Katarina Veljković, one of the Best Educators of Serbia entered the Top 50 best teachers in the world.
This year as well, the nonprofit, nongovernmental Association Živojin Mišić has selected the representatives for the competition Global Teacher Prize which is believed to be at the level of the Nobel Prize. Katarina Veljković, teacher of informatics and computer science in the First Grammar School of Kragujevac, has entered the 50 best teachers of the world, and thereby Serbia was placed high on the ladder in the sphere of education as well
The Global Teacher Prize Competition has existed for five years in a row and aims at finding the best teachers in the world and showing that their profession is one of the most important in every country.
The former winners of this competition come from the United States, Palestine, Canada and the United Kingdom, and now even Serbia has the opportunity to be the first!
Katarina Veljković, who has been working as a teacher for 14 years, has always tried to find and remove the flaws of educational system and to give students the true anwer to the question: “Why am I learning this, what purpose does it serve me?” Numerous projects which she has carried out with children during her career and the catchphrase which guided her through life “Imagination is more important than knowledge” have contributed to her success in teaching over 1400 students. Nowadays she can say with merit that she is one of the best teachers of the world too
Besides this, Katarina holds the title of one of the Best Educators of Serbia, which was awarded by the Association Živojin Mišić two years ago within the same project. The Association also brought the Global Teacher Prize to Serbia. As a national partner of the Varkey Foundation which organizes this competition, the Association Živojin Mišić has been selecting the best out of the best for the second year in a row. Željana Radojičić Lukić, general education teacher from Mionica and the Best Educator of Serbia in 2014, was among the Top 50 best teachers of the world last year. Today, for the second year in a row, Serbia has its representative among the best and this is Katarina. For a small country on the world stage, this is huge success and an indicator that Serbian education is valuable and that we have great people who educate our children! Even 179 countries all over the world took part in the competition!
We would like to congratulate our national representatives for this year one more time: Tatjana Marković Topalović, physics teacher from Šabac and Dragan Kuveljić, general education teacher from Prijepolje. All three of them are excellent educators who have been representing our country and defending the colours of education with dignity for many years. It is an honour to have them in our team! More information about this year’s competition can be read here.
Katarina’s biography can also be found on the official website of the Global Teacher Prize competition here.
At the ceremony of awarding the Best Teachers Prize in Serbia, which will be presented in the Global Contest of the Global Teacher Prize in the following years, awards have been presented for outstanding achievements in work and career with students of phenomenal teachers at the premises of the Serbian Chamber of Commerce in Belgrade organized by non- Non-governmental Association for Promotion of Entrepreneurship "Živojin Mišić".
Association Živojin Mišić, a national partner of the Varkey Foundation, has chosen representatives of Serbia for the prestigious Global Teacher Prize, which aims to find the best teacher in the world! The candidates for this competition were Tatjana Marković Topalović, Physics professor from Šapca, Katarina Veljković, Kragujevac and Dragan Kuveljić, a teacher from Prijepolje.
On Friday, 28 September, in the premises of the Serbian Chamber of Commerce in Belgrade, a ceremony was held for the award of best prizes, and in addition to the awarded Best Educators of Serbia, numerous ceremonies and friends of Serbian education attended the ceremony.
Ivona Jovanović, Coordinator of the Association "Živojin Mišić", was present at the opening ceremony, highlighting the pride of the Association, because the recognition goes to those who, with their specialty in work, contribute to the educational system in Serbia, which is the pride of our country and who deserved to be among the the best teachers who will represent us in the world. "These people who are with us today are educating generations of children who will use all the knowledge they can use to create a better future for themselves, their children, and our country. Because, as Nelson Mandela spoke, "Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world". What we always love to say and what we are proud of is: You help to create a better Serbia and thank you very much for it! "
Srđan Verbić, one of the members of the Commission in the selection of Best Teachers, also spoke to the audience that the choice was not easy, but that decision was right. "I'm sure, especially after a few weeks of deciding who will be our representatives when I hear our teachers say that, that was really a great choice, that we should be proud of! You need to be a part of this world that is generating new generations that inspire new generations and which should take global competence forward. I want you to be inspired by what you will experience in the coming months, including in this competition and returning more of this inspiration to your students, colleagues and all of us."
Premiere films were premiered on the ceremony, which were shot on the work of three candidates, and they can be viewed on the YouTube channel of the Association Živojin Mišić.
