About us

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We are non government & non profit organization „Suradnici u učenju“ (Partners in Learning) with more than fifteen years of experience in the educational context. Suradnici u učenju team started activities in 2008 by publishing the digital magazine Pogled kroz prozor (A View through the Window). As NGO we are registered since 2011 as an association of teachers and educational professionals dedicated to creating a positive and stimulating environment in which educational professionals can share their experiences, get quality and up-to-date information, be creative and innovative and improve professionally. The association promotes the smart, purposeful and pedagogically meaningful use of digital technologies in all areas of education, lifelong training of educational professionals, promotion of all STEM areas, computational thinking, problem solving, learning to learn competences, AI and data literacy, responsible and safe use of the Internet as well as digital wellbeing. Teachers from more than 10 countries share examples of good practice through our digital magazine Pogled kroz prozor and the portal ucitelji.hr.
As an association, we enable teachers to show what and how they work and to teach us all through examples of good practice how to better adapt to today’s students and how to modernize teaching, learning and working methods. Simply put, we create a positive and stimulating environment in which educational professionals can share their experiences, get quality and current information, be innovative and creative, and constantly raise their competences.
Every year we carry out various activities on national, regional and international level in which students, teachers, parents, schools and local communities participate. Special emphasis was placed on the exchange of practical ideas, experiences and useful advice for parents and children in the world of new technologies.
We cooperate with the Croatian Ministry of Science and Education, the Agency for teacher training (AZOO), CARNET, the Agency for Mobility and EU Programs (AMPEU), the Agency for Vocational and Adult Education (ASOO), Microsoft, Google, Oracle, national and local authorities, schools and NGOs. All our projects have support and acknowledgement from the Ministry of Science and Education and our experts worked on different projects organized by the Ministry of Science and Education, like comprehensive curricular reform, experimental programme School for life, distance teaching and learning during pandemic, development of policies for teachers’ promotion and awards as well as framework for students’ assessment and many more. All members of our team worked closely with the Ministry of Science and Education on comprehensive curricular reform and with AZOO and CARNET on different projects with focus on teacher in-service training and support for the students, parents and teachers.

For 7 years we were official Safer Internet Committee for Croatia in the INSAFE and we organized multimedia exhibitions of students’ works, lectures and workshops for teachers, parents, students and local communities (reach 50 000 participants) as well as special issue of our digital magazine Pogled kroz prozor each February for the Safer Internet Day. In 2013 we were announced as the best Safer Internet Committee among 99 countries.

Our team

Darko Rakić – president of NGO

Maja Hainc –  vice president of NGO

Manuela Kujundžić –  secretary of NGO

Darija Dasović – project manager, coordinator and leader of international project  Dabar (Bebras)

Gordana Lohajner – executive editor of digital magazine Pogled kroz prozor

Gordana Sokol –  executive editor of ucitelji.hr  and co-editor of digital magazine Pogled kroz prozor, activity lead

Helena Valečić – educator team leader

Lidija Kralj – development lead

Project team: Darko Rakić, Darija Dasović, Gordana Lohajner, Kristina Slišurić, Sanja Janeš, Valentina Blašković, Gordana Sokol, Vesna Majdandžić, Maja Hainc, Arjana Blažić, Manuela Kujundžić, Dunja Mijović, Helena Valečić, Nikolina Marinić i Lidija Kralj

NGO “Suradnici u učenju” details

Address: Ferde Livadića 10 Sisak 44000 Sisak, Croatia

VAT ID: 65364294172

OID: E10250421

PIC: 895297100

Bank account: HR7223400091110483451

NGO “Suradnici u učenju” was partner or organized several projects on national and international levels. Below you may find more information about our projects.

We are member of the Bebras (Dabar) network which is an international initiative aiming to promote Informatics and computational thinking among students. In Croatia Dabar (Bebras) is organized as an online challenge which gave students and teachers the opportunity to use digital technology and raise their digital competencies while learning and practicing problem-solving and critical thinking. (yearly 550 schools, 25 000 students).

