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Andrijana Pavićević, a Community Story from Montenegro

von EPALE Moderator
Sprache: EN

Andrijana Pavićević

I am 35 years old and I have been teaching computer science for more than 10 years. I am an energetic and versatile tutor capable of teaching across a wide range of Computer and IT topics. As a seasoned professional I can turn best practices into high quality, goal-driven results. Aside from the main technical competencies, knowledge of mainframe computers, networking technology and programming languages, my pleasant manner and excellent communication skills allow me to connect quickly with adults from all social backgrounds, motivating and encouraging adults to do better and achieve more. I am a critical thinker and problem solver who takes the initiative when required.

I first came across EPALE a few years ago through the NSS EPALE Montenegro team. The NSS EPALE Montenegro team works hard to popularise EPALE. I use the platform for ongoing, informative and timely feedback. Furthermore, my involvement in adult education and European programmes helping to transform the lives of  adults, has changed my view on life.

These days, weeks and months, you may hear the following instructions: “Stay at Home, wash your hands, keep your distance, reduce physical contact…” as well as sayings related to the fear of vaccination, extraordinary circumstances, isolation, Covid19, and the like. These undoubtedly imply the following terms: “digitalisation, ICT, smart phones, artificial intelligence, Facebook…”.
Sound familiar?

Is the use of these terms forcing people, consciously or unconsciously, into the 22nd century? It is no longer a question of willingness. Rather this concept has been imposed on us as the only possible option. Does everybody have the same or similar funds to be able to afford online business, online education and online LIFE? This question is flawed! People are resourceful and in similar situations they demonstrate an incredible predominant power of survival. 

Education, creativity and skills (teamwork, communication, social inclusion, critical thinking, problem solving) are all inter-linked. Without the knowledge, creativity and skills ensured by a strong education system people are not able to live their lives in a way which allows them to make their own decisions about their future.

The pitfalls in the education system (formal and non-formal) ultimately result in a low level of skills needed for employment, which makes the transition from school to work even more difficult for people, who in the end feel excluded from society. Does this gap between what education systems provide for their learners and what the society, community and economy really need widen day by day?
UNICEF data indicates that around 40%-45% of employers globally have been facing difficulties in finding workers with the right skills.

In order to be of social use, involved in communities and to positively influence all categories of life, particularly the quality of education and economy, successful students would have to develop a wide range of key skills which today focus strongly on ICT competences and internet technologies or, in other words, on digitalisation.

Society as a whole, characterised by the readiness for lifelong learning and success in learning, has the potential to reduce poverty rates as well as the accompanying increase in birth rate. 

It is well known that both the individual and society pay the price for poor education. The lack of economical growth and innovative stagnation drive up crime rates. Therefore, achieving a high quality education system and levelling out the rise and fall of the education curve of an individual are imperative. Society and state must not allow future generations to live and develop without the right education, skills and competences.

Such thinking should be a priority in all countries.

Problem solving.
Insight into education system.
Familiarisation with the system.

In order to solve these problems, we should focus on comprehensive research and collecting statistical data on the existing situation in education systems, so as to adopt the right strategies to overcome existing obstacles. This information shows us what is not functioning in the education system, and what needs to be improved by moderators, teachers and the state in future, i.e. where to direct the resources. In recent years, the access to data has increased significantly. This data should not just be listed in some report and neglected in a drawer. It represents a powerful tool for policy makers who can ensure a better future for the next generations. Education systems worldwide have, for many years, been working on upgrading their educational databases and comparing their progress. 

When an epidemic is declared in a state it influences all areas of life. Quick and efficient reorganisation is crucial. ICT competences and the potential of internet technologies are key instruments to fight this situation. In this new era, the power of digitalisation with all its characteristics open the door to endless opportunities. However, this step would not have been possible without the previous one.

Evaluation, creation of a study.

Following the collection and processing of data and direction of resources towards critical areas in the system, extensive evaluation of the existing situation in education institutions and the system is needed. The creation of a case study is necessary regarding the relation between the community and the results achieved by different educational systems, as well as the exchange of experience and knowledge with other states. EPALE has always achieved this with excellent results...

Specific steps. Fast adjustment to new situations.

Online teaching, online assessment of knowledge, and the full use of all internet resources have enabled elementary, secondary and higher education to function well. We have effectively accelerated our journey into the future, or rather, into the 22nd century. The readiness and commitment of the state and of its institutions to change results in unwavering, steadfast dedication to long-term goals.

Most important of all is that we never stop asking ourselves whether we have done enough!

Please note, in this story the author presents only a snapshot of the analysis of this complex topic, which requires detailed elaboration and study.

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