Projects

Entrepreneurship Learning (EL)

Project Description

The new methods of teaching entrepreneurship are oriented methods in teaching practice, which aims, to support the capabilities of teachers who teach entrepreneurship and economy. This course is included in vocational schools in Kosovo and in the theoretical aims to practical learning. The main project activities included: Trainings – three training groups were successfully implemented in three regions in Kosovo, including three training modules, one with three days of training and two others with two days of training. Trainings were held in Prishtina, Prizren and Peja, but teachers from different municipalities have attended. The number of participants has reached about trained 54 teachers. Monitoring – In all the centers where trainings were held, the monitoring was continuous. The participation of the candidates was satisfactory and the evaluation of the candidates that have attended the training was followed constantly with the aim of eventual improvement as per requests made by teachers. Certification – After the organization of three training schedules, 54 teachers were awarded certificates of attendance for each module. Kultur Kontakt has determined the layout of the certificate. Certificates were awarded to participating teachers after the completion of the third module.

Implementation Period

01/09/2014 to 28/02/2015

Budget

€16,255

Partners and Donors

KulturKontakt - Austria

Personnel

Ardita Kabashi

Development of the Training programmes for teachers of Math subject (grade 5)

Project Description

The development of the training programme for the teachers of the subject of Math, aimed to build teachers competences for qualitative and creative presentation of mathematics concepts diagrams, patterns, rules and relationships that belong to math curricula of grade 5 as well as the successful application of them in solving problems in mathematics, other subjects and everyday life. The main activities included:
  • Developing a methodology for training primary teachers
  • Drafting the training module on math subject for grade 5
  • Developing the trainer’s manual for the implementation of the training
  • Developing the training guidebook for Math teachers,
  • Providing the ToT training for 35 primary teachers of grades 1-5
  • Developing 3 knowledge tests and evaluation matrixes for the training module

Implementation Period

03/06/2013 to 31/10/2013

Budget

€5,035

Partners and Donors

GIZ

Personnel

Melinda Mula

Regional Support for Inclusive Education

Project Description

The project promoted the concept of inclusive education as a reform principle that respects and caters for diversity amongst all learners, with a specific focus on those who are at a higher risk of marginalization and exclusion. To increase the understanding of the benefits of inclusive education, the main activities were focused on 49 pilot schools including VET schools (7 per beneficiary). The experiences gained from these pilot schools provided policy makers with firm suggestions on how to scale up identified effective practice. This enabled them to cater for increased social diversity and more inclusive societies-for the benefit of all. The project had a “bottom up” approach that helped policy-makers move from experience in the field to mainstream education reforms. The specific aim of the project was to:
  • Enhance social inclusion and social cohesion in the region by promoting inclusive education and training.
  • Break down barriers for all vulnerable groups in the education sector.
  • Promote the concept of inclusive education as a reform principle that respects and caters for diversity amongst all learners.
Main results:
  1. Pilot inclusive schools-the project established criteria for the selection of the pilot schools. In parallel to this, existing tools and methodologies were identified, adapted, developed and translated. A regional network of inclusive schools is established for mutual learning and sharing experience, supported by a web-platform. Small grants were provided to the pilot schools.
  2. Creating awareness-Awareness raising local events for relevant authorities and stakeholders were organized. A documentary video outlining the work of the project was produced.
  3. Policy support-Policy makers were identified for policy dialogue and policy learning.
  4.  Teacher support-Modules and programs for the professional development of teachers were developed. “Regional Support for Inclusive Education” is a regional project for South East Europe. It enhances social inclusion and social cohesion in the region by promoting inclusive education and training.
This project was implemented within the EU joint framework on human rights and minority issues across South East Europe, along with other regional projects supported by European Union. Partners of the project are Ministries and local authorities, teachers, school professional staff and parents, media and the European training Foundation, whereas project team is located in Sarajevo, Belgrade and Tirana.

