Policymaker Engagement at the Belgrade Book Fair

As part of the co-creation journey, PA4ALL (BioSense Institute) organized a workshop with stakeholders and policymakers relevant for the work at the intersection of agriculture, education, and ICT. The workshop was part of the annual Belgrade Book Fair and hosted by the Center for the Promotion of Science. The goal was to present the new educational model that PA4ALL is developing through the SISCODE project where students are introduced to precision agriculture and the importance of data analysis for predictions and better decision making in the field.
Teachers, students, and policymakers working in the field attended the workshop and after a presentation of the overall idea and current results engaged in a fruitful discussion giving their input, advice and explaining the challenges they meet. The main conclusions were that there is both a need and a will to work on new technologies in the field of agriculture, that students and teachers are willing to learn, and that the best way is to work across
disciplines. Their suggestion for approaching the idea is to educate as many teachers who can add the aspect of new technologies in their subjects. The challenge they all foresee is the systematic change of the curriculum and therefore believe that it is best to work bottom-up and engage key actors in the schools, collect feedback and proof that the experimentation is successful and only then ask for support from the relevant bodies such as the Ministry of Education.

The Workshop attendees

Policymaker discussions

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