Belgrade Open School
Belgrade Open School (BOS) is a not-for-profit educational organization of the civil society. BOS contributes to the overall development of society through additional education and training to agents of social change, research and policy-development in order to build modern society based on democratic values.
Formal education system, provided by public education institutions, can’t meet all the needs and desire for education. Therefore, a conflict between the formal education system and personal needs for education neglected by the system – is inevitable.
Informal education forms should be considered not only as an addition to the formal education system, but as its critique as well: a right of revolution against a drained and obsolete school never gets outdated, nor the right of choosing your own path in life.
Belgrade Open School is not an ordinary school, even though it is a place of dilligent learning. Here, they do not educate experts in narrow fields, who are afraid to think or do anything outside their field, but developed personalities open to the world's bright tomorrow.
They advocate for a School that nurtures critical thinking, not the one that only favours passive memorizing – one can memorize a lot, but understand nothing. They don’t want their School to produce professionals with narrow expertise, but people with broad education: A School doesn’t produce experts – It produces intellectuals. They want to have a patient and fruitful conversation as the core method of their work, not ex-cathedra lectures; from the virtue of talk towards the virtue of conversation! That is the only path that can guarantee that there will be no dogmatic people among thinkers, no fanatics among believers, no tyrants among politicians.
It’s not only about providing students with more knowledge, it’s about helping them develop an eagerness for learning. It is not about offering the ultimate truth, it’s about nurturing love for truth and life, truth and meaning. The ultimate goal of the school is not for the students to know a lot, but to teach them how to acquire knowledge.
Belgrade Open School is a non-for-profit, educational, civil society organisation founded in 1993.
BOS develops human resources, improves public policies and strengthens the capacities of the civil, public and business sectors in order to develop a better society based on freedom, knowledge, and innovation.
A better society based on freedom, knowledge, and innovation.