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  • Raska, 09.06.17.

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    TUTORING program is preventing early school leaving which is the basis of pro-social action and guidance. The core of this program is made of learning support before or after school or the ratio which is formed between the tutor/s (volunteers/s) and his/her student (Child or young person is at increased risk for learning difficulties early school leavers ). At the same time, TUTORING strongly promote equal opportunities for all, volunteering in the community, teamwork, solidarity and tolerance.

    Youth Office of the Municipality of Raska, with the Agreement and support of the Western Balkan Institute from Belgrade (by the Program) began implementation of the program in December 2016 and will end this year’s operation in June 2017. Since the Youth Office Raska is part of the municipal administration of the Municipality of Raska, the core business of the Board and therefore the Youth Office, is not based on educational character, but it is bases of Tutoring.

    According to the Law on Volunteering, Article 14 paragraph.1 “A company or a public company can be a volunteer organizer in accordance with this law, if: 1) organize volunteering for the common good, or the other person in outside activities of the company, or public company “, a condition for performing volunteer program is to obtain the consent of the competent Ministry, by Ministry of work policies, on volunteering program. In accordance with the above law, Raska Youth office has requested such consent from Ministry encharged and got the same received on 22 December 2016. In that context, Youth Office of the Municipality of Raska acquired condition for the implementation of the Program. According to the Law, contracts on volunteering have been concluded between Youth Office of the Municipality of Raska and 15 volunteers. The program is being implemented in three schools in the municipality of Raska. Number of tutors is determined in relation to the number of students in schools who are in state of need. Volunteer activities will last until the end of the current school year, and a good result is already noticeable. Progress in learning and behavior of students who entered the program is obvious, but the exact result will soon be known.

  • Belgrade, RS, 30.05.17.

    Third transnational meeting of PAPYRUS consortium is being held in Belgrade. The meeting is devoted to the development of toolkit on socio-economic empowerment of youth migrants. The purpose of this toolkit is to supply youth workers working with refugee and asylum seeking young people with the necessary knowledge, skills and techniques of socioeconomic empowerment, including how to integrate labour market skills into youth approaches, creatively approaching the skills and requirements of work and supporting learning in the area of cultural differences around work and employment.

    The set of training materials will consist of training designs, handbooks, audiovisual materials and references to best practice across Europe. Primarily target group are youth workers but also refugee welfare workers, youth policy makers and generic youth NGO’s and Civil Society Organizations.

    During the meeting, Professor Geraldine Lee-Treweek from Manchester Metropolitan University delivered training about online teaching and learning.

    Coordinator of this work package is Mr. Marko Stojanovic from WEBIN, Serbia, who you may contact at marko.stojanovic(at)wb-institute.org.

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  • Belgrade, RS, 04.05.17.

    First module of the IDEACTION program, which is devoted to professional on-the-job training of Roma students, has been carried out last week in South Serbia, in the towns of Knjaževac, Prokuplje and Bela Palanka.

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    In the framework of this module 10 students of vocational bachelor program in Roma language at Preschool Teacher Education College ‘’Mihailo Palov’’ in Vrsac, completed 5-day on-the-job training at 3 preschool institutions and Roma settlements where they worked with children in early age.

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    The module has started with training on working with children in an intercultural environment, with the inclusion of elements of Romani language and culture. The training was held in Preschool Teacher Education College in Vrsac, and was delivered by professor of Romani language and literacy Marija Aleksandrović and professor Slavica Komatina. The module continued in South Serbia, in a week from 24-28 April, with on-the-job training at preschools ‘’Neven’’ (Prokuplje), ‘’Dragica Lalović’’ (Bela Palanka) and ‘’Bajka’’ (Knjaževac). Part of on-the-job training was carried out in Roma settlements in the aforementioned 3 towns, where students worked with Roma children in early age which are not enrolled in preschools.

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    On Monday 24 March students and their mentors participated in round table in Bela Palanka, dedicated to employment perspectives and challenges of young Roma.

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    On Saturday 30 April, students participated in 1-day training  session’’Sucessfully towards employment’’ which was organized at creative space ‘’DELI’’ in Niš. During this training, students were learning how to prepare an effective CV and how to make impression at interview for job.

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    The training was held my Mr. Marko Stojanović from TEACH team of trainers and Mr. Zlatan Halilović from WEBIN. This training marked the start of second module of IDEACTION program titled: ‘’Am I an entrepreneur?’’.

    IDEACTION is being implemented in the framework of the project ‘’Pre-and elementary schooling of Roma: fostering greater attainment and reduction of early school leaving’’ (RECI), which is financially supported by the Delegation of the EU in Serbia, and implemented by the consortium: World Vision Austria, Agroinvest Foundation Serbia, Western Balkans Institute WEBIN, Preschool Teacher Education College ’’Mihailo Palov’’ Vrcac and NGO PRALIPE Pirot, and supported by the Ministry of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Policy.

    For more information about IDEACTION program, do not hesitate to contact Mr. Zlatan Halilović at zlatan.halilovic(at)wb-institute.org or 011-3344387.

  • Nis, RS, 30.04.17.

    How to be successful in seeking employment? How to present yourself to employer and make impression at interview?

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    These and other important job-seeking topics were addressed  at training session which was organized on Saturday 29 April at the space for creative work DELI in Nis.

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    Purpose of the training was to empower 10 Roma students for successful job-seeking.  The training was organized within 2nd module of IDEACTION 2017 program.

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    Training comprised 2 segments: drafting of effective CV; and successful appearance at job-interview.

    Within first segment, students learned about the purpose, different forms and important elements of a CV and with good practices in formulating and presenting different information in biography.  Within second segment, students simulated a job interview.

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    Training was delivered by Mr. Marko Stojanovic, TEACH team trainer and Mr. Zlatan Halilovic from Western Balkans Institute WEBIN.

     

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  • Bela Palanka, RS, 24.04.17.

    Municipality of Bela Palanka hosted on 24 April a round table on employment of young Roma.

    The round table was organized in framework of a program of professional education and training IDEACTION. More than 30 youth, students, teachers and representatives of municipal structures and local institutions in Bela Palanka discussed the importance of integrative approach to the question of education and employment of Roma, as this ethnic group makes ¼ of total population in Bela Palanka.

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    It has been stressed that support measures should be available from early years, and later, through application of affirmative measures conducive to better education and employment, better sociao-economic position of Roma community is expected to be achieved. In addition, programs such as those implemented by Western Balkans Institute in Bela Palanka, are another valuable window of opportunity, not only for young Roma, but also for local institutions.

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    The round table has been organized in framework of IDEACTION program of professional education and training which aims at improving the employability of young Roma students.  It was moderated by Mr. Zlatan Halilovic from the Western Balkans Institute WEBIN. IDEACTION 2017 is financially supported by the Delegation of the EU in Serbia through the ”RECI” project.

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    For more information about IDEACTION program 2017, do not hesitate to contact Mr. Zlatan Halilovic at zlatan.halilovic(at)wb-institute.org.

     

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  • St. Julians, MT, 21.04.17.
  • Palermo, IT, 29.03.17.

    Consortium of institutions consisting of Manchester Metropolitan University from UK, Western Balkans Institute from Belgrade Serbia, KOPIN from Malta, CESIE from Palermo and Turku University of Applied Sciences from Finland, have met on 27-28 March in Palermo to start the work on developing toolkit on intercultural competences in working with young migrants.

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    This toolkit will be intended for youth workers engaged with migrants in humanitarian assistance or in supporting their integration into the local communities.

    This activity is being implemented in framework of PAPYRUS project, funded under the ERASMUS+ Strategic Partnership for Youth.

    For more information please contact Mr. Marko Stojanovic at marko.stojanovic(at)wb-institute.org.

     

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  • Belgrade, RS, 15.03.17.

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    Program of professional education and training IDEACTION 2017 ill first time be implemented this year with students studying in Romani language at Preschool Teacher Education College in Vrsac. The program has been created by the Western Balkans Institute WEBIN with support of Vrsac College with an aim to ease school to work transition of young people graduating from their schools and enhance their employmednt perspectives.

    Following the needs of young graduates, the program has been designed to: enhance employment and stimulate creativity and entrepreneurial mindset of graduates. Program will last 6 months with estimated workload of 180 hours or 6 ECTS.

    The program consists of 3 modules:

    Module 1: ‘’On the job professional training’’

    Module 2: ‘’I, entrepreneur?’’ and

    Module 3: ‘’Values of volunteering’’.

    Within first module, participants will attend training on working with children in an intercultural environment, with elements of Romani language and culture, with 8 hours duration,  that will be hosted by the Preschool Teacher Education College in Vrsac. On the job training that will follow will be carried out at preschools in the towns of Knjazevac, Prokuplje and Bela Palanka.

    Within second module, participants will attend training  about drafting of effective CV and making successful apperiance in job interview. Training will be organized in Nis, at space for creative work DELI.  Purpose of the training is to prepare the participants for job-seeking.  This module will continue with training on youth entrepreneurship which will be hosted by WEBIN in Belgrade.  Second module will end with survey on youth entrepreneurship that will be carried out by program participants.

    Within third module, participants will be engaged in community volunteering  with an aim to disseminate volunteering culture and associated values such as: solidarity, tolerance, care giving etc.

    Certificate award ceremony will be organized in October 2017 in Vrsac at Preschool Teacher Education College.

    For more information about the program, do not hesitate to contact Mr. Zlatan Halilovica at zlatan.halilovic(at)wb-institute.org or 011-3344387.

  • Prokuplje/Knjazevac, RS, 30.12.16.

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    Donation of didactical materials worth 131.711 Dinars has been handed to educational institutions in Knjazevac and Prokuplje in the framework of RECI project: ‘’Pre and Elementary Schooling of Roma: Fostering Opportunities for Greater Attainment and ESL Reduction’’.
    Writing boards, projection walls, geometric sets and school supplies have been handed to elementary schools “Milic Rakic Mirko“ in Prokuplje, “Vuk Karadzic“ and “Dimitrije Todorovic Kaplar“ in Knjazevac and Preschool institutioni ‘’Bajka’’ in Knjazevac, as a donation to support enrollment and schooling of Roma children of pre and elementary school age. More than 100 vulnerable children from Roma community benefited from school supplies, while 4 schools have got necessary equipment.
    “We are glad to have this opportunity to make the Christmas holidays of Roma children in Knjazevac and Prokuplje happier, but also to draw public attention to the importance of early years and early education of the youngest. We did our best to inquire the needs of children, so that we could prepare what is missing. ‘’We are glad to know that didactical means will be useful to teachers in creating warm and enabling environment for education and upbringing of children’’ says Mr. Djordje Radoicic, TUTORING program coordinator.

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    This activity is organized in the framework of project ‘’Pre and elementary schooling of Roma: fostering opportunities for greater attainment and early school leaving reduction’’ (RECI) which is funded by the European Union and implemented by the World Vision Austria led consortium of partners including Agroinvest Foundation Serbia, Western Balkans Institute Belgrade, Preschool Teacher Training College ‘’Mihailo Palov’’ Vrsac, Cultural Information Center ‘’Pralipe’’ Pirot with the support of the Ministry of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs as the main beneficiary of the project.

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  • Maribor, SI, 30.11.16.

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    Higher education and civil society institutions met for the last the time in framework of TEMPUS TEACH project. The meeting that was hosted by the University of Maribor Faculty of Education from 27-30 November, was used to summarize TEACH project and discuss cooperation on new project bid.

  • Nis, RS, 16.11.16.

    ROUND TABLE ON THE PROBLEM OF EARLY LEAVING AND SUPPORT MEASURES FOR (ROMA) CHILDREN IN THE SOUTH SERBIA

    Round table on the problem of early leaving and support measures for (Roma) children in South Serbia was held on Tuesday 15 November in city of Nis, at the Regional Center for Staff Professional Development in Education. 25 education, social and children welfare practitioners debated on 3 topics:

    Topic 1: Early school leaving in South Serbia, challenges of Roma community and the importance of early entry into the preschool system of education

    Topic 2: Risk identification and intervention: a mechanism for early warning and TUTORING program

    Topic 3: Teachers and parents on the same quest: do they cooperate sufficiently?

     

     

    Each topic started with introductions delivered by 2 or 3 key note speakers, aiming to sparkle discussion that followed. Panelists had 30 minutes for exchanging the opinions, viewpoints and arguments regarding the topic the discussion. At the end of each discussion, Mr. Marko Stojanovic as facilitator summarized the most important points of discussion.

     

    In ceremonial introduction at the beginning of the round table, Ms. Nena Radovanović from School Directorate for Nis region addressed the panelists with welcome note. Ms. Olgica Bajic from the Open Club Nis stated that little has been done by the State in the field of prevention of early school leaving in South Serbia and pointed out the important role of the local community in dealing with this problem. Ms. Jelena Nastic-Stojanovic on behalf of RECI project welcomed the participants and summarized what has been done in the project so far.

     

    After the coffee break and the break for media statements, Ms. Ljubinka Simic from Knjazevac delivered introduction to the Roma children enrolment campaign that was carried out in spring 2016 in Knjazevac, Prokuplje and Bela Palanka. Ms. Marija Aleksandrovic and Ms. Slavica Komatina, both from the Teacher Training College Vrsac, delivered presentation about Preschool teacher handbook on inclusive practices with elements of Roma culture and language. Last introduction was made by Ms. Bojana Pesic from elementary school Cegar from Nis, who spoke about good practice of organizing the preschool preparatory program by elementary schools.

     

    Second topic was opened by Ms. Andjelija Roglic from TUTORING program who presented experiences of Raska local community in organizing dropout prevention measures in elementary schools. Ms. Jelena Nastic-Stojanovic delivered presentation of early warning mechanism.

     

    Third topic introductions were delivered by Ms. Dragana Ljubisavljevic, principal of elementary school Vuk Karadzic from Knjazevac and Ms. Dragana Socanin from AFS. Both spoke about the necessity and best practices in establishing cooperation between schools and parents.

     

    For more information about the event please contact Mr. Marko Stojanovic at sarko.mtojanovic(at)gmail.com.

     

    The round table was organized in the framework of project ‘’Pre and elementary schooling of Roma: fostering opportunities for greater attainment and early school leaving reduction’’ (RECI) which is funded by the European Union and implemented by the World Vision Austria led consortium of partners including Agroinvest Foundation Serbia, Western Balkans Institute,  Preschool Teacher Training College ‘’Mihailo Palov’’ Vršac,  Cultural Information Center ‘’Pralipe’’ Pirot with the support of the Ministry of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs as the main beneficiary of the project.

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  • Novi Sad, RS, 07.11.16.

    Consortium implementing the TEMPUS TEACH project (2013-2016), gathered on Friday 04 November 2016, more than 100 ECEC stakeholders at project dissemination conference dedicated to preschool teacher curricula harmonization issue.

    The conference was held at the amphitheater of the Teacher Training College Novi Sad, while among participants were numerous professors, lecturers, students, teachers and managers of teacher training colleges, leaders of teachers professional associations, representatives of national, provincial and local educational authorities, parents’ associations, non-governmental organizations, the media and representatives of international partner universities: Manchester Metropolitan University from the UK, the Faculty of Education, University of Maribor and Etvos Jozef College in Baja, Hungary.

    Topics discussed at the conference included the common experience within the TEACH project, about:

    – the process of curricula harmonization;

    – improving teaching and didactic methodology/skills;

    – improving transversal skills;

    – curricula accreditation and purchase of new equipment;

    – how we communicated and positioned the project and the topic within the public opinion;

    – sustainability and exploitation of the results and achievements;

    – our commitment to quality assurance;

    – management of heterogeneous consortium.

    During the ceremonial introduction, the audience was addressed by: Ms. Anamarija Viček, State Secretary for Pre-University Education at the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development; Mr. Zoran Milošević, Provincial Secretary for Higher Education and scientific research; Mr. Zoran Avramović, Director of the Institute for the Advancement of Education; and Ms. Jovanka Ulić, director of the Teacher Training College Novi Sad and also the host of the conference and Ms. Jelena Prtljaga, project coordinator, and director of the Teacher Training College “Mihajlo Palov” from Vršac.

    During the first session, Ms. Geraldine Lee-Treweek from Manchester Metropolitan University presented the curricula harmonization process between 4 colleges in Serbia. This process was led by a team of experts from the Manchester Metropolitan University lead by prof. Lee Treweek, and including prof. Jenifer Fisher and prof. Julia Bennet.  Professor Mr. Miran Muhič from the Faculty of Education in Maribor and Mr. Marko Stojanović from “WEBIN – Western Balkans Institute from Belgrade, delivered presentations about work packages dealing with improvement of methodical-didactic and transversal skills. Prof. Maria Kanizsai from the College Etvos Jozef from Baja in Hungary, spoke about the importance of student practice. Prof. Ivan Tomić from the Preschool Teacher Training College Kruševac presented the accreditation process as well as the process of purchasing technical equipment and softwares. Prof. Tanja Nedimović from the Teacher Training College “Mihailo Palov” from Vrsac presented how the project communicated with the public and stakeholders. Prof. Otilija Velišek-Braško from Novi Sad, prof. Gordana Mijailović from Sremska Mitrovica and prof. Jelena Prtljaga from Vrsac presented the work packages dealing with sustainability, quality assurance and project management.

    The afternoon session was dedicated to professional development of preschool teachers. We talked about the challenges existing in the system of professional development of teachers, the catalogs and the quality of training, and the quality assurance in professional development. Key-note speakers in this session were: Ms. Olivera Todorović from the Institute for Improvement of Education, Ms. Radmila Petrović, president of the Preschool Teacher Association of Vojvodina and Ms. Ljiljana Dragutinović, president of the Preschool Teacher Association of  Belgrade. The session was moderated by Mr. Marko Stojanović from WEBIN.

    Conclusions of the conference in Serbian language, you may find here.

    For more information do not hesitate to contact Ms. Nevena Filipović on nevena.filipovic(at)wb-institute.org.

     

     

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  • Belgrade, RS, 18.10.16.

    TUTORING program will be implemented in additional 4 elementary schools in Southern Serbia from school year 2016/2017. The following schools concluded cooperation agreement with WEBIN:

    1. Elementary school ‘’Milic Rakic Mirko’’ from Prokuplje
    2. Elementary school ‘’Nikodije Stojanovic Tatko’’ from Prokuplje
    3. Elementary school ‘’Jovan Arandjelovic’’ from Crvena Reka in Bela Palanka
    4. Elementary school ‘’Vuk Karadzic’’ from Knjazevac

     

    These 4 schools have already participated in 2-module training and will sign intersectoral agreements in the field of prevention of early school leaving in their communities. Each school will form pedagogical-psychological teams that will be responsible for selection of children and tutors and monitoring of program implementation. Initial step is that each school enters the program in annual work plan of a school.

