made the postcards in our Art lesson and added the texts in our language lessons. We send some of the postcards to our Edison friends as well. We learnt that we have similar words not only with Croatians, but some words sound more of less same even with Turkish, Italian and Portuguese language. At Christmas time we created a new set of postcards with Christmas ornaments and sent them to our families and friends.
The first touch, the first informations and the first knowledge about savings was achieved by getting a colorful and attractive piggy banks.
The students and teachers from the 1st Primary School Čakovec visited the money museum and introduced various forms of saving and saving funds of various forms of payment, different piggy banks through the history.
We decided to make our own piggy banks by using old things. We ran the action of collecting old plastic bottles, textiles and paper. By using this old things we have created new usable objects, piggy banks.
One of the first activities of our YEA Erasmus+ project was creating and decorating piggy banks. We reused old material like glass jars, shoe boxex, tissue boxes, plastic bottles, old wrapping paper or textile and others. We looked at lots of pictures on our interactive whiteboards and learnt how Japanese, English, Swedish and many more piggy banks from all over the world look like. We saw very old piggy boxes from our region and from our parents childhood as well. We got inspired and started creating our own piggy banks. During our artistic work we discussed how children get and some of them even save money.
The Turkish students with special needs also participated our project. And they painted stones and designed their own tableau with these painted stones. They exhibited them at school garden at the International Day of person with Disability. It was another aim is to make awareness about persons with disability with their products. And it was before the happy mother day when was good choose to sell them!
The YEA corner are the main places in our school to present the project work and results to school community (teachers, parents, students). All these are tiny pieces of the great YEA mosaic that we regularly build, supplement and update on the corridors of our school to make the majority of people acquaint themselves with our activities to make them encouraged us to actively engage in our activities and change ourselves, our school, the city and the world to the better.
This are places where we present our partner schools, their advantages and specialties, we break the boundaries between nations and religions.
YEA Corners are the places that encourage individuals to develop and develop their skills, places where we build friendships.
We prepared Erasmus+ corner to inform our students and teachers about Young Entrepreneur in action project and other Erasmus projects. Students were informed about aim of this project, partner schools and their countries and school logo contest and its’ deadline. And also we tried them to motivate for this project with colorful pictures.
Two posters about Tmp in Croatia and The first LTT in Italy was designed by telling in a story with photos. Their size are 75 x 100. And they have hanged on the wall of school. All students and visitors can see.
We have 3 Business ideas for now. One of them is handmade hair bands and gloves. We knitted hair bands and gloves. They protect us from the cold weather. We will produce 10 or 20. We will prepare flyer to introduce them. And We will try to sell them at the school exhibition. If it works, we will produce more…
We had a workshop to design handmade jewelry. We had a workshop about decorative objects and we painted stones. We will use them our designed tableau.