Implementation Period

01/01/2013 to 30/11/2015

Budget

€5,165,650

Partners and Donors

Council of Europe

European Union

Personnel

Ardita Kabashi

GEOGEBRA

Project Description

The GeoGebra Institute of Pristina aimed to empower students and teachers at all levels to learn and to organize teaching of mathematics through the use of a free software and interactive materials, which are compiled by the international community of teachers and published on thewebsite www.geogebra.org The main goal of the program was advancing teaching and learning of mathematics. The purpose sought to be achieved through:
  • Organization of trainings for teachers and students of higher secondary schools and faculties;
  • Development and distribution of various models for the introduction of various mathematical concepts and ways of solving the tasks in this case;
  • Participation in different meetings and conferences.
The main activities and achievements of the project were:
  1. Albanian translation of the guide: KEC hired an expert to use the GeoGebra program guide and to translate it into Albanian. This was done in order to enable the use of GeoGebra program by teachers of mathematics who have problems communicating in English.
  2. Participation in conferences: To promote the establishment of IGP and GeoGebra program for a broader community of teachers of mathematics, KEC attended the one-day conference organized on March 23, 2012 at the American University of Kosovo. The conference program of GeoGebra introduced and gave explanations about the ways of using it. To put in touch with the International Institute of GeoGebra and to better understand the forms of cooperation in the future, the program coordinator participated in the annual international conference of IGI held on 20-23 September 2012 in Warsaw in Poland.
  3. Training of teachers and students to use GeoGebra: KEC has organized several training seminars for teachers and students to efficiently use the program of GeoGebra.
  4. Preparation of model lessons: One of the criteria for the certification program is to prepare lessons of GeoGebra model by the participants. In 2013, 82 teachers have prepared model lessons and have earned the right og certification. All model classes were being stored in the database program. The most successful lessons are part of the guidelines and used in organizing training for teachers.

Implementation Period

01/02/2012 to 15/09/2013

Budget

€3,000

Partners and Donors

Caritas Luxemburg

Personnel

Melinda Mula

Development of the Training programs for teachers of Math subject (grade 5)

Project Description

The purpose of this action was to develop two training programs for Mathematics for grades 1-5 and 6-9 as well as to build teacher capacities for implementing new student center approaches in their classrooms. The implementation of the project was organized in three separate contracts:
  • Development of the Mathematics training program for general teachers (grades 1-5) and training of trainers,
  • Design of training program for teachers of Mathematics (grades 6-9) and training of trainers,
  • Implementation of teacher training program for teachers of Mathematics (grades 6-9).
The Mathematics training program for general teachers (grades 1-5) focuses on the subject matter as well as on techniques and strategies for classroom implementation. Training program for teachers of Mathematics (grades 6-9) focuses on methodology rather than on subject matter, and has 60 contact hours. In addition, more than 100 teachers of Mathematics from four Kosovo municipalities where trained based on this program. Both programs were accredited by the Ministry of Education and credits obtained can be used for fulfilling requirements towards teacher licensing process.

Implementation Period

01/03/2011 to 01/05/2012

Budget

€40,631

Partners and Donors

GIZ

Personnel

Melinda Mula

Education for Sustainable Development Partnership Initiative (ESdPI)

Project Description

The specific objectives of the project were:
  1. To map the coverage of the climate change, environmental protection and sustainable development in the pre-secondary education national curricula of participating countries.
  2. To forge a sustainable partnership between educational and environmental CSOs on national and regional levels.
  3. To develop 3 educational modules for adults, targeted at private enterprises, public authorities and pre-secondary and secondary school teachers, concerning the environmental aspects of the acquits and their impact on their work, sustainable development potentials, and climate change adaptation and mitigation requirements (in line with the EU common actions and policies).
  4. To develop and advocate policy recommendations outlining for inclusion of essential environmental protection and sustainable development themes into national pre-secondary education curricula.
The results of this project were: 8 national reports mapping the coverage of environmental protection, climate change and sustainable development in pre-secondary education curricula; 1 comparative report of the coverage of environmental protection, climate change and sustainable development; Common statement formalizing the commitment to partnership for education for sustainable development signed; 4 workshops held to share information and expertise between environmental and educational CSO target group members; 3 adult environmental education modules developed (for teachers, public authorities and business); 7 environmental education policy briefs and regional comparative policy brief developed and accompanying advocacies conducted.

