Serbia towards more digital education
Serbia is moving towards more digital education. To do so, the country is investing in teachers training, and help them improve their digital skills. Last year one third of vocational teachers in Serbia followed digital training – an initiative bringing good results, with most of the participants praising the positive impact on their teaching. More is to come, and the way forward on the table at the ‘Digital and online skills for vocational teachers in Serbia’ event, taking place on 13 December in Belgrade. The meeting focuses on the measures that Serbia is taking to improve the volume, relevance and effectiveness of continuous professional development for digital skills and competences – particularly for vocational teachers and teacher trainers.
Everyone agrees digital is a key skill nowadays: employment opportunities and Serbian economic performance depend on the digital skills and competences of the Serbian people. Serbia's IT employers are looking forward to hiring competent youngsters: 85% of IT companies in Vojvodina, for example, reported difficulties in filling job vacancies in 2016. And more than half of Serbian vocational teachers identify digital skills as a priority for their own professional development.
Over the last two years the ETF has supported Serbia with demonstration projects to find out how best to support teachers to design digital instructional materials and to make use of e-portol ios. The ETF has also endorsed Serbia to participate in the development of the European Framework for Digitally Ready Schools.
To learn more and to contribute to the discussion go to the conference webpage or follow on Twitter: #ETFCPD