Be Internet Awesome teaches kids the fundamentals of digital citizenship and safety so they can explore the online world with confidence. Resources are created by Google and in Croatia implemented and supported by NGO Suradnici u učenju. During the first two years of the implementation of the program “Budi internet genijalac” in Croatia (2021 – 2023) it included: 12,498 students (about 50% of them in a disadvantaged position); 10,022 teachers; 1150 schools; 1,117,506 followers of our activities on social networks. Some of project activities are: theatre play, social game, multimedia exhibition of comics, workshops with students and parents, online course and workshops with teachers, online support community, series of webinars, publication of educational content, annual conference “The Search for a Better Internet”. Project continues 2023 – 2026 with organizing network of BIA ambassadors and schools, online and in-personal trainings, national conferences, publication of articles about activities in schools, student’s podcasts.

The WIDE project aims to create a new methodology for online and distance learning. A methodology where the mental and physical wellbeing of the students and teachers are not sacrificed in the process of distance learning but instead integrated as a core value of the learning process. The partnership will develop a methodology based on the replies of a cross European survey as well as the experience of teachers and experts. A set of guidelines will by produced and presented in a professional and publicly accessible online platform and will then be tested thoroughly in all the partner countries. Finally, based on the testing and evaluation, a set of policy recommendations will be presented to teachers and stakeholders in VET education institutions and policy makers across Europe.

DIGITAL FIRST – Digital tech as the first language: Informatics for digital natives is a groundbreaking project aimed at shaping the future of informatics education in primary and secondary schools across Europe to match the needs of today’s children, the digital natives, born in a digital world and arriving at school education already with a certain level of digital skills.  DIGITAL FIRST calls for a move from a traditional approach in informatics education based on programming languages and technical knowledge to an innovative pedagogical approach focusing on computational thinking to help students learn how to address real-life challenges. This shift in education will encourage the young generation to be “active creators” of the digital world, rather than “passive consumers”. DIGITAL FIRST is an attempt to devise a new, innovative pedagogical approach to informatics, which respects the fact that children we teach have been born into the digital world, they do not know any other way: digital is the language they speak, they currency they exchange. We argue that 21st century children are often more fluent in digital language than in their mother tongue. And just like in language acquisition, native speakers learn how to express meaning in a sentence (function) and not how to conjugate verbs (structure), we argue that the same principle should be applied to teaching informatics for digital natives.  DIGITAL FIRST will form a European informatics teachers network, animated through a series of dialogue clubs, in which the functional approach will be co-created and co-designed. Piloted in 10 EU countries, together with teacher training catalogues, we believe this high-quality inclusive method to teaching and assessing will help our children become active, responsible and ethical digital EU citizens.

The project Growing up on a safer Internet (2020-2022) develops awareness of the application of digital technology in personal and professional life. 

ENABLE project, EU Daphne Programme grant ≈ 1 million € (2015-2016). The project developed social and emotional learning skills as a means of building resilience in young people so that they can better understand and become more responsible and effective for their online and offline social interactions.

Children’s safety on the Internet – Sigurnost djece na Internetu  (2013- 2014) and Pet za net (2015-2016) project developed and implemented school curriculum for e-safety, raised students, teachers, parents, and general public awareness and understanding of issues relating to the children’s safety online in synergy with the EU policies. Project activities involved 5 partner schools, around 1000 students and parents, 200 teachers. The project was financed by EU, IPA IV programme with a grant of 300.000  €  

Through the project Learn how to code and have fun (2019) we gave students the opportunity to get acquainted with the basics of programming and new IT technologies through interesting workshops, such as Microbit, Mbot, Probot, Arduino, Fisher. 43 workshops for 750 students.

Our Professional development institute is organizing different workshops, webinars (first webinar organized in 2008), conferences and trainings for teachers and students; writing guidelines, recording videos, and preparing interactive resources for the use of digital technology as a way to enhancing learning and empowering learners; giving support for remote education.

Around 100 teachers and experts work on activities organized by ucitelji.hr. They have broad experience in different subject areas and different levels of education (primary, secondary, vocational, higher, adult). Common for all of them are their passion for teaching and learning, innovative methods, and the ability to empower learners of all ages. For workshops, webinars, and conferences we often work with the scientist from the university and involve other stakeholders to ensure dissemination and recognition.