On Wednesday afternoon for all ESHA 2023 participants there will be organised Old City sightseeing and joint gathering in the famous Lazareti venue.

Lazareti in Dubrovnik, also called lazarettos, is a long and narrow building consisting of 10 naves (parallel, narrow halls, similar to church halls) separated by five courtyards, all surrounded by high walls. The building was completed in 1647 and served as a quarantine station (isolation hospital) during an outbreak of plague and cholera.

Lazareti is located next to the Ploce Gate and was built between 1627 and 1647. Its location is significant: it is located in front of the main entrance to the city, on the road from nearby Trebinje, from where all the caravans from the Ottoman territories came to the city at that time, and right next to the Old Port, the main harbor of the city. Just outside the city, this was an ideal location for such a facility – merchants, sailors, and travelers had to undergo mandatory isolation before they were allowed to enter the city (40 days quarantine).

The historical complex “Lazareti” in Dubrovnik was recently fully restored and equipped with modern facilities.
Now, this impressive 5000 m2 complex houses a multi-purpose space ideal for exhibitions, conferences, simultaneous meetings or events, as well as gala dinners. As a backdrop, it is often used for entertainment and concerts.

No other venue in Dubrovnik offers such versatility, so close to the Old Town and so ideal for multi-purpose meetings & events as the newly opened Lazareti. From here you also have a beautiful view of the old harbor, Lokrum Island, part of the city walls, and St. John’s Fortress.

Historical background

In July 1377, the Grand Council of the Republic of Ragusa decided to prohibit people from the plague-stricken areas from entering Dubrovnik. Instead, they were sent to isolation on the islands of Mrkan and Bobara, and Supetar (near Cavtat) for a month.

Later, the additional quarantine isolation hospital was placed in the building where the monastery and church of St. Mary (Our Lady of Danče) is located today in Danče Bay, just outside the city walls. However, this building proved to be insufficient, and in 1534 the Great Council attempted to build another quarantine building, this time on the island of Lokrum. However, it was neither completed nor used.

Due to the constant increase in trade and commerce, the Republic struggled for a long time to find a suitable quarantine solution.

The building complex in Ploce was regularly maintained with public funds throughout the Republic period. According to the archives, the last major works on this complex of buildings of extraordinary economic and strategic importance were carried out in 1784. The quarantine was abolished in 1872.

Gala Dinner

The main conference room of Valamar Lacroma Hotel will be transformed into a magnificent event hall for the ESHA 2023 Gala Dinner on Thursday 26 October evening.
We are sure you will enjoy our gala dinner and party.
Join us and have fun!

Gala Dinner

School Visits

Pomorsko-tehnička škola Dubrovnik

Adresa: Miljenka Bratoša 4, 20 000 Dubrovnik
Web: http://ss-pomorsko-tehnicka-du.skole.hr/
Mail: tajnistvo.pomorskaskola@gmail.com
Tel: +385 20 435 987
Facebook: https://tinyurl.com/PomorskaDbk-facebook
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The Dubrovnik Maritime Technical School is a vocational high school founded in 1852. The school offers 4 vocational courses: Seaman, marine engineer, mechanical engineering technician and electrical engineer. Based on the curriculums given by the Ministry of Education, the school offers practical lessons in workshops, simulation stations and in special classrooms. In recent years, the school has also offered extracurricular classes in robotics. Students and teachers jointly publish the school newspaper Albatros and organize various cultural, educational, sports and volunteer events throughout the year. The school is very active in collaborating with institutions and organizations at the local, national and international levels, which has led to numerous activities and projects available to students and teachers as well as the public. Since 2017, the school has been active in Erasmus+ projects in which both students and teachers participate. In 2023, the school received Erasmus+ accreditation for professional education and training. The school has also met the quality requirements based on the international standards ISO 9001:2015 with a double certification from the Croatian Register of Shipping (CRS) and Bureau Veritas Quality International (BVQI). The school maintains Dubrovnik’s centuries-old tradition in the shipping industry and has complemented it by training young people in modern technology courses. We embrace our history, but at the same time we have our sights firmly set on the future, which our future students will help to shape.

