An educational dialogue platform was held yesterday in Banja Luka for 35 participants from various social sectors in the field of education from the territory of Banja Luka. 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. The emphasis is 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.
As Dijana Pejić, director of the Genesis Project, points out, through this dialogue, the results of international tests, in which Bosnia and Herzegovina participated, are particularly discussed, such as the PISA testing, whose results will be announced on December 3.
“These results will show us what we need to change in education in BiH in order to have skilled children for a modern labour market,” said Dijana Pejić.
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.
“The main goal of this workshop is to inform the public, primarily people working in the education system about the importance of participating in international tests and why it is important to check the education system of a country. The results of the PISA research should not be observed as a competition and we should not think about where we are in the world in relation to someone else, but later we should make a secondary analysis, which will show us why the results are as they are, “said Prof. Ivana Zečević, PhD.
Dubravka Bosančić, principal of the “Petar Kočić” Primary School, said that the lecturers of the educational dialogue platform provided a lot of information and good guidelines for further work in a short time.
“We will certainly convey the experience to the rest of the collective, as well as the suggestions we received, especially when it comes to testing students and put emphasis on the need of acquiring functional knowledge,” said Dubravka Bosančić
Goran Šikanjić, professor of computer science and informatics at the Banja Luka Technical School, was the holder of activities for the preparation and implementation of the international PISA knowledge test in this school. He believes that dialogue on quality education is very important.
“Schools, as a pillar of the development of every society, must react faster through the improvement of the educational system, i.e. adjustment to international standards, which means that the student after his education must be usable in the sense that his knowledge is at least minimally applicable in the beginning when being employed, regardless of where it was, “said Šikanjić.
The educational dialogue platform in Banja Luka was implemented jointly with the town administration, which is a partner 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.