The wider objective of KEY project is to strengthen the role of teacher training HEIs in continuous preschool professional development (CPD) system in Serbia and in Montenegro.
The wider objective sets the ground for preschool teaching HEIs to influence the creation of and promote CPD for preschool teachers and professionals vis-a-vis local communities. In doing so the project addresses the existing gaps between the ECEC related educational outcomes and actual labor market needs while at the same time it increases capacities of local governments to exercise their roles in ECEC education and approach EU funding opportunities.
In order to achieve the wider objective and transform the situation explained in Section E, different project teams are engaged to accomplish each of the project-specific objectives as follows:
- To establish the ECEC learning hubs within participating HEIs in Serbia and Montenegro
The accomplished project specific objective 1 broadens and modernizes the existing preschool teachers training offer, makes it more selective and better linked with expected competences framework and professional/practitioners requirements. It introduces the much needed systemic approach to defying the needs and offer for preschool teachers CPD with proactive engagement of all relevant stakeholders in life-long process of learning.
- To build the capacity across the CPD sector for monitoring, evaluation and quality assurance The accomplished project specific objective 2 contributes to identifying parameters for practical use of knowledge gained through preschool teachers training programs. This benchmarking system further enables quality monitoring mechanism and the successful formative evaluation practices to be developed and implemented for measuring CPD effectiveness and impact. CPD model of standards for accreditation streamlines sustained efforts to upgrading of ECEC teachers and professionals CPD practices; builds confidence of key stakeholders in its quality, and motivates preschool teachers and professionals to plan their own professional development.