A conference marking five years of country’s participation in the eTwinning program, an electronic platform for European schools that Bosnia and Herzegovina joined in 2015, was hosted on Friday in the Parliament of BiH.
Gianluca Vannini, Head of Operations Section for Social Development, Civil Society and Cross Border Cooperation with the European Union Delegation to Bosnia and Herzegovina, emphasized that teachers are a driving force of reforms in the education sector throughout the country.
“The eTwinning platform is a step forward to internationalization of education in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The EU has recognized a need to support teachers to access adequate initial and in-service training and has allocated an additional EUR three million for this purpose. We are also committed to supporting education reform regarding Vocational Education and Training Reform and reform of pre-school education”, said Vannini.
Director of the Agency for Pre-School, Primary and Secondary Education in Bosnia and Herzegovina Maja Stojkic underlined the need to continually provide extensive training of all professional associates in the educational process, and to initiate measures that enable improvements to the quality of education.
“We have taken the necessary steps in Bosnia and Herzegovina to provide a basis for the comparison of the knowledge of our pupils with that of their peers in the rest of Europe, so they may become equals. Currently, we have more than 1,500 registered teachers, which is a lot for a country the size of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and around 200 registered schools, of which more than 180 have been awarded the state quality mark”, said Stojkic.
eTwinning is an integral part of the Erasmus+ program, providing a platform for educational staff to communicate, collaborate, develop projects and be a part of the most exciting learning community in Europe. Since it was launched in 2005, eTwinning has engaged more than 450,000 registered teachers from 175,000 schools, making it the world’s largest teaching network. 57,000 projects benefiting millions of pupils of all ages have so far resulted from this most innovative of programs.