UNICEF and the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Sarajevo agreed on a partnership to support several components of PISA in 2019-2020, including a series of interactive debates at various levels throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina before and after the launch of the PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) results. Norway will provide support in the amount of USD 500,000. The support also includes strengthening the data analysis capacities of APOSO (Agency for Pre-primary, Primary and Secondary Education).
The main goal is to revive the public debate in Bosnia and Herzegovina about the quality of learning and for key stakeholders to advocate for and initiate policy changes in education. Bosnia and Herzegovina participated for the first time in 2018 in the PISA testing. This is a respectable international assessment conducted every 3 years in many countries around the world to evaluate education systems by testing the skills and knowledge of 15-year old students. The main focus is on reading as well as mathematics and science, measuring problem solving and cognition. The 2018 PISA results will be published on 3 December 2019 for all 79 countries that participated in 2018. The findings will provide a comprehensive evidence base on how much children in Bosnia and Herzegovina are actually learning and will shed light on key quality aspects of the elementary education system in the country. This involves students, parents, teachers, school directors, education experts, Ministries of Education and the general public. Other international partners supporting PISA include the EU Delegation, the OSCE (Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe), the US Embassy, Save the Children and the Open Society Foundation (OSF).
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