After the award ceremony, Tatjana Marković Topalović, awarded the Best Educator in 2014, was one of our Global Teacher Prize candidates. In her speech, she looked at education today, and then remarked: "For me, it is a great honor and privilege to stand here and present my country to the prestigious Global Teacher Prize. Associated with, mysteriousness and responsibility to present my school, city, country, work, and sensibility to a far-reaching world in a dignified and high quality way. "For the end, it is a message to its disciples, the former, the present and the future" the sail widespread and safely sailing the troubled seas of knowledge because your rats are yours and "You are not a loser until you decide to give up."
Katarina Veljkovic, awarded the Best Educator in 2016, another candidate in the race for the Best Teacher of the World thanked everyone with whom she is today where she is. "I thank the Association that nominated me for this prestigious award and that I will be one of the three teachers who will represent Serbia. I thank my colleagues who support me in everything I do. And above all to my disciples without which I would not be what I am, for they are the ones who inspire me and motivate me to be better. "
The third candidate for this prestigious competition, Dragan Kuveljić, awarded the Best Educator in 2014, stressed how important it is to return to the focus of Serbian education, as it is the foundation of a society, and stressed how important the Association Živojin Mišić continues its mission and recognizes the best teachers. "It is up to Serbia's best educators to make schools the oasis of wisdom, beauty, knowledge and spirituality. Let these awards be the motivation and inspiration to bring together the authority of school and education together."
The best teachers were also given a surprise, where their former students appeared, who had only praise words and expressed how proud and happy they were just the students of these great people.
Biljana Makevic, former student of Tatjana Markovic Topalovic, had a very emotional speech and confirmed that Tatjana was a true example of teachers we needed in Serbia. After four years and all we've done and what he does alone every day, I have only to say the same! I say it as a former pupil, as a fellow citizen, as a future professor and as a woman, primarily you are an example of enthusiasm, expertise, fidelity,information, art, consistency, incorruptibility, and in front of all hope of being a teacher it makes sense in a time when nothing makes sense anymore. What you have often talked to us and we are very well remembered is: "Your time is coming. "And now, when I look back and forth, this is the great truth and the great power you carry your disciples in your life, in addition to the knowledge you have given them unselfishly."
Beside Biljana, Igor Bakovic, a former student of Dragana Kuveljić, spoke to the audience, pointing out that he had prepared a long speech, but after all he heard about, and after all the acquaintances met Dragan, he just wanted to thank him for teaching them to be people,teaching them to express their opinion clearly and loudly and that the inexperienced happiness of being a disciple of such a great man.
Thanks again to the best teachers, members of the Commission, associates, guests, the best educators of Serbia who were there to support their colleagues, and thanks to the Serbian Chamber of Commerce on the released space. A lot of luck in a further competition, and keep moving the boundaries!
We have selected winners of the national competition for 2018!
Association Živojin Mišić has been declared winners of the national competition that will fight for the title of the best teacher of the world
The “National Teacher Prize” project is part of the "Global Teacher Prize" organized by the Varkey Foundation.
The Varkey Foundation was founded in 2010, with the belief that the teaching profession is the key to a global future. The Varkey Foundation believes that every child in the world deserves a high-quality teacher. Therefore, together with partners, they build a network of the world's best teachers, because they believe that this will enable equal education for all. One of the founders of the Foundation, Sunny Varkey, is guided by the idea that education alone can correct the biggest problems that the world has today, violence, power and health. Because everything starts with education.
The association Živojin Mišić has been a partner of the Varkey Foundation since last year, which means that the project "The Best Educators of Serbia" became a pre-qualification competition for the "National Teacher Prize". The goal is to select those who will present us in the world from the Best educators of Serbia.
Through this project, we want to praise, reward and encourage outstanding teachers in Serbia and give them the opportunity to find themselves at one of the world's largest education competitions, the "Global Teacher Prize".
This year's committee consisted of:
Branislav Ranđelović, v. d. Director of the Institute for the Evaluation of the Quality of Education and Upbringing in Serbia
Dragica Pavlović Babić, PISA Research Coordinator in Serbia and Associate of the Institute for Psychology in Education
Dušan Basalo, a partner in consulting company "Atria Group"
Ivana Cenerić, Research Coordinator at the Center for Educational Policies
Srđan Ognjanović, director of the Mathematical Gymnasium
Srđan Verbić, former Minister of Education
Vigor Majić, director of Petnica research station
Association "Živojin Mišić"
The criteria that the winners had to fulfill for the placement at "Global Teacher Prize" - this year was the use of effective teaching practices that affect the quality of education at the global level, the use of an innovative curriculum that is inspired by the method of solving new challenges in the future, personal achievements, the impact on the community, the development of students as a citizens of the world, the recognition of their work by the community.
