Martin Plesch believes the school system should be balanced so that not only the weak are helped, but also the fitter ones are pushed forward. In his view, the current system does not allow teachers to deal with the most talented pupils when teaching, and they have to do that in their spare time.
In Slovakia, the state has little interest or the capacity to develop talent in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, and Computer Science. So what keeps developing talents in these areas afloat are the people who are doing it in their free time, with joy and enthusiasm, but lack any acknowledgement. The problem is that such people are very little known.
The aim of the Dionýz Ilkovič Prize, which is awarded under expert supervision of Martin Plesch, is to motivate, increase the visibility of and reward teachers who have taken long-term and high-level care of talented students. A very important part of the Dionýz Ilkovič Prize is to make society aware that the teachers exist. To highlight their social merit, because sometimes they feel being left alone.
MARTIN PLESCH (1978)
is a theoretical physicist specialised in quantum physics. He works at the Institute of Physics, Slovak Academy of Sciences, and at the Masaryk University in Brno. The scientist is the President of the International International Young Physicists' Tournament in which students from about 30 countries participate annually. As an expert supervisor, Mr. Plesch stood up for awarding extracurricular activities in Slovakia with the Dionýz Ilkovič Prize.
DIONÝZ ILKOVIČ PRIZE
is intended for teachers and non-teaching employees for their extra-curricular activities in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, and Computer Science, for pupils of primary and students of secondary schools. The Prize was initiated with the support of PosAm. Read more at www.cenadi.sk