When Croatia declared its independence on June 25, 1991, Zagreb became the capital of the Republic of Croatia. It has a population of 800.000. Zagreb’s favourable geographic position provides an excellent connection for traffic between Central Europe and the Adriatic Coast. The city’s geographical position, concentration of industry, scientific and research institutions and industrial tradition underline its leading economic importance. The university, founded in 1669, is one of the oldest in Europe.
The historical part of the town, the Upper Town and Kaptol, form a unique urban core. The old town´s streets and squares can be reached on foot, starting from Ban Josip Jelačić Square, the heart of Zagreb. Above the square is Zagreb´s Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary whose twin spires are visible from a distance. Zagreb´s most colourful street filled with little cafes that can only be described as ‘bohemian’ is situated in the Upper Town Tkalčića.
The City Office for Education, Culture and Sport
The City Office for Education, Culture and Sport is responsible for 284 schools and kindergartens with around 16.000 employees.
After the decentralisation of the educational system, the local self-government of the City of Zagreb took over the foundation rights of primary and secondary schools, which also involves the material and technical care for schools. Further steps in decentralisation mean that in future the local self-government will assume responsibility for the incomes of employees in school, as well as their ongoing training. The office is also responsible for the design of curricula and innovations in teaching methods. The City Office for Education, Culture and Sport was host to the Seventh Conference of the International Educators’ Club of European Capitals in 2005.
Office for Education, Culture and Sport, City of Zagreb
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