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Three Doctoral Candidates in Pedagogy Awarded Scholarships by the Novak Djokovic Foundation

by , Posted on 17th Jan 2018

The Novak Djokovic Foundation yesterday signed the Protocol on Cooperation with the University of Belgrade Faculty of Philosophy  and thus became the first organisation in Serbia to support young researchers and scientific studies in the field of preschool education.

The Foundation will award scholarships to a group of 3 doctoral candidates – two doctoral students  and a teaching assistant with scientific study experience, to support their dissertation research within the Department of Pedagogy and Andragogy. They will address some under-researched issues such as the impact of digital technologies and the culture of kindergartens on preschool education. Candidates have been selected based on their excellent academic records and their current research, interest and potential to improve education policies and pedagogical practice.  

I’m delighted the Novak Djokovic Foundation has established cooperation with the  University of Belgrade Faculty of Philosophy – a leading institution of higher education in Serbia and in the region. At the Foundation, our work is focused primarily on early childhood education and development. Investing in the Djokovic Scholarship Program at the University of Belgrade we want to contribute to the body of knowledge in preschool pedagogy for the benefit of practitioners, policymakers and key actors in preschool education, and inspire the next generation of leaders in Serbia and beyond – said Alberto Lidji, Global CEO of the Novak Djokovic Foundation.

Through strategic investment in academic research and scientific breakthroughs in this field, the Foundation aims to empower young researchers to bring science-based innovations and development in education policies as well as prevent international migration of education experts and professionals. The ultimate goal of the project is to enhance teaching practice and increase the number of children enrolled in kindergartens, due to the fact that only half of all children aged 3-5 in Serbia attend some type of organized preschool education.

Dragana Pavlovic-Breneselovic, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Chairman of the Department of Pedagogy and Andragogy at the Faculty of Philosophy in Belgrade, said that the Foundation and the Department actively participate in the ongoing education reform process  and share the same vision –  create high-quality preschool programs and make sure they are available for all children in Serbia.

We are further connected with the support the Foundation provides this year to our young researchers and doctoral candidates in preschool pedagogy. The scholarship program will build the capacity of emerging leaders to conduct cutting-edge research and translate and communicate research into policy and practice. Therefore, we will be able to improve the quality of preschool education and develop programs focused on the promotion of lifelong learning and well-being of every cRemove featured imagehild, added Pavlovic- Breneselovic.

The Djokovic Scholarship Program at the University of Belgrade seeks to create a new generation of academic change agents who will contribute to advances in science and leverage those advances to inform, inspire, and mobilize key actors towards new solutions in the field of early childhood education.

In 2016, the Novak Djokovic Foundation launched the Djokovic Science and Innovation Fellowship at the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University with a similar goal to support advanced doctoral students at a formative moment in their career development.


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