     

    For more information about TUTORING program in Knjazevac, Bela Palanka and Prokuplje, do not hesitate to contact Mr. Djordje Radoicic at djordje.radoicic(at)wb-institute.org.

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  • Serbia, 29.07.16.

    On Friday 29 July 2016 more than 100 organizations across the United States and around the world, including one in Serbia, hosted events to honor the life and work of Milton Friedman, a Nobel Laureate who is widely recognized as one of the most influential economists of the last century and the father of the modern educational choice movement.

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    This was the 10th and final celebration of Friedman Legacy Day, which was established following Friedman’s death in 2006th as a way to remember his incomparable contributions to modern free market and economic theory.

     

    Western Balkans Institute from Belgrade, in cooperation with Youth Office Raška, hosted celebration of Friedman Legacy Day in Serbia by organizing a public discussion on Friedman’s work. Professor of group of economic subjects at Mechanical School Raška and public Counselor on Education and Youth, Mr. Veljko Raković, was a key-note speaker and presenter of Milton Friedman’s work. Professor Raković’s presentation was followed by a debate in the second half of the event. More than 20 young people were inspired to discuss Milton Friedman and his legacy.

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    This event was co-sponsored by the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice, a national non-profit organization founded by Dr. Friedman and his wife, Rose.
    For more information about this event please follow this website or send us an e-mail to office(at)wb-institute.org.

     

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  • Nis, RS, 18.07.16.

    THE ACTION PLANS WILL CONTRIBUTE TO HIGHER PARTICIPATION OF ROMA CHILDREN IN EDUCATION IN TWO MUNICIPALITIES UNDER RECI PROJECT

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    The action ‘’Pre and elementary schooling of Roma: fostering opportunities for greater attainment and early school leaving reduction’’ (RECI) is funded by the European Union and implemented by the World Vision Austria led consortium of partners including Agroinvest Foundation Serbia, Tutoring Program of the Western Balkans Institute, Preschool Teacher Training College ‘’Mihailo Palov’’ Vršac, Cultural-Information Center ‘’Pralipe’’ Pirot with the support of the Ministry of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs as the main beneficiary of the project. This action is part of the project European Union Support to Inclusive Society, supported by the European Union with a grant fund of 4.331.275,56 million euro and managed by the Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Serbia.

    RECI project was created with the idea to contribute to increased Roma children attainment in pre-school education as well as to decrease Roma students’ early school leaving in elementary schools.

    The first workshop on loccal action plan (LAP) on children and youth in Prokuplje will take place on July 18 at 10 a.m, in the premises of Prokuplje Municipality. Next workshop will initiate the revision of LAP on the inclusion of Roma in Knjazevac and it will take place on July 19 at 11 a.m. in the premises Knjazevac Municipality.

    Workshop participants are local self-governments staff, preschool, elementary and secondary schools staff, Centers for Social Work, Local Youth Offices and local children, youth and parents NGOs.

    During the first worshop, participants will discuss and agree on how will the LAP revision process look like and which phases will be involved. The issues of evaluation of past LAPs and their fullfillment as well as assessment of needs of target groups, will also be raised and discussed.

    The workshops will be facilitated by Ms. Slavica Stanisavljevic, experienced expert on LAPs creation. She will be supported by Ms. Maja Gavrilovic and Ms. Ana Opalic.

    Fore further informations please do not hesitate to contact Ms. Stanisavljevic at slavicas52@gmail.com.

  • Belgrade, RS, 11.07.16.

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    On 29 July 2016 more than 100 organizations across the United States and around the world will host events to honor the life and work of Milton Friedman, a Nobel Laureate who is widely recognized as one of the most influential economists of the last century and the father of the modern educational choice movement.

     

    This will be the 10th and final celebration of Friedman Legacy Day, which was established following Friedman’s death in 2006 as a way to remember his incomparable contributions to modern free market and economic theory.

     

    Western Balkans Institute from Belgrade will host celebration of Friedman Legacy Day in Serbia by organizing a public discussion on Friedman’s work. This event will be co-sponsored by the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice, a national nonprofit organization founded by Dr. Friedman and his wife, Rose.

     

    For more information about this event please follow this website or send us an e-mail to office(at)wb-institute.org.

     

     

  • Belgrade, RS, 01.06.16.

    Seventh meeting of the Steering Committee of the TEACH project was held in Belgrade on Tuesday 31/06/2016 and was hosted by Western Balkans Institute WEBIN. Purpose of the meeting was to enable face-to-face meeting of project managers from partner institutions and taking into account that project is coming into last 6-months of its lifetime.

     

    More information about the meeting and meeting materials you may find at project website teach.org.rs.

     

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  • Belgrade, RS, 30.05.16.

    Team of trainers in the field of soft and transversal skills and competences (TEACH TEAM) was constituted today during the first meeting of the team hosted by WEBIN in Belgrade.

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    The team consists of 23 trainers with different educational and experts background including sociology, psychology, pedagogy, teaching, economy, informatics science etc. who are specialized for different soft and transversal skills and competences  applicable in different working environments.

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    WEBIN will administrate activities of TEACH team and more information will be available soon at this website.

     

    After the meeting the TEACH team and other guests were welcomed by WEBIN at ‘’Sirena’’ boat for a river cruise on the Danube and the Sava and sightseeing the banks of old towns of Zemun and Belgrade from the river.

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  • Baja, HU, 04.05.16.

    Representatives of Teacher Training Colleges participating in TEMPUS TEACH project together with Western Balkans Institute WEBIN representatives paid a visit to the University of Baja, Teacher Training College, Hungary.

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    The study visit took place from 25-28 April 2016.  In the framework of this visit, participants became familiar with different forms of work at this institution and material conditions for teaching and studying in Baja. In addition, opportunities for further cooperation beyond the lifetime of TEMPUS TEACH project were explored and discussed.

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  • Maribor, SI, 02.04.16.

    Representatives of Teacher Training Colleges participating in TEMPUS TEACH project together with Western Balkans Institute WEBIN representatives paid a visit to the University of Maribor Faculty Of Pedagogy.

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    The study visit took place from 30 March until 02 April 2016.  This study visit enabled to teaching staff from Serbia to see the working environment and teaching practices at Preschool Teacher Department. Guests from Serbia were also hosted by the University Office for International Cooperation where further cooperation possibilities were discussed.

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  • Novi Sad, RS, 27.02.16.

    Fifth ToT module was held from 19-21 February in Novi Sad at Teacher Training College.

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    This module was dedicated to giving and receiving feedback at training sessions. Apart from feedback, participants were introduced to topics such as: group dynamics, characteristics of ‘’difficult participants’’ at training sessions and how to cope with them.

     

    Second day of the training encompassed individual interviews of trainers with each participant in order to provide each other with feedback.  The interviews marked the completion of ToT program which started in October 2015 and during which, 23 new trainers were trained. This group will be presented as TEACH team of trainers at an event that will be hosted by WEBIN in Belgrade in spring 2016.

     

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  • Varna, BG, 05.02.16.

    Second workshop dedicated to the development of learning resources for adults in agriculture has been held in Bulgarian coastal city of Varna from 02-04. February 2016.

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    This workshop dealt with development of learning materials in English with specific purposes. Technical University of Varna hosted the workshop and apart from Western Balkans Institute WEBIN, the following partner institutions took part in it: Private Adults Education Institution ‘’Vanco Prke’’ from Stip, University ‘’18. December’’ from Alba Iulia in Romania, Universities in East Sarajevo and Foggia and Pristina College ‘’Iliria’’.

     

    Next workshop will be held in Adana, eastern Turkey, in mid-March 2016 and will be dedicated to the development of lifelong learning methodology for the adults in agriculture.

     

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  • Travnik, BA, 26.01.16.

    Delegation of WEBIN paid a visit to the University in Travnik second time in the course of last month.

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    Purpose of this visit was to make the final improvements of an international project that two institutions are jointly preparing for 2016 in the field of higher education. On this occasion the partners agreed over some new initiatives and projects that will be jointly launched throughout 2016.

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  • Vršac, RS, 23.01.16.

    Teacher Training College in Vrsac was a venue of 4th ToT module held from 19-20 February.

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    The topic of this module was an independent trainer experience. Prior to this module, training pairs were expected to deliver a training session that was designed during the previous modules and share this initial trainer experience with other trainer pairs during the 4th module.

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    Thus, at this module, trainer pairs presented their positive experiences from their first independently delivered training sessions and simulated one 45 minute segment from that session. All trainer pairs achieved a solid progress in mastering training techniques. The final ToT module that will be devoted to individual demonstration of trainer competences will be organized at the end of February 2016 at Teacher Training College in Novi Sad.

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    Photo: Predrag Prtljaga (VSVS)

  • Belgrade, RS, 19.01.16.

    The House of Human Rights in Belgrade hosted on 19 January 2016 a consultative meeting with civil society organizations about the process of the establishment of the Regional Youth Cooperation Office (RYCO) of the Western Balkans Countries. Through participation in this meeting WEBIN formally engaged in this process as one of regional stakeholders.

     

    Purpose of this meeting was to present and discuss the progress achieved so far. Ms Marija Bulat from KOMS and Mr. Djuro Blanusa from Serbian Ministry of Youth and Sports as representatives of Serbia in RYCO official working group  delivered the presentation.

     

    The RYCO is expected to be established during 2016 provided that all open issues including the seat and funding mechanism are dealt with. When it comes to funding, WEBIN representative at the meeting pointed the necessity to take care hat RYCO doesn’t rely on already approved financial allocation for the Western Balkans countries within the Erasmus+ program.

  • Novi Sad, RS, 18.01.16.

    Kick-off meeting of ‘’RECI’’ project (Pre and elementary schooling of Roma: fostering opportunities for greater attainment and early school leaving reduction) was organized from 15-18. January 2016 in Novi Sad. The meeting was dedicated to detailed planning of project implementation.

     

    Kroz projekat ‘’RECI’’ u opštinama Prokuplje, Knjaževac i Bela Palanka biće uspostavljen TUTORING program za prevenciju preranog napuštanja školovanja. Na ovoj projektnoj komponenti radiće tim WEBIN iz opštine Raška u kojoj je TUTORING program uspešno pilotiran tokom 2013-14 godine.

     

    There are 6 work packages within this project. First work package is inception.

     

    Second work package has two components:

    1) Roma children in the systems of ECEC and elementary education

    2) risk assessment and prevention mechanism.

     

    In the framework of 1st component the existing ECEC programs and practices implemented in target municipalities will be analyzed and bilingual handbook for preschool teachers will be prepared. Within the second component partner institutions will develop and pilot dropout risk assessment and early warning mechanism in 3 municipalities.

     

    Third work package is about community activities involving the target group and has 2 components: 1) community work with Roma families in the settlements and 2) tutoring at school.

     

    Fourth work package is about creation of local multisectoral networks that will be trained how to independently implement TUTORING PROGRAM in the community.

     

    Fifth work package is about promotion and dissemination of project results and encompasses 2 press conferences and the final conference.

     

    Last work package is about project management.

     

    The project is being implemented a the consortium omposed of the World Vision Austria, the Agroinvest Foundation Serbia, the Western Balkans Institute WEBIN, College for Preschool Teacher Education ‘’Mihailo Palov’’ from Vrsac and KIC Pralipe from Pirot.

     

    It is being funded by the Delegation of the EU to the Republic of Serbia in the framework of call for proposals ‘’Support to the social inclusion of the most vulnerable groups, including Roma, through more diversified community-based social services’’.

  • Belgrade, RS, 19.12.15.

    Representatives of the Western Balkans Institute WEBIN Ms. Jelena Nastić, Mr. Marko Stojanović and Mr. Zlatan Halilović will visit Unversity in Travnik from 22-24. December.

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    Purpose of this study visit is to establish project cooperation in the fields of mutual interest. According to the size of student population University in Travnik is the largest private higher education institution in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

  • Krusevac, RS, 14.12.15.

    Third ToT modul was held on 11-12 December at Hotel GOLF in Krusevac. Participants divided into trainer teams presented the designs of their own training sessions and were receiving feedback from the trainers of 3. module. Afterwards ’’Your 5 minutes’’ roleplay was performed. Each participant delivered a 5 minutes public speach while others were providing him/her with feedback in accordance with selected criteria. At the end of the module, presentation on co-trainers work was delivered.

     

    Photo album from the session you may find HERE.

     

    Next. 4. module will be hosted in the town of Vršac on 22-23. January 2016. ToT program will be completed at the end of February 2016 with demonstration of independent delivery of training session.

     

    ToT program is being implemented by the WEBIN in the framework of 3. work package of the TEACH project which is funded by the European Commission through the TEMPUS program.

  • Rome, Italy, 08.12.15.

    Tijana Morača, doctoral student at the Faculty of political sciences, sociology and communications of Sapienza University has selected the Western Balkans Institute from Belgrade to be the object of her research about the role of non-governmental organizations in transitional reforms being carried out in Serbia. More narrow focus of the research is the role of NGO experts and the was the experts knowledge is being created.

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    Activities of the Western Balkans Institute Tijana will monitor through 3 EU-funded multi-partner projects icluding:

    1. TEACH (Harmomization of Preschool Teacher Curricula in Serbia – funded through the TEMPUS programme)
    2. AGRI BASE (Boosting the adult education system in agriculture – funded through the Erasmus+ programme)
    3. RECI (Pre and elementary schooling of Roma: fostering opportunities for greater attainment and early school leaving reduction – funded by the Delegation of the EU in Serbia)

     

    Tijana will be examining the role of WEBIN in different project activities (meetings, workshops, training, study visits) and analysing the way experts work look like in practice. This research will be the integral part of Tijana’s doctoral thesis and will be available to wider academi community.

  • Sremska Mitrovica, RS, 04.12.15.

    TEACH project Quality Assurance Committee (QAC) convened on 04 December 2015 at the Preschool Teacher Education College ’’SIRMIUM’’ in Sremska Mitrovica.  The meeting was opened by prof. Zoran Gudović, chaiperson, in presence of prof. Lada Marinković and prof. Jovan Ljuštanovic from the Preschool Teacher Education College in Novi Sad, Mr. Marko Stojanović from the Western Balkans Institute WEBIN from Belgrade and prof. Edit Babits Sztanáné from University in Baja. WEBIN associate from Rome Ms. Tijana Morača attended the meeting via Skype connection in the scope of her doctoral research.

     

    Mr. Stojanović read the letter of approval of project interim report sent by project desk officer from EACEA. Report from last project Steering Committee (SC) meeting was also read and discussed. This was followed by the discussion regarding the meeting agenda including the progress in curricula harmonization, purchase of equipment and training activities.

     

    The following has been concluded:

    – SC should write to the KAPK in order to estimate whether the KAPK will have capacities to complete accreditation of all project curricula or we will have to request for non-cost project extension

    – vis-a-vis purchase of equipment, there has been certain delay of this process and project SC should inform the QAC about it

    – all training activities are taking their place as planned but directors of the colleges should be asked to inform the QAC in writing about English language training sessions.

     

    QAC has decided to start preparation of the 2nd annual committee report at the end of December 2015 and to complete it and submit it to the SC at the beginning of February 2016.

     

    For more information about QAC and TEACH please visit project web site http://teach.edu.rs

  • Sremska Mitrovica, RS, 30.11.15.

    Second modul of ToT program was held on 27-29 November with participation of 20 college teachers and 3 NGO representatives members of the TEACH team.

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    The session was hosted by the Preschool teacher education college ’’Sirmium’’ in Sremska Mitrovica.  Ms. Ivana Koprivica and Ms. Tatjana Lazor Obradović delivered this training session. This module covered the topics ’’How the adults learn?’’. Training participants discussed about different styles of learning of the adults, and learnt different play roles and icebreakers. At the end participants divided into smaller groups created their own training design.

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    Next 3rd module with the topic: ’’Delivering the training – training skills’’ will be held on 11-12 December in Kruševac at the Preschool teacher education college. More information about the TEACH project you may find at project website http://teach.edu.rs.

     

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  • Foggia, IT, 27.11.15.

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    Within the scope of activities of the Agri Base project, the first transnational meeting was held at the University of Foggia, Italy. The Vice-Rector of UniFoggia PhD Chiarra Poro greeted the project consortium, and thus opened the meeting which continued with the planned activities according to the working agenda, presentations on the project management and implementation as well as the first project output: comparative analyses of adults education training programes in agriculture in 10 partner countries. All the aspects related to the analyses were were agreed by the consortium in detail, and this followed with a knowledge café workshop – a productive working session following the presentation by PhD Grujica Vico from the leading institution for this output, University of East Sarajevo.

     

    Ms. Tijana Moraca associate of WEBIN and PhD candidate at LA Sapienza University in Rome also attended the meeting in the scope of her doctoral research.

     

    The project consortium continues with the work on the comparative analyses which is expected to be completed by the middle of March 2016 and presented at Belgrade conference which will be hosted by the Western Balkans Institute WEBIN.

     

    More information please find at project FB page: www.facebook.com/agribase

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  • Vrsac, RS, 10.11.15.
    1. Project Steering Committee meeting was held in Vršac at the Preschool Teacher Education College ’’Mihailo Palov’’. Representatives of all partner institution were present including an UK partner that was present via Skype conference call.

     

    The following activities were discussed at the meeting: progress in harmonizing curricula, preparation for accreditation, didactic and transversal skills training courses and preparation of publications. With reference to the upcomming study visits, the following terms were agreed:

    – Study visit to Metropolitan Manchester University 01 – 05 March 2016

    – Study visit to University in Maribor 30 March – 01 April 2016

    – Study visit to University in Baji 25 – 28 April 2016

     

    It was also agreed to organize the next Steering Committee meeting during the course of staudy visit in Baja. Budgetary issues and cooperation with auditor were also discussed during the meeting. More information about TEACH project you may find at project website: teach.edu.rs or FB page www.facebook.com/TempusTEACH.

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  • Belgrade, RS, 30.10.15.

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  • Belgrade, RS, 26.10.15.

    Preschool Teacher Education College in Novi Sad hosted last weekend (23-25 October 2015) first ToT course in the framework of TEACH project.

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    The course was delivered by Tanja Lazor and Ivana Koprivica. The total of 23 candidates took part in program.

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    During the course of first training day, participants discussed their previous training experiences and their expectations from this training. They also agreed on rules they will have to follow during this training course. Lecture and discussion about how adults learn ended the first day. Group work marked the second training day. Characteristics of (un)successfull trainer and (un)successfull teacher  were analyzed along with differences between the trainer and the teacher and formal and non-formal education. This was followed by lecture about training cycle, role of trainer, objectives and outcomes. Last session was devoted to needs analysis through lecture and practical work.

     

    Apart from this intruduction module, candidates will participate in additional 4 ToT modules by the end of February 2016.

     

    Next module will be hosted by  ’’Sirmium’’ Preschool Teacher Education College in Sremska Mitrovica in November. More information about ToT program you may find at project website http://teach.edu.rs.

