A Study Visit to Croatia: 06.06.2009 - 09.06.2010

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A Study Visit to Croatia: 06.06.2009 - 09.06.2010


Davkovska, Rozalija, The Journal of Special Education and Rehabilitation


By an invitation of the association "Trisomiy 21"- Zagreb, a group of 17 postgraduate students from the Institute for Special Education, led by the head of the educational Scientific Council Prof. Dr. Vladimir Trajkovski, made a study visit to several institutions in the Republic of Croatia within the period between 06.06.2010 to 09.06.2010.

07.06.2010

On this date a visit to the Faculty of Education- Rehabilitation in Zagreb was attained. During this visit, Prof. Dr. Drazhenka Blazhi gave a brief description of the history and work of the faculty. The faculty has seven sections arranged in three profiles: Speech therapy, Social pedagogy and Educational rehabilitation. The studies are fulfilled in accordance with the Bologna process 3 +2 +3 pattern since 2005.

Studies are divided into:

1. Undergraduate studies,

2. Graduate studies,

3. Postgraduate studies,

4. Doctoral studies

The Center for rehabilitation is located within the Faculty of Education-Rehabilitation. The work of the Center for Rehabilitation of ERF is steered towards counseling, setting up diagnoses, prevention, therapeutic healing, education and supervision. The centre for rehabilitation works within the following areas of interest: parental concern about children's behavior, development or learning, neurodevelopment risks, impaired vision and hearing, mental disability, autistic spectrum disorder, motor disorders and chronic diseases, behavioral disorders, difficulties with language, speech and voice, difficulties in reading and writing, ADHD disorders, emotional and communication difficulties.

The visit of these institutions was followed with reception by the Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Croatia Prof. Dr. Slobodan Uzelac at the building of the Government of the Republic of Croatia. During the second visit, a discussion was made about the problem of inclusion and deinstitutionalization of people with disabilities in Croatia and Macedonia. The Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy in Skopje, Prof. Dr. Goran Ajdinski and Associate Dean for International Cooperation of the Faculty of Philosophy in Skopje, Prof. Dr. Lena Damovska, visited the informal meeting. A briefly comparative analysis was made concerning the situation of people with special needs in Croatia and Macedonia.

08.06.2010

The following day visits were made in Zadar, in the special primary school "Voshtarnica" and The University of Zadar. A team of 17 special teachers works in the special primary school "Voshtarnica". Four of the teachers are teaching subjects, four are assistants, one works with Chinese therapy and the remaining seven are associates. The 63 students that are visiting this institution are allocated in groups depending of the severity of their disorder. The school educates children with mild, moderate and severe mental retardation, as well as children with autistic spectrum disorder. …

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