Implementation Period

13/12/2010 to 30/11/2012

Budget

€440,077

Partners and Donors

European Union

NEPC R. of Croatia Office for Cooperation

Personnel

Ardita Kabashi

School Development Grants (SDG)

Project Description

The project has provided grants to primary and secondary schools in Kosovo to address the enhancement of the quality of teaching and learning process. Schools, being pre-selected by local authorities, have drafted project proposals that aimed to set an effective teaching and learning environment in primary and secondary education. The school projects have covered a wide range of interventions, including improvement of the infrastructure by adopting certain premises within schools for creating laboratories of natural sciences, IT, music and foreign languages as well as providing necessary equipment for them. Also through their projects, schools received teaching assistance while enriching their library collections. The effective usage of equipment and books was ensured by carrying out the monitoring process that is built in a unified methodology that involves beneficiary schools, Municipal Education Directorates and MEST. The overall objectives of the project were:
  • Strengthening the capacity of schools to plan and manage resources toward realizing their vision for developing effective learning environments.
  • Fostering teachers’ creativity and capacity to provide quality learning and inclusive education.
  • Improving school-level performance evaluation of teachers.
  • Creating better teaching and learning environment to improve students’ performance.
  • Promoting participation of school boards, parents and communities in educational planning, implementation and monitoring and evaluation of school activities.
Main results:
  1. Over 207 schools benefited from the school grant scheme.
  2. Schools have strengthened their capacities and improved infrastructure in order to increase the students’ results, as well as to create a friendly environment within the schools that foster teachers’ creativity and capacity to provide quality learning.
  3. Increased accountability and participation via active school boards and school-municipal government partnerships.

Implementation Period

21/06/2010 to 30/06/2012

Budget

€315,335

Partners and Donors

The World Bank

Personnel

Melinda Mula

Advancing of communication with parents in Kosovo schools

Project Description

“Advancing of communication with parents in Kosovo schools” was a result of a broad research on inclusion of parents in school life, which was carried out in the framework of a regional project to include 539 primary schools of Kosovo. One of the recommendations of this research was to draft procedures for more effective meetings with parents. This project aimed at advancing communication between schools and parents. The specific objective of this project is to find out if new methods of communication with parents are beneficial for increased participation of parents in school life. For this reason, six schools were selected with three of them from urban and three from rural areas. Each school selected two representatives, one from the school staff (usually the school principal), and one from among the parents, who participated in a workshop where procedures and the new methodology of communication with parents were drafted. The workshop came up with a methodology and procedures for individual meetings with parents, which are not a common practice in Kosovo schools. The methodology and procedures were presented and distributed to teachers of selected schools. The teachers were asked to hold monitored meetings with individual parents. In the end, information was collected from teachers and school principals of the selected schools regarding the cooperation with parents in general, and the benefits from individual meetings according to new procedures and methodologies.

Implementation Period

01/02/2009 to 30/11/2009

Budget

$11,261

Partners and Donors

Open Society Institute (OSI)

Personnel

Dukagjin Pupovci

Joint History Project (JHP)

Project Description

The overall objective of this project is to contribute to a new climate of teaching the history, through comparative treatment of historical facts that are linked to the relationship between nations in Balkans. The specific objective is to build capacity among history teachers, in order to use historic resources from various countries for explication of certain historic themes.
  1. Within this project, following activities have been foreseen:
  2. Organize the Training of Trainers
  3. Organize training for history teachers on using alternative sources in history teaching
  4. Provide extra materials for each participant of the training, that help explicate certain themes which are part of history curriculum:
  • Ottoman Empire
  • Nations and states in Southeast Europe
  • Balkan Wars
  • Second World War

Implementation Period

14/05/2008 to 30/12/2015

Budget

€26,550

Partners and Donors

Center for Democratic Reconciliation in South East Europe

Personnel

Petrit Tahiri

Center for Excellence in teaching at the University of Prishtina

Project Description

Specific objective of this project was to contribute to the advancement of the teaching process at the University of Prishtina by establishing a mechanism and system for implementation of modern teaching strategies, methodologies and innovations and by providing the UP teaching staff with opportunities for continuous development of teaching skills. The project consortium delivered more than it was foreseen in the project document by at least 30 %, thanks to efficient utilization of resources and smooth cooperation between the project partners. The project established a core group of 12 teacher trainers, instead of 10, developed four training modules instead of two, and delivered four training workshops instead of two, hence, increasing the number of participants in the workshops by 40 % at no additional cost. On the other hand, all other activities, such as building sustainable partnership with partner Didactic Centers, recruitment and training of the staff, development of procedures, two study visits, and purchase of books for the Center of Excellence library were implemented as foreseen. Feedback received by the trainees and the University management was excellent. The Center continued to operate beyond the project period but with less successful performance due to the lack of support by the following University managements. The Project was implemented by the Kosova Education Center (KEC) in partnership with the University of Nuremberg, University of Pristina and Pedagogical Academy – Linz.

