22. January 2015 - 23. January 2015
Regional Workshop on Teacher Education and Training will take place in Tirana, Albania, on 22-23 January 2015. This workshop will be co-organised by the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) and the Education Reform Initiative of South Eastern Europe (ERI SEE). Apart from the members of the Governing Board of ERI SEE, event will gather national and international experts in the field, academic community dealing with this topic, as well as representatives of international organisations and foundations.
Regional Workshop on Teacher Education and Training is one in the series of the events being organized by the RCC in the process of developing a set of regional programs corresponding to the targets of the South East Europe 2020 Strategy. This joint strategy for economic development of 7 economies in SEE – Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo*, Montenegro, Serbia and Macedonia aims to remove trade barriers, jointly promote the region to foreign investors, fund shared research programs, develop common energy and transport infrastructures, enable mobility of workers across the Balkans and improve government services and environment for doing business.
The Education and Competences dimension of the smart growth pillar aims to improve the regional knowledge and skills base and sets specific objectives on reduction of early leavers from education and training and on an increase in tertiary educational attainment. The overall objective of the Regional Program is to improve teacher education and training systems in the region in order to advance teacher professionalism, thus contributing to raise the quality of education. This program will furthermore tend to ensure quality of pre-service and in-service education and training of primary and secondary teachers (both for general education and VET teachers), development of teacher competences and quality tools and resources for enhancement of teaching practice. This regional program will provide suggestions as to how the concept of professional development for teachers should be supported in the SEE2020 beneficiaries in the region.
* This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo Declaration of Independence