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KOSOVISION CONTEST is an educational project that was started in September 2008 and is expected to be finalized in May 2011 and which is implemented in the form of a national competition broadcasted by the media. The concept for this project was developed by the Education University of Zurich, and was first implemented in cooperation with KFOR in 2007 in the Prizren Region. Students and teachers of the fifth grades in Kosovo participate in this project dealing with the present and future of Kosovo.
The project is being implemented in close cooperation between the Ministry of Education, Science, and Technology, the Kosova Education Centre, and the Radio Television of Kosovo.

The Project is being funded by:

  • DEZA, Department for Development and Cooperation;

  • Lottery Funds of the Canton of Zurich;

  • Private Foundations;

  • Private persons and enterprises from Diaspora;

  • University of Education, Zurich

Project objectives and activities

This project enables children to contribute to the future of their country by participating in the project. They are encouraged to express their visions and become active members of the society.
Regarding its content, the project draws its topics from their everyday life such as education, infrastructure and environment, economy and coexistence in Kosovo.
The project targets all children attending grade five (age 11 and 12) coming from all ethnic groups (Albanian, Bosnian, Gorani, Roma, Serb, and Turkish). The project makes an impact also on other groups, such as: grade five teachers, school management, parents, and the wider population.

Project activities are the following:

1. Workshops – Together with their students, the teaching staff organized workshops on the present and future of Kosovo.

2. Regional evaluation and selection of winners – Students’ works were evaluated in seven regions: Prishtina, Peja, Gjakova, Prizren, Mitrovica, Gjilan and Ferizaj). After the evaluation, winners were selected and announced.

3. Awards – the 135 best works from all regions of Kosovo have been awarded (50 in 2008 and 85 in 2009). The entire ceremony was broadcasted by the media.

4. Exhibition – An exhibition with over 1200 works of students from all classes participating in the project. The exhibition remained open for five days in the row for people interested to see it.

5. Implementation of projects – in this phase ideas are being implemented which came from children’s workshops. Only winning classes are participating in this phase of implementation. The projects are guided and supported by the teachers. Meetings with teachers are organized in which they describe every project and a project plan.

6. Distribution of awards – the phase after the project implementation is their evaluation. This phase is supervised and evaluated by evaluation teams in all regions of Kosovo. The evaluation will result in a number of winning projects which will be awarded for the work done. The whole process is covered by the media.

7. Honouring – After all activities foreseen in the project proposal have been completed, the winning classes are visited by a delegation to honour the work done by these classes.

The first project cycle was implemented between September 2008 and May 2009 with all activities taking place as planned. In August 2009, the second project cycle started being implemented and below are given its main achievements:

Workshops – The teaching staff and students have organized joint workshops discussing the present and the future of Kosovo, based on topics given in the project. Workshops lasted for nine weeks with students designing posters on the topic of the future. Therein, in the form of a project idea, they described the contribution that their class could give for the implementation of their project. In total, 1200 grade five classes from all over Kosovo participated in the project.

Regional evaluation and announcement of winners – Students’ works were evaluated in seven regions of Kosovo (Prishtina, Peja, Gjakova, Prizren, Mitrovica, Gjilan and Ferizaj) based on the criteria given by project authors. Evaluations were done by regional evaluation teams consisting of three to five persons. These evaluators belonged to various profiles, such as: painters, school managers, education officers and teachers. After the evaluation of works, winners were announced in every region of Kosovo. Thus, 85 classes have been selected which will continue competing in the second phase.

Awarding of best works – 85 best creations from all regions of Kosovo were awarded. Apart from this, every class participating in the project received a certificate showing the creative work of the children participating in the competition. The entire ceremony was covered by the Kosovo Radio and Television with another three random winners drawn at the level of Kosovo. They are: “Naim Frashëri” school, Prishtina – and the V4 class with their teacher Remzije Baraku, “Ruzhdi Xhyliqi” school, Marali-Malishevë – class V with their teacher Skender Paqarizi, “Trepça” school, from Banja e Pejës – V1 class with their teacher Mehrije Buleshkaj-Haxhijaj. The random winners got an opportunity to award their students with a short winter holiday.

The exhibition – An exhibition of creations of all participating classes in the project was organized in Prishtina. The exhibition remained open for five days in a row. The huge number of visitors, most of them children, made them curious to engage again in projects similar to that of KOSOVISION CONTEST.

Twelve persons engaged to help in the project implementation. The number of persons (one or two) engaged in the region depended on the number of grades five in schools of a given region. These persons gave a remarkable contribution for the successful project implementation.



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