Implementation Period

01/01/2007 to 01/01/2008

Budget

$202,273

Partners and Donors

European Union

Personnel

Dukagjin Pupovci

Education Against Corruption

Project Description

This project intended to raise awareness among citizens on corruption and ways of combating it by building the capacity of teachers for educating on anti-corruption issues, and by providing a model for anti-corruption mechanisms in education institutions. The project initiated anti-corruption activities within the education system in Kosovo contributing to the promotion of active citizenship in Kosovo. The main results were:
  • High quality anti corruption resources for teachers were created.
KEC in cooperation with RWCT International Consortium prepared a manual for in-service teacher training program. The manual helped teachers broaden the understanding of the education against corruption beyond the training sessions.
  • Teachers’ capacity for educating on anti corruption issues built.
KEC organized two 3-day anti corruption training sessions of teacher trainer’s sessions for 30 teachers. The most successful participants were certified and offered a possibility to facilitate the trainings for 210 teachers from 7 Kosovo regions.
  • Increase the awareness of youth on corruption causes and consequences through an anticorruption campaign.
Teachers organized the anti corruption week in their schools in cooperation with their students. During that week many activities took place such as exhibitions with students work, role-playing, skits etc.
  • Anti-corruption mechanisms in education institutions were established.
KEC has established 5 anti corruption councils within 5 education institutions, mainly in those from where the most successful trainees come. These councils cooperate with education institutions’ management and the Anti corruption Agency of Kosovo.

Implementation Period

01/01/2005 to 31/03/2007

Budget

€32,510

Partners and Donors

Balkan Trust Democracy (BTC)

Personnel

Melinda Mula

Education Participation Improvement Project (EPIP) 1&2

Project Description

The main objective of the project was to improve educational attainment at primary and secondary education levels and to enhance access of vulnerable groups to education The Project provided grants to primary and secondary schools in Kosovo to address the enrolment and attendance problems. Schools, which were pre-selected by local authorities, conducted project proposals aimed at increasing the participation in primary and secondary education. School projects, developed in a participatory way, covered a wide range of interventions, including improvement of the infrastructure and the school environment, but also projects addressing the quality of education. In the second phase of the Project the focus was on schools with significant proportion of ethnic minority students. The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MEST) was the beneficiary of the World Bank/CIDA grant of 5.1 mil. USD, whereas KEC was contracted by the Ministry to provide technical assistance in order to ensure overall project management and implementation at the school, in the municipal and regional levels. This was carried out by providing support for the outreach activities, including training on project planning and procurement, monitoring, etc. The grants were awarded based on the school development plans and grant proposals, which were evaluated by the Municipal School Grants Teams (MSGTs) and approved by the central School Grants Approval Board (SGAB). The participating schools also developed simple monitoring and evaluation plans and brief reports. Main results:
  • Over 600 schools have benefited from the school grant scheme,
  • Schools have strengthened their capacities and improved infrastructure in order to improve participation,
  • Increased accountability and participation via active school boards and school-municipal government partnerships.

Implementation Period

07/10/2003 to 30/01/2009

Budget

€455,770

Partners and Donors

Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)

SOROS Foundation

The World Bank

Personnel

School Grants Pilot Project (SGPP)

