Working with qualificationss framework will be improved through cooperation, both between educational sectors and between countries in the region. That is one the lessons of the conference for Nada Stoimenova.
Nada Stoimenova is an advisor for the Ministry of Education in Macedonia.
There is a big and growing non formal sector in her country. Among other subjects the sector covers it-training, languages and building civil society.
“Non-formal education also works with improving key competences, especially for some marginalized groups. One of these groups is the Romas who are settled, not travelling people in Macedonia,” Nada Stoimenova tells.
The first steps
With the support of outside funding the ministry and the educational sector has worked with two projects over period of several years preparing a national qualifications framework. Recently a concept paper has been published.
“It is a starting point. Higher education will be incorporated according to the criteria of the Bologna process. Next step will be to establish standard for the VET-system,” Nada Stoimenova explains.
Nada Stoimenova is not sure that her country has coped with the task in the right way:
“From the debates at this conference I have been convinced that it is better to create the standards and framework levels all together in cooperation instead of separating the sectors,” she says.
Also on a regional level cooperation is the way forward according to Nada Stoimenova.
“We had an improvised meeting at the conference with participants from Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Kosovo on how to collaborate in establishing qualificationss frameworks. I really think that it is the way forward.
Until now we have been involved in some bilateral projects, but they tend to end up in attempts to export their system to us. In a multilateral project between countries of the region we will be more equal,” says Nada Stoimenova and adds:
“This is also inspired by the Nordic cooperation. Hopefully some time we can produce a report on qualifications framework in the Balkan countries like the Nordic-Baltic report that was presented at the conference.”