ABOUT US

The Centre for gifted children is a registered European Talent Point in the European Talent Support Network and as such it is registered in the European Talent Map.

The basic mission of the association is to raise awareness and educate the community about its talented individuals and their needs through various activities (information, training, debates, organising workshops, round tables and panel discussions, symposiums, meetings, etc.) in order to develop attitudes towards the important role of talented individuals in every society.

The action plan includes:

  • for the children: identifications, development of talents (wokshops, lectures, visits to special institutions), supporting social-emotional needs (support groups)
  • for the educational staff: education, networking
  • for the parents: popularization, counseling, support groups
  • for the community: cooperation with Local education authorities (LEA), joint organisation of lectures, workshops, and other form of activities, sensitization of community
  • visibility of the Association: brochures, TV, radio, print media – guest appearances of its members

PROJECTS

DAY OF THE GIFTED

Since 2013 Day of the Gifted has been celebrated on March 21 as recommended by the Croatian Ministry of Science and Education, with activities taking place throughout the entire week. The cycle of weekly activities is intended for different stakeholders, from children to teachers, parents, local community representatives, and others. The Centre organises activities in cooperation with the City of Rijeka, Department of Education (local education authorities- LEA). Every year around 350 people attend the planned activities. Also, every year at least one guest teacher from Croatia and abroad participate in the program. The number of institutions and individuals who wish to participate in the program of the Day of the Gifted has increased during these three years, including the increasing number of children. This has been prompted by a number of educational institutions, which, in accordance with their capabilities, celebrate this day.

CLICK (Creative-Logic-Research Club / Camp)

CLICK, as one of the Centre’s regional projects, has since 2013 been organised as a summer workshop in the duration of one week. This takes place after the end of regular classes in elementary schools and high schools. In these four years of its implementation around 75 children have been included in the programme. The workshops are led by experts in a particular area, student-volunteers, educators and teachers.

PARENTAL COUNSELLING

In 2014, the Centre made the decision to begin offering parental counselling. Currently there are no institutions in the city that provide psychological and pedagogical support for parents of potentially gifted children in the upbringing of their children. Therefore, once a month, the Centre organises meetings with parents with the aim of providing expert advice (members of the Centre). However, parents who have more experience in parenting gifted children also participate in providing counsel. The Centre’s counselling services are free of charge for parents.

COOPERATION

The Centre for gifted children has so far achieved a cooperation with the following institutions/organisations/individuals in Croatia and abroad:

OUR TEAM

Jasna Borbelj Čeko – high school psychologist
Danijela Blanuša Trošelj – Assistant lecturer, Faculty of Teacher Education, Rijeka
Darko Lončarić – Associate Professor, Faculty of Teacher Education, Rijeka
Ivana Sošić Antunović – kindergarten psychologist
Ljiljana Brašnić – kindergarten psychologist
Helena Žagar – psychologist and assistant teacher for special needs children in primary schools
Sanja Bradić – high school psychologist
Jasna Arrigoni – Assistant lecturer, Faculty of Teacher Education, Rijeka
Marija Mihac – psychologist and assistant teacher for special needs children in primary schools

It is our aim to continue developing the network of cooperation with the European Talent Support Network within the European Council for High Ability (ECHA) and to create new means of support and identification of gifted children.