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SEECEL’s Workshops in Podgorica on ISCED 1/2 and ISCED 3

Podgorica, 24-28 March, 2014 - As a continuation of regional cooperation towards the entrepreneurially literate society, SEECEL brought together more than forty international experts from SEECEL Member States to work on methodology to support the growth of an entrepreneurial mind-set.

SEECEL´s Key  Experts, Ms Maja Jukić, Mr Lassaad Mezghani and Mr Željko Burcar  facilitated the work of ISCED 1/2 Working Group in developing Learning Outcomes (LOs) and Teacher Training Modalities (TTM). Furthermore, the members of the working group were introduced to SEECEL´s Community of Practice (CoP) and the Teacher Knowledge Base (TKB). These two, free of charge, online platforms, will allow and further support the work and developments of ISCED 1/2 Working Group.

On 26 March, a joint session was held of the ISCED ½ and 3 Working Groups, at which time, Mr Aleksandar Pavićević, Director, Directorate for Development of SMEs in Montenegro, extended a warm welcome to the participants. Mr Pavićević pointed out that the successful implementation of entrepreneurial learning and thinking envisions a multi-sectoral approach and close cooperation between relevant stakeholders at the national and regional level, support and synergy between key stakeholders involved in the educational and training processes. The purpose of developing the Lifelong Entrepreneurial Learning Strategy 2014-2018, with the assistance of experts such as ETF should contribute to the development of human capital which will make a significant contribution in creating a competitive and dynamic economy, capable of responding to the economic growth with more and better jobs and stronger social cohesion in Montenegro. He also mentioned that due to the successful cooperation with SEECEL, pilot projects such as “Entrepreneurial Learning – A Key Competence Approach in Practice – ISCED Level 2” as well as “Women Entrepreneurship: - A Job Creation Engine for South East Europe”,  were successfully implemented.

As for the ISCED 3 Working group, the discussions were facilitated by SEECEL´s Key Experts, Ms Olivera Smieško and Mr Andrew David Penaluna. The task before them was much more challenging, having in mind that this is a new pillar of SEECEL’s activities and for the first time, the Learning Outcomes (LOs) and the Teacher and School Management Training Modalities (TSMTM) were developed for this level of education.

Mr Radoslav Milošević Atos, Assistant Director of Montenegrin Bureau of Education, thanked SEECEL for the great support and collaboration during the development of the system of lifelong entrepreneurial learning in which entrepreneurship is a key competence. In large part the experience of the pilot project such as “The Entrepreneurial School”, using practical examples, gave them a significant boost and confirmed their commitment in continuing with the activities.

SEECEL’s team was on hand in Podgorica to assist in the invaluable workshops, namely Ms Efka Heder, Director; Ms Maja Ljubić, Assistant Director; Ms Sandra Rončević, Assistant Director; Ms Sonja Šegvić, Office and Event Manager; Mr Igor Nikoloski, Seconded National Expert; Mr Igor Madžarac, Financial Administrator and Mr Stjepan Srhoj, Intern.

During their stay in Podgorica, SEECEL took time to visit the office of the National Bureau for Educational Services (Montenegro), where they were warmly received by the Head, Mr Paul Goranović. The purpose of the visit was to discuss the modalities of collaboration that will further foster entrepreneurship as a key competence in elementary schools and high schools in SEECEL Member States.  SEECEL’s Director, commended the significant progress made in Montenegro and offered further professional assistance and support.

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