An educational dialogue platform was held on Tuesday and Wednesday in Trebinje and Istočno Sarajevo with the representatives of different social sectors in the field of education from the territories of these municipalities. The aim of this platform is that the participants actively participate in a dialogue, to hear their opinions and views, and to understand the concept and importance of quality education. Emphasis is also placed on the importance of international research, and the goal is also that the participants pass on the information they receive to target groups and individuals in the local community.
Aleksandar Vukanović, Principal of the “Vuk Karadžić” Elementary School in Trebinje emphasizes that it is very important for the education experts to know at what level of knowledge they are in relation to the rest of the world, and that the international testing is extremely important.
“These tests will help us understand what the level of knowledge the children have and what we can improve, so the information we will get is very important to us,” Vukanović said.
According to Dijana Pejić, director of Genesis Project, this dialogue specifically discusses international PISA testing, the results of which will be announced on December 3rd.
“These results will show us what we need to change in education in BiH in order to prepare the children for a modern job market and so that children would acquire functional knowledge,” said 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.
“In contrast to the various platforms and seminars, the one today was different, interactive and informative. To me personally, the PISA tests are not new, as well as the other international tests mentioned during the platform, but for the most of the present people the topic was new, and I think that in the future it will be inevitable. All the present people should have gotten the clear information so that they can spread the word about PISA tests, ”said Milica Božić from the IN Language Centre in East Sarajevo.
Milijana Grujić, a school pedagogue from Istočno Sarajevo, confirms that the lectures were very useful and contemporary for the teachers.
“Pisa, Timss and other international researches are very important for the future of our education, especially when it comes to the quality of our education,” Grujić said.
The Educational Dialogue Platform in Trebinje and East Sarajevo 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 Norwegian Embassy.