Marin Držić Primary School

Marin Držić Elementary School includes a regular program and a program for children with special needs. The regular program includes students from first to eighth grade. The school’s curriculum for children with special needs is conducted in classes and learning groups organized according to the age or disability of the students. In addition to the classes in the school, there is also a dislocated class at the association Dva skalina. Within the school for children with special needs there is also a kindergarten group. The group is part of the preschool program for children with special needs and has its own annual curriculum.

URL: http://os-mdrzica-du.skole.hr/


„DUBROVNIK“ Dormitory for High School Students

Učenički dom “Dubrovnik” is a dormitory for high school students. The concept of the dormitory is to provide meals, dormitories, classes and care for our students.

This school year we have 96 students enrolled. They are divided into 5 groups depending on which secondary school they attend. Our students participate in extracurricular activities such as: Art Club, Media Club, Eco Club, Band, Volunteer Club, Volleyball, Chess Club, Table Tennis Club… Our building is located at the entrance of the historical old town of Dubrovnik. It was built in 1789 as a summer castle for the nobility of Dubrovnik.

It is surrounded by a beautiful Renaissance terrace. We, at Učenički dom “Dubrovnik”, have made it our mission to create an educational and family environment that is completely focused on the students and their personal development.

Marin Getaldić Elementary School

Marin Getaldić Elementary School is named after the famous mathematician and physicist.

The school building is located in a historical complex and is the only elementary school inside the city walls.

Classes have been held in the Centre school building for over two hundred years, since 1817. The building is a three-story stone building on the corner of Gučetićeva and Miha Pracat streets. The building itself is the Gučetić Palace with a very beautiful interior. The vestibule and stone staircase have been preserved in their original appearance with a fountain, wall niches and vaults. The spacious classrooms have high ceilings, and some are painted with ceiling frescoes. Next to the school building there is also an archaeological garden and a renovated courtyard with a fountain.

The new school building at 7 Ilije Sarake Street has not yet been handed over to the school for use; we hope that this will be the case from the next school year 2023/2024. It is attended by students from 1st to 3rd grade. The building is also a historical palace, which has been adapted to the modern needs of education while preserving historical elements.

The entire educational work with students in regular classes is based on the study of the rich cultural heritage and history. The school is open to cooperation with external cultural and historical institutions with the aim of preserving the rich cultural heritage through the speech, song and dance of the Dubrovnik region.

We nurture and promote cultural and historical heritage, national identity, humanity and other life values, positive attitude towards healthy lifestyle, respect for diversity, learning with modern teaching methods, etc.


High School of Economy and Trade is one of the vocational training centers in Dubrovnik, where students learn their first profession so that they can be integrated into the labor market. For those who wish to continue their studies at university level, the school organizes additional classes to prepare them for the final exams, thus ensuring the vertical transition to the desired universities.

The school is the legal successor of the school founded in 1913 to provide the skills necessary for commercial activities. From 1993 to the present day, there are training programs to acquire the following professions: economist, commercialist, business secretary, office worker and commercial assistant.

Students aged 15 to 18 are trained for jobs in accounting, finance, banking, insurance, commerce and administration. They are also encouraged to start their own businesses, they learn how to start their business, develop their business idea and work with imaginary products while working with real documents.

The goal of the school is to encourage students to develop their professional skills, creativity, sense of responsibility, humanity, entrepreneurial skills and to embrace European values.

Our vision is: a school with highly motivated teachers who use innovative and creative teaching methods, and satisfied students who are able to find a job or become self-employed.

To fulfill our mission and realize our vision, we develop school-based training firms (small businesses) and many different school and European projects such as Erasmus+.