  • Vienna, AT, 24.10.15.

    Western Balkans Institute WEBIN is member of a consortium that will by the end of this year begin implementing the ’’RECI’’ project aimed at improving the environment of education of Roma children in the South Serbia. The following components constitute the project:

    1. Increasing participation of Roma children in preschool education programs
    2. Preventing Roma children early school leaving
    3. Development and institutionalization of Roma children education support measures.

     

    WEBIN will introduce TUTORING program in 4 communities within the component 2.

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    This project funded by the Delegation of the EU in the Republic of Serbia will be implemented in municipalities of Prokuplje, Dimitrovgrad, Bela Palanka and Knjaževac by the consortium lead by the World Vision Austria and followed by Agroinvest Foundation Serbia, Western Balkans Institute WEBIN, Preschool Teacher Education College Vršac and KIC ’’Pralipe’’ from Pirot. More information about the project will soon be available at www.wb-institute.org.

  • Stip, FYR Macedonia, 17.10.15.

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    European AGRI BASE project funded by the Erasmus+ programmee (strategic partnership in the field of adults education) officially  has started in at the kick-off meeting of coordinators taking place in Stip, FYR Macedonia. Coordinators from 10 European institutions (Spain, Italy, Turkey, Estonia, Bulgaria, Romania, Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbija and FYR Macedonia) are participating in the meeting.

     

    Purpose of kick-off meeting is to enable coordinators to get familiar with all relevant project details and to agree the implementation of the upcoming activities. Institution leading the consortium is Private adults  education institution ’’Vančo Prke’’ from Stip. Project Facebook page has been released recently at www.facebook.com/agribase and soon the same is expected with project website.

     

    For more information about the project you may contact Mr. Marko Stojanovic at marko.stojanovic(at) wb-institute.org.

  • Belgrade, RS, 12.10.15.

    ToT (Training of Trainers) program for preschool education teachers will be launched in October 2015 in the framework of  TEACH project.

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    The program will be attended by 20 teachers, 5 of them from each vocational college participating in the TEACH project. Purpose of this program is to increase the teachers ability to deliver tailor-maid crash courses. The program will contribute to the improvement of transversal skills of teaching staff through the creation of college training teams and tailor-maid crash courses in accordance with the needs assessment carried out in April 2015.

    5 month long ToT program will start at the end of October 2015 and will end at beginning of March 2016.

    It will encompass the following elements:

    • 5 moduls with total workload of 80 hrs
    • homework with total workload of 16 hrs
    • writing of trainer toolkit
    • demonstration of trainer skills

    Program will be implemented by the Western Balkans Institute WEBIN.

     

    More information will be available at project website teach.edu.rs.

     

  • Prokuplje, RS, 12.10.15.

    College of Agriculture and Food Technology Prokuplje hosted on  Friday 09 October more than 100 participants of AGRIVOC Dissemination Conference where results and achievements of AGRIVOC project have been presented and their impact on modernization of academic and vocational agricultural studies.

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    The conference was opened by project coordinator prof. Nebojša Zlatković, Prokuplje College director prof. Saša Petrović and Serbia TEMPUS office representative Ms. Nina Stojanović.

     

    Prof. Grujica Vico from university of East Sarajevo spoke about project impact on the reform of curricula and practical praining programmes. Prof. Dragana Stanisavljević from Prokuplja College presented the structure and application of equipment  purchased within the project while prof. Miljan Cvetković from the University of Banja Luka spoke about improvement of teaching methodology in agricultural study programs. Mr. Marko Stojanović from the Western Balkans Institute WEBIN presented significance of internal evaluation formthe improvement of project management practice of partner institutions.

     

    After the lunch break, conference continued as networking and idea sharing event. Prof. Vesna Poleksić from Zemuna Faculty of Agriculture presented the TEMPUS CaSA project while prof. Jelena Prtljaga from Vrsac Preschool Teacher Education College presented the TEMPUS TEACH project. Prof. Prtljaga also presented idea of strengthening cooperation among vocational colleges in Serbia while prof. Saša Petrović presented project idea related to agroturism and agroentrepreneurship. Ms. Marijana Dimitrova from Goce Delčev University Štip presented best practice in developing international cooperation and project office.

     

    During the conference each project partner received one copy of signed and sealed Cooperation Agreement beyond the project lifetime.

     

    Upon the formal completion of AGRIVOC project, the AGRIVOC program will be established within the WEBIN to keep and promote AGRIVOC project legacy and archive and together with Prokuplje College develop new initiatives in the field of agriculture and rural development.

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  • Banjaluka, B&H, 11.09.15.

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    University of Banjaluka Faculty of Agriculture and the Western Balkans Institute from Belgrade jointly have published the Handbook on teaching methods in agricultural studies – experiences of higher educational institutions from Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina which is as of today available at WEBIN website in Serbian/Bosniak (http://www.wb-institute.org/meta-content/uploads/FINAL_E-HANDBOOK-SRB.pdf) and English language (http://www.wb-institute.org/meta-content/uploads/FINAL_E-HANDBOOK-EN.pdf). It is also available at project website  www.agrivoc.org.

     

    The handbook is intended primarily to younger teaching staff, to young professors, docents, assistants and associates in teaching, who are expected to become agents of the teaching process in their institutions in the future. This handbook will be a useful source of information on the organization of the teaching process to all professors and lecturers who want to improve their practice and style of lecturing.

     

    The structure of the handbook consists of 5 units. The first unit consists of explanation of the teaching process on study programs at partner institutions. The second unit covers an explanation of teaching methodology in agricultural science and presenting two groups of teaching methods: (a) methods that are common in teaching at the partner institutions (including university instruction ’’ex-cahedra’’, interactive instruction, seminar paper, exercises in the practicum, laboratory exercises, calculation exercises, field exercises and field visits) and (b) the methods that are considered innovative at partner institutions (including students’ debate, case study, students’ research, visiting professor lectures and simulation of projects). The third unit is the explanation of the importance of entrepreneurship education of students of agricultural study programs as well as a description of the most commonly used methods that encourage an entrepreneurial mindset. The fourth unit deals with the whole concept and methods of lifelong learning in agriculture. The fifth unit is a glossary of terms.

     

    The handbook is prepared by specialists at the Faculty of Agriculture, the University of Banjaluka, and the Western Balkans Institute from Belgrade with the support of colleagues from other partner institutions participating in the AGRIVOC project.

     

    AGRIVOC project was implemented by a consortium of 15 institutions from Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Hungary, Greece and Slovakia in the period from October 2012 to October 2015 and is funded by the European Commission within the TEMPUS program.

  • Prokuplje, RS, 07.09.15.

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  • Stip, FYR Macedonia, 04.08.15.

    Western Balkans Institute WEBIN together with 9 European partners (Macedonia, Spain, Estonia, Italy, Turkey, Bosnia Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Romania, Kosovo*) is beginning the development of crash courses for farmers.

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    Courses will be short, practical, adjusted to specific needs of local farmers and in localy spoken languages. They will be designed for farmers to improve skills, acquire new methods and ways of farming and improve the entire working process. Crash courses will become available in Serbia and Bosnia Herzegovina in first half of 2016 through partner educational instittuions in the field of agriculture in form of adult education programs.

     

    This activity will be implemented in the framework of AGRI BASE project to be implemented between 15 October 2015 and 15 October 2017. The project is funded by the European Commission throu Erasmus Plus – Strategic Partnership in the field of adult education. More information you may request from Mr. Marko Stojanović at marko.stojanovic(at)wb-institute.org.

  • Belgrade, RS, 06.07.15.

    Agroinvest Foundation Serbia has released the handbook on child oriented community networking. The handbook in English language will be available in short time.

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    This handbook focuses on intersectoral cooperation and networking in providing for better services for children. It addresses all community stakeholders: municipal governments, preschools and schools, non-governmental organizations, parents’ councils, social work centers, other social care providers etc.

     

    It encompasses 5 chapters. First chapter elaborates on international context on child well-being including the general context, European context and international practices. Second chapter is about legislative framework on child well-being in Serbia including the ratified international agreements, national legislation and competences of local authorities in child well-being. Third chapter elaborates on child well-being on the local level. This chapter also encompasses situational analyzes in 5 targeted communities. Fourth chapter deals with phases in networking process including the preparatory and developmental phases, formalization and empowering phase. Recommendations are listed in fifth chapter.

     

    The handbook has been created within the project ‘’Communities for children’’. It has been prepared by the authoring team from Western Balkans Institute WEBIN with Mr. Marko Stojanovic as key author and project community networking expert. The project has been implemented by consortium composed of the World Vision Austria, Agroinvest Foundation Serbia, Network of organizations for children Serbia, and Provintial Institute for Social Protection. It’s been funded by the EU Delegation in Serbia withing the CSF Serbia and Austrian Development Agency.

  • Banja Luka, B&H, 20.06.15.

    Faculty of Agriculture, University of Banja Luka hosted a final workshop on handbook on teaching methodology in agriculture.

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    University of Banja Luka and WEBIN Belgrade expert teams met to analyze the methodologies prepared by HEIs participating in AGRIVOC project. The teams also completed final selection of these methodologies that will be published in the handbook.

     

    The handbook has been prepared as practical guide on preparing and delivering teaching courses, to be used by younger teaching staff with insufficient teaching experience. The handbook content will offer comparative survey of existing practices in teaching in agriculture in Serbia, B&H and EU countries and description of methodologies that are used the most in agricultural courses.

     

    Faculty of Agriculture, University of Banja Luka and Western Balkans Institute WEBIN Belgrade will jointly publish the handbook in the framework of TEMPUS AGRIVOC project. It is expected the handbook to be published in September 2015 and presented at AGRIVOC final project conference scheduled for end September in Prokuplje.

     

    More information about AGRIVOC project you may find at www.agrivoc.org or project FB page at https://www.facebook.com/Agrivocstudies?ref=hl.

  • Bratislava, SK, 15.05.15.

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    Teaching methodology handbook development is undergoing as one of the last project activities within TEMPUS AGRIVOC. In relation to this activity, Slovak University of Agriculture hosted from 11-15 May 2015 a working meeting of the handbook authoring team in Nitra. At this meeting the team analyzed collected materials and agreed final works on handbook.

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    The handbook consists of 4 parts. In first part the ways of delivering courses at partner institutions have been presented. In second part, teaching methods applied at partner institutions have been presented in details. Third part deals with application of knowledge gained while fourth part is about evaluation of the methods.

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    The handbook is being prepared by a team of experts led by Ms. Jelena Nastić-Stojanović and Mr. Marko Stojanović from the Western Balkans Institute WEBIN, Mr. Miljan Cvetković and Mr. Branimir Nježić from University of Banja Luka, Ms. Alisa Hadžiabulić from University Džemal Bijedić in Mostar, Mr. Saša Petrović, Ms. Jelica Živić and Mr. Zvonko Zlatanović from the College of Agriculture and Food Technology in Prokuplje, Mr. Miloš Purić from the Technical College in Požarevac, Mr. Jovica Nikolovski from Agricultural College Sabac, Mr. Grujica Vico from University of  ast Sarajevo and Mr. Vladimir Vietoris from Slovak University of Agriculture.

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    The handbook will be published during summer period and will be presented at project dissemination conference that will be held in Prokuplje at the beginning of October.

     

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  • Vrsac, RS, 15.04.15.

    Document ”Curricula harmonization framework” put together during 4. workshop held in January in Novi Sad has been released and published at TEACH project website.

    This document represents a basis for preschool teacher education curricula harmonization process that will be implemented by 4 preschool teacher education colleges in Serbia. This process should result in improved and harmonized preschool teacher education curricula at 4 colleges with compatible and comparable curricula structure, contents and competences that will enable horizontal and vertical mobility.

    This document will be suggested by project consortium as national preschool teacher education standard.

    Document in Serbian language you may find on the following link: http://www.wb-institute.org/meta-content/uploads/FINAL_Okvir-za-usaglasavanje-kurikuluma-2015.pdf

  • Belgrade, RS, 13.03.15.

    TUTORING program results achieved in Raska municipality have been presented as best practice at  conference ‘’Intersectoral community cooperation – child in focus’’.

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    Mr. Djordje Radoincic, Raska youth office coordinator presented how did it come top pilot set up TUTORING program in Raska, how local intersectoral structure has been formed, how has role and task division been carried out among local stakeholders. Djordje has presented how the local stakeholders were brought together and pointed out support provided by municipality: He also has presented two workshops on public-private partnership and implementation of the program in Raska municipality. Finaly, Djordje has presented positive experiences and satisfaction of tutors.

     

    Ms. Andjelija Roglic, deputi-principal of elementary school Sutjeska rom Rska  has presented the concrete results and outcomes of tutors individual work with pupils in risk of droping out from school, very positive experiences of children, parents and teachers and progress made in learning, behaiving and socializing of children.

     

    Presentation of TUTORING program draw great attention of conference participants.

     

    More information about TUTORING program in Raska you may request from Mr. Djordje Radoiic at radoicic.djordje(at)gmail.com. More information about TUTORING program ou may find at: http://www.wb-institute.org/rs/tutoring/.

     

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  • Belgrade, Serbia, 13.03.15.

    Conference on child well-being and community intersectoral cooperation was held in Belgrade on Monday and Tuesday 09-10 March 2015.

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    The conference gathered more than 80 participants from institutions and organizations working with children as well as key note speakers from UK, Romania and Bulgaria who presented their countries best practices. Purpose of this conference was to empower local community participants from Novi Sad, Užice, Pirot and Knjaževac.

    In introductory presentations participants learned about Romanian and Bulgarian experiences in improving child well-being in the framework of EU accession process and how Serbia should learn from these experiences.  Ms. Tamara Lukšić Orlandić the national Child Protection Index coordinator revealed the latest Index data and shared information that only 619 children in Serbia are residents of social protection institutions. On other hand, she stressed that intersectoral cooperation is still lacking and that more effort is needed here. Ms. Jelena Hrnjak presented NGO Atina success story in community networking. Mr. Đorđe Radoicic from Raska municipality and Ms Angelia Roglic from elementary school Sutjeska Raska presented TUTORING SERBIA program and how child-oriented community networking can contribute to solving one community problem. Dr. Geraldine Lee-Treweek from Metropolitan Manchester University presented the child well-being system in the UK.

    Ms. Nevena Stojanović, Member of Parliaments and parliamentary committee on rights of the child, Mr. Laslo Cikos, state secretary at the Ministry for Social Protection, Mr. Sasa Stefanovic, director of Serbian Network of Organizations for Children, and Ms. Mirela Oprea, secretary of Child Pact and Mr. Georgy Bogdanov, director of Bulgarian Network for Children.

    Conference was organized by the Agroinvest Foundation Serbia in cooperation with World Vision Austria, Network of Organizations for Children in Serbia and Western Balkans Institute WEBIN in the framework of ”Children-Oriented Community Networking” project funded by the the EU Delegation in Serbia.

    Photos from this event you may find at this link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/99680205@N05/

    Video report from press conference you may find here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Flr063daQ6s

    For further information please write to Ms. Iva Kljakić to Iva_Kljakic@wvi.org or Jelena Bubanja to jelena.bubanja@wb-institute.org.

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  • Novi Sad, Serbia, 17.01.15.

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    Four vocational preschool teacher education colleges (from Vrsac, Novi Sad, Sremska Mitrovica i Krusevac) participants of TEACH project, adopted the curricula harmonization framework at Novi Sad workshop. Harmonization framework encompassed generic competences but also the elements such as: curriculum title, duration, ECTS distribution, electives and compulsory courses, graduation and final thesis, student practical training etc.

    More information about harmonization framework will be available at project website teach.edu.rs at the end of January 2015.

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    In the upcoming period, the colleges will produce institutional harmonization plans and start preparing documentation for re-accreditation process. The objective is to submit accreditation applications by September 2015.

    Curricula harmonization process was facilitated by Manchester Metropolitan University and the team of experts including Dr Geraldine Lee-Treeweek, Dr Jenny Fisher i Dr Julia Bennet.

    TEACH is implemented by 8-member consortium and funded by the European Commission through TEMPUS programme.

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  • Novi Sad, Serbia, 16.01.15.

    Second meeting of the Quality Assurance Committee (QAC) was held on 16th January in Novi Sad at the Preschool Teacher Education College. QAC chairperson prof. Zoran Gudović from Sirmium College opened the session with addressing the so far project implementation including activities, results achieved, satisfaction of coordinators and college directors with the so far project etc.  He also reminded that WP 1 was more intensified than other WPs. Other QAC members also commented on the overall project implementation progress and the positive atmosphere in the project was stressed.

    Prof. Lada Marinković, from Novi Sad College presented the QAC plan of work and project performance indicators that QAC will closely analyze. She also pointed out that QAC should analyze internal and external risks that might affect further project implementation and advise the Steering Committee on how to mitigate the risks. One of those risks already identified is the announcement of the Education Ministry that the entrance exams in HE will be abolished by 2017.

    Prof. Marinković also prepared and distributed the meeting materials including the timeframe of activities, presentation of activities by month, project LFM and description of QAC from project application form.

    Prof. Gudović presented 2 questionnaires,1 for project participants with purpose to examine their satisfaction with so far performance, and second for employers to examine their satisfaction with graduated students and with cooperation with vocational colleges.

    It was reminded that one of QAC tasks is to prepare project interim reports after first and second project year. First report will be prepared in the following manner:

    – analysis will be carried out by work packages

    – the following will be analyzed: a) the process, b) timeframe of realized activities, c) quality of what has been achieved and d) impact

    The analysis of progress will be based on indicators defined in project logical framework matrix. It was also agreed to analyze potential risks and suggest to the Steering Committee how to mitigate those risks.

    The process of preparation of first interim report will be coordinated by prof, Gudović as QAC chairman who will also compile the materials produced by other QAC members.

    WEBIN  Development director Marko Stojanović presented the following Report structure:

    1. Introduction – about the project, about QAC, members, tasks and purpose, method of work etc.
    2. Subject – what is the subject of this report
    3. Goal – objective of this report and for whom is it prepared
    4. Method – how is the report prepared, sources etc..
    5. Findings and interpretation – narrative evaluation by work packages and key findings
    6. Recommendations – what and how to improve in project implementation in the future

    All materials to be used in the analysis are available at project website teach.edu.rs.

    The final report has to be completed and adopted by May 2015 in order to send it in early May to Project Steering Committee and TEMPUS office in Serbia.

  • Novi Sad, Serbia, 14.01.15.

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    Final project workshop on curricula harmonization will take place from 15-17 January at Preschool Teacher Education College in Novi Sad. This workshop will host more than 15 representatives of consortium members including the Preschool Teacher Education Colleges from Novi Sad, Vrsac, Krusevac, Sremska Mitrovica (RS) and Baja (HU), Metropolitan University from Manchester (UK) and Western Balkans Institute from Belgrade (RS).

