Ministers in charge for education together with government representatives from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo*, North Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia attended 8th Ministerial Meeting of the Western Balkans Platform on Education and Training in Belgrade between 3rd and 4th June 2019.
The meeting was opened by Tibor Navracsics, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport. During the first day Ministers were invited to discuss the main topic Early Childhood Education and Care as well as to review the ongoing reforms and the development of their educational systems.
The second day, opened by H.E. Sem Fabrizi, Ambassador and Head of Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Serbia, among other, focused on the presentation of the results of the Torino Process by the European Training Foundation (ETF), the implementation modalities of TIMS and PIRLS in the Western Balkans, the presentation of the Western Balkans regional PISA study by the OECD representative and the presentation of SELFIE, an online tool for school to assist them in conducting self-assessment on learning in the digital age.
The session on the recognition of academic qualifications was facilitated by the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) and the Education Reform Initiative of South Eastern Europe (ERI SEE). Tina Šarić, Director of the Education Reform Initiative of South Eastern Europe (ERI SEE) presented the progress made in the field to date as well as the outline of the draft version of the Declaration on Recognition of Academic Qualifications . Ms Šarić also presented the Joint Information System, an online tool that provides an overview of the higher education quality assurance systems and recognition procedures in the Western Balkans region, facilitates of the recognition process by enabling information sharing and communication provides, register of accredited institutions and programmes and enables comparison of qualification levels. Following the presentation, the delegations reflected on the Draft Declaration.
The Declaration will be presented during the Sixth annual Berlin Process Summit in Poznań in July 2019.