Children in Bosnia and Herzegovina are without functional knowledge, and in Una-Sana Canton they are both in the grade and below the average. These are alarming data from research conducted in the field of education. The profession warns of a burning problem – a lot of theoretical knowledge and data, and without a purpose and concrete application. Reform is needed.
Every other child in our country does not have functional literacy and cannot extract reduced information from a simple text. This is an alarming piece of research that has worried many.
“If we singled out one child from the 6th grade of primary school and asked him to find a connection between all the subjects they have in common – not only that, and one scientist would have a problem creating all those puzzles into one picture,” said Sejla Bjelopoljak, a member of the Expert curricular reform groups in the USC.
Research has shown that we have a poor quality of education and that there is always a continuous need for training and education, which should be realized through the education system.
“BiH is three years behind on average according to PISA research and the OECD, and the USC in some parts is still a class and a half behind the BiH average – these are alarming data and a serious crime against children,” said Namir Ibrahimovic, head of education reform at the USC.
Aware of their own responsibility, the Ministry of Education of the USC has launched a curricular reform that will adapt the entire teaching process to children.
“If we expect children to think critically, find creatively, how to come to conclusions about their environment and their knowledge – we must change the methods,” said Bjelopoljak.
Belmana Trivunic is the leader of the Expert Team for Geography-Society: “Focus is the child – not the content that we will tell, spin, question and evaluate. A child who is learning scale today – to connect that scale in mathematics with biology. We will have to change, there can be no more – I will not, I did not learn that. ”
One-way delivery of voluminous textbook lessons will be replaced by practical stories and experiences.
“It is a process that will last, but the fact that we have rolled it, that we are aware of the capacity of our children and unused – is an incentive for us,” adds Trivunic.
USC Assistant Minister of Education Azra Sulic reminds that the Ministry is the bearer of all activities and all costs: “We are currently cooperating with the OSCE, which has provided us with a platform through which we have the opportunity to directly monitor curriculum development.”
The first experimental application of this reform is planned for next year, and by then all teachers in Una-Sana Canton will have completed their education, Federalna writes.