NTC Learning System
The primary role of the NTC programme is the use of new discoveries in the field of neuroscience in classrooms and in everyday life. The NTC Learning Programme is comprised of various children’s activities and games, based on findings on brain development and how the brain works, and can, as many studies show, have positive impact on brain development during the crucial period – the period of most intensive growth and development – from birth to around age ten. Play as a child’s inner drive is a key factor of the NTC programme.
The NTC programme is characterised by three implementation phases. An integral part of the first phase are evolutionarily supportive activities that involve complex motor activities including fine motor skills, dynamic eye accommodation, rotation, balance and movement. The second phase of the NTC programme is characterised by thought classifications, thought series and associations, while the third phase constitutes the work on developing divergent and convergent thinking, as well as functional knowledge. All three phases are conducted through play, which, as a child’s intrinsic need, represents a key factor in implementing the NTC programme. The three phases combine the child’s sensorimotor and cognitive development.
The NTC programme has been implemented in the Republic of Serbia since 2008, when it also started to expand beyond the borders of Europe. Today, the NTC programme is implemented in 17 European countries, and it has been accredited by the ministry of education in 7 states (Serbia, Slovenia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Montenegro, Macedonia and Bosnia and Herzegovina). In other countries, it is undertaken in collaboration with educational institutions (Italy, Greece, Sweden, Iceland, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Switzerland, Slovakia, Poland and Sierra Leone).
A presentation by Dr. Ranko Rajović at a UNICEF conference on the subject of activities that impede or damage child’s development.
Here you can see what it was like at the NTC summer camps in 2018. The video shows only a glimpse of the NTC camp in Gučevo.