The SuperClass Project

The SuperClass Project

Bratislava, SlovakiaSlovakia
Project Stage:
Scaling
Budget: 
$10,000 - $50,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

The Obcianske zdruzenie Supertrieda (Civic Organisation SuperClass) is a NGO specialised in art education and promoting it as well as real social issues.

About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

The main problem in the society is social isolation due to variety of reasons. If children are isolated they cannot possibly understand each other. Misunderstandings cause further estrangement, bullying and even racism. Our aim is to fight against inequality among children, encourage friendship, prevent bullying and teach children to cooperate.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

SuperClass is a competition for school classes. The basic rule we have is that each and every member of the class has to participate. The project brings new skills to every child not just to selected ones as in other youth project. Children recieve new experience, new skills on music, drama and other art activities. The main role is that the project changes the social climate in the group of children. When the classroom works on the project (performance), for the first time they have a common goal, where everybody is involved. SuperClass solves the problem of social isolation of a child within a social group as it lets kids get to know eachother how they otherwise never would. By making them work on a common goal they get closer and misunderstandings become fewer and farer between. It teaches them empathy towards each other.
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

We have had a case of children from Roma slum in Eastern Slovakia ( whose school attendance has previously been very low) suddenly willingly going to school because the class was training for SuperClass. They felt they were needed. Children within the class realised that everyone of their classmates has a talent for something.
There have been numerous cases of bullzing disappearing after a class started with SuperClass, again because the children got to know each other better and they learned to work as a team - every team member was important.
There have been classes that had to include an integrated (mentally or physically challenged) member. It was never problematic. For many children from other classes this was a unique experience - they for the first time realised for example how complicated is it for a blind child to have a role in a theatrical performance and yet she managed wonderfully, or how can a person bound to a wheelchair dance - and he could.
In SuperClass classes are given a socially-tied theme every year (for example "Once I Am Old..." or "One for all and all for one" or "Each of us is a star, together we will shine the sky up"). They have to make up a musical theatrical performance (create one) and then train it and then present it. Everyone must be included and they have to use at least two different kinds of art (e.g. music and painting or drama)
Sustainability

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

SuperClass is a multi-art project for grammar and secondary schools. After 4 years we have achieved that the project was included into official school curriculum. The project is offered to everybody - for any class in the country, everybody in the classroom must take part. Our authorities are the best people in the country from 4 most important Universities, artits and expert from electronic medias.
We do not really have competitors - no other project like our exists in Slovakia or as far as we know elsewhere.
About You
Organization:
Obcianske zdruzenie Supertrieda
About You
First Name

Lubos

Last Name

Zatko

About Your Organization
Organization Name

Obcianske zdruzenie Supertrieda

Organization Country

, BR, Bratislava

Country where this project is creating social impact

, XX

Your role in Education

Administrator.

The type of school(s) your solution is affiliated with

Public (tuition-free)

How long has your organization been operating?

More than 5 years

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Innovation
How long has your solution been in operation?

Operating for more than 5 years

Now that you have thought out your entry, help us pitch it.
Define your company, program, service, or product in 1-2 short sentences [136 characters]

CO SuperClass is a NGO specialising in art and music education that we try to promote through solving real social issues.

Identify what is innovative about your solution in 1-2 short sentences [136 characters]

No other similar project exists that would join art and social issues. It works as has been proved over its 7 years of existence.

Social Impact
What has been the impact of your solution to date?

We have more than 24 500 children participation in the project all over the country comming from all parts of Slovakia. Children from the majority, all national minorities and all type from schools including special schools for challenged children, children with behavior problems etc. ... All these children have presented their performances together in theatres across the country. They got to know each other, learned to cooperate and they earned an experience of performing on a real theatre stage.

What is your projected impact over the next 1-3 years?

In the 2011 first classes from Romania, Hungary, Serbia, Czech Republic and Ukraine visited Slovakia and started to work on the project on their national level. In june 2012 in Bratislava (Slovakia) will be organised the international final round, first classes from Switzzerland and Finland start to prepare their SuperClass projects. In 3 years we plan to involve into the project more countries from europe, we plan to have 7 CEE countries and at least 7 other eurpean countires participating in the competition.

What barriers might hinder the success of your project? How do you plan to overcome them?

The biggest barrier is the financing of the project. OZ Supertrieda is a NGO working without contribution of the state. The design of the project is determined of the financing possibilities and grant opportunities on the national and international level.

Winning entries present a strong plan for how they will achieve and track growth. Identify your six-month milestone for growing your impact

CEE countries international finale 2012

Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach your six-month milestone
Task 1

SuperClass National Competition May 2012

Task 2

SuperClass International Competition 2012

Task 3

International Workshop And Conference for Teachers and Educators participatinn in the SuperClass project

Now think bigger! Identify your 12-month impact milestone

At least 7 CEE countries and 7 countries from other parts of europe taking part, at least 1 overseas class.

Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach your 12-month milestone
Task 1

National finaly of the competition with a growing numbers of classes in Slovakia.

Task 2

International finaly for SuperClass Europe.

Task 3

Network of experts, educators, autorities leading change the way of teaching in Europe bringing more creativity and emphaty.

Founding Story: We want to hear about your "Aha!" moment. Share the story of where and when the founder(s) saw this solution's potential to change the world [125 words]

We have more then 500 teachers in the project evey year. The "Aha" came after the first year of the project when we recognised that teachers and children realy want a change, from their feedback we could say that we have found a platform for anothe type of education, coexistence in the classroom between childern. That was the proof that the project is working.

Sustainability
Tell us about your partnerships

Our partners are - Slovak Commitee For Unicef, Nationa Burreau Of The Europen Commision, Commenius University in Bratislava, University of Mathias Bel in Banska Bystrica, University in Presov, local theatres, Kosice the Capital of European Culture 2013.

What type of team (staff, volunteers, etc.) will ensure that you achieve the growth milestones identified in the Social Impact section? [75 words]

We have a plan to build up a team from 10- 15 people working in the ngo. In every country we plan have about 50 volunteers.

Please elaborate on any needs or offers you have mentioned above and/or suggest categories of support that aren't specified within the list

Our most pressing need is money. If we had that we would have more time to work on spreading SuperClass into other countries. Our second problem is personnel - we are only two coordinators working full-time on the project and a few volunteers