    The workshop will consist of 3 parts. In introductory part, results of the analysis of the desired competencies will be presented and discussion of the suggested list of desired competencies and its adoption as the final version will follow.

    In second part, workshop participants will work on the establishment of the elements of the final curricula harmonization framework. This part will include the visit to the preschool facility “Radosno detinjstvo” in Novi Sad.

    Third part on Saturday 17 January, will be devoted to workshop conclusions and the discussion regarding the Initial framework of harmonization. Final version of the curricula harmonization of the four Pre-school Teachers’ Training Colleges will be adopted and further steps on the accreditation of the curricula will be discussed and agreed.

    Detailed agenda you may find at download section at http://teach.edu.rs/downloads/materijali-o-dogadajima/. Detailed report from this workshop will be published at this website soon after the workshop end.

  • Ohrid, FYR Macedonia, 12.01.15.

    Western Balkans consortium with partners from Spain and Italy successfully prepared the project of modernization and internationalization of HEIs in the Western Balkans during the 3-day working meeting in Ohrid, Macedonia.

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    This project will focus on strengthening transversal competences of teaching staff and laying down the foundations for internationalization of WB HEIs. In this process Western Balkans Institute played the key role in preparation of project proposal while the University Goce Delcev from Štip will be coordinator.

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    Consortium is composed of the following institutions: Goce Delčev University Štip, University of Montenegro, Universita degli studi di Foggia, University in East Sarajevo, UPCT Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena, Universidad de Murcia, University ”Džemal Bijedić” Mostaru, Akdeniz Univerzity Antalya,Megatrend univerzitet – Faculty for Biofarming from Backa Topola, College of Agriculture and Food Technology Prokuplje and Western Balkans Institute Belgrade.  

     

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  • Nis, Serbia, 22.12.14.

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  • Novi Sad, Knjazevac, Pirot, Krusevac, Uzice, Serbia, 20.12.14.

    Last round of community meetings was organized in Novi Sad, Uzice, Knjazevac, Pirot and Krusevac from 04 – 18 December 2014.

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    Purpose of these meetings was to shape the final version of Memorandum on child-oriented cooperation of community stakeholders. There was more than 60 participants including the representatives of local councils, schools, children centers, HEIs, social work centers, health centers, NGOs. students parliaments and parents associations. The meeting was facilitated by Mr. Marko Stojanovic, WEBIN Development Director.

     

    This Memorandum articulated the need for establishing of a flexible child-oriented cooperation mechanism among stakeholders, designed according to the specific circumstances of children and youth in the local community. This cooperation mechanism will utilize implementation of all community functions and will enable an optimal environment for life and development of children and youth.

     

    The participants of this meeting will further be involved in designing of the final project conference and will prepare presentations of the relevant community projects to be discussed at this conference.

     

    The activity was implemented within the ‘’Communities for Children’’ project carried out by World Vision Austria in partnership with MODS (Network of Organizations for Children in Serbia) and Provincial Institute for Social Protection from Novi Sad, and funded by the European Union and Austrian Development Agency.

     

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  • Manchester, UK, 20.11.14.

    The TEACH project representatives participated from 10-14 November 2014 at 3rd curricula harmonization workshop at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK.

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    Purpose of this workshop was to reshape curricula harmonization framework and to introduce teaching staff from Serbia to the way working of MMU counterparts. Workshop took place at Cheshire campus and at University central building in Manchester. Prof Geraldine Lee-Treeweek was the host and workshop facilitator together with prof. Julia Bennet and prof. Jenny Fisher

     

    Through the work in small groups and discussions, workshop participants agreed the wider list of competences a preschool teacher is expected to have acquired upon graduation. Seven wider lists of competences were presented and grouped according to specific subject fields including: pedagogical subjects, psychological, methodical, artistic, linguistic, physiological, medical-health related group, ICT and practical training courses. These presentations were followed by a peer-review session.

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    It was agreed to adopt final list of competences along with the plan of curricula harmonization at the following workshop to be held in January 2015 in Novi Sad, Serbia.

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    TEACH project has been implemented by the 8-member consortium of institutions from Serbia, UK, Hungary and Slovenia and funded by the European Commission through the TEMPUS programme. For further information about the TEACH project please visit project website at teach.edu.rs or FB fun page at www.facebook.com/tempusTEACH.

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    Project focal point in WEBIN is Mr. Marko Stojanović, who you may contact at marko.stojanovic(at)wb-institute.org.

     

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  • Belgrade, Serbia, 08.11.14.

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  • Banja Luka, Bosnia & Herzegovina, 05.11.14.

    Within University campus the Faculty of Agriculture hosted on 04.11.2014. education-business forum entitled: “Students – challenges of education and employment”. This event gathered more than 40 representatives of enterprises, agricultural cooperatives and households as well as teachers, students and alumni of the Faculty of Agriculture in Banja Luka.  The objective of this event was to discuss the challenges of adjusting the professional competences of graduated students with the needs of labor market.

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    Mr. Miljan Cvetković from  the Faculty of Agriculture stressed that goal of this event was to initiate the permanent dialogue between the faculty and agrifood business in order to make the educators familiar with the needs of labor market. The need was stressed to more  involve students into working processes so that they become ready to start working immediately after graduation with little additional training. Faculty training manager prof.  Miodrag Hrnic, spoke about current challenges training organization.

     

    Mr. Marko Stojanovic from Belgrade-based Western Balkans Institute pointed out the significance of entrepreneurial education for the development of entrepreneurial mindset of students.

     

    All participants, and especially the businesses, welcomed this event and stressed the importance of continuous communication and feedback between the faculty and agrifood business.

     

    This forum was organized within AGRIVOC project, implemented by the 15-member consortium and funded by the European Commission through the TEMPUS programme.

     

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  • Belgrade, Serbia, 15.10.14.

    On Oct. 14, 2014  more than 75 government officials, public institutions staff, Austrian experts, current and former politicians, development professionals, community service organisations (CSOs) and citizens came together to discuss how to make the world a better place for children through services as well as policy.

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    The conference was structured around four panel discussions that put ministry representatives on equal footing with local service providers and service beneficiaries giving them the opportunity to have open and honest dialogue. The main topics that were discussed included:

    • Decentralization: division of responsibilities between local and national levels of government.
    • Sustainability of local services and measures for children.
    • Intersectorial coordination and cooperation on the local and national levels.
    • Citizens associations as community service providers.

    Although the event was dedicated to child wellbeing, it did not focus on any specific group of vulnerable children or technical expertise, but rather looked at more structural issues and the broader context in which child welfare reform in Serbia is taking place. One specific example is the issue of decentralization. While the quality of decentralization is central to determining the value of care and support provided to vulnerable children,  it is almost never discussed at child well-being events, especially events where all parties (local and national government officials as well as local service providers) are present.

    A second topic which is often taboo is that of sustainability of services established through donor funded projects. While we would all like to believe that all programmes that benefit the vulnerable population continue forever, it is not always true. In fact, in many cases where local governments are expected to absorb the ongoing project costs, the projects are forced to suspend operations. This has been especially true following the economic crisis. While this topic is often avoided, it is important to note that unstable service provision has a direct negative impact on the most vulnerable.

    Finally, having local service providers and national leaders together and on equal footing gave the opportunity for local level professionals to speak directly to national level stakeholders and decision makers. Service providers were given the opportunity to share the challenges they face to provide and maintain services. Most importantly, however, parents of children who were beneficiaries of programmes that have closed were given the opportunity to share their opinions.

    Maja Nesic, the mother of a girl with Cerebral Palsy, joined the conference to learn, but also to give a name and a face to why sustainability of services is of utmost importance.

    “Participation in the conference meant a lot to me personally,” she said. “I had the opportunity to express my opinion and dissatisfaction with the lack of care for beneficiaries of services at the highest level. Without their support… none of the efforts for the most vulnerable groups will be sustainable, especially community-based services.”

    RadomirJevtic, from the citizen association “Korak napred” reflected on his experience at the conference. “It is beautiful to cooperate with people and organizations dedicated to resolving real challenging issues and problems… My conclusion after the event is that in order to resolve problems in community service provision, a genuine and honest dialogue between public and civil sector is absolutely necessary,” he said.

    This conference served to open many areas of discussion and debate. It was a good start, but the work is far from finished. World Vision in Serbia has already begun preparing for a follow-up conference that take place in February, 2015.

    The conference was part of the project “Communities for Children: Networking for Community Child Oriented Model” conducted by World Vision Austria, Agroinvest Foundation Serbia and Open Club, in cooperation with Provincial Institute for Social Protection, supported by EU Delegation in Serbia, Austrian Development Agency and Office of attache for labour, social affairs and consumer protection of Republic of Austria (office of Federal ministry for labour, social affairs and consumer protection of Republic of Austria). The conference was additionally supported by World Vision’s Middle East and Eastern Europe regional office.

    BY TIJANA MORACA, PROGRAM MANAGER, WORLD VISION MIDDLE EAST EASTERN EUROPE REGIONAL OFFICE/ AGROINVEST FOUNDATION

    Source: http://www.wvi.org/meero/article/building-better-world-children-serbia-starts-dialogue

  • Sremska Mitrovica, Serbia, 22.09.14.

    Project Quality Assurance Committee (QAC) was constituted on initial session held on 17 September 2014 at the Preschool Teacher Training and Business Informatics College – Sirmium in Sremska Mitrovica, Serbia.

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    The meeting was organized within the second curricula harmonization workshop that was held from 15-17 September.

     

    QAC meeting was attended by the following members: Mr. Zoran Gudovic (VSSM), Mrs. Lada Marinkovic (VSVNS), Mrs. Adelheid Manz (EJF), Ms. Ana Marković (VSVKS), Mr. Ljubiša Stojanovic (VSVS) and Mr. Marko Stojanovic on behalf of Ms. Jelena Bubanja (WEBIN). Professor Zoran Gudovic from VSSM was elected QAC chairperson.

     

    The meeting was used to introduce QAC members one to each other and to agree on the method of work and decision making. It was agreed every team member to get familiar with the so far project activities and results and to discuss it at the next QAC meeting. It was also agreed to look into project performance indicators so that the QAC could proceed with preparation of first implementation progress evaluation process.

    Next QAC meeting will be organized in Novi Sad in January 2015

     

  • Sremska Mitrovica, Serbia, 15.09.14.

    Second TEACH workshop has begun at Preschool Teacher Training and Business Informatics College ‘’Sirmium’’ in Sremska Mitrovica.

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    Preschool teacher education colleges from Vrsac, Sremska Mitrovica, Novi Sad and Krusevac will discuss the issue of how to harmonize preschool teacher education curricula. Expected outcomes of this workshop will be defined curricula harmonization framework and formed cross-institutional teams for specific harmonization elements.

    Workshop moderator is prof. Geraldine Lee-Treweek from Cathedra for Interdisciplinary Studies at the Metropolitan Manchester University (UK).

    More information about the workshop will be available at project website teach.edu.rs. TEACH is implemented by 8 partners from Serbia, UK, Hungary and Slovenia. The project is funded by the European Commission through the TEMPUS program.

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  • Bijeljina, B&H, 13.09.14.

    The Center for higher education in Bijeljine hosted on Friday 12th September the 4th regular session of the Steering Committee (SC) of AGRIVOC project.

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    11 representatives from 8 partner institutions participated in the meeting which was hosted by the Faculty of Agriculture of University in East Sarajevo. The meeting was chaired by prof. Sasa Petrovic from the College of Agriculture and Food Technology in Prokuplje.

    EACEAs approval of first project interim report with comments was presented at the meeting. Project coordinator Mr. Nebojsa Zlatkovic expressed his gratitude for partners contribution in drafting the report. He also pointed out EACEAs congratulations on quality of report, so far achievements and functional partnership.

    Presentation of the process of preparation of final financial report followed. Mr. Marko Stojanovic from Western Balkans Institute WEBIN presented an example of completed financial report and explained the partners role in this process.

    In continuation, the team of authors that will be responsible for drafting the ‘’Handbook on interactive teaching in agricultural studies’’ was constituted. The team is composed of the following members: Mr. Miljan Cvetkovic and Mr. i Branimir Nesic (UNIBL, activity coordinators, responsible for the field of pest management), Mr. Nebojsa Zlatkovic and Mr. Sasa Petrovic (VPPS Prokuplje, responsible for the fields of animal husbandry and food technology), Mrs. Vera Milosevic (VPSSA Sabac, responsible for field crops studies), Mr. Ahmed Dzubur (DBU Mostar, responsible for areas of fruit growing and viticulture) and Mrs. Jelena Nastic-Stojanovic and Mr. Marko Stojanovic (WEBIN, responsible for introduction and conclusion and handbook structure). The plan and methodology of preparation of the handbook were also presented and study visit to the Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra announced for the end of October.

    After this session, project coordinator Mr. Nebojsa Zlatkovic presented the findings of second internal project evaluation carried out during summer 2014.

    At the end of the meeting, Mr. Grujica Vico from University of East Sarajevo and Ms. Milosevic from College in Sabac informed the audience about progress achieved in preparing the academic-business forums scheduled for October 2014.

    For more information about AGRIVOC project please visit project website at: www.agrivoc.org. AGRIVOC is implemented by 15 partner institutions from Serbia, BH, Greece, Hungary and Slovakia. The project is funded by the European Commission through TEMPUS.

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  • Podgorica, Montenegro, 25.07.14.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Center for Civic Education and WEBIN YOUTH presented on 23 July in Podgorica the Regional policy paper ‘Youth Participation – More Than a Catchword?’ created within the same project.

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    This is a joint proposal of the National Youth Councils of Serbia, Croatia and Slovenia and organizations WEBIN YOUTH, Center for Civic Education from Podgorica and the Coalition of youth organizations SEGA from Macedonia. This policy brief addresses primarely the Governments in the region.

     

    Press conference of was organized at the Media Center in Podgorica, with the participation of young people and reporters from various TV, radio, press and electronic media. Tamara Milas and Milos Knezevic from the Center for Civic Education and Jelena Bubanja from WEBIN YOUTH addressed the audience.

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    At the conference, it was stipulated that through the YOUPA project, the National Youth Councils, their members and stakeholders from the region, recognized the importance of youth participation in the 2015 National Youth Report drafting process, and thus expressed a desire to be involved in this process on equal footing. Numerous data from various sources in the region included in the policy brief, indicate that youth participation in Europe and in the region is still poor and key reasons are the following: lack of motivation and opportunities, underdeveloped awareness, lack of information and substantial partnership between young people and decision makers. The document also indicated that the existing regulatory framework (laws and strategies) emphasize the importance of youth participation. For all these reasons it  the governments are called to enable participation of young people as equal partners in 2015 National Youth Report drafting processes.

     

    Recommendations in Policy brief are divided into two parts: those addressing the governments in the region and addressing youth organizations. More information you may find at the following link: http://www.wb-institute.org/meta-content/uploads/pub_Regional-Policy-Brief_Youth-Participation-More-Than-A-Catchword-BHS.pdf

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    Policy brief was created within the YOUPA project aiming at strengthening the capacities of youth organizations in the Western Balkans (Montenegro, Macedonia, Croatia, Slovenia and Serbia) to actively participate in the preparation of National Youth Reports on the implementation of the European Youth Strategy. The project was implemented by the National Youth Councils of Serbia, Croatia and Slovenia in partnership with the Coalition of youth organizations SEGA from Macedonia, the Center for Civic Education from Podgorica and Belgrade based WEBIN YOUTH. The project was funded by the European Commission through the Youth in Action program.

     

    More information about Policy brief can be obtained from the national coordinators:

    Serbia: Jelena Bubanja jelena.bubanja (at) wb-institute.org and Mary Bulat marija.bulat (at) koms.rs

    Montenegro: Tamara Milaš tamara@cgo-cce.org

    Macedonia: Geogrina Vuzeska georgina@sega.org.mk

    Croatia: Anamaria Sočo anamarija@mmh.hr

    Slovenia: Tanja Baumkirher pisarna@mss.si

     

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  • Aleksinac, Serbia, 22.07.14.

    On 21 July the Entrepreneurial Center of Aleksinac hosted the ceremony of awarding certificates to tutors, experts team members and institutions members of local PPP in the field of education, for participation in piloting of the TUTORING program in Aleksinac.

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    Certificates were awarded to 15 tutors, 10 experts and the following institutions: Municipal government of Aleksinac, Youth Office, Elementary schools Vozd Karadjordje, Center for Social Work, Preschool Teachers Education College Aleksinac and NGO Association for the Development of Creativity.

    During piloting period which lasted from February till June 2014, the total of 14 children successfully completed the program, improved their marks, decreased skipping from classes and improved their socialization. The total of 15 tutors worked with these children and all of them stated they would like to continue to participate in the program in capacity of tutor.

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  • Raska, Serbia, 18.07.14.

    On 15 July the Youth Club in Raska hosted the ceremony of awarding certificates to tutors, experts team members and institutions members of local PPP in the field of education, for participation in piloting of the TUTORING program in Raska.

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    Certificates were awarded to 12 tutors, 7 experts and the following institutions: Municipal government of Raska, Youth Office, Elementary schools Sutjeska from Supnje and Josif Pancic from Baljevac, Center for Social Work and NGO CentRa.

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    During the piloting period which lasted from February till June 2014, the total of 14 children from 2 elementary schools successfully completed the program, improved their marks, decreased skipping from classes and improved their socialization. The total of 13 tutors worked with these children and all of them stated they would like to continue to participate in the program in capacity of tutor.

     

    For more information about the program in Raska do not hesitate to contact Ms. Jelena Bubanja from WEBIN through jelena.bubanja(at)wb-institute.org. Evaluation and impact report of program piloting in Vranje. Aleksinac and Raska will be released in mid August at www.wb-institute.org/tutoring.

     

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  • Belgrade, RS, 18.07.14.

    Mr. Nebojsa Zlatkovic, AGRIVOC project coordinator has received from EACEA the letter of approval of AGRIVOC Intermediate Report.

    It’s been noted in the letter that consortium members have demonstrated high commitment to implementation of the project.  In addition, it’s been noted that in spite of the fact that this has been the first Tempus project for the coordinator and the partners, the project team has demonstrated ”to be really committed to the management of the project, and to be able to cope with some difficulties faced during the first period.” It’s been noted that implementation has been carried out with planned dynamics and that most of the activities have been carried out in accordance with the plan of work.

    Few recommendations on the improvement of project implementation in the second phase have been suggested.

    In the process of preparation of the Intermediate Report, Western Balkans Institute WEBIN had provided the coordinator and consortium members with technical expertise and support in completing the report.

    The letter of approval you may find at the following link: http://www.agrivoc.org/wp-content/uploads/558ac2ff64b4c.pdf

  • Belgrade, Serbia, 04.07.14.