Lapad Elementary School was founded in the school year 1944/45. as a four-year school. In the school year 1949/50 it became a seven-year school and in 1953 it became an eight-year school. On the place where the Lapad Elementary School is located today, the building was built and started working on September 11, 1973. The school included the four-year regional school Montovjerna until 2020. Lapad Primary School in Dubrovnik is located in the Lapad district and operates in one shift. Lapad Primary School has a long and successful tradition based on the foundations of the first experimental school in Dubrovnik. Thanks to the quality work of the teaching staff and the successes of the students, the school was awarded the Dubrovnik Plaque in 1985 for significant results in the fields of education and social activities. From 1976 until today, the school has been visited by foreign delegations of teachers, students and pupils. Since 2000, Lapad Primary School has been included in the UNESCO school network. Great attention is paid to the environment and aesthetic design of the school, which is confirmed by awards at national (1974/75 – silver and 1979 – gold plaque of the Council of the Republic in the action “Hygiene and aesthetic design of educational institutions and their environment”) and European level.

Today, the school has around 525 students from 1st to 8th grade. In the school year 2022/23. there are 13 class teachers and one teacher in the special class section for partial integration and 30 teachers and 6 teachers in the extended stay of students in specialised classes. The Partial Integration Department at Lapad Primary School was opened in the school year 2020/21. The department has 5 students (1 pupil in grade 1, 2 pupils in grade 2 and 2 pupils in grade 3). As this is a newly opened department, our aim is for the children attending this type of classes in our school to reach their maximum potential and develop socialisation skills with professional help. Lapad Primary School is the first school in Dubrovnik to receive a Snoezelen room for children with developmental disabilities, which opened in Spring 2021.

The Snoezelen room is a kind of multisensory space that provides a safe environment for children with developmental disabilities and encourages them to interact with the environment. All students with difficulties, as well as those from the regular classes at Lapad Primary School for whom the need arises, use the Snoezelen room without therapeutic goals, as a supplement to the regular educational process. As a reminder, the funds for equipping the Snoezelen room were raised thanks to a donation from the Rotary Club of Dubrovnik and the Rotary satellite club Dubrovnik Jug, through a fundraising concert by the Dubrovnik band Silente and the online campaign for the right cause at the end of 2020. Lapad School is distinguished by its successful implementation of education in human rights, civic responsibility and democracy, as well as cooperation between students, teachers and parents. Following the modern trends of the teaching process, 75% of the staff have participated in the Quality School seminars and most of them have already completed the whole programme.

Great attention is paid to the implementation of the school prevention programme through frequent lectures and workshops for teachers, students and parents related to the prevention of child abuse. In June 2022. Lapad Primary School received a certificate with diamond status for excellence in sustainable development of education and leadership, continuous progress in preserving the environment of the school and the wider community. Lapad Primary School signed the grant agreement under the ERASMUS + programme for the project “Towards a better Individual with Value Education”, which runs until 31 August 2023.

Our school is recognised for its activities and work results at district, regional and national level which we particularly proud of.
Pupils, staff and parents show a big heart by participating in numerous humanitarian actions.

Tourism and Catering School Dubrovnik

The fact that Turistička i ugostiteljska škola Dubrovnik (Tourism and Catering School Dubrovnik) has existed for more than 75 years should not be surprising, since the tourist industry is the keystone of the overall economic development in this area. The number of students is continuously increasing. In our school, there are 538 students, and they are not only from Dubrovnik region but also from all of Dalmatia and Croatia. School programs are offered in the catering sector for cooks, waiters, and pastry cooks as well as in the tourism and hospitality sector in which students are educated to gain vast knowledge in the field of tourism such as: working in hotel establishments, travel agencies as well as in other tourist areas. Due to the fact that in tourism and hospitality employees are highly demanded in direct contact with tourists and business partners, rich educational attention is paid to learning foreign languages (English is obligatory, and students can choose two more languages).

