Introduction

We are the second-largest specialized organization for children with special needs in Slovenia. Our organization is located in the vicinity of the city center of Maribor. We are an active agent in our community, making use of our organization’s location. It is surrounded by nature, footpaths, ski resort Pohorje with ski slopes and a sledding area.

 

We provide education for children with mild, moderate, severe, and profound mental disabilities. These children are also diagnosed with other adjoining disabilities, such as autism, Down syndrome, ADHD, speech and language impairment, emotional and behavioural disabilities, physical disabilities, visual impairment, and pupils with hearing impairment. Additionally, we work with mainstream schools and preschools to help pupils with learning difficulties. Our organization provides education, training, and consulting for pupils aged 1-26.

 

We are a part of the Schools for Health in Europe network foundation. Through a whole school approach, we promote a healthy lifestyle, actively spending their free time. We aim to include the core values of the project in the curriculum, such as equity, sustainability, and inclusion. The main vision of our school is to train our pupils to live in the social environment as independently as possible.

 

We are happy to participate in all international projects and welcome experts from other countries. Write to us: erasmus-projekti.osgusi@guest.arnes.si

 

Welcome!

PROGRAMMES

We provide the following educational programmes:

  • Adapted pre-school programme (POPP),
  • Adapted basic school programme of a lower educational standard (OŠPP),
  • Special education programme for children with moderate, severe, and profound mental disability (PPVI) and
  • Educational program for residential care (DAS).

 

OŠPP

PPVI

DAS

POPP

ALL

No. of pupils

No. of classes

No. of pupils

No. of classes

No. of pupils

No. of classes

No. of pupils

No. of classes

No. of pupils

No. of classes

2021/22

108

14

131

21

37

5

46

8

322

48

2022/23

136

16

146

22

43

5

48

8

373

51

2023/24

160

19

165

25

46

5

48

8

419

57

 

Employees in our organization also provide:

  • additional support for children and pupils with special needs in mainstream preschools and schools (MSPS),
  • Professional center supporting pupils, parents, and teachers (Strokovni Center COMPAS).

 

2021/2022

2022/2023

2023/2024

 

No. of pupils

*Numbers vary within the school year

No. of pupils

*Numbers vary within the school year

No. of pupils

*Numbers vary within the school year

MSPS preschools

≈170

≈222

≈231

MSPS primary schools

≈230

≈241

≈225

ALL

≈300

≈463

≈456

 

Other professionals within our center:

  • physiotherapists
  • occupational therapists
  • speech and language therapists
  • educational psychologists
  • social pedagogues
  • pedagogues
  • medical technician

Our Center currently employs 230 workers: teachers, educators, guardians, assistants, physiotherapists, councelors, speech therapists, occupational therapists, psychologists, …

INTERNATIONAL, NATIONAL AND OTHER PROJECTS

INTERNATIONAL PROJECTS

Our Center also participates in international projects such as Erasmus+ and eTwinning. In the school year 2022/2023, we carried out two eTwinning projects: “Cut the waste” and “Special Maths”. Both projects were awarded the National eTwinning quality label.

The “Cut the Waste” project took place with partners from Croatia, Italy, Romania, Spain, Greece, and Turkey. They worked with young people from the majority schools and learned ways to reduce waste and thus our impact on the environment. Students developed their computer skills by creating their own logo designs in Canva, taking a Kahoot quiz, and participating in Zoom calls. Some students also deepened their communication skills in a foreign language, as all communication with their peers took place in English. Thus, they practiced writing, reading, and speaking in the English language. As part of the project, we introduced ourselves to our peers from abroad, explored protected natural areas in Slovenia, got to know the protected areas of the participating countries, made greeting cards for partners from recycled material, conducted a survey on the topic of waste separation with school employees, and picked up trash around the school.

The “Special Maths” project focused on consolidating and learning mathematics for children and adolescents with special needs. Project participants had the opportunity to meet new friends, their countries, and cultures. They strengthened the use of theoretical knowledge in practice and in lessons, solved problems, and created by introducing diverse ICT. 19 teachers and 67 students from 9 countries were involved.

We are currently participating in two Erasmus+ projects, namely Heritage&Sport (K2) and Theatre for All (K1).

