Jelena Majstorovic was born on January 3, 1907 in Zaječar. She left Grammar School in 1926 in Zaječar and she graduated from the Faculty of Philosophy in Belgrade. Her career began in 1931 when she started teaching Serbian language and literature in Grammar school and in Vocational School for girls. She worked until 1944. She fought in II World War and was killed on June 28, 1944. Our school was named after her and the school day is 21 October when she was appointed a teacher in Grammar School.
Soon after II World War there was a need to educate all children including children with disabilities: deaf and mute, crippled, children with speech disorder.
During the early years there was one class of children with disabilities in primary school ’Milenko Brković – Crni’, then it was moved to a primary school ’Desanka Maksimović’. After that it was moved to a primary school ‘Đura Jakšić’. Then on April 14, 1968Primary School for children with special educational needs and disabilities was finally founded . The Municipality allocated it in the former primary school for girls where it is up to the present day. During the next school year all of the necessary normative acts were adopted. The statute was adopted on December 9, 1969, and the school was named ‘Jelena Majstorović’ on October 1, 1970.
“These children must go to a primary school first then they should go to a vocational school. If they don’t go to a vocational school, at least they will have basic education and a good start to improve themselves in their future life“, says a document published by the Ministry of Education on October 10, 1945.
Primary School for children with special educational needs and disabilities was finally founded on 14 April, 1968. The Municipality allocated it in the former primary school for girls where it is up to the present day. During the next school year all of the necessary normative acts were adopted. The statute was adopted on December 9, 1969, and the school was named ‘Jelena Majstorović’ on October 1, 1970.
At first only children from the town of Zaječar could attend it but there were a lot of children who lived in the country and had a need to educate themselves in our school. The solution was to open a boarding school. It started working on February 1, 1972 together with an extended stay after classes. During the next twenty years the school was regularly equipped with modern school inventory and the educational standards were constantly improving.
Our school was awarded by the Municipality of Zaječar for achieving great results in educating children with special needs and disabilities on September 5, 1988 and with many more awards after that year.
Secondary school was founded in 1995. There were three fields of work: mechanical engineering and metal processing, woodworking and wood processing and graphics. In 1997 one more filed of work was added: textile and leather processing.
Since then we have been trying to meet all of the challenges and to adjust ourselves and our students to this new age of modern technology.
All our students are and have always been the centre of our attention. Working with them is not easy but their honesty, sincerity, commitment, loyalty and their need to be accepted and loved the way they are motivates us to contribute not only to their education but to love them, to understand them and to support them.
We are trying our best to help them become useful members of our society.