    A coordination meeting of the TEMPUS projects was hel in Belgrade at SIV on Friday.

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    Participants of the meeting were introduced to the new clarifications of the financial rules and with positive experiences in the preparation of the interim and financial reports.

    After this meeting, WEBIN hosted the TEACH project coordination meeting. The partners discussed internal financial rules, future activities and study visits.

    Project TEACH deals with harmonization of preschool teacher education curricula at four vocational colleges in Serbia and is implemented by a consortium of eight institutions from Serbia, the UK, Hungary and Slovenia. The project is carried out in the period from 2013 – 2016. The project is funded by the European Commission through the TEMPUS program.

     

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  • Belgrade, Serbia, 01.07.14.

    PG MREZA’s Evronet about early school leaving and TUTORING program on 1 July on RTS, follow the link: http://www.mreza.rs/evronet/previous-episodes/Obrazovanje-i-nauka/109680/potrebno-smanjiti-broj-djaka-koji-pre-vremena-napusti-skolu.html

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  • Nis, Serbia, 27.06.14.

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  • Mostar, Bosnia & Herzegovina, 26.06.14.

    Dzemal Bijedic University Mostar is hosting a seminar on the enhancement of entrepreneurial competences of students and teachers.

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    The seminar is taking place from 25-27 June 2014 within the AGRIVOC project funded by the European Commission through the TEMPUS program.

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    Keynote speaker are:

    Mr. Perica Bulic, The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Mostar Districht, BH

    Mr. Mehmet Topakci and Mr. Murad Canakci, AKDENIZ University Antalya, TR

    Mr. Marko Stojanović, WEBIN Belgrade

    Mr. Stojanović presented earlier today the findings of the assessment of needs for the improvement of teaching methodology and entrepreneurial competences of students. Needs assessment report and presentation of the findings you may find in Library section of this website or at the following link: http://www.wb-institute.org/library/.

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  • Belgrade, Serbia, 23.06.14.

     

    The conference entitled ‘’Early school leaving and learning outcomes: policies, practices and prevention in Serbia’’ was held in Belgrade on 19 June 2014.

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    It gathered more than 60 participants representing different national and local public institutions, schools, NGOs and the media. They discussed the phenomenon of early school leaving and prevention models and programs that available in Serbia.

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    Mr. Marko Stojanovic from WEBIN presented the official data about early school leaving in Serbia: 3.4% of population above 10 years is illiterate; 21.9% of population above 15 did not complete elementary education while 23.9% of population completed only elementary education; 10-15% of pupils in elementary education drop out, as well as 10% of pupils in general secondary education and 30% in secondary VET. All these young people who drop out from education remain without any qualification, with less employment opportunities and have more need for social protection support system.  Having said this, Mr. Stojanovic pointed out the importance of an inter-sectoral approach and involvement of whole community, not only a school. He concluded that the efficient combat against drop out phenomenon requires the systemic measures on both, national and local levels.

    Ms. Angelina Skarep from the Ministry of Education pointed out that target value set by Serbian Education Strategy 2020 is to reduce early school leaving to less than 5% by year 2020. She also stressed that the State recently started to work actively on this issue .

    Professor Slavica Pavlicevic from The Preschool Teacher Education College Krusevac emphasized the importance of preschool preparatory programs in early child development as it is considered to be a mechanism of early prevention from leaving the education in later stages.

    Ms. Jelena Bubanja of WEBIN presented the TUTORING SERBIA program. Ms. Andjelija Roglic from elementary school Sutijeska Raska and Mr. Djordje Radoicic from Raska youth office presented the initial results of  program piloting in Raska municipality. They pointed out that children that participated in the program succeeded to improve their marks, attainment and socialization. In addition the feedback from parents was also positive.

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    Best practice case studies were additionally presented by NGO Pralipe from Pirot, GRUBB Foundation and LUNETA Association from Belgrade. Furthermore, the project ”Child-Oriented Cooperation Networking” of the World Vision Austria was presented to conference participants. At the same time, this was an outstanding occasion for organizations and institutions in the field to introduce one to each other and to network.

    The conference was hosted by the Western Balkans Institute WEBIN from Belgrade in framework of project: ”Local PPPs for the reduction of early school leaving” which is funded by the U.S.Embassy in Belgrade. Furthermore, the conference was supported by the World Vision Austria i Agroinvest Fund Serbia.

    For more information and media materials please contact Ms. Jelena Bubanja at +381-63-1663186 or jelena.bubanja(at)wb-institute.org or visit TUTORING program website at www.wb-institute.org/tutoring.

     

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  • Belgrade, Serbia, 13.06.14.

    U četvrtak 19. juna 2014. sa početkom u 12h u Kulturnom centru REX u Beogradu (Jevrejska 16) organizovaćemo konferenciju pod nazivom: KONFERENCIJA O PRERANOM NAPUŠTANJU ŠKOLOVANJA I USPEHU U UČENJU: POLITIKE, PRAKSE I PREVENCIJA. Konferenciju će otvoriti Marko Stojanović, WEBIN direktor za razvoj i Ryan Rowlands, savetnik za javne poslove u Ambasadi SAD u Srbiji a očekuje se učešće i ministra prosvete Srđana Verbića. 

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    Na konferenciji će biti reči o trenutnoj situaciji i trendovima u Srbiji u ovoj oblasti o čemo će govoriti školski psiholog Danica Radaković (saradnica WEBIN) kao i o problemu osipanja Romske dece i merama podrške namenjenih ovoj polulaciji o čemu će govoriti Angelina Skarep iz Ministarstva prosvete, nauke i tehnološkog razvoja. Slavica Pavličević profesorka Visoke škole strukovnih studija za vaspitače u Kruševcu će pričati o značaju pripremnih predškolskih programa za smanjenje rizika osipanja dece u kasnijim nivoima obrazovanja dok će Marko Stojanović, WEBIN direktor za razvoj govoriti o značaju saradnje u lokalnoj zajednici koja je usmerena na potrebe detata kao stručnjak na projektu ”Zajednice za decu” koji realizuje Agroinvest fondacija i World Vision Austrija u 5 opština u Srbiji.

    U drugom delu konferencije biće predstavljeni primeri dobre prakse i to program TUTORING SRBIJA koji WEBIN sprovodi u 3 grada i opštine na jugu Srbije, primer opštine Pirot kao i projekti ”Znanjem i veštinama protiv siromaštva” koji sprovodi organizacija ”Pomoć deci” i projekat  „Sprečavanje osipanja učenika iz obrazovnog sistema Republike Srbije “ koji sprovodi UNICEF u saradnji sa Ministarstvom prosvete i Centrom za obrazovne politike.

    Agendu konferencije možete preuzeti ovde: http://www.wb-institute.org/meta-content/uploads/TUTORING-program-konferencije-2014.pdf a poziv ovde: http://www.wb-institute.org/meta-content/uploads/TUTORING-poziv-na-konfereciju-2014.pdf.

    Za učešće na konferenciji možete se prijaviti na mail jelena.bubanja(at)wb-institute.org do utorka 17. juna 2014. godine do 17h. Učesnicima koji dolaze izvan Beograda biće nadoknađeni putni troškovi u visini povratne autobuske ili vozne karte.

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    Konferenciju organizujemo u okviru projekta ”Lokalna javno-privatna partnerstva za smanjenje preranog napuštanja školovanja” koji sprovodi Zapadnobalkanski institut WEBIN a finansira Ambasada SAD u Srbiji. Informacije o konferenciji možete nači i na našoj FB strani www.facebook.com/wbinstitute.

  • Belgrade, Serbia, 08.06.14.

    More than 40 representatives of the national youth councils of Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia, Croatia, Montenegro and Macedonia (FYROM) completed the training devoted to drafting of the National Youth Reports.

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    After completing this training, participants will be able to contribute to the process of drafting of the National Youth Reports in 2015 that will be carried out by the line ministries responsible for youth. The National Youth Report is is an instrument of monitoring and reporting on progress in implementation of the European Youth Strategy 2010-2018. In this process EU members states submit their reports every 3 years to the European Commission, while the candidate countries may participate on request. Serbia and Macedonia will first time participate in this process in 2015.

    Belgrade training has been organized by the following partners: WEBIN YOUTH, National Youth Council of Serbia (KOMS), Youth Network of Croatia (MMH), National Youth Council of Slovenia (MSS), Center for Civic Education Montenegro and Coalition of Youth Organizations SEGA from Prilep. The training was organized in the framework of ”Youth Participation: More Than A Catchword” project (YOUPA 2014) funded by the European Commission through the Youth in Action programme.

    Photo: WEBIN

  • Belgrade, Serbia, 27.05.14.

    9-day training session about European Youth Strategy and National Youth Reports will be held in Belgrade from 31 May – 08 June 2014 within the project: ”European Youth Participation: More Than A Catchword” (YOUPA).

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    The project is funded by the EU through the Youth in Action programme and implemented by WEBIN YOUTH from Belgrade, Center for Civic Education from Podgorica and National Youth Councils of Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia and Macedonia. The training is supported by Serbian Ministry of Youth and Sports. The objective of the project is to increase capacities and knowledge of National Youth Councils from EU member and candidate countries to participate in policy-making i.e. National Youth Report drafting process. The purpose of this project is to contribute to better implementation of the European Youth Strategy 2010-2018 through increasing knowledge and skills of National Youth Councils in 2 member states and 3 pre-accession countries about participating in the process of drafting of National Youth Reports. Participants of the training are 48 youth activists from Slovenia, Croatia, Montenegro, Serbia and FYROM who will take active role in contributing to 2015 National Youth Report drafting process in their countries. Selection process sought to provide for equal gender participation, involvement of vulnerable youth with fewer opportunities and participants with some and/or no experience in Youth Report drafting process and with reference to the implementation of the European Youth Strategy.

    Fore more information about the project please contact Jelena Bubanja, head of WEBIN YOUTH at jelena.bubanja@wb-institute.org.

  • Vrsac, Serbia, 15.05.14.

    Introduction conference: ”Harmonization of Preschool Teacher Education in Serbia – state of the art and perspectives” was organized in Vrsac on 12 and 13 May at Preschool Teacher Education College. At the conference we’ve been talking about key challenges in education of professional preschool teachers, employment and labor market, standards and respect for profession, usage of ICT, new didactic, etc.

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    We’ve been listening to what stakeholders have to say including parents, representatives of parents associations, employers and kindergartens, preschool teacher association, representative of local authorities and Provincial administration.

    We’ve been talking to students and listening to their messages.

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    In second part of the conference we’ve organized 6 parallel workshops with 11 topics through Open Space Methodology.

    More information about TEACH project you may find on project FB pagewww.facebook.com/TempusTEACH

  • Belgrade, Serbia, 07.05.14.

    WEBIN hosted in Belgrade the group of 17 young Georgians and South Ossetians who are visiting the Western Balkans in the framework of Youth Peace Express project.

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    In permises of Savski venac Business center we have organized the panel discussion with participation of Georgian, Ossetian and Serbian youth from civil society and political parties. Discussion was about youth particpation in decission making processes, public life, about youth position, activism, dealing with the past and human rights in war conflict regions.

    After Belgarde, Youth Peace Express participants will visit Kosovo, FYR Macedonia, Greece and Turkey.

  • Raska, Serbia, 25.04.14.

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    Municipality of Raska hosted on Friday the first peer-review session of local PPP representatives from 3 municipality including Raska, Vranje and Aleksinac. Purpose of this session was to enable to peers from 3 communities to meet, share different experiences in functioning of PPPs and implementation of Tutoring program. Initial experiences in 3 communities and effects of Tutoring program implementation were presented, challenges in functioning of PPPs were discussed and agreement on further work was forged. It was emphasized that in Raska municipality, children involved in the tutoring program, show significant improvement in regular classes but that there are few individual cases that will require different approach. Initial experiences in Aleksinac are also rather positive although there is a group of children constantly being absent from school. Tutoring program in Vranje has started just recently and the initial experiences will be presented at next peer-review session.

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    The following institutions were present at the peer-review: municipal governments of Raska and Vranje, centers for social work from Vranje and Raska, elementary schools “Sutjeska” and “Josif Pančić” from Raska, local youth offices from Vranje and Raska, Preschool Teacher Education College from Aleksinac and NGO CentRa from Raske.

     

    This session was implemented within the project ‘Local PPPs for the reduction of early school leaving’’ which is implemented by WEBIN and funded by the U.S. Embassy in Belgrade.

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  • Novi Sad, Serbia, 24.04.14.

    #tempus#teach Novi Sad is hosting a meeting of team that will comparatively analyze preschool teacher education curricula at 4 vocational colleges. The following will be analyzed: a) structure of the study programs b) competences.

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    Analysis will show the similarities and differences in the curricula and provide us with the conclusion how to plan the harmonization process.

    More information will soon be available at TEACH project website which is under construction.

    The meeting is organized within the TEACH project which is funded by the European Commission through the TEMPUS program.IMG_20140424_105844_945  IMG_20140424_105858_036

  • Prokuplje, Serbia, 14.04.14.

    Public procurement call for purchasing equipment for HEIs from Serbia within the AGRIVOC project you may find in Serbian language in the following link: http://www.vpps.edu.rs/konkursna_dokumentacija_agrivoc.pdf

    Decision on public procurement you may see here:  

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    For more information about this procurement, please do not hesitate to contact AGRIVOC project coordinator Mr. Nebojsa Zlatkovic at 064-0474611 or e-mail nebojsa.zlatkovic79@gmail.com.

  • Keckemet, Hungary, 11.04.14.

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    Representatives of AGRIVOC project Mr. Marko Stojanovic from WEBIN, Mr. Tibor Konyves from Faculty for Biofarming from Backa Topola and Mr. Nebojsa Zlatkovic, project coordinator visited Vocational Higher Education College in Keckemet, Hungary on 10 April 2014. AGRIVOC delegation met with Mr. Ferenc Arpad, Dean and Mr. Tibor Sabo, international relations officer to discuss joint academic and project cooperation.  It was concluded that there is a great opportunity to work on joint projects within Erasmus Plus Program but also in the field of academic cooperation through exchange of students and teaching staff.  It was concluded that expertise of WEBIN and its support to Serbian partners in preparing and managing international projects has been a great deal in the past and that this support should continue if it comes to working on a new project with the College from Keckemet.

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    Guests from Serbia paid a visit to Colleges’ farm and visited students on vocational training.

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    The College in Keckemet is vocational higher educational institution delivering education in the following fields:

    1. Horticulture,

    2. Preschool teacher education,

    3. Technical education in automotive industry (for newly opened Mercedes Benz car factory).

     

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  • Nitra, Slovakia, 11.04.14.

    Representatives of 8 HEIs from Serbia and B&H and representative of WEBIN paid visit to Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra (SUA) within AGRIVOC project.

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    The hosts to this study visit were prof. Elena Horska, vice-rector for international cooperation and prof. Vladislav Valach, head of International cooperation office. 4-day long study visit was used to get partners from Serbia and B&G familiar with experiences of SUA in curricula reform as well as in organizing student vocational training courses. The guests also paid a visit to University farm in Oponica where students conduct their practical training, student guesthouse and University winery.

     

     

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    For more information please visit our project website www.agrivoc.org or our project FB page www.facebook.com/agrivocstudies.

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  • Belgrade, 04.04.14.

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    The meeting of the Advisory Board of TUTORING SERBIA programme was held today at WEBIN office.

    The first results, achievements and challenges in program implementation in Vranje, Aleksinac and Raska were discussed today, as well as perspectives in program replication in the Western Balkans region.

    The experiences from Vranje, Aleksinac and Raska and activities undertook in Vranje were presented to the Advisory Board. In addition we’ve presented a mechanism of continuous monitoring of the performance of PPPs and of individual work for tutors with children. The key remarks from this first 2 months period of implementation of the program in 3 communities, refers to the following:

    –       Insufficient communication of schools with parents as well as lack of feedback from parents

    –       Great motive of tutors and opinion of school staff that tutors are getting well with children

    –       Significant dependence of local PPPs on local political setting

    –       Satisfaction of children and their feedback

    We came to the conclusion that TUTORING SRBIJA has to be accredited with the ZUOV (The Institute for the Enhancement of Education and Upbringing) as the professional training course for teachers in primary schools. In addition we’ve concluded that final evaluation of outcomes should encompass the feedback from both – children and parents.

    Members of the Advisory Board of TUTORING SERBIA programme are Ms. Iva Kljakić of World Vision Serbia, Ms. Sandra Gucijan from Politika Daily, Ms. Dragana Soćanin from Association Parent and Mr.  Zoran Zlatković from OKO (Organization of Creative Gathering).

    For more information please visit our web site www.wb-institute.org/tutoring  or our FB page www.facebook.com/wbinstitute.

    Photo source: WEBIN

  • Raska, Serbia, 25.03.14.

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    First meeting of tutors was held in Raska on March 25 at the Youth Club. 12 tutors and youth office coordinator participated in the meeting. Ms. Ana Zečević, tutor team leader facilitated the meeting. On this occasion  the tutors shared their experience in individual work with children, what kind of communication they developed with children, what kind with parents, and what kind of cooperation was developed with schools. They also discussed the current chellenges and communications and first results in tutors work with children. During the meeting the tutors adopted recommendations for further work and motivation of children in order to achieve better cooperation with children and mutual trust.

    For more information please visit our web site www.wb-institute.org/tutoring or our FB page www.facebook.com/wbinstitute.

    Photo source: Youth office Raska

  • Novi Sad, 24.03.14.

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    Representatives of preschool teacher education colleges from Novi Sad, Vrsac, Sremska Mitrovica and Krusevac and representatives of WEBIN participated in coordination meeting in Novi Sad. The meeting referred to comparative analysis, introduction conference and assessment of teacher needs for the improvement of traversal competences. The team that will be responsible for conducting the comparative research was appointed and content and title of introduction conference was agreed. University in Maribor and WEBIN will prepare an instrument for needs assessment.

    For more information please visit our website www.wb-institute.org/tutoring or our FB page www.facebook.com/wbinstitute.

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  • Aleksinac, Serbia, 10.03.14.

    On 6 March 2014 in the city of Aleksinac TUTORING SERBIA program entered its implementation phase with 15 tutors and 15 tutees who have been selected for participation in this program.  Tutoring activity is being conducted in the elementary school Vožd Karađorđe.

    Participation in the pilot program involves individual work of a tutor with a child in elementary school once a week for 2 hours in the school grounds during the period from February to late May 2014. The goal of the program is focused on working with children who have learning difficulties and/or a high number of absences from school in order to help them improve their success in education and prevent early drop out. During this period of 4 months tutors will have regular monthly joint meetings in order to share and discuss their experience in working with children.

    Tutors participated in the orientation session prior to the commencement of the program, and upon completion of the program they will receive certificates and letters of appreciation from WEBIN and the U.S. Embassy in Belgrade, with a description of the program and engagements performed.

