Kaunas Tadas Ivanauskas progymnasium is situated in Kaunas city. It is the largest city in Lithuania. It is a public school that includes pr-school, primary and lower secondary school (for students who are 11-14 years old). At this moment there are 1077 students and 81 teachers. We are wellequipped.
All classrooms have computers and an Internet connections. Also, there are Smart boards in some classrooms. The school is named after a famous Lithuanian naturalist; therefore, we pay great attention to subjects related to Natural Science and healthy living.
The most attention is for recycling, planting of plants and active living. We implement all of these activities through the Steam philosophy. Teachers often base their theoretical knowledge on practical activities: making cleaning products, healthy food, collecting secondary raw materials and utilize them in various ways. Students often do research on healthy lifestyle, sorting ecology and so on. All of these topics are presented at a traditional and annual student conference.
Every year we carry out social campaigns called ‘Green Window’ (we grow plants in classrooms, then plant them in the schoolyard), ‘Let’s do’ (we organize the area around the school during the campaign), ‘Sort’ (during the campaign devices will be collected and recycled).
The school cooperates with social partners – the botanical garden, the zoo and the zoological museum. The atmosphere at school is friendly and cooperating. School teachers are open to learning and teaching innovations. The accumulated experience allows us to feel secured we will be able to lead the planning and execution of the project activities and guarantee that innovative and quality created by teachers and students will use the means of many schools in all partner countries Kaunas Tadas Ivanauskas pro gymnasium has relevant experiences in similar projects, in which they actively contributed to a successful partnership.
Our institution finds this project very important to introduce the European dimension of education in our school, to learn good practices and give our students the occasion to develop a European sensitivity, to know about other cultures, to learn to be tolerant and emphatic and to improve their foreign linguistic competence. Our school has a strong commitment to innovation in teaching and learning. We are sure that we can share good practice with partners. Our teachers have taken part in many courses which broadened our repertoire of ICT skills (European Computer Driving Licence) and knowledge of using educational software. On regular basic we share our good practice with colleagues not only from the nearest area but also from other cities and even countries. All things considered, we are well-equipped and organized with enough experience and knowledge to carry on the Project without vital problems.