The Technical Culture Act established National Award for Technical Culture Faust Vrančić. Since 1992 it is awarded to individuals, associations and other legal persons for outstanding achievement in technical culture. Each year one award is presented for lifetime achievement, up to ten annual awards are presented to individuals and up to five are presented to technical culture associations, companies and other legal persons.
Ivan Filipović Award, presented as a lifetime achievement award, award for work and outstanding results in preschool education, elementary, high school, or higher education, and for research and professional work, bear the name of a teacher born in 1823 in Velika Kopanica, who died in 1895 in Zagreb.
But Luka's future was taken away by the terrible act of violence. In the memory of Luka and all other girls and boys who were victims of violence, Decision on the introduction of the Annual Award "Luka Ritz" for the promotion of tolerance and violence-free schools was reached by Dragan Primorac, PhD, MD, Minister of Science, Education and Sports, in late September 2008.
In October 2008 it was followed by a public invitation for submission of proposals for the presentation of the annual award "Luka Ritz" aimed at promoting tolerance and violence-free schools, which was announced by the Ministry of Science, Education and Sports and sent to all schools in the Republic of Croatia.
All elementary and high schools in the Republic of Croatia may nominate pupils who have been promoting tolerance, humane and non-violent behaviour, and the Award will in early June next year be awarded to one elementary school pupil and one high school pupil.
The Award comprises an award statue, a special acknowledgement in the form of a charter and a one-year scholarship in the amount of HRK 1,000 a month. The school attended by the awarded pupil will receive a special acknowledgement.
The decision on the Award winner will be made by the Commission composed of the following members:
- a representative of the family of the late Luka Ritz
- a representative of the National Pupils’ Council of the Republic of Croatia
- a representative of the Croatian Agency for Education
- a representative of the Agency for Vocational Education and a representative of the respective Ministry
The award statue, as a part of the Award, will be created by a student of the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb, where a design competition for the best award statue has been launched.
The purpose of the Award is stated as follows:
- encourage young people to adopt an active approach to fighting violence
- draw public attention (the public referring especially to young people, their parents and teachers) to the prevention of violence
- promote positive role models
We would like to encourage young people to get involved more actively and use their creative energy to help create a better world based on justice, humanity, solidarity, mutual understanding, acceptance and trust.
His motto - Even if I could be born ten times, I’ d choose to be a teacher every time – has been giving hope for almost a century, it gives courage and provides incentive for all those who chose one of the most difficult professions in the world, and have remained faithful to it despite all the difficulties and challenges.
Ivan Filipović Award is presented by the Republic of Croatia, or rather the Board of the Ivan Filipović Award, and is prepared by the Ministry of Science and Education, for outstanding achievement in education, and is the greatest recognition the educational workers can receive. It has been awarded since 1964, first by the Croatian Pedagogical and Literary Board, and since 1967 by the Parliament of the Republic of Croatia.
Croatian education and society thus prove to systematically care for those who have with their expertise, commitment and exemplary work contributed to the advancement of the educational process and the reputation of the teaching profession.
The Ivan Filipović Award Act (Official Gazette No. 61/91, 149/09) sets out that 2 lifetime achievement award and 15 annual awards can be awarded each year.
Annual award is presented to the most prominent educational workers, scientists and experts, or a group of scientists, experts or educational workers if the achievement is the result of their joint work, for the most important achievement in the previous years, and especially the year immediately preceding. The lifetime achievement award is presented to prominent educational workers, scientists and experts whose pedagogical, scientific or professional work became a permanent contribution to education in the Republic of Croatia.
The award is presented in the form of a special certificate and in cash.
The Board of the Ivan Filipović Award gives the award upon the proposal of the Committee the Board establishes for each field of education. The Board has nine members, appointed for by the Croatian Parliament for the term of two years.
Pursuant to Article 7 of the Act referred to above, Rules on the work of the Board for the Ivan Filipović Award were passed (Official Gazette No. 15/92) which defined the working method of the Board, and the Committees, the criteria and the method of sending applications for and awarding the Ivan Filipović Award.
Faust Vrančić Lifetime Achievement Award awarded to esteemed individuals for their longstanding contribution and work in the development of technical culture, extraordinary results of lasting value in the enhancement and development of scientific and technical literacy, as well as development of technology and technical innovation in the Republic of Croatia and abroad. In addition to that, the basis for winning the award are the person’s technical culture activities in a longer time period, during his/her professional career or voluntary participation in associations of technical culture, and public recognition and acknowledgement of his/her contribution.
Faust Vrančić Annual Award presented to individuals, groups of individuals, associations of technical culture, companies, institutions and other legal persons for:
- outstanding contribution in the development and enhancement of technical education of Croatian citizens, especially youth, in extracurricular activities in technical, natural and other sciences which develop capabilities, knowledge and skills for scientific and technical innovation and creativity at work, and result in scientific and technical literacy, developing competencies for, and directing youth toward choosing a scientific or technical profession;
- development and enhancement of innovation, scientific and technical creative endeavors and technical amateurism in the Republic of Croatia;
- outstanding achievement in technical-cultural and technical-sports as well as other fields of technical culture in the Republic of Croatia;
- dissemination of scientific and technical achievements with a significant contribution to scientific and technical literacy of our citizens regarding the application of scientific and technical and technological achievements in promoting technological development of the economy, science and generally, popularization and promotion of science and technology, and development of the inclination toward technical creative endeavors in the Republic of Croatia;
- outstanding contribution to international promotion of Croatian technical culture and achievements.