The first forms of organized education can be tracked back in the first half of the 19th century. In 1834 Prijedor had the first elementary school that later with so-called “Communal school” was transformed into “State school” in 1919. One of the first most important school institutions was the Prijedor Gymnasium founded in 1923.
Today, there are 11 elementary schools with circa 8.000 students and 6 high schools attended by 4.000 students. A music school and a special school for mentally dysfunctioned persons are also part of the municipal educational system.
The educational system makes mandatory elementary and high school education as well as English language education starting in the first grade of elementary school.
Furthermore, there established High Educational Institutions such as: a High Medical School (OPEN PAGE), a High School of Economics and Informatics (OPEN PAGE) and a Faculty of Mining like as department of the Technological Faculty in Banja Luka (OPEN PAGE), which attended more than 1.800 students.
Faced with numerous challenges in the labor market and aware of the problems of education and the production of occupations that are not aligned with the needs of the local companies, in the past period the PREDA Agency implemented projects and activities aimed at strengthening the technical and technological capacities of educational institutions, through equipping school offices and workshops, as well as training of teaching staff.
Together with local partners and with the support of the City Government, the PREDA Agency has provided adequate facilities and contents available to the local companies for the needs of conducting informal and formal education for the unemployed, as well as for training in certain occupations of employed workers, all with the ultimate goal to achieve more efficient functioning of the labor market.
Within the Prijedor Business Center and the PREDA Agency, there is a Coworking space, a Creative Center (HUB), a Multimedia Center, a Resource Center for the Wood Processing Industry, Cabinets for practical training for various occupations in the School of Mechanical Engineering, School of Electrical Engineering, School of Agriculture and Food, Catering and Economics school in Prijedor, the Center Sunce in Prijedor and the High School Center in Kozarska Dubica.
„Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.“
– Nelson Mandela –