Primary school "Branko Radičević" Popovac 35254
The village of Popovac is situated in the municipality of Paraćin, the region of Pomoravlje. The distance from Paraćin town is approximately 13 km, and Popovac is well connected by the bus routes with the town and surrounding villages.
Primary school "Branko Radičević" was founded more than 150 years ago. Today it is composed of six objects belonging to six villages in the northeastern part of Paraćin: the basic school at Popovac and five schools in the villages named Bošnjane, Stubica, Zabrega, Buljane and Šaludovac. The areas of these villages are located on the west and southwest hills of the mountains of Kučaj, and the river Crnica flows here. Earlier in history, the school "Branko Radičević" also encompassed the seventh school in the village of Gornja Mutnica. However, as the number of students in the neighbouring school "Branko Krsmanović" in Donja Mutnica decreased, the seventh school became part of the school in Donja Mutnica.
The development of schools in this region was highly unequal, since the school objects were built at different periods of time. The first school objects were the houses of habitants, and the children used to walk the distance between the two villages in order to reach the closest school. However, by the second half of the 20th century, the school objects were built in each of the six villages.
Primary schools in these villages date back to the end of the 19th, or the beginning of the 20th century. The first schools had different names. Thus, the school in Stubica was called "Svetozar Marković" by the second half of the 20th century, the school in Popovac "25th May", and the school in Buljane "Branko Radičević". The integration of these schools took place in 1969, when all schools changed their name to "25th May". Since 1993, a new name, "Branko Radičević", has been adopted.
The school in Popovac was originally located in the vicinity of the old cement plants, at the very entrance of Popovac from Paraćin. However, as the factory grew larger, so did the entire industrial zone, and the number of workers increased, i.e. the number of inhabitants. A new, larger and more modern school was needed. New building blocks were built for the cement plants employers, in the area called Kolonija, and a decision that a new school would be built between the older areas of the village and Kolonija was reached.
The works on the new two-storey building, where the teaching takes place nowadays, was started in 1962. The school started working in 1964. In the 1970s-1980s the school in Popovac also provided the possibility of prolonged staying in school, which is no longer the case.
The main school is in Popovac, and it comprises 6 basic and 6 specialised classrooms, design and technology room, ICT room with 11 computers, a preschool room, a gym and a canteen. There is a big school yard (around 10 acres), which contains lawns, an orchard, 3 sports fields for football, basketball and volleyball. The school is provided with central heating.
The school in Popovac acquired the national award ''25th May" for outstanding contribution in the field of education.
According to the teachers who spent their lifetime working hours in this school ever since it was founded, the most fruitful period of this primary school was in the 1970s and 1980s. The senior teachers provide the following reasons for it:
''The village life" in Popovac was much more dynamic, there was a swimming pool, a cinema, people had more leisure time and the social life was more active. People weren't burdened by the worries of modern age.
In the past few years, some of the most important improvements are renovated school gym, covering the basketball playground in asphalt, and modernizing the school library.
Today's qualities of the primary school ''Branko Radičević" are its noticeable development and modernization, its school development plan and highly educated stuff. The school participates in many projects, and it is among 54 Serbian schools which adopted the project 'My school - a non-violent school'.