Project Description

The World Bank funded School Grants Pilot Project (SGPP) was launched in July 2002 with the aim of helping communities reach full enrollment, reduce drop outs, increase school attendance as well as educational attainment in secondary schools. Kosova Education Center (KEC) was contracted by UNMIK (Ministry of Education, Science and Technology) to provide technical assistance for the implementation of the SGPP. The main activities accomplished within the Project were:
  1. Preparation of methodology and training handbook (completed in August 2002);
  2. Preparation of application forms (completed in August 2002);
  3. Preparation of evaluation guidelines (completed in September 2002);
  4. Preparation of Evaluation Board and Regional Outreach Team procedures (completed in September 2002);
  5. Staffing and training of regional outreach teams in two regions: Prishtina and Gjakova (completed in August 2002);
  6. Conducting the information campaigns in the regions in order to inform the stakeholders about the SGPP (completed in September 2002);
  7. Selecting 22 schools for participation in the SGP (completed in September 2002);
  8. Training of representatives of selected schools and municipal education officials in school development planning and proposal writing (completed in September 2002);
  9. Providing assistance to selected schools in developing school plans and project proposals (November 2002);
  10. Submitting the 22 proposals to the Evaluation Board (December 2002);
  11. Decision of the Evaluation Board to fund 10 school projects (December 2002).

Implementation Period

16/07/2002 to 31/03/2003

Budget

€23,355

Partners and Donors

The World Bank

Personnel

Child Friendly School Initiative

Project Description

In June 2001, Kosova Education Center (KEC) was contracted to provide training on interactive learning methodologies to the first group of 10 pilot schools. The first phase of the Project started in June 2001 and ended in April 2002. In cooperation with the Albanian Reading Association (ARA), KEC designed a training program on Interactive Learning, and produced training materials. The training was delivered to 200 teachers from six training sites: Prishtina, Gjilan, Kaçanik, Mitrovica, Peja and Prizren. In the beginning of 2002 UNICEF Kosovo completed the selection of 35 pilot schools in Kosovo, out of which 4 schools were with teaching in Serbian, whereas 31 other schools offer instruction in Albanian, Bosnian, Turkish and Croatian. In cooperatuion with UNICEF and KFOS, KEC implemented the following activities:
  1. Conduct training on Interactive Learning to the second group of 21 pilot schools (~350 teachers);
  2. Build participatory school management capacity at school level including meetings with school directors on reflection and application of training outcome
  3. Document best practices of participatory school management and carry out case studies

Implementation Period

01/06/2002 to 30/09/2003

Budget

€145,751

Partners and Donors

UNICEF

Fondacioni i Kosovës për Shoqëri të Hapur (KFOS)

Personnel

Dukagjin Pupovci

Higher Education Support Program (HESP)

Project Description

Higher Education Support program (HESP) is a program of the Soros network, which initially was implemented in Kosovo by the Kosovo Foundation for Open Society (KFOS), until 2002 when it was transferred to KEC. In four years of operation within KEC, the program has supported numerous initiatives in the field of higher education, through its own-components:
  • Development of educational policy
  • Discussion Forum
  • Teacher Development
  • Applicability of knowledge
  • Guest teachers
  • Cooperation between universities and research institutes
  • New branches of social sciences.
A major achievement of the HESP's program over the years is the partnership with MEST in the preparation of the "Strategy for the development of higher education in Kosovo 2005-2015", which was approved by the Kosovo’s Government. Also, HESP has supported the establishment of two new departments at the University of Prishtina, Department of Political Science and Department of Psychology.

Implementation Period

22/05/2002 to 31/12/2005

Budget

€441,304

Partners and Donors

Fondacioni i Kosovës për Shoqëri të Hapur (KFOS)

Personnel

Dukagjin Pupovci

School Governance and Leadership

Project Description

The training Program is designed to suit professional development needs of education administration staff in all levels, particularly focusing on school administrators. The Program was designed by the KEC experts in cooperation with the AEDP, and consists of 9 modules with a total of 144 contact hours: 1) Foundations of Governance and Leadership; 2) School Legislation; 3) Modern Planning Methodologies; 4) School Project Planning; 5) School-Based Assessment; 6) Characteristics of an Effective School; 7) Curriculum Development; 8) School and Community; 9) Managing Change in Education. In four years of its operation the Program has reached 150 school administrators and teachers with funding from UNICEF and the Open Society Institute (OSI). Certification of participants was carried out based on site visits, semi-structured interviews and portfolio assessment. The Program is awaiting accreditation from the Ministry of Education The modules of the Program were included in the Master level program on School Administration offered by the Department of Pedagogy at the University of Prishtina, whereas the Handbook for School Governance and Leadership developed within the Program has been used for provision of several education management courses at the University. Also, a number of modules were used for specific training of teachers and/or school administrators.

