aces - Academy of Central European Schools
aces was initiated in 2006 by ERSTE Foundation (Vienna, Austria) and was coordinated by IZ – Verein zur Förderung von Vielfalt, Dialog und Bildung (Vienna, Austria) in cooperation with Nadácia Slovenskej sporitel'ne (Bratislava, Slovakia).
Further information on the partner organisations
The partner countries
Fifteen countries were involved: Albania, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovak Republic and Slovenia
The initiative was supported by the ministries of education of all participating countries and was also associated with the EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR), Priority Area 09 "People & Skills".
International exchange and cooperation
The core of aces was a periodic project competition and support scheme for international school partnerships with concrete opportunities for mobility and exchange. International conferences for delegations of the awarded project schools offered additional platforms for joint work and training.
For 10 years aces supported such international school partnership projects successfully. Now "aces international" will take a break. To respond to burning issues in our societies a new programme focus was developed and will continue to support young people, teachers and schools in the region.
Get to know the new programme aces - act local !
The aces Community
aces brought together different target groups of the educational system - pupils, teachers as well as representatives of the Ministries of Education of all partner countries – which were actively involved in the joint development of the programme and network-building.
The idea behind
Through active participation in dialogue and exchange with peers from abroad young people establish personal contacts, develop friendship across borders and become acquainted with varying views and different ways of thinking. Besides fostering intercultural learning and raising awareness for global relations, dealing with European concepts and perspectives is essential to form European Citizenship and to come to a shared vision of future Europe.
aces also supported innovative ways of teaching and learning in the region and addressed schools as 'learning organisations' in order to contribute to the development of educational quality and professional exchange.
Want to find out more?
- Video "The aces Story ... Aims & Achievements"
- Further information in the aces Folder (2016)