NEPC CONFERENCE The Primary Colours of Education #3 – School Leadership Matters
In 2018, NEPC held a conference SCHOOL LEADERSHIP MATTERS which took place in Baška, on the
island of Krk, Croatia, on 16th & 17th April.
Conference in numbers:
3 keynote speakers
The conference reflected NEPC’s working approach based on EXPLORING education with the aim of
creating adequate recommendations and proposing evidence-based solutions, PARTICIPATING in
international debates about education and advocating for participative policymaking and proposing
effective and sustainable CHANGE in education systems.
A wide body of research indicates that school leaders have significant impact on creating inclusive
school cultures, catalysing teachers’ motivation and commitment resulting in better students’
achievement (Robinson, Lloyd, & Rowe, 2008; Ryan, 2006; Shields, 2010). School leadership is second
only to classroom instruction among all school-related factors that contribute to what students learn
at school (Leithwood et al., 2006; Louis et al., 2010). NEPC has been exploring school leadership
within its two recent studies on school governance1 (Gabršček, 2016; Lenskaya, 2017). The studies
on the one hand showed the great power and important role school directors/principles/heads have
in school governance while on the other hand confirmed a lack of professional support available to
them. The studies also show that across the NEPC region2 there is a tendency towards a more
participatory model of school governance, present in policy, yet not fully implemented in practice.
Research confirms that leadership plays a crucial role in the life of every school across the globe.
Whatever the leadership style is, whatever the educational system is like and regardless of
geography, it is school leader(s) who set the tone of schools and provide vision.
NEPC understood school leadership as the process of engaging and guiding the capacities and
strengths of students, teachers and parents toward achieving a common educational goal, enabled
by progressive school heads and/ or autonomous educational systems. In the context of inclusion this
1. a clear vision for the school based on social justice principles;
2. commitment to shared leadership and participatory school governance;
3. dedication to building and maintaining inclusive school culture;
4. conscious effort to build meaningful partnerships with parents and communities.
1The studies were conducted in the following countries: Albania, Azerbaijan, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Lithuania, Macedonia, Mongolia, Moldova, Montenegro and Russia
2NEPC region http://www.edupolicy.net/members/
The Primary Colours of Education I NEPC @10
NEPC organized International Conference The Primary Colours of Education in Cavtat 13th & 14th April 2016.
The conference covered a wide range of topics, described education policies and practices in the NEPC region and beyond: outlining the factors that influence education, exploring education reforms and reflecting on old and emerging challenges in education systems.
In the context of the closing societies, education can and should enhance the social change: empowering present generation to design the future world, providing students knowledge on global issues and trends and support them in active engagement in the local communities.
The role of NEPC in the next decade would be to empower and support its members in becoming stronger actors of social changes.
Quoting the key note speaker opening the conference, Batuhan Aydagul in the next decade we’ll need to arm ourselves with OPTIMISM, EMPATHY and CRITICAL CREATIVITY.
The conference in numbers:
5 key note speakers
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Thinking about Teachers, Teaching and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
18th & 19th April, 2016
Lana Jurko was invited to present the NEPC region perspective and collected knowledge on Sustainability Education and its effect on teachers in our region.
The Seminar was organized in partnership with Open Society Foundations (OSF), Education International (EI), and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The seminar brought toghether practitioners, researchers and policy-makers committed to enhancing the development of the teaching profession. The seminars strengthen the discourse on the future of teaching and teachers. The purpose of the 2016 seminar was to examine education Goal 4 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – Towards inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong learning for all – from the perspective of teachers and teaching.
The seminar explored:
• The opportunities and challenges presented in the Framework for Action: Education 2030
(Published November 2015) for teacher policy and the teaching profession, particularly in relation to the target for increasing the supply of qualified teachers (Target 4.c) but also in relation to the other nine education targets;
• The role of teachers and teaching in achievement of the education targets in Goal 4, but also in relation to the other Sustainable Development Goals
• The necessary partnerships and priority actions for making early progress towards 10 education targets in the next three years.
Education, Participation, Integration – Erasmus+ and Refugees conference
Organizer: BIBB (Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training – Germany) Essen, Germany 19th & 20th April 2016
Marwan Zeitoun attended the Education, Participation, Integration – Erasmus+ and Refugees conference in Essen. The aim of the conference was providing networking and support to institutions and organizations with facilitation the integration of refugees, exchange and utilization of innovative concepts and increasing the visibility of European support through Erasmus+. Marwan participated in the round tables during the field-specific workshop dealing with school education and in the thematic workshop on intercultural learninig and linguistic integration.
