Group pictures of participants at the aces Academy 2014 in Senec, Slovak Republic

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".

Drawing of a map showing the fifteen aces partner countries

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 !

Drawing of hot-air-ballons with people on which the aces principles are written; e.g. active participation, equal opportunities

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.

Drawing of a table surrounded by teachers and students which share slices of a cake - as an illustration for mutual learning and sharing of good practice

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"