The two-day conference “New Technologies in Education” was held on 27 and 28 February 2015 in Belgrade. The event was dedicated to the use of information-communication technologies (ICT) in the education system.
The conference was dedicated to the strategic, as well as the daily use of ICT in schools and faculties, teacher training for the use of new technologies in teaching, digital textbooks, online learning and other important issues. The emphasis was on practical solutions, therefore an opportunity for presenting their daily use of new technologies in schools was given to teachers and university professors from across Serbia, the countries in the region and the United Kingdom. A special segment of the programme was dedicated to inclusive education supported by new technologies. The conference was also accompanied by a fair, wherein practical solutions in the field of ICT in education were presented by over 40 companies from Serbia, the region and the United Kingdom.
The conference was organized by the British Council, the Social Inclusion and Poverty Reduction Unit of the Government of the Republic of Serbia, the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development, the Ministry of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications, the Embassy of the United Kingdom in Belgrade, the Serbian Chamber of Commerce and other partners.
More on the conference can be found here.
The Social Inclusion and Poverty Reduction Unit of the Government of the Republic of Serbia, in cooperation with the Belgrade Fund for Political Excellence and the Women’s Parliamentary Network of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia, organized a roundtable titled “Support of the Women’s Parliamentary Network for Gender Equality at the Local Level”, thereafter holding a seminar dedicated to social inclusion and poverty reduction. Both events were held in Kraljevo, on 27 and 28 February 2015.
The participants of the roundtable emphasized the importance of the political participation of women at all levels of authority, the importance of their empowerment at the local level, as well as the necessity for exchanging experiences, cooperation and building partnerships of all relevant stakeholders in the process of improving the status of women. The roundtable was followed by a seminar by the Women’s Parliamentary Network on social inclusion and poverty reduction, including three organized debates.
The main prize at the competition for the best media report on youth entrepreneurship in 2014, organized by the Social Inclusion and Poverty Reduction Unit of the Government of the Republic of Serbia, Smart Kolektiv and Erste Bank, was won by the journalist of Ekonometar, Marko Andrejić, for his text “Youth Entrepreneurship in Serbia: Obstacles and Advantages”.
Other than Marko Andrejić from Ekonometar, who will be awarded a working-study visit to Brussels, the journalist of TV Forum from Prijepolje, Mirela Veljović, was also awarded for her report on the entrepreneurial road of Emina Srna, the owner of the ophthalmologist store “Visus”. She will receive a cash prize of RSD 15 thousand.
The winning report was published in Ekonometar 114. During his stay in Brussels, Ekonometar journalist Marko Andrejić will have the opportunity to meet officials from the European Commission and the European Parliament, and use the materials gathered in his work.
As part of the cycle of events “Education for Employment”, the seminar “Innovation – Partnership of Universities and Small and Medium Enterprises” was successfully organized on 3 March at the Palace of Serbia.
The seminar participants could learn more about the infrastructure, institutions and organizations supporting cooperation and innovation in the United Kingdom, as well as good practices existing in cooperation between companies and universities in Serbia. Examples and various models of cooperation between the academic and business community were shown at the seminar, aiming to develop business innovations in small and medium enterprises, as well as to develop the private sector.
The seminar was organized by the British Council, the Embassy of the United Kingdom and the Social Inclusion and Poverty Reduction Unit of the Government of the Republic of Serbia, in cooperation with the Ministry of Economy, the National Regional Development Agency and other partners.
The Social Inclusion and Poverty Reduction Unit has prepared a Report on Digital Inclusion in the Republic of Serbia for 2011-2014. The report focuses particularly on digital inclusion as a strategic commitment and social development policy.
The goal of the report is to map the existing initiatives contributing to the improvement of this area and encompasses: an overview of the strategic and institutional framework in the field of digital inclusion, an analysis of the current situation in relevant areas, an overview of measures and programmes implemented, and recommendations for the coming period.
Digital inclusion represents the potential and technical capacities provided by information-communications technologies that may be used to increase the quality of life, social and political participation, employment capabilities, as well as creating conditions for the greatest possible degree of personal independence.
The conference “Towards a New Strategy for Improving the Status of Roma” was held on 9 February at the Klub Poslanika in Belgrade, aiming to present the guidelines for providing relevant bases for drafting a new Strategy for Improving the Status of Roma.
The conference presented the Initial Bases for Drafting the Strategy for Roma Inclusion in Serbia, harmonized with the Europe 2020 Strategy, the Report on the Implementation of the Operational Conclusions of the Seminar on the Social inclusion of Roma in RS, arguments for the second Roma Decade, regional cooperation and coordination of Roma Strategies in South-Eastern Europe, as well as problems of poverty from the perspective of human development, the social and cultural potential of Roma and cultural policy as an instrument for the social inclusion of Roma, and the participants provided their comments during discussions.
The Office for Human and Minority Rights of the Government of the Republic of Serbia, in partnership with the Social Inclusion and Poverty Reduction Unit, and supported by “Making the Most of EU Funds for Roma” Open Society Foundations from Budapest and the Open Society Foundation from Belgrade, prepared the “Initial Study for Drafting the New Roma Inclusion Strategy Harmonized with the Europe 2020 Strategy”, presenting the reasons and bases for drafting the new strategic document.
More information on the conference can be found here.