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NTC PROGRAMME

Primary intention of the NTC Program is the practical implementation of new discoveries from the field of educational neuroscience in classrooms and everyday life. Play, as an intrinsic need of a child, represents the key factor of the NTC Program implementation. The Program is characterized by three implementation phases. Integral part of the first phase are evolutionary accordant activities characterized by the complex motor activities, including fine motor skills, dynamic eye accommodation, rotation, balance, and movement. The second phase of the NTC Program is characterized by abstract classifications, abstract seriations, and association, while the goal of the third phase is the development of divergent and convergent thinking, and functional knowledge. Those three phases encompass sensory-motor and cognitive development of children.

The NTC Program is currently being conducted in 15 European countries, while in 7 of them it has also been accredited by the Ministry of Education. Several projects (IPA CBC, ERASMUS PLUS, UNICEF) have been done in Europe (Croatia, Montenegro, Slovenia, Slovakia, Austria and England).

WHAT IS NTC SYSTEM OF LEARNING AND WHY IS IT SO SUCCESSFUL IN IMPLEMENTATION?

According to new research in this field, learning disabilities (problems in reading, writing, calculation), speech disorders (dyslexia, etc.), problems with motor skills, physical development (curvature of the spine, flat feet), which occur in the second and third grade, or earlier, happen due to the lack of certain activities in early childhood. These activities are usually simple games that have “disappeared” in the meantime – such as jumping, rotation, or games with marbles, rubber band, hide and seek, etc. They stimulate the creation of synapses (connections between nerve cells), muscle coordination, coordination of the whole body and intelligence. On the other hand, we live in a time when children are mostly static, stuck in front of the screen, three or four hours a day, which does not help them in their development, since it does not stimulate the aforementioned synapses.

Read more: novakdjokovicfoundation.org

WHY IS IT SO IMPORTANT TO LET CHILDREN PLAY?

How to prepare children in schools for the life and challenges of tomorrow? How to teach them useful things and help them reach their full biological potential? How to coordinate children’s need for movement with the temptations of new technologies that can literally enslave them?

In order to do so, we need to align school activities with game-based learning, learning with the help of new technologies, and also something that parents usually forget – simple child’s play, the one that was common 10-20 years ago: running, jumping, skipping, crawling, climbing…. This is very important because walking upright is a basic human characteristic that shaped our evolution, especially our brain, organ responsible for survival. All parts of the brain are coordinated, connected and work in sync. If a child spends too much time sitting or lying down, potential cognitive impairments might follow later in life.

Read more: novakdjokovicfoundation.org

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