It is precisely the Tourism and Catering School Dubrovnik that has produced numerous professionals who, with their skills, have made Croatian catering and tourism renowned. In this context, the excellence of educators at TUSDU has to be appreciated. They keep close contact with industry partners in closer and wider surroundings of the school. This is beneficial to the projects as TUSDU has close contact with the stakeholders who are also involved in the project outcomes. Having long-term experience in educating students at all levels, all duties related to food production and selling it are well known. This practical experience is again beneficial to the project.

Similarly, waiters and cooks at TUSDU understand and play an important part as “salesmen” of food and hoteliers are aware of how to sell products to customers. Besides serving skills they need to acquire knowledge of the whole assortment of goods and be in direct contact with foreign and domestic customers. Thus they need excellent communication skills, knowledge of foreign languages, courtesy, and a high level of cultural understanding. This is ensured by the professional staff of the school. TUSDU is active in the field of adult education providing programs to adult learners in order to raise their competencies and employability skills.


THE LUKA SORKOČEVIĆ ART SCHOOL is situated in the former convent of Saint Catherine within the city walls of Dubrovnik. Named after a well-known Croatian composer, it continues the Dubrovnik art tradition and has produced many successful artists since its founding. There are currently about 600 students enrolled in different programmes; a two-year preparatory dance and music courses for children aged 6 to 8, six-year elementary music or dance education for children aged 9 to 15, two-year preparatory secondary school program for newcomers at the age of 14 to 15 and four-year secondary school of dance, music or painting and graphic design for age 15 to 19. The students of all ages take part in domestic and international competitions with remarkable results.


Paola Di Rosa

The student dormitory of Paola Di Rosa is an educational institution where girls between the ages of 14 and 19 are accommodated during
their high school stay. The specificity of this institution compared to other institutions with a similar purpose is its Catholic identity,
founded by the religious order of the Servants of Mercy. The entire work is aimed at ennobling girls with a culture of living focused on
human and spiritual values. The educational program is a support and help to both students and parents in achieving the highest quality
comprehensive development and education focused on health care, cognition, creativity, social skills and spirtuality. There is also
variety of optional activities that enable quality spending of free time. The main vision of our dormitory is to raise young person to
become responsible part of society.


Ivan Gundulić Primary School is located in beautiful Dubrovnik, in the district called Gruž,, above the seaport, with a beautiful view over boats and ships, green hill Petka, sea, islands, sunsets and sunrises, storms, calm sea…
The school proudly carries the name Ivan Gundulić, the great Croatian baroque poet. Gundulić emphasized liberty as one of the greatest values of human life. And the sea that we have a chance to look at, through our windows, is a symbol of liberty.
That same sea connects us with our branch schools. Apart from this central school building, we have 3 more that are also part of our school:  one on the island of Kalamota and two on the island of Šipan.

We are a big school with 841 students that are led through their process of growing up and studying by 69 teachers and with the support of all the other school employees.

Our school is proud of having four special education classes with partial integration for students with special needs. They’re partially included in regular education system in order to socialize with their peers and are taught by educational rehabilitators to fully develop their learning potential.

A large proportion of class 1 and 2 students, 150 of them, attend Extended Day programme, which includes lunch, doing homework and various other activities and games after regular morning classes.

We’re creative, thus we participate in various projects, activities and cultural events both at school and outside it. Being named an eco-school, we work hard to promote the importance of nature preservation for better and healthier future.

We take pride in being an e-school and participating in “School for Life” programme, we have an extra-curricular activities in “Pitospora” group which promote the value of handicraft and local heritage, our school highly values sportsmanship…
We hope that through this text You got an idea of Ivan Gundulić Primary School – a school that bases its mission on the motto Children are born with wings and teachers help them fly.