    TUTORING SERBIA program is conducted in the framework of the project Local Public- Private Partnerships for the Prevention of Early School Leaving which is implemented by the Western Balkan Institute (WEBIN) and funded by the U.S. Embassy in Belgrade.

    For more information please visit our website at www.wb-institute.org/tutoring.

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  • Pozarevac, Serbia, 05.03.14.

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    Technical College from Pozarevac hosted on 03/04 March 2014 2nd seminar on interactive teaching which gathered more than 20 vocational teachers and teaching assistants from 8 vocational HEIs from Serbia and B&H. Seminar was held by professor Radovan Kasarda from the Slovak University of Agriculture (SUA) in Nitra, Slovakia. Seminar was designed in accordance with the findings of the Needs assessment carried out by WEBIN.

    During the seminar the following topics were covered: contemporary teaching, use of audiovisual means, role of discussion and questioning in learning, team work, role plays, case studies and problem-based learning.

    During second days the visit was paid to ”Hrastovaca farm” wine cellar “Živković“ and archaeological site “Viminacium“.

    The seminar was organized within the AGRIVOC project which is funded by the European Commission through TEMPUS program.

    For more info please visit project website www.agrivoc.org or project FB page at www.facebook.com/Agrivocstudies.

    Photo source: Technical College Pozarevac

  • Vrsac, 19.02.14.

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    Project ‘’TEACH: Harmonization of Preschool Teacher Education Curricula in Serbia’’ has started with kick-off meeting hosted by the College of Preschool Teacher Education in Vrsac. All consortium members participate in the meeting including the host institution, WEBIN, preschool teacher education colleges from Novi Sad, Krusevac and Sremska Mitrovica and 3 EU partners: The Manchester Metropolitan University from UK, University of Baja from Hungary and University of Maribor.

    The objective of this project is to harmonize the vocational pre-school teaching curricula at 4 vocational colleges in Serbia as well as to improve teaching methodology, transversal skills and entrepreneurial competences of teaching staff and students.

    The project will last for 3 years and coordinating institution is the College of Preschool Teacher Education in Vrsac.

    Project web site and Facebook page will be available soon.

    Photo source: Preschool Teacher Education College Vrsac

  • Raska, Serbia, 18.02.14.

    Implementation of the tutoring component under the program TUTORING SERBIA began in Raska on 18 February 2014. The program involves 13 tutors and 13 tutees, and the work is being carried out in the elementary schools Sutjeska and Josif Pancic.

    Participation in the program is based on the individual work of tutors with children in elementary school once a week for 2 hours during the period from February to late May 2014. The work is focused on the children who have learning difficulties or a high number of absences from school in order to help them improve their success in education and prevent early school leaving. During this period of 4 months the tutors will have regular monthly joint meetings in order to share experiences and provide for peer and self-help in preventing and/or solving current challenges in working with children. Professional supervision of tutors will be carried out by an expert team composed of an elementary schools pedagogist, director of the Center for Social Work, representative of the Secretariat for Education and coordinator of the Youth Office Raska.

    Tutors will have undergone orientation session before the begging of their work where they will be familiarized in detail with the process of tutoring and working with children and at the end of the program they will receive certificates and letters of gratitude from WEBIN and the U.S. Embassy in Belgrade together with a description of the program and their active involvement in the community.

    Program TUTORING SERBIA is being piloted in the framework of the project Local Public-Private Partnerships for the Reduction of Early School Leaving implemented by the Western Balkan Institute (WEBIN) and funded by the U.S. Embassy in Belgrade.

    For more information, please visit our website at www.wb-institute.org/tutoring and our fb page at www.facebook.com/wbinstitute.

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  • Belgrade, 04.02.14.

    Our office moved to new address. From now on you may visit us at Djordja Jovanovica 13, 11000 Belgrade (near Bitef teathre).

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  • Belgrade, 25.01.14.

    Western Balkans Institute hosted on Saturday 25th January  second regional meeting on preparation of project proposal for call for proposals within the HORIZON 2020, subarea  ‘’Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture”.

    Project topics and work packages for the two project proposals were defined at the meeting and arrangements were made to continue activities related to extending the consortium.

    The following institutions form the consortium: University ‘’Dzemal Bijedic’’ Agromediterranean Faculty in Mostar, University of East Sarajevo Faculty of Agriculture, Megatrend University Faculty for Biofarming in Backa Topola, College of Agriculture and Food Production Prokuplje, College of Agriculture in Sabac and Western Balkans Institute WEBIN. The consortium will be extended during the next months with institutions from EU and third-countries from both sectors non-profit and SMEs.

    For more information please visit our web site at www.wb-institute.org or our FB page at www.facebook.com/wbinstitute.

     

    #horizon2020, #agriculture

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  • Belgrade, 23.01.14.

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    Screening of compliance of the regulations of Serbia with EU Acquis Communautaire for Negotiation Chapter 2 – ‘’Freedom of movement of workers” was held on Thursday 23rd January in Brussels, two days after the official start of negotiations on accession to the European Union.

    In a live broadcast via live stream, the screening was watched by stakeholders from Serbia. Live stream watching event was hosted by the Ministry of Labor, Employment and Social Policy. WEBIN representatives participated in Belgrade event as stakeholders.

    During the meeting of explanatory screening, the following content was presented: general principles of access to EU labour market (Decisions and Directives of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the free movement of people and labor), regulations on the EURES, regulations on the coordination of social security systems, as well as regulations regarding the” European health insurance card.”

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  • Vranje, Aleksinac and Raska, 15.01.14.

    Calls for tutors within the TUTORING SERBIA Programme which is implemented in Vranje, Aleksinac and Raska closed by mid January 2014. The total of 70 students and youth workers sent applications for participation in the programme as tutors that will be responsible for individual work with elementary school pupils who are at risk of leaving the school prematurely.

    The call for applications was administered by the public-private partnerships for the prevention of early school leaving (PPP), established at the end of 2013 in Vranje, Aleksinac and Raska.

    Participation in the programme envisages individual work of a tutor with a child in elementary school, once in a week for 2 hours during the period from February to May of 2014. Tutors will work with children who have learning difficulties or a high number of absences from school in order to help them improve their learning outcomes and prevent dropping out from school. During the four months period, regular monthly peer-review meetings of tutors will be arranged.

    Prior to official start of the programme, the tutors will participate in the orientation session. Upon completion of the program tutors will receive certificates and letters of appreciation issued by the WEBIN and the U.S. Embassy in Belgrade.

    TUTORING SERBIA programme is implemented in the framework of ’Local public-private partnerships for the prevention of early school leaving’’ project implemented by the Western Balkans Institute WEBIN and funded by the the U.S. Embassy in Belgrade.

    For more information please visit our website www.wb-institute.org/tutoring and our FB page www.facebook.com/wbinstitute.

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  • Belgrade, Serbia, 06.01.14.

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    Dear colleagues,

    we would like to inform you that the project web site www.agrivoc.org has been updated to contain information about the latest project activities  and achievements. The web site contains, among other things, minutes from project meetings, workshops and events, photographs and final versions of the plans of reform of the curricula of 17 study courses from 8 HEIs from Serbia and B&H. In addition, you may find the plans of the improvement of students practical training courses.

    For more information please visit www.agrivoc.org or FB page at www.facebook.org/agrivocstudies

    #westernbalkans, #vocationalstudies, #webin, #agriculture, #agrifood

  • Belgrade, Serbia, 04.01.14.

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    Belgrade meeting hosted by the Western Balkans Institute WEBIN resulted in making an agreement to create a regional AGRIFOOD consortium of HEIs and non-profit institutions and to prepare and push forward a project bid for last week call for proposals released under the HORIZON 2020, sub area ‘’Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture”. WEBIN will coordinate all the activities among the partners.

    The following institutions form the consortium: University ‘’Dzemal Bijedic’’ Agromediterranean Faculty in Mostar, University of East Sarajevo Faculty of Agriculture, Megatrend University Faculty for Biofarming in Backa Topola, College of Agriculture and Food Production Prokuplje, College of Agriculture in Sabac and Western Balkans Institute WEBIN. The consortium will be extended during the next months with institutions from EU and third-countries from both sectors non-profit and SMEs.

    For more information and to follow further developments in this regard, please visit our web site at www.wb-institute.org or our FB page at www.facebook.com/wbinstitute.

    #Westernbalkans#WEBIN#Horizon2020#Agriculture,#Agrifood

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  • Belgrade, Serbia, 03.01.14.

    Prsc_HOR 2020 jan 2014 hosted by WEBIN

    On Saturday 04th January 2014 from 13hr we will hosts first working meeting of the Western Balkans institutions that will participate in the preparation of project proposal under the HORIZON 2020. At the meeting we will present 2014-2015 Work Programme, sub-area: ’’Social Challenges: Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture.” The participants of the meeting will be epresentatives of higher education institutions from Serbia and Bosnia&Herzegovina.

    Should you be interested in listening to this presentation via Skype, mail us at office@wb-institute.org.

  • Brussels, EU, 21.12.13.
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  • Hodmezovasarhely, Hungary, 10.12.13.

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    Szeged University, Faculty of Agriculture in Hodmezovasarhely is hosting the ongoing 2nd study visit within AGRIVOC project. The subject in focus of this study visit is the reform of student practical training at vocational agricultural higher educational institutions. During study visit to University of Szeged Agricultural Faculty in Hodmezovasarhely profesors from agricultural faculties and colleges from Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina presented the plans of reform of students practical training at their institutions. Second day participants paid a visit to pilot farm where students do their practical training. The visit will end tomorrow December 11, 2013.

    Study visit is part of TEMPUS AGRIVOC project. For more information please visit project website www.agrivoc.org or Facebook page: www.facebook.com/Agrivocstudies.

    Photo source: WEBIN

  • Aleksinac, Serbia, 09.12.13.

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  • Brussels, EU, 07.12.13.
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    Through the Youth in Action program the European Commission will be funding the training for youth organizations participants from Serbia, Montenegro, FYROM, Croatia and Slovenia related to the drafting of the National Youth Report – document on the implementation of the European Youth Strategy. The training will be organized in May 2014 in Serbia in the scope of the Youth Participation: More than a Catchword (YOUPA) project implemented by the Western Balkans Institute WEBIN in partnership with the National Youth Councils of Serbia (KOMS), Croatia (MMH), Slovenia (MSS) and FYROM (SEGA) and the Center for Civic Education from Montenegro.
    More information about the project you may find at: http://www.wb-institute.org/en/projects/. Contact person for the project is Ms. Jelena Bubanja, e-m: jelena.bubanja(at)wb-institute.org.
  • Vranje, Aleksinac, Raska, Serbia, 22.11.13.

    During the last week in Aleksinac, Raska and Vranje the second round of workshops on the creation of public-private partnerships for reduction of early school leaving was held. The workshops were attended by all key local partners engaged in primary education in the local communities, i.e. representatives of the municipal/city governments, social welfare centers, primary schools and higher education institutions, youth offices and NGOs.

    The aim of the workshops was to prepare for the establishment of public-private partnerships in Raska, Aleksinac and Vranje and define the action plans for implementing the TUTORING SERBIA program in these three cities.

    Workshops in Aleksinac and Raska were attended by representatives of the U.S. Embassy – Mr. Ryan Rowlands and Ms. Marija Bjelopetrovic who thanked to local partners for the great support that the program encountered in their local communities and stressed the vital importance of public-private partnerships for the successful realization of the program.

    At the workshops the signing of the Memorandum on the establishment of PPPs in all three cities was agreed, the period when training will be organized for representatives of PPP was defined in all three cities and so were the action plans for implementation of the program.

    By these workshops we successfully completed the first phase: the creation of a local mechanism (public-private partnerships) that will be responsible for implementing the TUTORING SERBIA program in the second phase which begins in December.

    In the coming period in all three cities calls for tutors will be announced. Vacancies will be published on the website of the municipalities and the Youth Offices.

    Materials from the workshop can be found and downloaded on the website www.wb-institute.org/tutoring.

    For more information, visit the Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/wbinstitute or contact Ms. Jelena Bubanja at jelena.bubanja(at)wb-institute.org.

    Workshops were organized in the framework of the project ”’Local Public-Private Partnerships for Reduction of Early School Leaving” implemented by the Western Balkan Institute and funded by the U.S. Embassy in the Republic of Serbia.

  • Mostar, Bosnia & Herzegovina, 12.11.13.

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    From 6 to 11 November the project team from the Western Balkans Institute – WEBIN visited Bosnia & Herzegovina following the invitation of Agro-Mediterranean Faculty of the University Dzemal Bijedic from Mostar for planning of regional projects and initiatives and strengthening of regional cooperation. During the three-day stay at the University Dzemal Bijedic, the WEBIN project team received a detailed insight into the structure and functioning of the Faculty and University infrastructure. Special emphasis was placed on Faculty potential regarding project management and International Cooperation of the University. Various aspects of cooperation were agreed both in B&H and the region and the signing of an agreement on cooperation was announced.

    During the stay in B&H, WEBIN project team also visited the Faculty of Agriculture, University of East Sarajevo, with which intensive cooperation and signing of an agreement on cooperation was also announced.

    In Sarajevo WEBIN team and the Agro-Mediterranean Faculty of University Dzemal Bijedic from Mostar organized a meeting with representatives of the American Foundation ”World Vision Bosnia and Herzegovina” at which opportunities for cooperation in the field of education and economic empowerment of vulnerable citizens in B&H were discussed.

    Strengthening cooperation with institutions in Bosnia and Herzegovina is part of the wider process of strengthening regional cooperation in the Western Balkans between the educational, scientific, economic and civic public and private institutions towards creating a network of institutions with strong capacity to participate in the most complex and most demanding European programmes in the field of education, science and technological development. This visit of WEBIN’s project team to B&H initiated the creation of regional team of professionals to monitor the newly established European programmes ”Horizon 2020” and ”Erasmus +”.

    #Western Balkans Institute, #WEBIN, #Regional cooperation, #Cross border cooperation

     

  • Belgrade, Serbia, 11.11.13.

    Project TEACH: Harmonization of Preschool Teacher Education Curricula in Serbia, funded under TEMPUS VI is about to start in December 2013. Project will be implemented in the Republic of Serbia in cities of Vrsac, Belgrade, Novi Sad, Sremska Mitrovica and Krusevac in the period of 3 years (01 December 2013 – 30 November 2016). Total budget of this project is 603,138.11 EUR.

    This project will harmonize the vocational pre-school teaching studies in 4 vocational colleges in the Republic of Serbia.

    Specific objectives of this project refer to: a) harmonizing curricula through identifying the role model curricula and developing curricula harmonization plans; b) implementing the harmonized curricula through accreditation and enrollment of students; c) improving transversal skills of teachers through training of trainers (ToT sessions) and local spill-over training sessions; d) improving teaching methodology and entrepreneurial competences of teachers through identifying learning outcomes and methods;

    TEACH will be implemented by consortium composed of the following institutions:

    1. Preschool Teacher Training College ’’Mihailo Palov’’ Vrsac (VSVS) (coordinator)
    2. Preschool Teacher Training College Krusevac (VSVKS)
    3. College for Preschool Teacher Education in Novi Sad (VSVNS)
    4. Preschool Teacher Training College Sremska Mitrovica (VSSM)
    5. Western Balkans Institute (WEBIN)
    6. The Manchester Metropolitan University, UK (MMU)
    7. University of Maribor, Slovenia (UM)
    8. University of Baja, Hungary (EJF)

     

    More details coming soon.

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  • Belgrade, Serbia, 06.11.13.

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    Network of CSOs for Children of Serbia – MODS held its first Board Meeting on 6th of November 2013 in Belgrade. The agenda included the presentation of theNational Network for Children in Bulgaria, as well as the presentation of the report on the work of MODS and report on the evaluation of MODS. After working in the plenum the present delegates split in small groups and started planning of the work of the thematic group “Children and Family” and “Education and participation of children” in 2014.

    More information available here: http://zadecu.org/?p=2181#

  • Brussels, EU, 22.10.13.

    EACEA has published decision about selection of projects to be funded under the sixth Call for Proposals of Tempus IV. Please find the list of selected projects here.

    The implementation of projects is expected to begin on 1 December 2013.

    Higher Education institutions from Serbia participate in 18 selected projects. TEMPUS TEACH project in which WEBIN participates is among selected ones. Total value of approved projects involving institutions from Serbia is around 10 million €.

    More information available here: http://eacea.ec.europa.eu/tempus/results_compendia/results_en.php

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  • Backa Topola, Serbia, 21.10.13.

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    Faculty of Biofarming Megatrend University in Backa Topola (FBF) hosted in the period 21-23. October the 2nd workshop on curriculum reform within AGRIVOC project. Workshop participants were professors and lecturers at higher education institutions in Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina who guided the process of preparation of the curriculum reform plan for study programs at their home institutions.

    At the workshop the publication: ”A comparative study on indicators of agriculture study programs” was presented  as a result created under this project and published by the Faculty of Biofarming together with College of Agriculture and Food Technology Prokuplje, Serbia.

    During the first and second day of the workshop final plans for curriculum reform of 17 academic programs and three modules at 8 higher education institutions in Serbia and Bosnia were presented. The Institutions have presented plans for the following programs and modules:

    • Technical College of Vocational Studies Požarevac (VTSPO): 1. Agriculture; 2. Food Technology;
    • College of Agriculture and Food Production Prokuplje (VPPŠ) (coordinator): 1. Food Technology; 2. Field and Vegetable Crops; 3. Animal Husbandry; 4. Fruit Growing and Viticulture; 5. Plant Protection;
    • Vocational College of Agriculture Šabac (VPSSA): 1. Animal Husbandry; 2. Plant Protection; 3. Field and Vegetable Crops; 4. Fruit and Wine Growing;
    • Technical College in Vranje (VSVR): 1. Food Technology;
    • Faculty of Biofarming Megatrend University (FBF): 1. Biofarming;
    • Agro-Mediterranean Faculty Džemal Bijedić University Mostar (DBU): 1. Vegetable & Floriculture; 2. Fruit & Viticulture;
    • Faculty of Agriculture University of East Sarajevo (UES): 1. Agriculture – General Module; 2. Agriculture – Plant Production Module; 3. Agriculture – Livestock Production Module;
    • Faculty of Agriculture University of Banja Luka (UNIBL): 1. Field Crop and Vegetable;

     

    Detailed plans for reform will soon be available on the project website at www.agrivoc.com, under the download section.

    During the second and the third day, the participants got a chance to tour the eco farm in Backa Topola, village of Donji Tavankut, where different varieties of organic fruits, vegetables and grains are grown. The participants also visited the Highlander’s plant nursery in Subotica. During this visit to the plant nursery, guests were interviewed by the YU ECO TV from Subotica.

    The last workshop dedicated to the curriculum reform will be held in East Sarajevo in May 2014.

