ABOUT THE 21ST CENTURY SCHOOLS

The 21st Century Schools is an ambitious educational program of three years, designed and implemented by the British Council, funded by the United Kingdom Government, in a total amount of £ 10 million. The program will enable the acquisition of critical thinking skills, problem solving and programming for over a million students aged 10 to 15 in countries across the Western Balkans.

This program is conducted in partnership with the relevant educational institutions in the participating countries. It will enable students to learn in a fun, interactive and innovative way. In addition to gaining critical thinking skills and solving problems, children will also gain practical coding skills, and will have the opportunity to perfect their skills by connecting different devices. Within the program, each school will receive a certain number of Micro:bit devices - handheld computers with which children can code and use it for all school subjects in order to solve everyday problems.

HOW DOES THE PROGRAM SUPPORT SCHOOLS?

21st Century Schools offer constant mentoring and valuable resources for strengthening the ability of school principals, teachers and policy makers. All primary schools (pupils aged 10 to 15) will receive Micro:bit devices (pocket computers) that will help young people learn new digital skills and programming skills in a fun and interactive way.

In order to be competitive in the global labor market sutdents need key skills such as problem solving, critical thinking, digital literacy and creativity. The 21st Century Schools program supports the development of young people in these fields in order to build a better future.

Skills that will primarily be developed by students aged 10 to 15:

Critical thinking and problem solving: independent thinking that leads to new and innovative ideas and solves problems. Students will gain the ability to critically examine learning experiences and processes and make effective decisions.

Programming skills: teachers and children will be introduced to programming through block-based encoding using Micro:bit devices. These devices have the purpose to inspire young people to be creative in the use of digital technologies and to develop key skills in science, technology and engineering. Children will also have the opportunity to learn HTML, CSS and Python through the creation of games, animations and websites in extracurricular coding clubs.

For further information about this programme please contact us.