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Program Contacts[edit]

Nebojša Ratković

Education Program Manager, Wikimedia Serbia

Đorđe Stakić

Wiki Student (2007 -), Wiki Gymnasium (2012 -), President of Wikimedia Serbia Academy Board (2012 - 2017), Wikimedia Serbia Board member (2005 -)

Filip Maljković

Wiki Student (2007 -), Member of Wikimedia Serbia Academy Board (2012 -), Wikimedia Serbia Board member (2005 -)

Marko Adam

Wiki Ambasador for Faculty of Mathematics, President of Wikimedia Serbia Academy Board (2017 -), Wikimedia Serbia Board member

Program Description[edit]

Wikimedia Serbia has participated in the Wikipedia Education Program since 2006. It has partnerships with 20+ academic institutions (universities and secondary schools), they run 3 projects, and are coordinated by Education Program Manager and overseen by an Academic Board. Until 2017 over 3500 students in Serbia have created 4,500+ articles. In 2017, Wikimedia Serbia has published a new brochure specifically for the education sector to promote its work and highlight good practices. To learn more and download a free copy of the brochure in Еnglish, please visit this link.

Accredited Wikipedia course for teachers[edit]

After the Serbian Ministry of Education prescribed that as of September 2014 all students in the second year of secondary school curriculum must study wiki tools, the Institute for the Improvement of Knowledge and Education has included a course on Wikipedia in its catalogue of accredited programs for continuous professional development of teachers, professors and other school personnel. This accreditation lasted for two years and the course started in December 2014. The course, called “Usage of Wikipedia in teaching and learning”, was developed by Wikimedia Serbia and the Academic Board of the Wikimedia Serbia. It`s achievement was reported in This Month in Education. Read more at Education/Government Partnerships#Serbia. During the school year 2015/2016, Wikimedia Serbia has realized 7 seminars, attended by 170 teachers in Serbia.

In 2016, new course called “Usage of online wiki tools as didactic tools in teaching and learning” was accredited by the Institute for the Improvement of Knowledge and Education. The accreditation lasts for two academic years (2016/17 and 2017/18) and the first course was realized in November 2016 at Primary school "Vuk Karadzic" in Surčin. Until now Wikimedia Serbia has realized 14 seminars, attended by 309 teachers. It is important to mention that Wikimedia Serbia has submitted the Accredited seminars project at the Ministry of Education, Science, and Technological Development in August 2016. The project had been accepted and had been realized until the end of May 2017. You can also check a gallery and English version of Accredited seminars website.

In June 2018, Wikimedia Serbia received new accreditation for the course "Usage of online wiki tools in teaching and learning". The accreditation lasts for three academic years 2018/19, 2019/20 and 2020/21.

Wiki Student[edit]

Wiki student workshop at the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering of Applied Studies, March 2017
  • Wiki Student is a project for university/higher education and their students and teachers / assistants.
  • The idea is to introduce students to Wikipedia, its meaning, benefits, and above all, editing, and the teachers / assistants encourage the use of modern approaches to teaching.
  • The aim
    • To introduce a Wikipedia in the higher education system by writing term papers on a given topic from a university subject.
  • Activities
Wiki Student workshop at at the Faculty of Mining and Geology, Belgrade, March 2017
Institution Faculty School year/semester Number of participants Numer of edited articles
University of Belgrade Faculty of Mathematics 2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17, 2017/18 489 567
University of Belgrade Faculty of Physical Chemistry 2005/06, 2006/7 17 18
University of Belgrade Faculty of Philology 2013/14, 2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17, 2017/18 250 151
University of Belgrade Faculty of Organizational Sciences 2010/11, 2011/12, 2012/13, 2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17, 2017/18 247 207
University of Belgrade Faculty of Electrical Engineering 2011/12 24 24
Megatrend University, Belgrade Faculty of Computer Science 2012/13 4 4
University of Belgrade Faculty of Drama Arts 2012/13, 2017/18 13 4
University of Belgrade Faculty of Mining and Geology 2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15, 2016/17, 2017/18 113 178
Union University, Belgrade Faculty of Computer Science 2012/13 4 4
University of Podgorica, Montenegro Faculty of Electrical Engineering 2011/12, 2013/14, 2014/15 6 6
University of Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina Faculty of Poltiical Sciences 2015/16 23 17
University of Niš, Vranje Faculty of Teaching 2013/14, 2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17, 2017/18 202 182
The School of Electrical and Computer Engineering of Applied Studies Faculty of Computer Sciences 2013/14, 2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17, 2017/18 707 1.065
University of Kragujevac Faculty of Engeneering 2015/16 30 875
University of Belgrade Faculty of Geography 2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17, 2017/18 185 136
University of Belgrade Faculty of Agriculture 2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17 457 350
University of Belgrade Faculty of Security Studies 2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17, 2017/18 260 206
University of Belgrade Faculty of Poltiical Sciences 2016/17, 2017/18 32 15
Alpha BK University, Belgrade Faculty of foreign languages 2016/17, 2017/18 64 37
University of Belgrade Faculty of Mechanical Engineering 2017/18 15 0
University of Belgrade Teacher Education Faculty 2017/18 81 8
University of Belgrade Faculty of Biology 2017/18 21 22
University of Belgrade Faculty of Civil Engineering 2017/18 - -
University of Niš Faculty of Philosophy 2017/18 - -
University of Belgrade Faculty of Philosophy 2017/18 9 11
University of Belgrade Faculty of Law 2017/18 25 9
WMRS EDU Brochure

Wiki Gymnasium (secondary schools)[edit]

