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Preparing Future Teachers in the Western Balkan: About the project

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Funded by the The Ministry of Foreign Affairs Norway, this 3-year regional project is run by the European Wergeland Center in cooperation with regional partners. It provides support for higher education institutions and universities in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo*, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia, that are interested in modernizing their teacher education modules, with an aim to improve the quality of teacher education for future teachers in the region.


The main objective is to improve the quality of teacher education for future teachers, emphasizing inclusiveness and democratic competences. To achieve this, the project will involve 12 universities from 2018-2021 in the development and integration of new and innovative teacher education modules of emphasizing practice-oriented teaching promoting citizenship, democracy and human rights. Furthermore, the project will establish a regional network of universities, higher education institutions and others working in teacher education, for exchange of experiences and good practices in the field. The project will encourage regional cooperation by establishing a network of teacher training institutions from each country. From late 2018 to 2021, the project offers regional and national network meetings, trainings and study visits.

Why?

Due to consistent challenges in unstable and divisive societies, democratic reforms in education are a priority for many governments in the Western Balkan, often in the context of accession to the European Union. All Western Balkan countries have made important steps to modernize their curricula for school education, in line with European standards and approaches. Governments in the region call for a competence-oriented approach, which also reflects values and principles such as democracy, participation and inclusiveness. 

The transition from a traditional education approach to a modern competence-oriented system also impacts on how teachers work in schools – and on how future teachers are trained. A change in the learning and teaching culture at teacher education institutions is needed, including changes in the methodology for teacher education and modifications in design and content of university courses as well as ongoing teacher training. As the European Commission pointed out in 2013, the emphasis on theory in teacher education still predominates over the acquisition of practical teaching competences. The gap between theory and practice in teacher training is caused partly by limited traditions of partnerships between teacher education institutions and schools. The project aims to address this situation.

 

*All reference to Kosovo, whether to the territory, institutions or population, in this text shall be understood in full compliance with United Nations Security Council Resolution 1244 and without prejudice to the status of Kosovo.

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The European Wergeland Centre

Jennie Holck-Clausen

Senior Advisor
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Jennie Holck-Clausen is a human rights expert working as an Advisor with the Nordic Programmes and Cooperation at the European Wergeland Centre. Her particular area of expertise is human rights education and capacity development programmes with a focus on National Human Rights Institutions. Prior to joining the European Wergeland Centre she worked at the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law in Lund, Sweden, managing human rights projects in South Caucasus, South-East Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa targeting National Human Rights Institutions, civil society and law enforcement agencies.
 
Holck-Clausen holds a Master of Laws from Lund University, Sweden with a specialisation in international human rights law.

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Bojana Dujkovic Blagojevic

Regional project coordinator
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Bojana is the regional project coordinator for the EWC project Preparing future teachers in the Western Balkans: Educating for Democracy & Human Rights. She is responsible for project activities in the 6 countries of the Western Balkans region.

She has long standing experience in education as a teacher and in-service trainer. Before joining EWC Bojana was engaged in various history education projects and initiatives in Western Balkan. Ms. Dujkovic also writes and edits teaching materials, specializing in sensitive and controversial issues related to the history of former Yugoslavia in the 20th century. Previously she worked for an NGO in Bosnia and Herzegovina as a fundraiser.

Bojana holds a MSc in history from Banja Luka university.

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