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Digital equipment for Agriculture-Veterinary School in Vranje

The Secondary Veterinary School Stevan Sindjelic in Vranje, Serbia, belongs to a group of vocational schools which, except for providing general education, offer their students skills that will allow them to pursue different occupations in the future. The school offers three educational programmes for: agricultural, veterinary and food technicians. Vranje is a city located in the south of Serbia, close to the border with Kosovo and Macedonia, in a region that is more impoverished than other regions of the country. The city of Vranje has 55,138 residents and the entire municipality has 83,524 of them. It is the only facility which offers neighbouring municipalities this type of education. The school is attended by students from the area of, among others, Bujanovac, Bosiljegrad or Vladicin Han. It also provides education for Roma teenagers and mentally disabled students. The school also holds courses for farmers.

The facility conducts classes using traditional school aids, which does not always facilitate a good contact between teachers and students, especially those with mental disabilities. Primary school graduates who are accustomed to using computers, smartphones etc. from the early school years see a school which uses only traditional aids as a less attractive option for further learning.

The educational programmes offered by the school are especially important in a country where farming is one of the most important export sectors (according to data for the year 2014, farming accounted for 9.1% of Serbian GDP and 21% of export). The veterinary programme is also important due to the challenges Serbia will be facing in order to adjust its veterinary standards to the EU requirements.

Students and teachers of the school, including Roma students and mentally disabled teenagers will be the beneficiaries of the project.

Digital equipment for Agriculture-Veterinary School in Vranje

The project is scheduled to be implemented from 4 August to 20 December 2016 in cooperation with the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Belgrade and its local partner, the Secondary Veterinary School Stevan Sindjelic. The project provides for equipping the school with digital boards to improve the quality of education and offer more understandable and interactive lessons, which is particularly important when working with disabled children. Thanks to these boards, it is possible to display different record formats, i.e. videos, photos, to use different educational software and instantaneously create documents by means of various apps. The surface of the board is touch-sensitive and it enables to use digital ink and immediately record all activities.

The implementation of the project will contribute to the improvement of the quality of education for students from the most impoverished region of Serbia, who may feel excluded because of their limited access to modern methods of education. It will also improve the level of education offered to disabled children and activate students who have problems with relations with teachers and peers. Thanks to the sets of multimedia boards, the school will diversify the educational classes, improve their attractiveness, thus also improving the attractiveness of the school and the educational programmes it offers.

The boards will be used by 250 students, 50 teachers, farmers undergoing training at the school and students of other schools, who also use the facility for educational purposes.

Digital equipment for Agriculture-Veterinary School in Vranje

The project was implemented from 31 October to 18 November 2016. The school purchased 2 sets of digital boards. One set consists of a projector, a white board to project an image on the wall, a laptop and a multimedia board. When the equipment was delivered, the teachers were trained on how to use it. Leaflets informing about the purchase of the equipment were disseminated in Vranje.

Thanks to the use of the multimedia boards, the school was able to diversify its educational classes and make them more attractive. The boards make it possible to display different record formats and educational materials, inter alia, videos, charts, which proves extremely useful when conducting classes for future agricultural, veterinary and food technicians.

Due to the differences between the cost estimate included in the project application and the prices of the multimedia equipment, when the implementation of the project began, the Development Cooperation Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs earmarked additional funds for the project upon the request of the facility. Its value amounted to PLN 16,000 (approximately EUR 4,000) and about PLN 12,000 (approximately EUR 3,000) was covered by the Polish Aid's funds. For the purposes of calculation, the following exchange rate was applied: EUR 1 = PLN 4.1749.