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Enhancing education in Montenegro

UNOPS and the government of Montenegro are working together to improve education infrastructure and enhance learning opportunities for students across the country.

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Montenegro's educational sector is experiencing significant strain due to internal migration and the recent influx of external migrants as a result of the war in Ukraine. An analysis of the education sector, jointly conducted by the Ministry of Education, Science and Innovation and UNICEF, reveals a disproportionate concentration of students within a small number of schools – primarily in urban centres such as in Montenegro’s capital city, Podgorica, as well as Budva, and Bar. The imbalance highlighted the urgent need for a comprehensive review and revamp of the nation's school infrastructure to meet the demands of the new curricula and to foster inclusivity and equal learning opportunities for all.

To achieve this, UNOPS worked with Montenegro’s Ministry of Education, Science and Innovation of Montenegro to undertake a functional analysis of school infrastructure across Montenegro. The project assessed the compatibility of educational facilities with construction standards, as well as curriculum requirements, inclusivity measures, and basic functional conditions such as occupancy, water supply, sanitation, and hygiene, energy efficiency, and accessibility for children with disabilities.

The initial phase involved conducting a pilot infrastructure assessment in 44 selected schools. This provided critical data on the current state of infrastructure, while also helping to identify priorities for improvement. Upgrades to the Montenegro Education Information System will also enable the integration and analysis of infrastructure-related data, laying the groundwork for evidence-based policy making and strategic investment planning in the education sector.

This project is a significant step further in improving the quality of education infrastructure in Montenegro.

Andjela Jaksic Stojanovic - Minister of Education Innovation and Science of Montenegro

“It is fully aligned with relevant national strategies and the United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework. We are particularly pleased with the exceptional cooperation with UNOPS and UNICEF on implementation of this project,” said Andjela Jaksic Stojanovic.

“By ensuring that educational infrastructures are resilient, inclusive, and aligned to modern pedagogical standards, Montenegro is taking steps to provide a better, fairer and more inclusive education to the next generation,” she added.

Enhancements made through the project will help foster an environment where every child, irrespective of their background or abilities, has access to quality education. This initiative not only addresses immediate infrastructural needs but also equips Montenegro to manage its educational resources sustainably – contributing to the nation's long-term development and alignment with European Union standards.

“This project, championed by UNOPS in collaboration with the government of Montenegro, will provide much-needed information and guidance for enhancing the country’s education infrastructure, expanding educational opportunities, and shaping the future of the country,” said Michela Telatin, Director of UNOPS Multi-Country Office in Serbia.

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