Osnovna Skola Marsal Tito is a primary school situated in the city of Ulcinj, Montenegro. It caters for students from year 1 to year 9 and has two languages in the school – Montenegrin and Albanian. The school runs in two shifts due to the high intake of students as it has over 1300 students. There are 72 teachers in the school and the principal is assisted by two vice principals. Students come from both Islamic and Christian backgrounds. The school was recently refurbished and today the school is equipped with modern teaching aids, specialised classrooms and teachers work with iPads. The school has a school newspaper called “Našariječ” translated to mean “Our Word “and a magazine” Dulcinea” which focuses on history, geography and civic education. Both papers are printed bilingually in Montenegrin and Albanian languages.
Language teaching is very important in the school. Through the involvement in the MICOOL project of etwinning expert, Kurt Schlegel, who is also a teacher here, the school’s participation in the project’s intercultural inclusive collaborative cooperative learning dimension is particularly pertinent, given its intake of students from such diverse backgrounds. Teachers here will pilot the lesson plans and best practices and provide feedback to the project partners on how to improve the collaborative cooperative experience.