An educational dialogue platform was held yesterday in Tuzla for more than 30 participants from various social sectors from the territory of Tuzla. The goal of this platform is that the participants actively participate in the dialogue, to have their opinions and views heard, and to understand the concept and importance of quality education. Emphasis is also placed on the importance of international research, and the goal is that the participants convey the information obtained to target groups and individuals in the local community.
“We are organising these educational dialogue platforms with the aim of having a discussion on the quality of education in Bosnia and Herzegovina, with special reference to the results of the international tests in which Bosnia and Herzegovina participated, such as PISA tests whose results will be announced on December 3. They will show us what we need to change in education in BiH to have children with skills for a modern labour market, “said Dijana Pejić, executive director of the Genesis Project.
The lectures were given by Prof. Ivana Zečević, PhD, Expert in Educational and School Psychology, Associate Professor at the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Banja Luka, and Prof. Slavica Tutnjević, PhD, Expert in Developmental Psychology, Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Banja Luka and Lejla Hadžimešić, UNICEF BiH consultant.
“The main goal of this workshop is to inform the public, primarily people working in the education system, as well as the local and wider community, about the importance of participating in international tests and why it is important to check the education system of a country and the level of functional knowledge that students have after completing one level, or one step in education”, said Prof. Ivana Zečević, Phd.
Elvira Huskić-Hadžić, one of the participants, pointed out that she was extremely satisfied with the lecturers and their way of working.
“I must give emphasis to their authenticity and sincere concern for the people who work in education. Their need to empower us for the challenges that await us after the announcement of the results of the PISA testing is sincere, and the support and help they have offered us is great,” said Elvira Huskić-Hadžić.
The educational dialogue platform in Tuzla was implemented jointly with the municipal administrations, which are partners in the project within the “Dialogue for the Future” project, implemented by UNICEF, UNESCO and UNDP in partnership with the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The “Dialogue for the Future” project is funded by the United Nations Peacebuilding Support Office / Peacebuilding Fund (PBF) and by the Embassy of the Kingdom of Norway.
The “Dialogue for the Future 2” project aims to create a space for dialogue that will enable the process of building peace throughout the country in order to continue to promote coexistence, build trust and respect for diversity. This space is also being created through the mechanism of the local dialogue platform, as a tool that serves as a catalyst for all initiatives to spread peace and trust within the local community.
The project aims to provide adolescents and young people, NGOs, women’s associations and informal groups, with the opportunity to build their capacity for constructive dialogue in the community, and together with others, on local dialogue platforms to identify priorities for improving social cohesion in the community, recommend workable solutions for them and present them to the local authorities.