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Country Project Bosnia and Herzegovina

Wprn: WP14-10-01-BIH


With BiH having the status of potential candidate country for membership in the European Union; and where EU accession is identified as priority in all public statements and policy documents, the ETF Strategic perspective for Bosnia and Herzegovina 2014-2017 should have an effect of a catalyst in the consolidation of a more systematic approach to reforms in education and training. For the key stakeholders in the sector 2014 – 2017 is the period when they need to make greater efforts towards the strategic development of the human resources for promoting sustainable economic development and social cohesion with particular reference to Europe 2020, South East Europe Strategy (SEE 2020) and EU Education and Training 2020. As of 1 July 2013 with Croatia becoming full member of the EU, the country has a border with EU, a situation with new challenges and opportunities for the country.
ETF should expect that 2014-2017 is a period when BiH will have to define its path in process for EU accession, keeping in mind that this is a challenge for a country with specific constitutional arrangement. The complex institutional arrangements with state institutions which have very limited mandates makes the overall pace of reform slower than in other pre-accession countries. The EU has indicated that in order to meet EU accession requirements, Bosnia-Herzegovina has to create more effective and efficient institutions that take full responsibility for advancing the reform processes.
Against the above background ETF Strategic Perspective 2014-2017, seeks to support the country to develop it Human Capital in line with its strategies, while gradually advancing in reaching the mid-term and long term objectives. In particular, ETF will support critical efforts of: i) Ministry of Civil Affairs to strengthen its positioning in Human Resources Development and eventual sector approach in upcoming IPA, ii) Inter Sector Committee to turn selected policy initiatives in concrete actions and in line with Qualification Framework for Bosnia and Herzegovina; and ii) Agency for pre-primary, primary and secondary education to explore the role it can play in Quality Assurance in VET. To do that ETF will deploy a mix of participatory designed projects and tools, monitoring and evaluation methods using analytical framework of Torino process that have already been applied in the country. Methodology that ETF will use will be based on: establishment and support of Communities of Practice and networks, as well as facilitation of policy learning.
On-going VET reform has played an important role in encouraging different partners to come to the table and discuss a variety of issues that previously had been discussed to a very limited extent. Progress is evident in terms of strategies and legislation adopted, but also in terms of new state level institutions established. The ETF Strategic perspective for Bosnia and Herzegovina 2014-2017 will build on the achievements in the VET reform process, putting forward a proposal for a robust multi-year project guided by the following principles: analysing and taking into consideration BiH priorities as a result of Torino Process, continuity in intervention through multi-annual country and regional activities, encouraging policy learning, networking, exchanges of experience and benchmarking with countries from Enlargement region and with the EU Member States.



Topics

    VET system assessment

    Lifelong learning

    Put simply, lifelong learning means that people can – and should have the opportunity to – learn throughout their lives.

    Skills and migration

    Skills and migration

    Increased labour mobility across borders brings the skills issue onto the international agenda so the ETF also focuses on policy actions related to skills and employment of both emigrants and returnees.

    Entrepreneurial learning

    Entrepreneurial learning

    The ETF aims to develop the capacity of partner country institutions and other stakeholders in developing, monitoring and reviewing policies in the areas of entrepreneurial learning and enterprise skills.

    Employment and Employability

    Employment and Employability

    “Employment”: promoting better functioning and inclusive labour markets and vocational education and training systems in ETF partner countries.

    Qualifications Systems

    Qualifications Systems

    The ETF's role in qualifications is to provide expertise for the reform of qualifications systems in partner countries, in their various stages of planning and implementation.

    Learning and teaching in VET

    Learning and teaching in VET

    Teachers are a critical factor in education reforms. The ETF takes therefore the role of schools and teachers seriously throughout its work.

    VET quality assurance

    VET quality assurance

    Quality assurance is provided through the development of methodological instruments to facilitate a structured policy learning process, integrating quality assurance principles, and reinforcing the quality assurance dimension in the Torino Process.

    VET Governance

    People around a table

    Governance modes and models have a high correlation with the overall performance of education and training policies, influencing their strategic formulation and implementation.

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