Official start of the EU-funded ‘Education for Employment’ project

Official start of the EU-funded ‘Education for Employment’ project

SARAJEVO, November 18 (FENA) – The European Union has provided 2.6m euros to help BiH authorities improve capacities and structures in planning the educational process and improve the quality of educational outcomes through the Education for Employment project presented online today.

To facilitate the transition from education to the workplace, it was stated that career guidance policies need to be improved. According to the experience of European countries, an appropriate career guidance policy can influence the planning of enrollment policy and reduce the unemployment rate.

Some of the Western Balkan countries have joined the European Lifelong Guidance Policy Network, which BiH plans to do.

Assistant Minister of Education of the Ministry of Civil Affairs of BiH, Adnan Husić, stated that today’s meeting also means the official start of the implementation of the said project for a period of 30 months.

Head of the Section for Operations for Social Development, Civil Society and Cross-Border Cooperation of the EU Delegation to BiH Gianluca Vannini expressed satisfaction that today, on behalf of the European Union, he announces the opening of a project that will deal with very relevant areas of education in BiH, in particular by reforming teacher education and developing a model for monitoring the progress of reform processes based on external evaluations of education systems through international testing of students such as PISA, PIRLS and TIMMS.

“When the PISA results of students from Bosnia and Herzegovina were published at the beginning of this year, it turned out that considerable effort should be made to raise these results to the level of the EU average,” Vannini emphasized.

The project “Education for Employment” will help strengthen the capacity of staff in ministries of education in BiH, agencies, institutes and schools to regularly assess the situation in the education sector and use the results of this assessment for research and planning of educational policy.