14 April 2013
The final conference of the project Advancing teacher professionalism for inclusive, quality and relevant education - ATEPIE was held on the 2nd April in Sarajevo.
The conference aimed to contribute to the strengthening of the professional role of teachers in the Western Balkans by initiating dialogue on the newly developed Framework of Teacher Competences (FTC) and its potential use in bridging the gap between policy and practice of teacher education and professionalization of the teaching profession.
The conference brought together over 60 representatives of all relevant stakeholders in the educational process from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Croatia, Macedonia and Serbia: teachers, principals and professional associates from schools, representatives of parents, university professors, representatives of ministries and institutes, NGOs and donor community.
On this occasion, the publication Teaching Profession for the 21st Century (in Serbian: Nastavnička profesija za 21 vek) was presented. This book, which contains the Framework of Teacher Competences, resulted from a collaboration of the education experts from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia, with the support of international experts, the CEP team and the broad consultations with the teachers. It offers guidelines for setting and improving the national qualification frameworks (NQF) which embody the knowledge, qualities, values, commitment to human rights and social justice which teachers should have if all of their pupils are to be equipped for life throughout the twentyfirst century. The publication will also be available soon in local languages.
The Framework was highly positively regarded and well received by participants who found it very useful for the upgrading the existing and developing new related documents in the different areas of teacher education policy and practice. They have also recognized the necessity of involving teachers in every step of developing education policy and improving school practice and left with the ideas and promise to make the best possible use of FTC.
Project “Advancing teacher professionalism for inclusive, quality and relevant education” (ATEPIE)” has been implemented by the Center for Education Policy from September 2011, with the support of the Education Support Program of the Open Society Foundation (ESP/OSF).