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Introduction of ACES organization

ACES = Academy of Central European Schools

Dialogue and cooperation of young people in Central Europe

ACES offers opportunities for young people from Central and South Eastern Europe to develop friendship across borders and to take part actively in international school projects.The aim is to foster dialogue and cooperation of young people and to create a network of shared knowledge, mutual learning and innovation. The initiative is supported by the Ministries in charge of Education of all 15 participating countries. With a yearly contest for school partnership projects ACES encourages pupils and teachers to engage in intercultural exchange and work jointly on the overall topic of the respective aces cycle.


ACES was founded in 2006 by ERSTE Foundation in cooperation with Interkulturelles Zentrum (Vienna, Austria). In 2009, VČELÍ DOM (Bratislava, Slovak Republic) joined in the partnership. The aces school network seeks to enhance the active participation of young people and teachers in exchange processes and international cooperation. Currently 15 partner countries from Central and South Eastern Europe are involved in the network: Albania, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovak Republic and Slovenia. Schools from all these countries are invited to take part in the aces activities, to find partner schools and to implement their partnership projects in international cooperation.


More information about ACES are here.





Project You Complete Me - ACES theme 2013/14: DIVERSITY within us and around us

It is a trillateral project with partners from Czech Republic (primary Kosmonautů 15 school, Ostrava), Croatia (economic school, Šibenik) and Bulgaria (primary Christo Botev school, Rakovski). You can find information about the project aims and planned activities with photogallery here. A detailed description of the project and callender of acitivities find here. Interactive map of our project activites is here. Croatian project websites here.



ACES principles for conferences with attendance with more than 100 students and 100 teachers, experts, press and Education ministry representatives, and special guests are also used during our project meetings:




The categories are related either to the aces principles, by reflecting general aces aims and the challenges of cross-border cooperation or to the topic of the respective aces call.

1) Student Participation
Active involvement of students in various phases of the project planning, implementation and decision-making processes.
2) International Cooperation
Cross-border share of tasks and responsibilities, excellent teamwork of the schools involved.
3) Civil Courage
Daring to take risks, addressing controversial issues and tackling specific (hot) topics, bridging gaps or overcoming stereotypes.
4) Innovative Learning
New ways of learning, overcoming obstacles, creative approaches, trying out new approaches, widening the scope/range, creating new learning opportunities.
5) Topic of the Call (e.g. Media Literacy or Volunteering)
Relevant and innovative ways/methodologies of dealing with the topic of the year.
How to succeed? Think of them from the beginning and during the evaluation
The evaluation of the outcomes of the projects and the choice of a particular field of achievement is done by the participants themselves: Already when preparing for the Academy the participating schools are asked to think about the category through which they have grown the most during the work on the project. 
- To understand Diversity better and learn about it in a fun way.
- To teach pupils more about ACES ideas
- To have positive group dynamics.
- To create great project presentation for the final ACEA academy.