     

    AGRIVOC project is implemented by 15-member consortium and funded by the European Commission under the TEMPUS programme. More information about the project you may find at project website www.agrivoc.com or project Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Agrivocstudies?ref=hl.

    Poseta Goranskom rasadniku // Visit to Goranski Plant Nursery

  • Raska, Serbia, 17.10.13.

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    On Thursday 17 October the municipal administration of Raska hosted the first workshop on the creation of public-private partnerships in the municipality festive hall. A large number of local actors took part in the workshop, including the representatives of the Municipal Administration – Secretariat of Education, Youth Office, the Center for Social Work, Sutjeska Elementary School, Elementary School Josif Pančić from Baljevac and NGO CentRa.

    The aim of the workshop was to make the first steps towards the creation of public-private partnerships with the role to reduce early school-leaving in the municipality of Raska. Representatives of WEBIN led a workshop in a way that it enabled the participants to:

    a) better understand the program TUTORING SERBIA
    b) better understand the responsibilities and roles of public and private institutions in the field of primary education and to work with elementary school pupils in the municipality of Raska
    c) agree on the roles and relationships of present institutions in the implementation of TUTORING SERBIA in Raska municipality.

    At the beginning of the event, the participants were welcomed by Ms. Vesna Kurandic, a representative of municipal government in charge of education, who emphasized the importance of prevention of early school-leaving phenomenon in the municipality of Raska, and the importance of the creation of public-private partnerships to deal with this issue.

    The workshop lasted for 3 hours and it was agreed to organize the second workshop in the month of November.

    Materials from the workshop can be found and downloaded on the website TUTORING SERBIA available at: www.wb-institute.org/tutoring.

    For more information please visit the Facebook page at:www.facebook.com/wbinstitute or
    Facebook page of the Youth Office in Raska Municipality:https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.451929458249039.1073741876.289099207865399&type=1

    Photo source: WEBIN

  • Aleksinac, Serbia, 16.10.13.

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    On Wednesday, 16 October municipal administration of Aleksinac hosted the first workshop on the creation of public-private partnerships in the festive hall of municipality of Aleksinac. The workshop was attended by representatives of the municipal administration, Youth Office, the Center for Social Work, Elementary School Karadjordje, Association for the Development of Creativity Aleksinac and the College for Vocational Educators from Aleksinac and the Student Parliament.

    The aim of the workshop was to make the first steps towards the creation of public-private partnerships with the role to reduce early school-leaving in the municipality of Aleksinac. Representatives of WEBIN led a workshop in a way that it enabled the participants to:

    a) better understand the program TUTORING SERBIA
    b) better understand the responsibilities and roles of public and private institutions in the field of primary education and to work with elementary school pupils in the municipality of Aleksinac
    c) agree on the roles and relationships of present institutions in the implementation of Tutoring Serbia in Aleksinac municipality.

    At the beginning of the event, the participants were welcomed by Ms. Danijela Petrovic, secretary of the Municipal Assembly of Aleksinac, who emphasized the importance of prevention of early school-leaving phenomenon in the municipality of Aleksinac, and the importance of the creation of public-private partnerships to deal with this issue.

    The workshop lasted for 3 hours and it was agreed to organize the second workshop in the second half of November.

    At this occasion, a Memorandum of Cooperation was signed between the WEBIN and the Municipality of Aleksinac.

    Materials from the workshop can be found and downloaded on the website TUTORING SERBIA available at: www.wb-institute.org/tutoring

    For more information please visit www.wb-institute.org

    Photo source: WEBIN

  • Vranje, Serbia, 14.10.13.

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    On Monday, 14 October the city administration of Vranje hosted the first workshop on the creation of public-private partnerships in the ceremonial hall of the city of Vranje. A large number of local actors took part in the workshop, including the representatives from the City Administration, the Youth Office, the City Secretariat for Education, the Centre for Social Work, Elementary School J. J. Zmaj, Elementary School Dositej Obradović, NGO MODUS, NGO NEXUS, Citizens Association ŽIVOT, Pedagogical Faculty in Vranje, Higher Technical School, CARITAS LUXEMGURG – office in Serbia and other institutions.

    The aim of the workshop was to make the first steps towards the creation of public-private partnerships with the role to reduce early school-leaving in the city of Vranje. Representatives of WEBIN led a workshop in a way that it enabled the participants to:

    a) better understand the program Tutoring SERBIA
    b) better understand the responsibilities and roles of public and private institutions in the field of primary education and to work with elementary school pupils in the city of Vranje
    c) agree on the roles and relationships of present institutions in the implementation of Tutoring Serbia in the city of Vranje.

    At the beginning of the event, the participants were welcomed by Ms. Maja Ristic, a member of the City Council in charge of education and culture, who emphasized the importance of prevention of early school-leaving phenomenon in the city of Vranje, and the importance of the creation of public-private partnerships to deal with this issue.

    The workshop lasted for 3 hours and it was agreed to organize the second workshop in the third week of November.

    Materials from the workshop can be found and downloaded on the website Tutoring Serbia available at: www.wb-institute.org/tutoring

    For more information please visit www.wb-institute.org

    Photo source: WEBIN

  • Banja Luka, Bosnia & Herzegovina, 12.10.13.

    Faculity of Agriculture of Banja Luka University hosted from 09-11. October 2013 2nd regular meeting of the Steering Committee of AGRIVOC project. Apart from the host, the following institutions were present: UES – Faculty of Agriculture East Sarajevo University, VPPS – College of Agriculture and Food Technology Prokuplje, VPSSA – College of Vocational Agricultural Studies Sabac and WEBIN – Western Balkans Institute.

    During the 3-day meeting, SC members participated in 21st Anniversary celebration of the Faculty of Agriculture (more information find here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.589602091097942.1073741848.556802221044596&type=1).

    Meeting minutes and other materials you may find at project website www.agrivoc.org or project FB page www.facebook.com/Agrivocstudies.

    AGRIVOC project is funded by the European Commission through the Tempus program.

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  • Vranje, Aleksinac, Raska, Serbia, 09.10.13.

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    From 14-19th October 3 workshops will be organized in Vranje, Aleksinac and Raska to create the local public-private partnerships for the reduction of early school leaving. For more information you may contact Ms. Jelena Bubanja at jelena.bubanja(at)wb-institute.org.

  • Belgrade, Serbia, 30.09.13.

    Information about  ERASMUS + programme you may find at this link: http://ec.europa.eu/education/erasmus-for-all/

  • Athens, Greece, 24.09.13.

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    The reform of the curriculum of the study programs in 5 agricultural and food production disciplines at 8 higher education institutions in Serbia and B&H is under way. With regard to it, we paid the visit to Agricultural University of Athens (www.aua.gr). The representatives from 8 higher education institutions from Serbia (colleges from Prokuplje, Vranje, Sabac and Pozarevca and facultys from Backa Topola) and B&H (universities from Banja Luka, East Sarajevo and Mostar Džemal Bijedić University) presented their plans and ongiong activities in curricular reform process to the colleagues from otherinstitutions as well as to hosts from AUA. The study visit program has been developed by WEBIN, which also facilitated the process of curricula reform in so far. More information available at www.agrivoc.org.

    Photo source: WEBIN

  • Nis, Serbia, 23.09.13.

    By signing the Memorandum of Cooperation WEBIN became a full member of the Network organization for children of Serbia (MODS) that gathers 84 member organizations.

    MODS is national network of organizations engaged in improving the position of children and operates through two thematic groups -” Children and Families” and” Education and participation of children”.

    TG” Children and Families” deals with the issue of poverty and social exclusion of children and it provides comprehensive support for the life of a child in a family environment while TG” Education and participation of children” addresses the issue of affordable, high-quality formal and informal education, promoting inclusive concept, the importance of participatory roles of children and matters related to the early development of children.

    The initiator of the Network is the Society for Development of Children and Youth – Open club, Nis where the seat of the Secretariat of the Network is also located. More information about the network can be found at the website: www.zadecu.org.

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  • Belgrade, Serbia, 13.09.13.

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    On Friday 13 September 2013, in ”Morning Online” at TV Kopernikus 1, Mr. Stojanovic from WEBIN and his host Ms. Bozic talked about early school leaving problem and TUTORING SERBIA program which is to be piloted in 8 elementary schools in Vranje, Raska and Aleksinac. Program piloting was enabled through ”Local PPPs for reduction of early school leaving” project funded by U.S. Embassy Belgrade.

    Photo source: WEBIN

  • Vranje, Serbia, 11.09.13.

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    In the scope of the second preparatory mission in Vranje, the TUTORING SERBIA program was presented to Ms. Bojana Velickov, deputy mayor and Ms. Maja Ristic, a member of the City Council in charge of education.

    It was agreed that all city institutions get involved in public-private partnership to prevent dropout and that pilot program will be implemented in the elementary schools ‘’J.J. Zmaj’’ and ‘’Dositej Obradovic’’. In the coming days an agreement between the city and WEBIN will be signed with reference to the pilot program.

    The first workshop will be scheduled for the begging of October.

    It was also announced that a national conference on the problem of dropout will be organized on 14. October 2013 in Belgrade.

    After the meeting with the city governance of Vranje, the  program was also presented to the  CARITAS Luxemburg that contributes to socio-economic development in southern Serbia.

    Program TUTORING SERBIA will be piloted in Vranje, Aleksinac and Raska thanks to the support received from the U.S. Embassy in the Republic of Serbia and the project” Local public-private partnerships for reducing early school leaving”. In the first phase of the project WEBIN representatives will work with local stakeholders to create public-private partnerships in each of the three cities, which will be responsible for the implementation and monitoring of the effects of the program the second half of the mid term. Local partnerships are crucial for the success of the program because these will contribute to the sustainability of the program and in perspective, its institutionalization.

     

    About the program

    TUTORING SERBIA is a prevention program addressing early school leaving. The program aims to contribute to reducing the rate of early school-leavers (drop-out) in primary schools in Serbia, while promoting equal opportunities for all, volunteering work in the community, solidarity and tolerance.

    The core of this program makes learning support before or after school, i.e, a relationship that is formed between tutors (students, youth workers, volunteers) and his / her students (young person at risk to early leave the school because of learning difficulties). The success of this program requires building of strong, lasting partnerships between different institutions in the local community, such as local governments, social work centers, schools, higher education institutions, youth offices, and civil society as well as partnerships with the community in which children and young people live, as well as constant communication with parents and care givers.

    For more information about the project please contact or Jelena Bubanja at: jelena.bubanja(at)wb-institute.org or visit project webpage www.wb-institute.org/tutoring and FB page www.facebook.com/wbinstitute.

    Photo: WEBIN

  • Belgrade, Serbia, 09.09.13.

    Politika Daily published today an article about early school leaving problem and TUTORING SERBIA program which is being implemented in Raska, Aleksinac and Vranje with support of American Embassy. The article you may find in Serbian language here: http://www.politika.rs/rubrike/Drustvo/Mladi-tutori-za-osnovce-problematicnog-ponasanja.sr.html.

  • Belgrade, Serbia, 06.09.13.

    Consumers’ Center of Serbia (CEPS), Serbian Chamber of Commerce (PKS) and Western Balkans Institute (WEBIN) organized on Friday the round table dedicated to the new law on consumer protection. This was the final event of the project ”Improving the Environment for Consumer Protection in Southern Serbia” funded by the Foundation for an Open Society Serbia.

    More information available at: www.ceps.rs.

  • Raska, Serbia, 06.09.13.

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    Mayor of Raska and Executive director of WEBIN signed Cooperation Agreement related to testing of TUTORING SERBIA program in Raska.

    The purpose of this cooperation is to jointly participate in the implementation of the program for prevention of early school leaving of pupils in primary schools in Raska. The program will be implemented in the framework of  ”Local public-private partnerships  for reducing early school leaving” project which is funded by the U.S. Embassy in the Republic of Serbia.

    More information about the program available at www.wb-institute.org/tutoring or jelena.bubanja(at)wb-institute.org.

    Photo source: WEBIN

  • Belgrade, Serbia, 03.09.13.

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  • Raska, Serbia, 30.08.13.

    Second meeting with representatives of elementary schools and Center for social work Raska was held in Southern Serbia Municipality of Raska in the framework of preparations for the start TUTORING SERBIA program. Municipal councilor for youth Mr. Mirko Puzović , Municipal education secretary Ms. Vesna Kurandić and local youth office coordinators Mr. Djordje Radoicic and Ms. Jovana Radivojevic were also present. Representatives of the Western Balkans Institute were Mr. Marko Stojanovic, Director of Development and Ms. Jelena Bubanja, researcher and project coordinator.

    In an hour-long discussion, school representatives pointed out that they find individual work with children at risk very important and supportive to regular teaching. In addition, it was stated that TUTORING SERBIA program should be accredited with the Institute for the Enhancement of Education and Upbringing. On the other hand, the representative of the Centre for Social Work highlighted the problem of large number of students not attending classes in primary school.

    The meeting ended with an agreement to prepare first workshop for the second half of September. Program TUTORING SERBIA will be piloted in Vranje, Aleksinac and Raska thanks to the support received from the U.S. Embassy in the Republic of Serbia and the project” Local public-private partnerships for reducing early school leaving”. In the first phase of the project WEBIN representatives will work with local stakeholders to create public-private partnerships in each of the three cities, which will be responsible for the implementation and monitoring of the effects of the program the second half of the mid term. Local partnerships are crucial for the success of the program because these will contribute to the sustainability of the program and in perspective, its institutionalization.

    After official meetings ended, representatives of WEBIN visited the newly opened youth club in Raska and afterwards ethno ranch ‘’Toplina duse’’ (Eng. Warmth of the Soul) in Pavlica village where the local economic development of that area was discussed with the hosts.

     

    About the program

     TUTORING SERBIA is a prevention program addressing early school leaving. The program aims to contribute to reducing the rate of early school-leavers (drop-out) in primary schools in Serbia, while promoting equal opportunities for all, volunteering work in the community, solidarity and tolerance.

    The core of this program makes learning support before or after school, i.e, a relationship that is formed between tutors (students, youth workers, volunteers) and his / her students (young person at risk to early leave the school because of learning difficulties). The success of this program requires building of strong, lasting partnerships between different institutions in the local community, such as local governments, social work centers, schools, higher education institutions, youth offices, and civil society as well as partnerships with the community in which children and young people live, as well as constant communication with parents and care givers.

    For more information about the project please contact or see contact Jelena Bubanja at: jelena.bubanja(at)wb-institute.org or project webpage.

    Photo: WEBIN

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  • Belgrade, Serbia, 29.08.13.

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    Consumers’ Center of Serbia, Chamber of Commerce of Serbia and Western Balkans Institute with support of the Fund for an Open Society from Belgrade, organize on Friday September 6, 2013  a round table: EFFECTIVE CONSUMER PROTECTION: TOWARD A NEW LAW.

    The round table will be organized as a closing event within the project: ”Improvement of the enabling environment for consumer protection in Southern Serbia” which is implemented by Consumers’ Center of Serbia and funded by the Foundation for an Open Society from Belgrade.

    Moderator will be Mr. Marko Stojanovic, WEBIN Director for Development.

    For more information please do not hesitate to contact Ms. Marija Vida, CEPS project manager at 062-755253 or marija.vida@ceps.rs.

    Photo source: WEBIN

  • Krusevac, Serbia, 27.08.13.

    In the framework of AGRIVOC project, Institute for Forage Crops from Krusevac hosted 2nd workshop on practice development on higher educational institutions in Serbia and B&H. The workshop lasts for 3 days, from 26-28th of August 2013. traje 3 dana od 26.-28. avgusta 2013.

    During this workshop we will present activities on the preparation and designing of new students’ practice programme that will be implemented in the reformed curricula. In other words, the students will more do practical work in the field or in the lab rather than listening to lectures. In addition during this workshop, we will adopt the final version of the form in which a plan to reform the curriculum with a focus on practical training will be described.

    Facilitators of this workshop were Mr. Karoly Bodnar, Dean of Hodmezovasarhelly Faculty of Agriculture, Szeged University from Hungary and Mr. Marko Stojanovic, WEBIN Director for Development.

    More information about AGRIVOC project you may find at: www.agrivoc.org or address Mr. Nebojsa Zlatkovic at nebojsa.zlatkovic79(at)gmail.com.

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  • Aleksinac, Serbia, 13.08.13.

    In preparation for the start of the pilot program TUTORING SERBIA, third preparatory meeting was held in Aleksinac. With support of the Association for Development of Creativity from Aleksinac, the program was introduced  to Mr. Dragan Jovanović, head of administration of Aleksinac Municipality, Ms. Vesna Petković, secretary of municipal Assembly and Mr. Stefan Đurić, local youth office coordinator.

    Separate meeting was held with Ms. Snežana Petrović i Ms. Mirjana Novaković, psephologists at elementary school ”Vozd Karadjordje” from Aleksinac which has almost 20% of enrolled pupils coming from Roma community and significant dropout rate. It was agreed this elementary school to participate in the piloting of TUTORING SERBIA which will start in February 2014.

    Before piloting the program, three workshops will be held with local stakeholders (Municipality, youth office, center for social work, associations, schools, etc.) in order to create an inter-sectoral partnership which will be capable of implementing the TUTORING SERBIA program in Aleksinac.

    Program TUTORING SERBIA will be piloted in Vranje, Aleksinac and Raska thanks to the support received from the U.S. Embassy in the Republic of Serbia and the project” Local public-private partnerships for reducing early school leaving”.

    In the first phase of the project WEBIN representatives will work with local stakeholders to create public-private partnerships in each of the three cities, which will be responsible for the implementation and monitoring of the effects of the program the second half of the mid term. Local partnerships are crucial for the success of the program because these will contribute to the sustainability of the program iand n perspective, its institutionalization.

    About the program

    TUTORING SERBIA is a prevention program addressing early school leaving. The program aims to contribute to reducing the rate of early school-leavers (drop-out) in primary schools in Serbia, while promoting equal opportunities for all, volunteering work in the community, solidarity and tolerance.

    The core of this program makes learning support before or after school, i.e, a relationship that is formed between tutors (students, youth workers, volunteers) and his / her students (young person at risk to early leave the school because of learning difficulties). The success of this program requires building of strong, lasting partnerships between different institutions in the local community, such as local governments, social work centers, schools, higher education institutions, youth offices, and civil society as well as partnerships with the community in which children and young people live, as well as constant communication with parents and care givers.

    For more information about the project please contact or see contact Jelena Bubanja at: jelena.bubanja(at)wb-institute.org or project webpage.

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  • Belgrade, Serbia, 12.08.13.

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  • Belgrade, Serbia, 29.07.13.

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  • Raska, Serbia, 29.07.13.