Climate justice: perspectives from natural and social sciences
Organizer: Institute for political ecology
Zagreb, Croatia 13th November 2015
Lana Jurko presented a paper on “Challenges of absorbing „climate justice“ into education system” . The conference aimed to engage researchers from diverse disciplinary backgrounds in providing specific insights, reflection and discussion at the nexus of climate change science and its political implications. The conference aims to contribute to academic and public debate prior to the UNFCCC COP in Paris, dedicated to fair distribution of climate burdens and actions. It gathered over 120 participants form different academic filed and civil society in Croatia.
Final conference within the framework of the Joint European Union and Council of Europe Programme “Regional Support for Inclusive Education”
Organizer: Council of Europe
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina 5th and 6th November 2015
All platform representatives participated in the final conference of the project in Sarajevo. NEPC coordinated and prepared the panel: Changing approaches which Lana Jurko moderated while Rozeta Hoxhallari CAF was a panellist.
Round Table: Vocational Education and Training (VET) governance in partner countries: what role for the civil society
Organizer: European Training Foundation
Turin, Italy 14th – 17th October 2015
NEPC was represented by board member Gordana Miljevic who was a panellist in the panel International experiences of relevant civil society organizations in VET
Addressing Radicalization and Extremism through education
Organizer: Council of Europe
Strasbourg, France 23rd – 27th September 2015
Representatives of ministries of education, education professionals and civils society organisations (100 participants) met in Strasbourg to discuss the role of education in addressing extremism and radicalisation. NEPC was represented by Lana Jurko who was a panellist in a panel “Preventing radicalisation through quality education for all”
2nd Regional PolicyNet conference within the framework of the Joint European Union and Council of Europe Programme “Regional Support for Inclusive Education”.
Organizer: Council of Europe
Skopje, Macedonia 27th & 28th May 2015
NEPC was represented by Lana Jurko (Ex Di) The objectives of the conference were to endorse the regional policy recommendations on inclusive education by the PolicyNet and to develop action plans for inclusive education at beneficiary level. Lana Jurko had a presentation on the topic of How to in cooperate pilot activities into relevant policy documents.
World Education Forum (WEF) 2015
Organizer: UNESCO / co conveners Republic of Korea, UNDP, UNFPA, UNHCR, UNICEF, UN Women & World Bank
Incheon, republic of Korea – 20th & 21ST May 2015
NEPC was represented by Lana Jurko (Ex Di) at the Forum.
The WEF 2015 was a final event that discussed global education agenda and moved the policy from Education for All agenda to Education 2030. UNESCO led, in collaboration with six co-conveners, the development of a powerful new education agenda that will transform lives. It had five key themes: Right to Education, Equity in Education, Inclusive
Education, Quality Education and Life Long Learning. The Incheon Declaration was adopted at WEF. The Forum was attended by over 3000 participants form all over the world.
2015 NGO Forum
Organizer: UNESCO / Collective Consultation of NGOs on EFA (CCNGO/EFA)
Incheon, republic of Korea – 18th & 19th May 2015
NEPC was represented by Lana Jurko (ED) at the Forum and took active part in discussions on the future of education, culminating in the adoption of the 2015 NGO Forum Declaration ‘Towards the right to inclusive, quality public education and lifelong learning beyond 2015’. The Declaration re-affirms that education is a fundamental right and public good that is key to promoting social, economic and environmental justice the deceleration was a preparation ahead of the World Education Forum 2015. The forum was attended by the 130 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) from all over the world.2015 NGO Forum Declaration
UNESCO led, in collaboration with six co-conveners, the development of a powerful new education agenda that will transform lives. It had five key themes: Right to Education, Equity in Education, Inclusive Education, Quality Education and Life Long Learning. The Incheon Declaration was adopted at WEF. The Forum was attended by over 3000 participants form all over the world
59th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society 2015 Imagining a Humanist Education Globally UBUNTU!
Organizer: Cornell University
Washington DC 8th – 13th March 2015
The conference gathered over 2700 participants from all over the world. The Conference is an annual event that brings together experts, scholars and practitioners from the education world. This year’s conference had a focus on Humanist Education. NEPC organized and hosted 3 panels based on its projects and outputs in 2014.
- Panel on participatory policy making in education
Panellists – Batuhan Aydagul, Lana Jurko, Marko Kovačić, discussant Hugh McLean
- Panel on teachers’ policies
Panellists – Lana Jurko, Giorgi Machabeli, Irina Abuladze, discussant Aleesha Taylor
- Panel „Schools as agents of change: Inclusive policies and practices in South East Europe (SEE)“
Panellists – Vesna Atanasova, Lana Jurko, Marko Kovačić – discussant Kate Lapham