Belgrade, 23.06.2016. – Meeting with OMC working groups’ and national working groups’ representatives was held today in the Palace of Serbia. Aim of the meeting was to present OMC working groups and national working groups activities, as well as to address on future engagement of those groups. It was also an opportunity to address on the new cycle of OMC for the period 2016-2018 and changes regarding new structure of the working groups – one new working group on Promoting Citizenship and the Common Values of Freedom, Tolerance and Non-discrimination through Education was established while working group on Transversal skills was restructured and redefined.
Gordana Čaprić as representative of the working group on Transversal skills presented its activities and stressed out the contribution of national working group in the areas of entrepreneurship and digital competencies, especially in understanding the system complexity and increasing capacity of the people involved. Irena Latinović, also representative of the working group on Transversal skills, presented the ICT component and emphasized newly adopted The European Digital Competence Framework for Citizens and stressed out the role of national working group in drafting report on development of online and digital learning in Serbia and the Framework for digital competencies of teachers. Mirjana Milanović presented activities of the working group on Adult Learning and the significance of peer learning events and focused workshops. National working group on adult learning was engaged, inter alia, in drafting national UNESCO report. Representative of the working group on VET, Marija Krneta, stressed out that most important activities were realized in the area of dual education and apprenticeship and the importance of 5 Riga Conclusions for Serbian context as well. On behalf of OMC working group on School Policy, Desanka Radunović presented the activities in the area of teacher education and pointed out the significance of experiences of other EU member states in organizing teacher education and providing them with programs for professional development. Jelena Marković presented the OMC activities in the area of dropout which is very high-valued in EU and stressed out the role on national group for dropout in drafting Guidelines for dropout prevention and indicators for monitoring the dropout in Serbia.
Discussion that took place at the end of the meeting was related to future engagement of members on national working groups, the role of the Ministry for education, science and technological development, platform for exchange of information and the method for improvement of cooperation between national working groups, since their topics and areas are often overlapping which provides space for stronger cooperation.