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ASSET

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After School Support for Teens (ASSET)

  USAID’s “After School Support for Teens” Program (ASSET) is a new, 5 year, USAID program in Kosovo, managed by Kosova Education Centre (KEC) in partnership with FHI 360 and Crimson Capital Corp. ASSET’s main aim is to develop employability and entrepreneurial skills in Youth and a positive attitude to their future. ASSET’s slogan is:   “Preparing Kosovo Youth for 21st Century Life and Work.”   1: Establishing Career and Enterprise Hubs                                    ASSET will provide opportunities for Secondary School students to establish “Career and Enterprise Hubs in schools”. These hubs will include 21st Century “Makerspaces”.

A Makerspace is a collaborative workspace, where students can participate in practical creative projects aimed at developing entrepreneurial attitudes and employability competences. Young people use a variety of technology in practical creative projects, relating to science, technology, engineering, mathematics, art and music. They create solutions, design products, and explore their own creative interests, developing 21st Century skills and self-confidence.

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  2: Developing a Careers Education System   ASSET aims to assist the Ministry of Education to develop its careers education system for teens, including a “Virtual Careers Center”, an online careers portal open to all young people and their parents. ASSET aligns with Kosovo’s Curriculum Framework by supporting Competency 4: “Life and Work Skills”, which includes workforce readiness competencies, including:
  • Demonstrating entrepreneurial skills, planning knowledge for work, and rational use of time;
  • Presenting oneself in the best way and emphasizing one’s own capabilities;
  • Working independently and as a member of a team;
  • Organizing and leading learning and social activities; and
  • Mastering abilities for conflict management and risk assessment.
  3: Connecting Students with Employers and the Community   ASSET aims to identify businesses and entrepreneurs interested in engaging students in projects and internships. Its Community Youth Mapping activity will engage young people and adults in identifying community-based resources, needs, and opportunities. Youth mapping is action oriented as young people research their communities, speaking with community members, taking surveys, and inputting and reflecting on the data. Involving youth in these activities provides them with skills that allow them to become agents of change within their communities. ASSET’s “Adopt an Asset” activity aims to enable businesses inside and outside Kosovo to support individual students by providing work experience, careers advice, and mentorship.

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Implementation Period

07/06/2017
ongoing

Budget

Partners and Donors

USAID

FHI 360

Crimson Capital

Personnel

Keith Prenton

School Development Grants

Project Description

 

The Government of Kosovo has received a World Bank Credit to implement an Education Systems Improvement Project (ESIP) which aims at supporting the education sector reforms in Kosovo.

The School Development Grant is a sub-component of the ESIP project and is implemented from the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MEST) through Kosovo Education Center (KEC). ESIP’s subcomponent (SDG) is to strengthen the capacity of publicly financed schools to plan and manage resources, and promote citizen engagement through the participation of teachers, parents and communities in planning, implementing, and monitoring school activities. This subcomponent will continue building the capacity of school managers in planning, financial management, procurement, and monitoring, following the satisfactory experience of IDEP in which 207 schools benefited from the grants. Specifically, the objectives of the SDG subcomponent are:
  • strengthen the school development planning system;
  • support selected primary schools to prepare and implement up multiple-year school development plans (SDPs) and offer training on management, planning and self-evaluation; and
  • finance school development grants (SDGs) ranging between US$9,000 to US$15,000 equivalent to eligible schools (approximately EUR 8,500 – EUR 14,000) to eligible selection-based schools and 10,000 USD (approx. 9,300) for competitive-based schools.
Grant allocation would be based on criteria targeting schools in rural and remote areas with a higher proportion of socioeconomic disadvantaged groups. Eligible schools will be expected to prepare an SDP with strategies to enhance the quality of teaching and learning activities in their school, which would then serve as the basis to receive financing under the SDG scheme. 140 rural primary and lower-secondary schools (grades 0-9) that did not receive support under the previous Institutional Development for Education Project (IDEP) would be eligible to receive non-competitive grants under the selection-based method. Another 20 primary and lower-secondary rural and urban schools (grades 0-9) that did receive support under the IDEP would be eligible to submit proposals under a parallel competitive grants scheme. Pre-primary education or grade 0, if not an integral part of compulsory educational schools, are not eligible for any types of grants under this scheme. The SDGs would be linked, to the extent possible, with ongoing reform efforts, such as training of teachers to support teacher certification or student assessment results (both supported under ESIP’s Component 2). The work would be coordinated with the other development partner’s supported initiatives in this area. Competitive-based schools will not undergo any prior selection criteria as the selection-based schools. However, they need to be IDEP project beneficiaries, can be both rural and urban, primary or lower-secondary schools. Grants are awarded primarily on merit basis, i.e. the quality of their project-proposals.            

