“Presentation and interpretation of PISA 2018 results for Bosnia and Herzegovina” was the topic of educational dialogue platforms held yesterday in Doboj and today in Bijeljina. More than 60 professionals in the field of education from these municipalities participated in these platforms, and their goal is to foster dialogue with the general public for active engagement and involvement in initiating education reform and policy change to improve learning outcomes in BiH.
“The ultimate goal of the platforms is to raise the quality of learning in primary schools across Bosnia and Herzegovina. Platforms in Doboj and Banja Luka are the first of a total of 10 to be implemented in 10 municipalities and cities across BiH by the end of June 2020, ”explained Dijana Pejić, director of the non-governmental organization Genesis Project, which implements these platforms as a technical partner of UNICEF- and as part of the project “Improving the quality of learning in Bosnia and Herzegovina based on PISA 2018 results”. The project is implemented by UNICEF Bosnia and Herzegovina, with the support of the Norwegian Embassy.
The PISA research was presented to the participants 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.
“It is important to analyse the results of the PISA research so that people are not left with the impression that our children are illiterate and to understand how these results can be useful in the context of our education,” said Prof. Ivana Zečević, PhD.
Vedran Gligorić, principal of “Dositej Obradović” Elementary School in Doboj, said that thanks to the dialogue platform, which he attended in Doboj, the stereotypes were broken that everything was wrong and nothing was moving forward.
“We learned some new things and shared experiences with colleagues from other institutions and schools. The presentation of the conclusions and proposals on how to improve the results of the next test and the overall quality of education in BiH is particularly useful, ”said Gligorić.
Jelena Barbul from the Association for Education and Youth Development Safe Step Bijeljina emphasized that such lectures are especially useful for anyone involved in projects aimed at raising the quality of education to a higher level.
“Today’s dialogue platform will help me personally in my future work, and I will transfer my knowledge to the people in the organisation,” Jelena said.
The dialogue platform in Bijeljina was also attended by representatives of the City Administration. Ljubica Mladenovic from the department for social activities of the Bijeljina City Administration said that such dialogues are extremely useful in future work.
“As the City Administration, we make numerous decisions and acts related to education, so it is good to have as much information as possible, because it helps us in our work, especially when it comes to statistics,” Jelena Mladenovic explained.
The PISA 2018 survey in BiH was conducted by the Agency for Preschool, Primary and Secondary Education (APOSO BiH) in close cooperation with the educational authorities and with the support of international organizations. Of the 79 countries surveyed, BiH ranked 62nd, and every other student tested was rated as functionally illiterate.