Wiki Gymnasium workshop at Sveti Sava Gymnasium, Belgrade, December 2016
  • Wiki Gymnasium project is designed primarily for high schools (especially gymnasium) and their students and teachers.
  • The idea is to familiarize students with Wikipedia, its meaning, benefits, and above all, editing, and to encourage teachers to use modern approaches to teaching.
  • The aim
    • To introduce Wikipedia into the education system by writing papers (term papers) on a given topic from a certain subject (geography, history, biology, etc.).
  • Activities
Institution School year Number of participants Number of edited articles
7th Belgrade Gymnasium 2012/13, 2013/14 50 38
3rd Belgrade Gymnasium 2012/13, 2013/14, 2015/16 177 185
Zemun Gymnasium 2012/13 NA NA
Mathematics Gymnasium 2013/14, 2015/16, 2016/17 98 70
5th Belgrade Gymnasium 2013/14, 2014/15 31 39
Ivanjica Gymnasium 2013/14, 2014/15 26 13
8th Belgrade Gymnasium 2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17 21 12
9th Belgrade Gymnasium 2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17, 2017/18 149 74
Knjaževac Gymnasium 2014/15 5 0
Užice Gymnasium 2014/15 13 11
Pharmacy - Physiotherapy College 2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17, 2017/18 33 5
School for design 2014/15 10 10
15th Belgrade Gymnasium 2015/16 74 59
13th Belgrade Gymnasium 2015/16, 2016/17 6 1
IT High School 2015/16 19 4
Savremena International School 2015/16, 2016/17 70 51
Branko Radičević Gymnasium, Stara Pazova 2015/16, 2016/17, 2017/18 49 5
Nikola Tesla School of Electrical Engineering, Pančevo 2016/17, 2017/18 81 37
Sonja Marinković Agricultural High School, Požarevac 2016/17 20 1
Sveti Sava Gymnasium 2016/17 19 0
Uroš Predić Gymnasium 2017/18 23 9
Railway Technical School 2017/18 26 13
Wiki Gymnasium workshop at Ninth Gymnasium, Belgrade, March 2017

Wiki Schooler[edit]

  • Wiki Schooler is a project for primary schools and their students and teachers.
  • Activities
Institution School year Number of participants Number of edited articles
Mathematical Gymnasium Belgrade (8th grade) 2015/16
"Jovan Sterija Popović" Primary school 2017/18 20 20
"Sveti Sava" Primary school 2017/18 35 2
Regional Center for Talents 2017/18 14 12
"Vuk Karadžić" Primary school 2017/18 20 -

Wikinews in schools[edit]

  • Wikinews in schools is a project aimed at the development of the project and the Wikinews introduction of students to the basics of online journalism.
  • The plan
    • To teach courses on journalism and workshops on editing the Wikinews, to pupils / students prepared for independent research and writing news.
  • Activities
    • Faculty of Media and Communication, Singidunum University, Belgrade (February - October 2010).

Wiki Ambassadors[edit]

Academic board members and Wiki ambassadors

Wiki Ambassador is a person who facilitates communication and builds cooperation between WMRS Education program and educational institution which attends. Elected Wiki Ambassadors at this time:

  1. Jovan Petrović, Wiki Ambassador at Faculty of Engeneering University of Kragujevac
  2. Miljan Nikolić, Wiki Ambassador at Pedagogical Faculty in Vranje University of Niš
  3. Marko Adam Wiki, Ambassador at Faculty of Mathematics University of Belgrade
  4. Vukašin Živković, Wiki Ambassador at Faculty of Security Studies University of Belgrade
  5. Dušan Ružić, Wiki Ambassador at Faculty of Security Studies University of Belgrade
  6. Ratko Đorđević, Wiki Ambassador at Faculty of Agriculture University of Belgrade
  7. Miloš Todorović, Wiki Ambassador at Faculty of Philosophy University of Belgrade
  8. Miljan Simonović, Wiki Ambassador at Faculty of Organizational Sciences University of Belgrade
  9. Nikola Jevtić, Wiki Ambassador at The School of Electrical and Computer Engineering of Applied Studies
  10. Teodora Lukić, Wiki Ambassador at Faculty of Biology University of Belgrade
  11. Jelena Šunjevarić, Wiki Ambassador at Faculty of Geography University of Belgrade

Additional Information[edit]

Academic Board[edit]

The Academic Board (Академски одбор) was established with the aim to improve cooperation with scientific and educational institutions in Serbia. The target groups are schools, colleges and institutes, together with their members - pupils, students, teachers / professors. The Board manages educational projects with the aim of spreading free knowledge and the introduction of Wikipedia and its sister projects in the educational school system of our country.

Education Program Manager[edit]

This Education Program Manager position was introduced in January 2015. It was recognized that the Education Program has huge potential to develop, but requires additional reinforcement. The Education Program Manager works closely with the Academic Board, sharing principles and practices already established by them.

EduWiki Conference[edit]

The goals of the EduWiki conference were to increase cooperation between Wikimedia and academic and scientific institutions, to promote cooperation between regional Wikimedia chapters on educational projects, to connect local education leaders with Wikipedia editors, and to grow Wikipedia's use in education. Wikimedia Serbia was the second Wikimedia Chapter to host an EduWiki conference. The 2014 event in Belgrade was the third EduWiki Conference. There is additional information on the conference website and in the education newsletter:

Media Coverage[edit]

Education newsletter[edit]

WMRS Education Program, Workshop at "New Technologies in Education" Conference, February 2017.
WMRS Wikipedia Education Program, Info room of Belgrade Youth Office, Septemeber 2013.

Reports[edit]

Links of Interest[edit]