Kindergarten Dubrovnik

Kindergarten Dubrovnik organizes and implements a program of early and preschool upbringing and education in accordance with the principles of a holistic approach in encouraging the development of children’s interests and talents and the peculiarities of spatial and material conditions.
After the separation from the kindergartens in the municipalities of Župa Dubrovačka and Konavle, it has been operating independently in the area of ​​Dubrovnik since 1987, and since 2021, after the separation into two institutions, the Dubrovnik Kindergartens operate in the narrower area of ​​Dubrovnik and have eight facilities in their system. The administration and central facility are located at Iva Vojnovića 34.
In the pedagogic year 2022/2023. 1,210 children from the first year of age until starting school are enrolled in Dubrovnik Kindergartens in 64 educational groups and they are cared for by 126 educators and professional associates, personal assistants for children with developmental disabilities and other technical staff. The total number of employees in Dubrovnik kindergartens is 218 employees.
Early and preschool education is a supplement to family education, therefore we develop partnership relations with parents and the wider social community.
Based on the needs and interests of children and parents, as well as the specifics of the community in which the kindergarten operates, in addition to the regular 10-hour program, the kindergarten offers the following programs:
– alternative educational program according to Maria Montessori’s concept
– full-day educational program of Catholic religious education
– work program of the educational group with a special program for children with disabilities
– preschool program
– a program of educational work with potentially gifted children that is realized within the regular preschool education program
– afternoon work and work on Saturdays
Aware of the responsibility we have as professionals and society, in Kindergarten we are focused on continuously listening to the needs and interests of children and parents, respecting their perspectives, planning a high-quality context for learning and action, dialogue and cooperation, and maintaining the achieved level of educational work as well as of his raising to higher levels.
The photos show some of the locations of the kindergarten in Dubrovnik.


Craft and Technical school Dubrovnik

Craft and Technical school Dubrovnik is a secondary vocational school. Its activity is upbringing and education of pupils in craft three year programs and technical four year programs. In craft programs there are the following sectors:
engineering, electrotechnics, agriculture and personal services and in technical programs there are civil engineering and geodetic measuring.

The pupils are educated in following professions: a car mechanic, a plumber, a heating and aircondition installer, an electromechanic, an electrician, an electronic-mechanic, a florist assistant, a hairdresser, a cosmetician, an architectonic technician and geodetic and geoinformatic technician.

In the school year 2022./2023. the school has 310 pupils in 16 classes and 49 employees, among them there are 40 teachers.

The school makes a big effort to enable pupils to acquire adequate knowledge, skills and competences in intensively developing areas such as engineering, electrotechnics and renewable sources of energy. Following these objectives a number of activities and projects have been undertaken. Installation of solar heating system, a system of warm water consumption for beauty salon; projecting and installation of hybrid system of renewable sources of energy, photovoltaics and wind energy; the construction of solar electric vehicle Ruđer 01.

Regarding international projects our school carried out a number of Erasmus+ projects and since 2023. the school has gained accreditation as a recognition for up to now successful  implementation of projects.

Crafted School Dubrovnik
Crafted School Dubrovnik

Kindergarten Konavle

Kindergarten Konavle operates as a public institution for early and preschool education and care for children from one year of age until starting school.
It was founded in 1998, after the separation from Dubrovnik Kindergartens. Our fundamental determination and starting point is the understanding of the child as a complete, creative being and supporting the integrated nature of his learning, awareness of the importance of art and artistic content in the upbringing of children, especially the importance of music and musical activities for the complete development of a child.
The 2022/2023 academic year begins on September 1 and lasts until August 31. with a total of 438 enrolled children and 82 employees. The work in this pedagogical year takes place in eight facilities in the area of ​​Konavle municipality in a range of 15 km (4 organizational units with another 4 separate facilities).
The education programs implemented in Konavle Kindergarten are: Regular all-day program lasting 10 hours (with an integrated regular half-day program lasting 5 hours), Preschool program, Special program for getting to know and preserving traditional heritage “Playing to heritage” integrated in the regular program, Special music program integrated into the regular program, Program for parents “Let’s grow together”
When enrolling children in kindergarten, certain information about the child’s health and psychomotor development is obtained through a conversation with the parent(s) and by filling out the enrollment form and additional questionnaires. Children with difficulties whose need is assessed by a psychologist are included in individual child-centered play therapy treatments.
Cooperation with parents for kindergarten is extremely important because parents are the first and most important educators of their child. Through quality communication and cooperation with parents, educational influences are harmonized and benefits for children are realized.
In order to develop the professional competence of professional workers for the implementation of quality educational work, the training is aimed at expanding, exchanging and acquiring new experiences, knowledge and skills. Constant professional training forms the backbone of qualitative efforts in terms of enriching and modernizing educational activities.
In the process of elements of monitoring and evaluation, we use the following instruments:
Pedagogical documentation, Photo-documentation and AV recordings, Educator’s written notes, Children’s claims and statements, Institutional documentation, Child development monitoring lists.

