Roadmap for further imlementation of the NQF – final confernece of the project ‘’Further Improvement of the System for Development and Implementation of the National Qualifications Framework’’

On the 10th of October 2017, the final conference of the Twinning Project ‘’Improvement of the System for development and implementation of the National Qualifications Framework’’ was held. Among the attendees were the Minister of Education and Science prof. PhD Renata Deskoska, as well as the ambassadors of the Republic of Croatia, her Excellence Mrs. Danijela Barisic, the ambassador of the Republic of Poland, his Excellence Mr. Jacek Multanowski, as well as the Head of the Sector for cooperation in the Delegation of the European Union, Mr. Nicola Bertolini. 

In her speech, Minister Deskoska emphasized the need for all included in the educational process, and in educational reforms to be aware that the quality of education is a primary goal, and a trust building instrument. “Only a standard which guarantees quality can be respected and relevant. Therefore, in creating qualifications, we need them to guarantee quality and comparatibility, to be recognized in an international context” she claimed during her speech.

On today’s event, the Head of the Sector for Cooperation in the Delegation of the EU in Macedonia, Mr. Bertolini, emphasized that the qualifications are of value only if the education community have faith in the education standards, skills and competences related to the qualifications.

This project will contribute towards further implementation of the National Qualifications Framework, which is connected with the European qualifications framework. As such, the NQF is a valuable instrument in policy making to promote the mobility and lifelong learning, both on national and on European level, and has a deciding role in improving transparency of national qualifications, improvement of their quality, and stressing their importance to the labour market, as well as initiating educational reforms and strengthened cooperation with all stakeholders. The project will also contribute to broadening the opportunities for recognition of previous learning within the qualifications system.

Mrs. Natasa Janevska, National Project Leader and Coordinator of the process for implementing the NQF in the MoES, emphasized that the main goal of the project was to harmonize the legislative and the NQF, using qualifications and the support to strengthening the national capacities for efficacious functioning of the NQF system. The NQF is a tool for propulstion of the educational policy reforms, raising qualifications quality and their relevance for the labour market, and as an instrument for clarification of the qualifications, and, what is the most important, to create a unique quality management system.

In the period of 22 months, as this project was realized, Ms. Janevska pointed out, a platform for cooperation was created, a participatory approach to the activities, the visibility of the NQF was increased, and the focus was placed on the identified challenges. Experiences from abroad were the basis for inspiration for the further implementation of the NQF, and through the prepared Roadmap for the implementation of the NQF we show that we strengthen the process for the NQF and we are focused on its sustainability.

 The conference was also addressed by the project leaders from the Member States, Ms Agnashka Klon Dominchak from the Republic of Poland, Ms. Allen Pontoon from Scotland and Ms. Ana Tecilajzic Gorsic, who spoke about the experience gained in our country working with all the stakeholders in the process of implementation of the NQF and gave their recommendations for the sustainability of the NQF.

At the end of the conference, Certificates were awarded for the main Trainers of NQF, a qualification developed in the project itself and passed the entire quality assurance process starting from the design of the Standard of Profession – Trainer, Qualification Standard and Learning Program for Acquisition qualification, training that started transparently with an advert, criteria for entering the training, participation in the training (commitment by the participants, homework), international trainers, assessment process – practical exam and after preparedness of portfolio evaluation commission (national and international assessors) and the acquisition of a public document.