Implementation Period

01/05/2002 to 01/06/2006

Budget

€200,000

Partners and Donors

UNICEF

Open Society Institute (OSI)

Personnel

Dukagjin Pupovci

Quality Education Program

Project Description

This project was initiated in Summer 2000 in order to fulfill immediate needs of Kosova schools for training and teaching aids. Twenty schools were involved in the first phase of the Project which was concluded in December 2000. The schools having participated in this phase of the Project established the Association of Quality Schools, which is registered as an NGO and received seed funding from KEC. The first phase of the Project was co-funded by International Rescue Committee (IRC) and KFOS. In the second year of operation, the project was extended to 13 new schools with a slightly different training concept, whereas in the third phase of the Project, 10 new schools were included. The funding has been provided by the Save the Children UK and KFOS. In early 2003 a regional round table regarding Child’s Rights was organized, which analyzed the impact of the activities of professional development of teachers in respect of child’s rights, and attempted to derive lessons from regional experiences. For this reason, a study involving over 2,000 students from all communities of the schools involved in the project, as well as from schools that were not included in the project was organized. The Regional Roundtable was held in May 2003, and it received financial support from the East-East Program by Soros Foundation and Save the Children UK. This workshop was attended by local experts and other regional countries, as well as a significant number of Kosovar education workers. Some of the recommendations of the Conference served as a starting point for a new project in the field of child rights.

Implementation Period

24/10/2001 to 26/03/2005

Budget

€138,050

Partners and Donors

International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Save the Children UK

Fondacioni i Kosovës për Shoqëri të Hapur (KFOS)

Open Society Foundation (OSF)

Personnel

Dukagjin Pupovci

Promoting cooperation between school, family and community

Project Description

Community Centres project was carried out in seven countries of Eastern Europe and, by the end of 2003 was coordinated by the Open Society Institute in Budapest. At the end of 2003, the last funds were allocated that covered the financing of the project up to the end of 2004, while coordinating office in Budapest has ceased to operate. With the support of the project, in Kosovo four community centers: in Dobrushë (Istok), in Korishë (Prizren), Kijeve (Kline) and Koshare (Ferizaj) were established. Community centers have been operating in village schools or other appropriate facilities and public benefit activities in the community, including educational activities, youth, sports and culture. Each center had an annual fund that made possible the development of these activities which were managed by its center. Two centers, Dobrusha and Korisha, have managed to get funding from the Information Program of KFOS and have established Internet centers.

Implementation Period

01/11/2000 to 31/12/2004

Budget

€115,450

Partners and Donors

Open Society Institute (OSI)

Fondacioni i Kosovës për Shoqëri të Hapur (KFOS)

Personnel

Dukagjin Pupovci

Didactic Centers in Kosovo

Project Description

The purpose of the project was to contribute to the advancement of the teaching process in Kosovo schools by establishing an information system on modern teaching strategies, methodologies and innovations. The Project helped establishing five teacher resource and training centers (didactic centers) in five Kosovo regional centers: Prizren, Ferizaj, Gjakova, Peja and Gjilan One of the key reasons for introducing the didactic center concept in early 2000 was the lack of teaching resources in schools and lack of perspective that it would be possible to procure even simple resources to schools in short and medium term. The orientation was to procure simple materials and equipment that could be used by most of teachers, regardless of working conditions in schools. Posters, overheard projectors, education video-tapes, various consumables were only a part of equipment and materials procured to the centers. Also, as the market was developing and the offer expanding it was possible to procure other materials. Most of the in-service training in Kosovo provided in the period 2000-2003 took place in the didactic canters. In three years more than 8,500 teachers and school administrators were reached by training through the didactic centers. The trainings were provided by the didactic centers’ staff or contractors, KEC and other training providers. Following the completion of project activities, didactic centers were handed over both the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology and they continue to serve their purpose as part of the Kosovo Education System. The main activities of the project were:
  • Create adequate conditions for the preparation of teaching activities
  • Provide access to information for teachers
  • Facilitate the flow of information on good teaching
  • Organize in-service training for teachers and school administrators.

Implementation Period

01/10/2000 to 01/09/2003

Budget

€700,000

Partners and Donors

Open Society Institute (OSI)

Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC)

Personnel

Dukagjin Pupovci