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Implementation Period

05/06/2017
ongoing

Budget

€ 277,671.80

Partners and Donors

The World Bank

Ministria e Arsimit, e Shkencës dhe e Teknologjisë (MASHT)

Personnel

Arlinda Bajgora

After School Support for Teens (ASSET)

Project Description

USAID’s “After School Support for Teens” Program (ASSET) is a 5 year USAID program, managed by Kosova Education Centre (KEC), in partnership with FHI 360 and Crimson Capital Corp. ASSET’s main aim is to develop employability and entrepreneurial skills in Youth and a positive attitude to their future. ASSET’s slogan is: “Preparing Kosovo Youth for 21st Century Life and Work.” Its activities include: 1: Developing Life & Work Competences                               ASSET supports the implementation of Kosovo’s Curriculum Framework and Core Curriculum for Grades 10-12, in particularly by providing support relating to the area of “Life and Work” which involves: career counselling and orientation; technology including ICT, and work and entrepreneurial education. To help schools to implement practical project work, ASSET will assist them to establish “Career and Enterprise Hubs”. These resource centers will include “Makerspaces”, for use during and after school hours. 2: Supporting Careers and Entrepreneurial Education in Schools ASSET aims to assist the Ministry of Education and schools to implement its careers and entrepreneurial education curriculum for Grades 10-12. This will involve developing: assessment tools for curriculum learning outcomes; an accredited teacher training course; teaching materials and resources; training teachers; and working with partners to enhance a “Virtual Careers Center”, an online careers portal available to all young people and their parents both in and outside of school. 3: Connecting Schools with Employers and the Community With its partners, ASSET aims to engage with businesses and entrepreneurs interested in supporting the development of workforce-related skills in students through projects and work experience. ASSET’s “Adopt an Asset” activity aims to enable businesses inside and outside Kosovo to support individual students by providing work experience, internships, careers advice, and mentorship. ASSET’s Community Youth Mapping activity will engage young people and adults in identifying community-based resources, needs, and opportunities. Youth mapping is an action-oriented activity where teens research their communities, taking surveys, and inputting and reflecting on the data. Involving youth in these activities provides them with skills that enable them to become agents of change and productive contributors within their communities. Program's implementing partners are: FHI 360 & Crimson Capital.

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Implementation Period

01/06/2017
ongoing

Budget

$ 2,452,538

Partners and Donors

USAID

Personnel

Anyla Dautaj

Keith Prenton

Valmira Haxhaj Gushlla

Luljeta Belegu-Demjaha

Andelina Kamberi

School Me

Project Description

The purpose of this project is to enable teachers to develop student’s skills of learning, defined in the Curriculum Framework of Kosovo through the use of digital platform SchoolMe as well as other online resources in the learning process. The main activities of the project are:
  • The selection of 15 schools from different municipalities of Kosovo in which School Me will be implemented
KEC in cooperation with the MEST will make the development of criteria for the selection of 15 schools that will pilot the project. Some of the criteria that will be considered during the selection of schools are their geographical distribution (schools from urban and rural areas in different towns of Kosovo), the size of the school (large and small), the possibilities of Internet access, the capability of principals and teachers to implement innovations in the learning process, willingness of MED for co-finance etc. After drafting the criteria, KEC will cooperate with MED to prepare a list of schools that will implement this project.
  • Establishment of school coordinators group for the project implementation
KEC will establish a group of 15 people, with one representative for each school, which will coordinate cooperation between KEC and the respective school during the project implementation. School coordinators group will meet regularly in KEC to discuss the progress of implementation of the project in their schools. Also the group will be responsible for creating a network of schools that implement SchoolMe project, as well as publicizing cases of successful project implementations in schools.
  • Preparation of the training manual for building school capacity in using the digital platform
KEC in cooperation with representatives of SchoolMe will prepare a training module for building the capacity of schools to use digital platforms as well as for the preparation of materials that will enrich it. The module will include various topics that will be presented during a 3-day training, which will be organized with representatives of participants in schools that are included in the project.
  • Building schools capacity in using the digital platform and its enrichment
KEC in cooperation with school directors will select 25 teachers for each school to participate in the 3-day training that will be organized within the project. The training will enable teachers to use the digital platform. Training will be organized on the basis of school in order to strengthen the cooperation between colleagues to implement the digital platform and its enrichment. Trained teachers will help other school teachers to use the digital platform during the learning process.
  • Schools’ membership in digital platform
KEC in cooperation with school directors will collect data of teachers and students in a database and hand it to the SchoolMe representatives to enable their connection to the digital platform. KEC will ensure that representatives of SchoolMe will create a membership in the School Me digital platform which will include all teachers and students from 15 schools.
  • Drafting the monitoring framework
The use of digital platform in the learning process is being implemented for the first time in Kosovo, so it is particularly important to ensure the monitoring of this process in order to transmit its implementation. For this reason the project will design a monitoring framework, which will include the monitoring methodology, instruments, monitoring periods, as well as the reporting format. Monitoring the use of digital platform in the learning process is of paramount importance, because it provides information on how it affects the creation of a friendly environment during the learning process, motivate students to learn, and to develop specific competencies of students.
  • Organizing the monitoring process of the participating schools
Based on the monitoring framework, KEC will organize monitoring of the participating schools. Each of the 15 schools will be monitored for 3 days in 4 semi-annual reports, in order to obtain a clear information regarding the use of digital platform during the learning process by teachers. Monitoring will be conducted based on the forms of monitoring.
  • Organize a study visit to Moldova
The use of digital platform is an innovation in the learning process in Kosovo, so it is best to benefit from the experiences of countries that have started to implement similar projects in their countries. A good case is Moldova, which has implemented a project funded by OSI to prepare the 29 laboratories for e-learning. A team of 5-6 experts composed of representatives of KEC, MEST, MED will stay 3-4 days in Moldova in order to benefit from the experience of this country in the use of e-learning laboratories in the learning process. Expected results of the project:
  • 15 school teachers of Kosovo will use the “School Me” digital platform in the learning process to develop the competencies of student learning that are part of the Kosovo Curriculum Framework.
  • Students from 15 schools of Kosovo will develop skills in using the digital platform in the process of learning and self-assessment of knowledge gained through online tests.
  • School teachers participating in the project will prepare online lessons to enrich the learning content digital platform to enable the implementation of the Kosovo Curriculum Framework in different learning areas.