After a lengthy discussion, and examining the applications of all applicants, content, activities, efforts to change their lives and the lives of their students, compliance with the Global Teacher Prize criteria, three candidates are separated from others according to above-average achievements.
By inspecting candidates' applications and submitted additional materials, and taking into account the criteria of the Varkey Foundation, the commission decided that the following candidates for the "Global Teacher Prize" are:
Dragan Kuveljić, a teacher at elementary school M. Stiković in Prijepolje
Katarina Veljković, teacher of computer and information science at the First Grammar School in Kragujevac
Tatjana Markovic Topalovic, physics teacher in high school, dr Andra Jovanović in Šabac
By choosing this year's candidates, we want to send a message that such teachers are extremely important and valuable to our society, and to encourage them to further improve and promote their methods of work and success.
Once again honestly congratulations to the candidates, and a lot of luck in the further flow of the competition!
The best educators of Serbia have the opportunity to apply for the competition for the best teacher in the world this year!
We are sure that you have either heard or felt on your skin that the teacher's job is not the most valued profession in the world. Various studies have shown that a small number of students really respect their teachers. It was also seen by the Varkey Foundation team, and in 2013 they decided to change things, or put them in place.
Sanny Varkey, founder of the Varkey Foundation, had the vision that education was the one that could solve the world's major problems, such as violence, power, and health. As he says, everything starts with education. The motto of his foundation is that every child in the world deserves a good teacher.
Two years later, they launched a project called Global Teacher Prize, with the desire to reward the best teachers of the world. What was important to them was to emphasize the importance of the role of teachers in the education and upbringing of children and to remind the world that teachers deserve to be one of the most valued professions in the world. Teachers are important! In 4 years of realizing the project, the Varkey Foundation awarded 4 teachers, from USA, Palestine, Canada and England. All winners received a million dollars reward to invest in their country's educational system, thus contributing to education in the country in which they work.
Association Živojin Mišić has recognized these motives in their work, and since last year, we are the proud partner of Varkey Foundation. The Cooperation Agreement was signed because the common goal is education, and the desire to remind that teachers are the most important link of our system, because they are the ones that educate our children. This year, the Association is proud of its country at the world's largest education competition.
What does it mean? The project, which has been successfully organized by the Association Živojin Mišić, The best educators of Serbia, by last year signing the Contract with the Varkey Foundation, has become a pre-qualification competition for the Global Teacher Prize.
This partnership means that the Association Živojin Mišić organizes the selection for the best teacher at the national level. The winner (or up to five winners) will have all possible assistance from the Association for further placement, application and promotion, but also an advantage over other candidates, as their applications will be found directly in the second round of evaluation at the Global Teacher Prize.
Last year, three teachers, holders of the title The Best Educators of Serbia, achieved success in this competition. Marinko Petković and Zvonimirka Jovičić were declared as the winners of the national competition in Serbia, and Željana Radojičić Lukić was placed in the top 50 teachers of the world at the Global Teacher Prize and she became the first Serbian teacher to achieve this placement in the competition. This brought our education back to a high rank of the world system.
This year, the opportunity for placement at the Global Teacher Prize, again gets up to five of Serbia's Best Educators.
At the beginning of December, the 50 best teachers of the world will be announced by the Varkey Foundation, and if one of our teachers is placed in the Top 50, he will have the opportunity to fight for a million dollar reward, as well as to be found at the world's largest education forum, Skills Forum in UAE.
For the first time this year, the Association "Živojin Mišić" had one of its ambassadors at the largest world forum "Global Teacher Prize", held in the United Arab Emirates. In March, last week, at this competition, Serbia was a country that could proudly show that have its national representative in the competition - the Association for the Promotion of Entrepreneurship, Živojin Mišić.
Leaders from the private, public and social sectors gathered for the sixth consecutive year to work together to find solutions to the problem of raising education to a higher level, as well as the problem of equality and employment for all.
The Varkey Foundation initiative, which organizes the Global Teacher Prize Competition, the Global Education & Skills Forum is actually a platform for cooperation and problem solving, moving from "How It Should be" to innovative solutions "How We Come There Together". In this regard, the Global Education & Skills Forum gathered over 2000 professionals from the world of education who worked on system design and preparations for 2030 when all of us expect great changes in the way of thinking and how to teach children.
