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5th Ministerial Meeting - Western Balkans Platform on Education and Training

Sarajevo, 27 – 28 June 2016 - The South East European Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning (SEECEL) attended a “5thMinisterial Meeting - Western Balkans Platform on Education and Training”. This regional conference of education ministers was organised by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Education and Culture (DG EAC) and Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR).

The conference was attended by more than 80 participants, including Ministers of Education from all countries. With a focus on identified priorities, higher education and teacher training, all the participants also shared all key information on the project aims and objectives and current state of play. In particular the participants had a constructive and interesting discussion about ways to strengthen cooperation of Governments and teachers on the improvement of education, in particular history education – which is seen as very difficult topic to address in the region.

The Head of the EU Delegation to BiH and EU Special Representative, Ambassador Lars-Gunnar Wigemark stressed that BiH has to invest as much as possible in education of young people because they are future of the country and want quality education which can secure them decent jobs. The assistance contributed to the development of legislative and strategic/policy framework at the state level, establishment of institutions (agencies) at the state level responsible for quality assurance in education, and modernisation of curricula, primarily in the fields of general education and vocational education and training.

Launched in 2012, the EU’s initiative for cooperation in education with Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Kosovo, Montenegro and Serbia has encouraged regional cooperation and communication, exchange of good practices in the region and the EU.

SEECEL's representative was Director Efka Heder.
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