Belgrade, Serbia, 31 October 2018 - The new Preschool Curriculum Framework has been presented today.
The Framework recognizes the importance of preschool education for the development of the skills necessary for life-long learning, such as self-confidence, openness, curiosity, perseverance, resilience and creativity.
Symbolically entitled "Years of Ascent", they promote the curriculum designed through a participatory approach, in an inspiring and stimulating environment for the child where he or she can freely explore, play, reflect, work with others and get to know the world around them.
Minister of Education, Science and Technological Development Mladen Šarčević pointed out that the adoption of a new concept of preschool education is an important incentive and a foundation for other reform processes. As he said, the goal is to improve the accessibility, quality and fairness of the preschool education system in Serbia, as well as to work in cooperation with preschool institutions, local authorities, partner institutions and organizations.
The programme is rooted in contemporary theoretical knowledge, international educational policy documents and inclusive preschool education practices and curricula worldwide.
"The new curriculum framework is a clear and useful guide for classroom practice as much as it is for teacher education. And we, UNICEF, will continue to be with you and with the Ministry to work together to allow our children to create a future we can all take pride in", said UNICEF Representative Regina De Domicinis.
The Preschool Curriculum aims to support children’s development and well-being.
The Preschool Curriculum Framework is a result of cooperation with practitioners; the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development, the Institute for the Improvement of Education; UNICEF and the Institute of the Pedagogy and Andragogy of the Faculty of Philosophy of Belgrade University.
UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.
For more information about UNICEF and its work for children, visit www.unicef.org/serbia