Croatian Textbook ‘Šestica’ Declared Best in Europe

Daniela Rogulj

Promo / Profil Klett
Promo / Profil Klett

Promo / Profil Klett

November 7, 2020 – The Croatian sixth-grade textbook Šestica, published by Profil Klett, was named the best textbook in Europe at the BELMA – Best European Learning Materials Award international competition.

T.portal reports that the group of Croatian teachers won first place and the prestigious BELMA award for the high quality of materials that promote reading in the digital age.

The publisher emphasizes that the authors of the textbook set are responsible for this success – Croatian language teachers with many years of experience teaching students: Diana Greblički-Miculinić, Lidija Sykora-Nagy, Dejana Tavas, and Krunoslav Matošević, Ela Družijanić Hajdarević, Zrinka Romić, Nataša Jurić Stanković.

An award-winning teacher and author Diana Greblički-Miculinić pointed out that they wanted to create a modern textbook whose quality invites reading, brings literature closer to students and opens worlds, and expressed satisfaction that the BELMA jury recognized this.

The three-member jury, made up of international education experts, highlighted the quality of the material, which is ideal for promoting a love of reading in the digital age.

In addition to this segment, it was emphasized that Croatian literature is clearly positioned concerning world literature. The jury also provided some useful tips and suggestions for improving future materials such as adding assignments for pair or group work, discussions, and creative projects.

Director of Profil Klett Dalibor Greganić pointed out that at a time when public opinion is increasingly influenced by false information, and trivialization of content and pseudo-science has an increasing influence, Profil Klett sees itself as an ally to teachers in the fight for knowledge and considers it its role in society.

“Knowledge has never been more valuable in a world of rapid change and insecurity caused by the pandemic. I am proud of the entire team and the teachers who worked on the award-winning ‘Šestica.’ We have shown that Croatian teachers can succeed in Europe. I am sure that the textbook will help many teachers throughout Croatia teach our students,” said Greganić.

An extended team of Croatian experts also took part in the production of the award-winning textbook. Marina Hrupec (Studio 2M) is responsible for the graphic design, while Dragan Kordić did the illustrations.

Digital educational content was created within the IZZI digital platform, and the awarded authors are Dejan Varga, Majda Čolak, Hana Tepeš, and Andrijana Mihaljević. Klara Šarčević and Diana Greblički-Miculinić edited the textbook.

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