An educational dialogue platform aimed at making participants understand the concept of quality education, as well as the importance of international testing, was held yesterday in Sarajevo for 45 participants from different social sectors in the field of education from the territory of Sarajevo. The emphasis of the dialogue was especially on the results of the international PISA testing, which also included Bosnia and Herzegovina, which will be published on the3rd of December. Prior to Sarajevo, educational dialogue platforms were held in Bugojno, Doboj, Bijeljina, Travnik, Tuzla, Novi Travnik, Banja Luka, Trebinje and East Sarajevo.
“The last educational dialogue platform was held in Sarajevo before the PISA test results are released. These are the results we all eagerly expect, because we will get a lot of useful information from them. We continue with the implementation of educational dialogue platforms as of February next year and then we will discuss, among other things, the results BiH has achieved, ”explained Dijana Pejić, CEO of the Genesis Project.
“The last educational dialogue platform was held in Sarajevo before the PISA test results are released. These are the results we all eagerly expect, because we will get a lot of useful information from them. We continue with the implementation of educational dialogue platforms as of February next year and then we will discuss, among other things, the results BiH has achieved,” explained Dijana Pejić, CEO of the Genesis Project.
The lectures in Sarajevo were held by Prof. Dženana Husremović, D.Psych.SC, and Radmila Rangelov Jusović, Doctor of the Science of Pedagogy, and as established by participants on both this and previous platforms, the results we will get on December 3 will show us what we need to change in education in BiH to form skilled children for the modern job market.
“I am delighted that in 2018 we joined the Global Competency Survey and I am particularly looking forward to the results, which will hopefully lead to a quality education policy. The education platform has confirmed that, when united, we can expect and believe that a better education is possible with clear goals, a realistic budget and the cooperation of all actors. I do not think that the indicators and results should discourage us at all. I expect a status report that will prompt the system and individuals within the system to react. The panel opened a quality discussion based on respect, appreciation and trust with open recommendations of further activism,” said Elvira Leka, Coordinator of the Education Department at the “Nahla” Centre for Education and Research in Sarajevo.
Nermina Planinčić, Principal of the “Hrasno” Primary School said that they are eagerly awaiting the results of the first PISA testing in BiH, because they will provide objective indicators of the success of education policy, and provide guidance on what needs to be changed and how to improve educational work.
“The discussion about quality education has given us the opportunity to hear what our students’ needs and wants are, what they consider that the ‘quality’ education entails. Education reform is about them, the children, and it is justified that they are also involved in such projects and that their voice is heard, what our “Hrasno” school has recognized and therefor included a group of students in the platform. Great lecturers, friendly organisers and a enjoyable venue have certainly provided all the conditions for an uninterrupted enjoyment of learning and information about the educational research, without which there is no educational progress or educational policy that will keep up with the needs of children, which is the paradigm of the 21st century school,” said Nermina.
The PISA researchs is an international research assessment of the knowledge and skills of the fifteen year old students. They were established with the aim of assessing the level of education among young people. They are conducted every three years, and this year for the first time they were conducted in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The Educational Dialogue Platform in Sarajevo was implemented jointly with the town administrations, 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 Norwegian Embassy.