The City of Rijeka is among the first cities in the Republic of Croatia where teaching assistants are available for pupils with disabilities integrated in regular elementary school classes.

In addition to funds provided in the budget of the City of Rijeka, from school year 2014/2015 funds for employing teaching assistants have been also provided by the European Social Fund.

By including teaching assistants in education, social inclusion increases, thus facilitating the integration of pupils with disabilities in schools.

Teaching assistants provide direct support to pupils, and indirect support to teachers and to other pupils in the class.