Belgrade, 29 January 2018 - Learning through exchanges between peers, teachers and schools is the basis for improving the quality of education in Serbia, it was concluded at the Sharing Knowledge - Schools in Action conference.
The SHARE project, which was presented at the conference, is dedicated to improving the system of external evaluation of school quality and the development of horizontal learning between schools.
The overarching objective of the SHARE Project is to improve the quality of the education system and provide equal learning opportunities to pupils across Serbia.
"The overall system of evaluating the quality of education in Serbia is our priority. The goal is to have teaching at the centre of the system, to train teachers to work in a new and better way, and to have them cooperate within their schools, as well as with other schools," said Mladen Sarcevic, Minister of Education, Science and Technological Development.
"The SHARE project has shown that there are examples of good practice in Serbia, as well as important expertise and a will to share that expertise to improve education", said Jasminka Cekic Markovic, Director of the Center for Educational Policies.
"This project has enabled good practice to be expanded, developed and improved by connecting schools and establishing a mutual partnership. We intend to deepen these processes, promote good practices, explore new mechanisms until such processes finally become an integral part of the education system," said Branislav Randjelovic, director of the Institute for Education Quality and Evaluation.
“Quality education is an essential foundation for every child’s future success. It is also the bedrock of sustainable development. And yet, more than a third of the evaluated schools failed to meet the minimum of quality standards, which means that a large percentage of pupils receive poor quality education. One of the solutions for this issue is the SHARE Project”, said Michel Saint-Lot, UNICEF Representative in Serbia.
The SHARE Project was developed as a joint venture between the Institute for Education Quality and Evaluation, the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development, the Centre for Education Policy, and UNICEF.
From 2015 to 2017, 20 schools, 1,080 teachers and 12,665 pupils participated in the project.
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