Why is this Forum special for Serbia?
The Global Education & Skills Forum and all the way to the United Arab Emirates has brought much good to Serbia when it comes to the education sector. One of the most important events is that the Varkey Foundation got an official partner in our country - the Association for Entrepreneurship Promotion Živojin Mišić, whose task is to organize and conduct the election for the national winner in Serbia from now on and help find the best teacher in the world.
Another important event is the proclamation of Željana Radojičić Lukić, a teacher from Banja Vrujci, for one of the 50 best educators in the world. In addition to being one of the Best Educators of Serbia, she has now entered history as the first representative of our country in this competition, which is believed to be in the ranking of the Nobel Prize competition in the teaching profession. Consequently, she became one of the Varkey Foundation ambassadors.
"The delegation is really pleased with both our hosts and the atmosphere in this world educational forum, and I am very happy to represent Serbia here in Dubai. My dear teachers, together we will fight to improve Serbian education in the upcoming period and continue to promote Serbia in the best possible way in the world", says Željana.
On the following links, you can watch the movie that Željana presented at the competition, as well as the assignment of certificates to the national partners: Movie and Award Ceremony (10 minutes and 30 seconds)
How did the competition run and what kind of workshops were prepared by the organizers?
For the first two days of the stay in Dubai, the Serbian delegation had the opportunity to attend the Varkey Teacher Ambassadors workshops aimed at networking, linking and presenting projects around the world. The idea was to find a solution to how best to prepare children for the future and the 2030s reforms.
The second two days of the Forum held in Atlantis, our delegation attended numerous workshops where some of the most prominent people in their areas spoke, of which the most important for Serbia was the National Teacher Partners Workshop. This workshop exchanged experiences, successes and challenges that national partners meet in conducting these elections in their countries. The goal was to improve national elections, and this is the place where our delegation learned the most. The association Živojin Mišić exchanged experiences with representatives of Chile, Palestine, Ukraine, America, Sierra Leone and other partner countries of the Varkey Foundation. What is rated as the highest value of the Forum is that it has given us the opportunity of networking, and that we are now all in the same team that is struggling for a better future.
The act of ceremonial awards and gala dinners was held on the fourth day where the representative of England - Andria Zafirakou received the Global Teacher Prize Award. The prize was personally handed over to Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy President and Minister of the United Arab Emirates. We congratulate her with all her heart and we hope she will continue with the brilliant work she has shown so far, like all the other Varkey ambassadors. Special congratulations for our representative Željana Radojičić Lukić, who together with the Association Živojin Mišić promoted Serbia in the best possible way. And let's not forget that "every child deserves exceptional teachers, because teachers are important!"
As previously announced, the Association Živojin Mišić became a proud partner of the Varkey Foundation, and therefore the Best Educators competition in Serbia became a retraining for the Global Teacher Prize. This means that we organized the National Competition in cooperation with the Varkey Foundation in order to select the official representatives of our country from the Best Educators.
A commission was formed and two representatives were elected at the national competition, they are two candidates who work in difficult conditions where they managed to achieve excellent results. This year, these are Marinko Petković and Zvonimirka Jovičić!
Marinko is a teacher of physics and chemistry at the School for Elementary and Secondary Education Milan Petrovic in Novi Sad. He works with children with disabilities in a remarkable way in which he succeeds in achieving superior results and preparing these students for a more independent life in an environment that is not particularly developed and adapted for this group of citizens.
Zvonimirka is a teacher at the elementary school "Moše Pijade" in Žagubica, who teaches in the separated department in Izvarica. She works in an underdeveloped environment in a combined department, making the significance of her work and success that she achieves particularly significant. Nevertheless, her work recognizes elements and methods that are particularly valued and that do not lag behind city schools.
By choosing two candidates who achieve exceptional results with less gifted children or in difficult conditions, we want to send a message that such teachers are highly valuable and important to our society, but also to encourage them to share and promote their methods of work and success.
When we talk about the Global Teacher Prize, the commission believes that teachers with little resources are achieving great results, and in that sense these candidates meet those requirements. They make the world a better place to live. They are enthusiastic, have a great desire, will and faith in education and positive changes and the power of work. They are the ones who change the world, inspiring the students and the environment in which they work.
The first results of the Global Teacher Prize competition will be known at the beginning of December. We want our representatives a lot of luck in the competition, and we look forward to the results!
About how we became partners of the Varkey Foundation, you can read here.