The photos show some of the locations of the kindergarten in Konavle.

Crafted School Dubrovnik
Crafted School Dubrovnik
Crafted School Dubrovnik
Crafted School Dubrovnik


A secondary school located in Dubrovnik, Croatia with almost 600 pupils and 70 educational staff members.
It sits next to the Old City of Dubrovnik, benefitting from the beauty and richness of the countryside The education Gimnazija Dubrovnik espouses is broad and all-encompassing, giving pupils the skills and understanding to think and act for themselves, to engage positively with those around them, to enjoy the opportunities the world offers and to approach the challenges of life with confidence

Crafted School Dubrovnik
Crafted School Dubrovnik

Mokošica Primary School

The Mokošica Primary School is a public institution whose activity is primary education in accordance with general cultural and civilizational values, human and children’s rights, as well as cultivating students for life in a multicultural world, tolerance, and responsible participation in the democratization of society. The central school also includes the Osojnik Branch School, which operates as a four-year primary school where education activities are carried out in combined class departments. In addition to the primary educational activity for students of the 1st and 2nd grades, an extended stay service is provided, and elective subjects such as Italian and German Language, Catholic and Islamic Religious Educations, and Computer Science are offered to students alongside regular subjects.

This year we are celebrating a big anniversary – 30 years since the foundation of the independent Mokošica Primary School in Dubrovnik. Today, we have a total of 790 students in 17 primary classes and 17 subject classes, making us the second largest school in the city.

The extracurricular activities we offer bring students together in common interests. We are recognized for our students’ sports achievements, especially in judo, where we consistently win first place at the national championships for school sports associations. Part of our long-standing school tradition is the Ragusino school magazine and the Tezoro Student Cooperative, while the newest extracurricular activity at the school – the school podcast – was created as our own Erasmus + project “Digital Tool for Online School”, which enhanced the digital competencies of students and teachers and connected them with European partner schools through collaboration, creativity, and learning.

The school participated in the EUN project on behalf of the European Commission called Scientix, which promotes and supports teachers in STEM subjects. Since January 2020, we have been participating as one of the teams in the STEAM IT project implemented by European Schoolnet, which focuses on teacher education in developing interdisciplinary teaching scenarios.

The mission of our school is to educate children from their first day of schooling in an environment where they feel accepted, safe, loved, and satisfied, and to contribute to the development of society by creating curious, open-minded, responsible, and capable young people who will positively influence the lives of others through their example.


Ruđer Bošković’s Diocesan Grammar School is a secondary school that is located in the Croatian town of Dubrovnik. It is situated in Dubrovnik’s Old Town, which is why it can be seen by numerous tourists walking its medieval ramparts. The school itself is rather small, for there are but 75 students who attend it, and only 20 teachers work there.

As for its educational benefits, this secondary school provides its students with top-notch classes and many extracurricular activities. For instance, each student can become a member of its excellent school choir or its talented drama group. They can also take part in several STEM projects and sports competitions. Such activities enable them to acquire various skills and form lifelong friendships.