The vision of the school is to teach children to read, write and know how to communicate in Slovak.
Bratislava / Chicago, 30 September (TASR) – Dozens of children whose parents have Slovak roots in American Chicago attend classes every Saturday at the Slovakian weekend school. The Slovak Academy of Chicago celebrates its fifth anniversary. Her director, Zuzana Fidrikova, believes that it will work for a long time.
"We are Slovaks living abroad, in Chicago, and our children grow up in local conditions. Our school is at the weekend, children go to school on Saturday, learn the Slovak language, the homeland, grammar, history, geography Folkloric ensemble Veselička, " Fidrik came from Spišská Belá.
The school currently has 67 students, mostly children, but there are seven that are taught in English at a later age. "We have conceived the idea that some of our children with parents of one Slovak, one American, Slovak are less natural than children with both parents of Slovaks We have thought about the teaching of Slovak as a foreign language and of such an initiative has also been reported by older people interested in learning English, " He clarifies.
Together with the school there is a children's folk ensemble Veselička. "We started 20 years ago with the folk ensemble Veselica, we were all young and without children, so we worked as we did, and later we grew up, the children came, the Veselićka was born, and then the school," Fidrik added. For children, it is the scarcity to say whether they can go to Slovakia during the summer holidays and experience what they say at school.
The Slovak Academy of Chicago consists of nursery, primary and secondary school. Teaching is every Saturday from 9 am to 3 pm in accordance with current school education in Slovakia. The school also offers the opportunity to develop religious knowledge with the preparation for the sacraments.
Teachers are qualified pedagogues with a completed university education and years of experience in Slovakia or the USA. The vision of the school is to teach children to read, write and know how to communicate in Slovak.
The Slovak Academy of Chicago, for the first year of its existence, worked on the parish of St. Simon Apostol, where Slovaks living in Chicago have their roots. Since September 2015 it operates as a non-profit organization and moves to a new location.