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Implementation Period

22/03/2016
ongoing

Budget

$304,942

Partners and Donors

Fondacioni i Kosovës për Shoqëri të Hapur (KFOS)

Personnel

Melinda Mula

Reading and Writing for Critical Thinking (RWCT)

Project Description

The objectives of the project are: Implementation of various techniques and strategies of the RWCT programme to assist teachers in:
  • Creation of classes that initiate open and responsible interactions
  • Usage of teaching structure that will encourage critical thinking and independent learning
  • Usage of various techniques that will assist pupils in the process of gaining new knowledge
  • Serving as a resource of knowledge for other teachers
Main results: In 13 years of operation the Program has reached 6,700 educators who received certification for participation (Level 1), 274 were certified as RWCT Teachers (Level 2) and 62 as Trainers (Level 3). Funding for dissemination of training was raised from various sources including Ministry of Education, municipalities, development partners and own revenues. Also, it should be noted that a number of training programs developed by KEC use RWCT Program techniques for the purpose of their provision, whereas the Program itself is part of several courses taught at the University of Prishtina. Training Capacity • Development of training materials and guidebooks, • Training of trainers and provision of on-site support for certification purposes, • Networking of trainers , • Development of the Program Certification System, • Accreditation of the training program with MEST. Provision of training • Provision of school-based and non-school based training for primary and secondary teachers, • Provision of training for university teachers, • Classroom monitoring (1-2 classes for each trainee), • Certification of trainees.

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Implementation Period

01/10/2002
ongoing

Budget

€1,000,000

Partners and Donors

Ministria e Arsimit, e Shkencës dhe e Teknologjisë (MASHT)

The World Bank

Open Society Institute (OSI)

UNICEF

Personnel

Melinda Mula

Step by Step

Project Description

Step by Step is a learner centered program which promotes modern teaching approaches suitable for Early Childhood Development. The program aims to provide professional development opportunities for educators and teachers, to ensure easier access to new working methods in the classroom and in cooperation with families and with the community, in order to offer new information on education in early childhood and to enable them to exchange experiences with their colleagues both at home and abroad. In this program, children benefit from the new affirmative approach in the classroom, they are active, enjoy freedom of expression and their interests and wishes are fully respected. The Program was developed in 1994 by the Georgetown University in Washington DC with funding from the Open Society Institute. Today, it operates in 30 countries and is coordinated by the International Step-by-Step Association (ISSA) based in the Netherlands. KEC holds the copyright from ISSA for provision of the Program and dissemination of materials in Kosovo. The Program has nine different variations. It is offered to pre-school teachers working with children aged 0-3 in form of two modules – basic training and advanced training – each module encompassing 24-40 contact hours and classroom monitoring, and the same applies to teachers working with children aged 3-6 and grade 1 teachers. However, there is only one 40 contact hours module being offered to grade 2-4 teachers. Monitoring is an integral part of the Program and represents a necessary requirement for certification of teachers based on Program standards. Provision of training:
  • Training of teachers
  • Classroom monitoring and support
  • Networking of teachers
  • Development of training materials
Main results: The Step by Step Program has so far trained more than 2,500 educators of pre-school institutions, teachers of primary schools, principals, pedagogues in these institutions, university professors, students, etc. Most of the pre-school institutions are already included in the network of institutions applying the Step by Step methodology. Funding for dissemination of training was raised from various sources including Ministry of Education, municipalities, OSI, development partners and own revenues.

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Implementation Period

01/04/2002
ongoing

Budget

€1,500,000

Partners and Donors

The World Bank

UNICEF

Ministria e Arsimit, e Shkencës dhe e Teknologjisë (MASHT)

Open Society Institute (OSI)

Personnel

Hana Zylfiu-Haziri