    In preparation for the start of the pilot program TUTORING SERBIA, preparatory meetings with partners in Raška were held in July 2013. The program was introduced  to Mr. Spasoje Andrić, head of administration of Raška Municipality, Ms. Vesna Kurandić, head of municipal educational department, Mr. Đorđe Radoičić and Ms. Jovana Radojević, local youth office coordinators. It was discussed the project to expand to Raška municipality and local youth office to take the role of key operating partner in the municipality.

    During the next visit, which will be organized in the second half of August, the program will be present to primary schools.

    Program TUTORING SERBIA will be piloted in Vranje, Aleksinac and Raska thanks to the support received from the U.S. Embassy in the Republic of Serbia and the project” Local public-private partnerships for reducing early school leaving”.

    In the first phase of the project WEBIN representatives will work with local stakeholders to create public-private partnerships in each of the three cities, which will be responsible for the implementation and monitoring of the effects of the program the second half of the mid term. Local partnerships are crucial for the success of the program because these will contribute to the sustainability of the program iand n perspective, its institutionalization.

     

    About the program

    TUTORING SERBIA is a prevention program addressing early school leaving. The program aims to contribute to reducing the rate of early school-leavers (drop-out) in primary schools in Serbia, while promoting equal opportunities for all, volunteering work in the community, solidarity and tolerance.

    The core of this program makes learning support before or after school, i.e, a relationship that is formed between tutors (students, youth workers, volunteers) and his / her students (young person at risk to early leave the school because of learning difficulties). The success of this program requires building of strong, lasting partnerships between different institutions in the local community, such as local governments, social work centers, schools, higher education institutions, youth offices, and civil society as well as partnerships with the community in which children and young people live, as well as constant communication with parents and care givers.

    For more information about the project please contact or see contact Jelena Bubanja at: jelena.bubanja(at)wb-institute.org.

  • Belgrade, 19.07.13.

    Since Monday 22 July 2013 Western Balkan Institute website is available at  www.wb-institute.org.

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    In line with this change, our e-mails will receive a new extension, i.e. wb-institute.org. For more information please email us at: office(at)wb-institute.org.

  • Šabac, Serbia, 10.07.13.

    Agricultural College of Vocational Studies from Šabac (VPSSA) hosted on 08 and 09. July 2013 a seminar on entrepreneurial education. The seminar gathered project coordinators from partner institutions. Guest lecturer was professor Ondrey Debrecini from the Slovak University of Agriculture from Nitra.

    Next entrepreneurial education seminar will be held in May 2014 in Mostar, Bosnia & Herzegovina, at Agromediterranean Faculty of Dzemal Bijedic University.

    More information about the seminar and project you may find on AGRIVOC website at: www.agrivoc.org or Facebook page www.facebook.com/Agrivocstudies.

  • Vranje, Serbia, 24.06.13.

    In preparation for the start of the pilot program TUTORING SERBIA, preparatory meetings with partners in Vranje were held in June 2013. The program was introduced  to the Youth Office, Polytechnic School, the regional office of the Center E8 and Association Life. During the next visit, which will be organized in the second half of August, the program will be present to the city’s Council and the Secretariat for Education, as well as to citizens’ associations and primary schools.

    Program TUTORING SERBIA will be piloted in Vranje, Aleksinac and Raska thanks to the support received from the U.S. Embassy in the Republic of Serbia and the project” Local public-private partnerships for reducing early school leaving”.

    In the first phase of the project WEBIN representatives will work with local stakeholders to create public-private partnerships in each of the three cities, which will be responsible for the implementation and monitoring of the effects of the program the second half of the mid term. Local partnerships are crucial for the success of the program because these will contribute to the sustainability of the program iand n perspective, its institutionalization.

    About the program

    TUTORING SERBIA is a prevention program addressing early school leaving. The program aims to contribute to reducing the rate of early school-leavers (drop-out) in primary schools in Serbia, while promoting equal opportunities for all, volunteering work in the community, solidarity and tolerance.

    The core of this program makes learning support before or after school, i.e, a relationship that is formed between tutors (students, youth workers, volunteers) and his / her students (young person at risk to early leave the school because of learning difficulties). The success of this program requires building of strong, lasting partnerships between different institutions in the local community, such as local governments, social work centers, schools, higher education institutions, youth offices, and civil society as well as partnerships with the community in which children and young people live, as well as constant communication with parents and care givers.

    For more information about the project please contact or see contact Jelena Bubanja at: jelena.bubanja(at)wb-institute.org or visit here.

  • Belgrade, Serbia, 15.06.13.

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    AGRIVOC project was found in the June issue of one of the world highest circulation magazine for design: BRAND. On two full sides the project was presented with its unique visual identity and design and through the eyes of the publicity manager for the project and from the perspective of the design studio.

    BRAND magazine is issued in Hong Kong for the international market. It is printed in 5 languages ​​in total circulation of over 50,000 copies per month.

    AGRIVOC project is funded by the European Commission through the Tempus program. For more information please visit the project website at: www.agrivoc.org.

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  • Belgrade, Serbia, 25.05.13.

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    WEBIN develops close cooperation with the Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU). After submitting three joint project proposal for calls under the Lifelong Learning and Tempus programs, the delegation of the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies of MMU from Crewe paid a study visit to WEBIN-in. Professor Geraldine Lee-Treewek and her postgraduate student Milka Podsiedlik stayed 5 days in Belgrade and held several working meetings with institutions and partner organizations of WEBIN.

    WEBIN and the MMU cooperate in the prevention of early school leaving in primary schools, children & youth safeguarding, as well as in the areas of adult education and education of migrants.

    Photo source: WEBIN

  • Banja Luka, Bosnia & Herzegovina, 25.05.13.

    Faculty of Agriculture of Banja Luka University (UNIBL) hosted on 23/24th May 2013 the first seminar about interactive teaching. The seminar was attended by professors from partner institutions in Serbia and Bosnia & Herzegovina. Lecture on the experiences of the Slovak Agricultural University in reforming teaching methodology was held by Ms. Katarina Chekhova. In her lecture, Ms. Checkova focused on the issue of keeping students’ attention.

    Domestic participants from the Western Balkans highlighted the problem of poor motivation and dedication of the students which the consequence of the weak economic situation of the student population and the fact that the employability of students of agriculture and food technology constantly decreases.

    More information about the seminar and project you may find on AGRIVOC website at: www.agrivoc.org or Facebook page www.facebook.com/Agrivocstudies.

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  • Banja Luka, Bosnia & Herzegovina, 23.05.13.

    One of the key components of AGRIVOC project is about the development and improvement of students practical training within agriculture and food technology study curricula at 8 higher education institutions in Serbia and Bosnia & Herzegovina. In the period from 20-22. May 2013, Agricultural Institute of the Republic of Srpska from Banja Luka (AIRS) hosted the 1st workshop dedicated to the development and improvement of students practical training. Workshop participants were professors in charge of the practical training at partner institutions.

    The moderation of the workshop and delivering of discussion input was responsibility of professor Karoly Bodnar, Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Szeged from Hodmezovasarhely. In his introduction, Professor Bodnar presented students practical training at his the Faculty in Hodmezovasarhely and pointed out the key advantages and disadvantages they are coping with in the field of students practical training.

    What are the main conclusions of the workshop and what will be the content of next workshop on the development of practice, you can see on AGRIVOC website at: www.agrivoc.org or  Facebook page www.facebook.com/Agrivocstudies.

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  • Brussels, 17.05.13.

    At the occasion of 7th European Patients’ Rights Day (EPRD), the European Social and Economic Committee and Active Citizenship Network organized a conference in Brussels on 16 May 2013. The Conference was attended by the representatives of the European Commission, European Parliament, other policy makers, medical professionals and patients’ rights organizations coming from over 20 European countries, including the representative of WEBIN.

    Being that 2013 is pronounced the European Year of Citizens, the Conference was structured to reflect the following priorities: the Directive on Patients’ Rights in Cross Border Care and patients’ involvement and citizens’ participation in European health systems. The main outcome of the event was the Manifesto for the Implementation of the Right of European Patients to Make an Informed Choice.

    The Directive on Patients’ Rights in Cross Border Care

    The Directive on Patients’ Rights in Cross Border Care creates a clarified legal framework for patients’ entitlement to seek healthcare in another Member State and to get reimbursed. But first and foremost, it is an innovative text which formally states for the first time the existence of EU patients’ rights such as free choice, right to information, to quality of care, etc.

    The conference is part of a process aimed at supporting the involvement of civic organizations in the transposition of the Directive in every Member State, for a citizen-centered and successful implementation. This strategy, which will be officially launched by ACN in occasion of the conference, will bring to the celebration of the 25 October all over the EU. It will be an occasion for all patient and civic organizations to inform European citizens on what has been done and on what still has to be done to make the rights sanctioned in the Directive come true.

    Patients’ involvement and citizens’ participation

    Citizens and Patients’ involvement should become a core strategy of European Health systems. However, despite the large agreement about the necessity to engage citizens, there is no systematic commitment on this issue, neither at EU nor at national levels.

    The conference was an occasion to present an overview of the situation in Europe (laws, experiences, obstacles, good practices) regarding the main fields of patients’ participation (agenda setting, decision making, implementation, assessment, etc.), with a focus on participative policies in cancer care, in which the access to innovation and personalized treatments is especially crucial.

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  • Belgrade, 13.05.13.

    Thanks to the support of the U.S. Embassy to the Republic of Serbia and the project ”Local public-private partnerships for reducing early school leaving” Western Balkans Institute began implementing TUTORING SERBIA program in Vranje, Aleksinac and Raska.

    In the first phase of the project WEBIN representatives will work with local stakeholders to create public-private partnerships in each of the three cities, which will be responsible for the implementation and monitoring of the effects of the program the second half of the mid term. Local partnerships are crucial for the success of the program because these will contribute to the sustainability of the program and in perspective, its institutionalization.

    About the program

    Tutoring Serbia is a prevention program addressing early school leaving. The program aims to contribute to reducing the rate of early school-leavers (drop-out) in primary schools in Serbia, while promoting equal opportunities for all, volunteering work in the community, solidarity and tolerance.

    The core of this program makes learning support before or after school, i.e, a relationship that is formed between tutors (students, youth workers, volunteers) and his / her students (young person at risk to early leave the school because of learning difficulties). The success of this program requires building of strong, lasting partnerships between different institutions in the local community, such as local governments, social work centers, schools, higher education institutions, youth offices, and civil society as well as partnerships with the community in which children and young people live, as well as constant communication with parents and care givers.

    For more information about the project please contact or see contact Jelena Bubanja at: jelena.bubanja(at)wb-institute.org or visit here.

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  • Belgrade, 27.04.13.

    Board of the Western Balkan Socio-Economic Center reached the decision on changing the name of the organization. After two years of successful operation, the organization is now turned into the Western Balkans Institute or simply WEBIN. This decision was made ​​in line with those areas of interest WEBIN has been previously engaged in.

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  • Prokuplje, Serbia, 24.04.13.

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    At the end of April 2013 (24-26th) College of Agriculture and Food Technology Prokuplje hosted 1st Steering Committee meeting at its Amphitheater. The meeting focused on the following topics: preparations for the next monitoring visit by National Tempus Office, internal interim reporting, financial management issues and other ongoing issues. Besides representatives of partner institutions from Serbia and Bosnia&Herzegovina, Professor Nikos Emmanouil from the Agricultural University of Athens also attended the meeting.

    During the meeting, participants had the opportunity to visit college laboratories in Prokuplje, to visit the Hisar hill above Prokuplje, to take a walk through the park of nature ”Devils Town” to famous clay figures and to try grilled fish at a restaurant in Prolom spa.

    For more information about AGRIVOC project please visit its website www.agrivoc.org or FB www.facebook.com/Agrivocstudies.

    Photo: WB-SEC (WEBIN)

  • Tirana, Albania, 13.04.13.

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    WEBIN team participated in a workshop on strategic orientation of the Youth Council of Albania (Albanian Youth Council) in Tirana. Marko Stojanović, WEBIN Director of Development, at the invitation of Serbian Youth Umbrella Organization and the European Youth Forum in Brussels, held on 13 April workshop on lobbying and advocacy to the participants.

    This workshop assisted the representatives of the Albanian Youth Council to better understand the role of the Council in the decision-making process in public policy for youth. The workshop was attended by representatives of member organizations and the secretariat of the Youth Council.

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  • Mostar, B&H, 05.04.13.

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    In the first week of April (04-05. April) the first workshop on the curriculum  reform within AGRIVOC project was held. Partner institutions from Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, supported by Professor Nikos Emanuel from the Agricultural University of Athens and a team of facilitators from the WEBIN, delivered introductory workshop where the participants discussed the methodology to be used in the upcoming process of curriculum reform.

    It was agreed that reform should start by completing a questionnaire for each course of study that would be the subject of reform, taking into account the following parameters: a) the structure of the curriculum; b) workload; c) the content of individual subjects; d) other forms of teaching. In this questionnaire for each program of study area and level of curriculum changes will be indicated. This will be the basis for future workshops and activities teachers’ teams at their home institutions.

    AGRIVOC project is funded by the European Commission through the Tempus program. For more information please visit project website at: www.agrivoc.org.

    Photo source: WEBIN

  • Šabac, Serbia, 08.03.13.

    High Agricultural School of Vocational Studies in Šabac hosted on 7-8 March 2013 a regional conference on the state of vocational studies of agriculture and food technology in the Western Balkans.

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    The conference brought together more than 25 experts in the field from 5 countries including Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovakia, Greece and Hungary.

    The conference was opened by the School principal, Vera Milosevic and the participants were welcomed also by Mr. Slobodan Stupar, Deputy Minister of Education and Mr. Nemanja Pajic, Deputy Mayor of the city of Šabac.

    Moderator of the Conference was Marko Stojanović, WEBIN Director of Development.

    AGRIVOC project is funded by the European Commission through the Tempus program. For more information please visit project website at: www.agrivoc.org.

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  • Bačka Topola, Serbia, 28.12.12.

    The first team meeting on the Benchmark Survey was held in Bačka Topola at the Faculty of Biofarming Megatrend University.

    The study will compare indicators on quality, funding and relevance of the study programs of institutions participating in TEMPUS AGRIVOC project in three agro-food scientific disciplines.

    The research team consists of representatives of  University of Szeged, University of Banja Luka, Faculty of Biofarming and the College of Agriculture and Food Technology Prokuplje, which is also the coordinator of the this study and WB-SEC.

    The study will be presented at a regional conference that will be organized in the spring in city of Šabac.

    The study is conducted within AGRIVOC project funded by the European Commission through the TEMPUS program. More information available on: www.agrivoc.org.

  • Prokuplje, Serbia, 18.12.12.

    Kick-off meeting of the AGRIVOC project partners was held on 16-17 December at the College of Agriculture and Food Technology in Prokuplje.

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    The meeting an opportunity for all partners to  get introduced with the project in details, to discuss the various roles and responsibilities of partners as well as the implementation rules to be applied during the project. Apart from the partners from Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Slovakia, the meeting was also attended by Ms. Nina Stojanovic of the National Tempus Office in Serbia.

    AGRIVOC project is funded by the European Commission through the TEMPUS program. More information available on: www.agrivoc.org.

    Photo source: Vocational College Vranje

  • Prokuplje, Serbia, 03.12.12.

    Meeting with a delegation of the Agricultural Faculty of the University of Szeged was held on 02-03 December at the College of Agriculture and Food Technology in Prokuplje.

    The meeting an opportunity for partners from Szeged to  get introduced with the project in details, to discuss the various roles and responsibilities of partners as well as the implementation rules to be applied during the project. Beside the host and partners from Szeged, the meeting was also attended by representatives of WB-SEC.

    AGRIVOC project is funded by the European Commission through the TEMPUS program. More information available on: www.agrivoc.org.

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  • Brussels, EU, 27.11.12.

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    Brussels hosted a meeting of TEMPUS grantholders which was attended by more than 300 representatives of different institutions grantholders from around the World. The meeting was an opportunity for TEMPUS grantholders become more familiar with the rules of the use of funds. The meeting was attended by Marko Stojanovic on behalf of the AGRIVOC project. More information available on: www.agrivoc.org.

    Photo source: WB-SEC

  • Belgrade, Serbia, 10.11.12.

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    Consumer Center of Serbia (CEPS) in partnership with the WB-SEC sets up the three new consumer organizations in Aleksinac, Prijepolje and Knjaževac in the scope of the project “Improving the environment for consumer protection in the south of Serbia,” funded by the Foundation for an Open Society Serbia.

    Consumer protection in the whole country is at an unsatisfactory level and in southern Serbia consumer organizations are active only in Nis, Prokuplje and Vlasotinac. Therefore, we help CEPS to, with the support of the Foundation for an Open Society  initiate the process of setting up consumer organizations in Aleksinac, Prijepolje and Knjaževac.

    WB-SEC under this project assists CEPS in identifying and mobilizing the future founders and the activists in the three cities, and guides the process of establishing of the three local organizations providing technical and advisory support to the founders.

  • Belgrade, Serbia, 10.10.12.

    WB-SEC provided expert support to consumer organizations that gathered in Belgrade at consultative meeting to define the joint strategy towards changes in the Law on Consumer Protection.

     

    Photo source: CEPS

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  • Belgrade, Serbia, 03.09.12.

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    Governing Board of WB-SEC launched today the TUTORING SERBIA Programme. Marina Šolić Vojinović was appointed for programme director. The goal of this programme is to contribute to reducing the dropout rate in Serbian elementary and secondary schools. The programme was developed through TIDDR Initiative (Tutoring Initiative – Dropping the Dropout Rate) which was initiated by WB-SEC in 2011. towards UNICEF, The Ministry of Education and Science and the Parliament.

    About the program

    Tutoring Serbia is a prevention program addressing early school leaving. The program aims to contribute to reducing the rate of early school-leavers (drop-out) in primary schools in Serbia, while promoting equal opportunities for all, volunteering work in the community, solidarity and tolerance.

    The core of this program makes learning support before or after school, i.e, a relationship that is formed between tutors (students, youth workers, volunteers) and his / her students (young person at risk to early leave the school because of learning difficulties). The success of this program requires building of strong, lasting partnerships between different institutions in the local community, such as local governments, social work centers, schools, higher education institutions, youth offices, and civil society as well as partnerships with the community in which children and young people live, as well as constant communication with parents and care givers.

    More information about the programme you may find here.

  • Belgrade, Serbia, 01.05.12.

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    WB-SEC signed Memorandum on Cooperation in the field of consumer protection with Centre of Consumers Serbia (CEPS).

    The Parties will work together to raise the capacity of consumer organizations through the share of knowledge and best practices in project management, exchange of organizational experiences and mutual learning of best practices, joint project management and involvement in decision-making and representation of citizens towards the state authorities, then the improvement of protection of customers through the planning and implementation of advocacy and awareness raising campaigns, conducting research, analysis and interpretation of data and mechanisms for monitoring the implementation of consumer protection in the Republic of Serbia.