The aim of the Erasmus+ Heritage&Sport project is to increase the level of physical activity of primary school children with disabilities in mental and physical development. As partners, we are aware that innovative approaches are needed to motivate and involve children with special needs in sports activities. One of the biggest obstacles to the inclusion of all children in regular sports activities is accessibility. In the Heritage&Sport project, together with our partners, we will collect traditional European games and sports from partner countries and develop a Manual of traditional games and sports that will be adapted to the needs of all children. In all partner countries, we will organize sports events that will take place in public areas, such as parks, open areas in nature, and other free public sports facilities, so that all children can be included. The main goal of the project is to promote social inclusion and equal opportunities in sports. We want sports to be accessible to all children, including children with special needs, and to jointly emphasize the importance of sports activities. An important aspect of the project is to create synergy between international, educational, and sports organizations to promote sports and physical activities for EU children while ensuring equal opportunities for all. We will also create an e-learning platform where interested individuals (teachers, youth workers, volunteers…) will be able to attend the course and learn about the Heritage&Sport program.

The Theatre for All project is an Erasmus+ KA122 project lasting from 1. 10. 2023 until 31. 3. 2025. Cultural engagement through the theatre enables the development of communication, creativity, social skills, friendship development, problem-solving, perseverance, responsibility, memory, and positive self-image. We are already well aware of this in our country, and we show it with the performances of musicals and the preparation of various theatre performances at school. With the learning mobility project of employees, we as an organization want to acquire new knowledge regarding methods and approaches in the field of theatre pedagogy for people with special needs, how to form a theatre group and prepare a theatre performance, and how to include elements of theatre pedagogy in the learning process. We expect to deepen our knowledge of teaching methods of theatre pedagogy and what skills we need to use in practice. We want to learn strategies on how we can teach students to express and understand emotions, opinions, and ideas in an appropriate way through drama techniques. As part of the project, we will participate in job shadowing, where professionals will visit organizations abroad that include theatre pedagogy in their work. Professionals will also attend courses or trainings that focus on theatre pedagogy, integrating elements of theatre pedagogy into regular classes, and developing communication and social skills.

NATIONAL AND OTHER PROJECTS

In our Center, we have two PE halls, a snoezelen multi-sensory environment, exercise room, sensory garden, and outdoor play areas for basketball, football, athletics, gymnastics, and other activities. We encourage attending numerous activities outside the school, such as visiting sports matches, touring the city, etc.

We have a school vegetable and fruit garden, which is looked after by our pupils. With this, we promote spending time outdoors and becoming responsible adults. Using our produce, they prepare gifts for charity markets (jams, lavender bags …), that we organize for special events (Christmas, Valentine’s Day, start of Spring, etc.).

Annually, we organize various projects on a national scale and we provide numerous enrichment activities for people with special needs, such as Special Olympics, and sports activities, extra-curricular activities (swimming, hiking, table tennis, etc.). Following the national curriculum, we provide swimming classes and classes to obtain a cycling license.

Regularly we organize competitions in swimming, athletics, and alpine sports on the national level for people with moderate, severe, and profound mental disability. Our pupils attend competitions on an international scale, most recently the Special Olympics World Games in Berlin, Germany in 2023. Its main purpose is to motivate our population to become more active, and healthy, and also socialize, travel, acquire new friendships, and discover their strengths.

We also participate in the following projects and activities:

  • participants in “Promoting the Social Inclusion of Children and Youth with Special Needs in the Local Environment” (2018-2022),
  • partners at “Strengthening competencies, entrepreneurship and the ability to move between education and the environment in the primary school” (2017-2022)
  • participants in the international school food project “Šolska Shema EU”,
  • promotion of health for students and employees,
  • Young Athletes,
  • MATP (Motor Activities Training Program),
  • Formative Assessment,
  • Ecogarden (“Ekovrt”),
  • Part of the Slovenian network of Healthy schools,
  • Participants at “Slovenian Lifelong Learning Week” (LLW),
  • Participants at the international festival “Play with me”,
  • School theatre,
  • etc.
BASIC INFORMATION

Center Gustava Šiliha Maribor

Majcigerjeva ulica 31, 2000 Maribor

☎️ +386 2 429 25 21

📧 osgusi@guest.arnes.si

VAT number: 24210978

IBAN: 01270 – 6030690156

REGISTER NUMBER: 5085411000

(Skupno 1.006 obiskov, današnjih obiskov 1)
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