On Monday, On March 16, 2020, something hitherto unexperienced began in the modern age in Croatia and beyond. The so-called general lockdown due to the rapidly spreading epidemic of the new virus, which claimed many lives, was also applied to schools that day. Students, teachers, parents, all remained behind closed doors of their homes, and the generally arduous process of online teaching and distance education began, which we have not gotten rid of to this day.
The education system has experienced a kind of shelling in these two years (although it seems much longer), and what this will mean for generations of students remains to be calculated and measured in the future.
In parallel the question is what about students. Some of them only met colleagues and professors this fall, and have been studying for two years. One of the most important elements of higher education is building a professional circle in which to move after college, as well as mentoring. And the reality shows another absurdity – some do not even know all the lecturers.
Yes, the paradigm of education is changing rapidly, abruptly and rudely literally before our eyes.
It clearly points to a change not only in the way we work with students from an early age, not only in modernizing schools, sharing computers and WiFi signals, but in an essential, long-term decision. We will have a future when public education is not the last hole in the game of political elites, when we give up the concept of commercial as the primary education system, when we finally realize that education in equal conditions for every child is a condition we can not go on without.
But the daily examples from many primary and secondary schools, faculties and universities prove that it is not all black. Our students, doctoral students and scientists receive numerous international awards, solve problems creatively, and are increasingly recognized globally. The quality of teaching is improving and it is important to strengthen these positive trends and ensure that they continue in the future.
24sata will address all these issues at the new, seventh educational conference “Better Education, Better Croatia” on April 5 at the Zagreb Innovation Center. As every time since 2017, when we launched the largest conference on education in Croatia, we will bring together experts in the field of education, science and education to seek answers to questions that interest us all.
In three panels, two lectures, a presentation and a video presentation, we will present the most current and most interesting trends in Croatian education and address new paradigms of learning and teaching, as well as significant changes facing universities. The conference will be held live, but you can also follow it on all 24sata platforms.
The labor market demands innovation, creativity, multidisciplinary learning, lifelong learning, critical and logical thinking.
Global trends are focused on new occupations, which is a consequence of technological development, and Croatia is seriously lagging behind in all this. Digital technologies, artificial intelligence and automation are changing the way people live and work. The number of jobs in Croatia is likely to remain the same, but all workers will be affected by this transformation, so it will be necessary to prepare them through education in order to be competitive in the market.
Laziness as one of the main characteristics of the education system must be reformulated into flexibility, because our young people are looking for and deserving it.
Minister of Science and Education Radovan Fuchs, experts in the field of education, will talk about whether the education system is ready to prepare young people for new challenges and jobs of the future, and what changes and legal regulations in the education system will start in the autumn. from the business world. At the 7th conference “Better Education, Better Croatia” we will talk to teacher Sandra Vuk, this year’s Pride of Croatia winner Ana Sović Kržić, lecturer at FER and president of the Croatian Robotics Association, Marija Šutal from STEMI and the School of the Future initiative, representatives Ministry of Science and Education and CARNET. We will be joined by Maja Martinović, Vice Dean of the MBA, Jana Žiljak Gršić, Dean of the Technical Polytechnic of Zagreb, Senka Maćešić, Vice Rector for Digitization and Development of the University of Rijeka, Krunoslav Zmaić, Dean of the Faculty of Agrobiotechnology in Osijek and Davor Švaić, Dean of the Academy of Dramatic Arts. project manager Edu4Games.