EPALE ambassador ID: Ivana Aleksić, Bosnia and Herzegovina
I am a student.
I am a teacher.
I am a learning and teaching enthusiast.
I believe in knowledge.
I believe in knowledge sharing.
I believe in preparation.
I believe in improvisation within preparation.
I believe in the power of intrinsic motivation.
I believe that education can and will save the world.
As we all know EPALE is a community which enhances, facilitates, supports and promotes life-long learning. Even before joining EPALE community in 2018, I had been living everything it advocates. Being appointed EPALE ambassador in December 2019 felt so right and natural that I have never taken it as a job, duty, obligation or position but as the best possible confirmation of everything that I believe in, and as a driving force to keep believing in the power of education.
I am an English language and literature teacher and Master of Arts in English Philology. For thirteen years now I have been an active part of formal and informal education as a teacher or teaching assistant in the subjects of English language, English literature and Applied Linguistics, as well as a participant in numerous workshops, seminars, webinars and conferences related to my field of studies and work.
Formally, I teach and learn every day. Informally, we all teach and learn every day. Learning is our natural habitat. From the very moment we become conscious beings – in a mother’s womb that is – we start learning. Hence it is not surprising that it cannot end, finish or be stopped as long as one lives. That is why the only learning we can talk about is life-long learning and our task as educators is to provide a quality learning and thus quality life for everyone. EPALE community is a great place to start building such life. It is a community where everyone is welcome to share their story.
As someone who belongs to a culture which cherishes storytelling above all, I am more than proud to be its member and privileged to be its ambassador.
My message is always the same: Keep learning; Keep growing; Together; No matter what.