Modern Didactic Materials for Quality Vocational Education

Modern Didactic Materials for Quality Vocational Education

Didactic materials are essential for quality secondary vocational education. When not readily available, they need to be created or accessed through collaboration with companies. Through successful examples and international experiences, teachers in Macedonian vocational schools gained the tools for developing modern didactic materials.

Teachers, representatives from the business sector, and international experts collaborated to improve the quality of vocational education through the development of didactic materials. During a two-day workshop within the “Education for Employment” project – E4E@mk, participants acquired significant insights and created action plans for continuous improvement of didactic materials.

At the core of the workshop was the collaboration between schools and companies. As Ivana Georgievska and Boris Trimchev from E4E@mk point out, the implementation of dual education is a significant undertaking in which the business sector can make a substantial contribution. They emphasized the importance of students having access to appropriate materials, modern equipment, and new technological advancements, which are not always provided by the state or available in schools.

International experts shared their experiences from Switzerland, where every school curriculum is based on work situations. Marien Müller from the Swiss Federation for Adult Learning (SVEB) presented several creative and free digital solutions that teachers can use daily.

“Creating didactic materials is one of the most interesting parts of being a teacher. You create the curriculum, plan what you will do in the classroom, think about what the class needs to understand the topic you are teaching,” says Marien Müller from the Swiss Federation for Adult Learning (SVEB).

According to Emanuel Vitrich from the Swiss Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (SFUVET), it is essential to apply work-based didactics, although it is a lengthy process. He emphasizes the need for the work situation to serve as an anchor for further development of knowledge, skills, and attitudes among students.

In this regard, Aneta Petrovska Rusomaroski, HR Manager at EVN Macedonia, presented the successful collaboration between the company and the Secondary Electro-Technical School “Mihajlo Pupin” from Skopje through the “20-20-20” project. This partnership dates back to 2017 when they jointly prepared a new curriculum and program, fully equipped a classroom, and built a training center in Skopje. Today, these facilities can be used for the education of students who are not involved in their learning process at work, adding additional value to their investment and donation.

Prof. Dr. Elena Rizova from the Faculty of Philosophy – Skopje shared the findings of the conducted research regarding the current state of didactic materials in vocational education and training in the country and provided recommendations for further development of the situation in the country.

This event represents a significant step towards improving the quality of secondary vocational education through collaboration and a strategic approach to creating and using didactic materials. The event is part of the “Education for Employment” project – E4E@mk, funded by the Government of Switzerland and implemented by Helvetas.