Projects

Kosovo Integration Initiative- KOSINT 2020

Project Description

“Kosovo Integration Initiative - KOSINT 2020” aims to improve the access of Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian communities in education, employment and social welfare, contributing to the fulfilment of commitments made by the Kosovo Government, by encouraging the participation of civil society organizations in monitoring sectorial reforms, policy development and budget planning. KOSINT 2020 is funded by the Roma Initiatives Office (RIO) in the framework of Open Society Foundations (OSF), and is implemented under the leadership of Kosova Education Center (KEC) with the cooperation of Balkan Sunflowers Kosova (BSFK), Roma & Ashkalia Documentation Center (RAD Center) and Syri i Vizionit. The period of implementation is 36 months. The project has three main components:
  1. Building capacities of civil society organizations for participation in monitoring sectorial reforms, policy development and budget planning;
 
  1. Monitoring sectorial reforms in Education, Employment and Social Welfare, in the framework of Kosovo Government commitments for the inclusion of Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian communities;
 
  1. Policy development and advocacy through the involvement of civil society organizations in reform policies in the domains of Education, Employment and Social Welfare, in the best interest of Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian communities.
One of the crucial tasks of KOSINT 2020 is the establishment of a network of civil society organizations which contribute specifically to the inclusion of Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian communities in the domains of education, employment and social welfare in Kosovo. This Network will strengthen the impact of each organization and widen the scope and outreach of activities towards monitoring and advocacy on issues that concern communities. Network members will play an important role in decision-making processes in terms of ongoing harmonization of KOSINT 2020 activities with the evolving needs of the aforementioned communities. Kosovo Education and Employment Network (KEEN), a coalition of civil society organizations with years of experience, will offer constant support to KOSINT 2020 through training and expertise in monitoring capacities and policy development.

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Implementation Period

01/01/2017
ongoing

Budget

$470,257

Partners and Donors

Roma Initiatives Office (RIO)

Personnel

Bora Shpuza-Kasapolli

Kosovo RAE Early Years Network- K-RAE-EYN (Phase 2)

Project Description

The project aims to expand and strengthen the network Kosovo RAE Early Years Network (K-RAE-EYN), a network of professionals and pre professionals for Development in Early Childhood of Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian communities in Kosovo . This network was established based on the concept of "Romani Early Years Network (REYN)", initiated by the International Step by Step Association - ISSA. So far KRAEYN network has member individuals and organizations who advocate for children's welfare of Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian communities and their involvement in quality and inclusive education. On November, 2016 the second phase of the project started. The main aim of this phase is the KRAEEYN network expansion with new members not only in the field of education, but also in the welfare and health areas. The project will provide support for KAEEYN's members and will help them to organize a number of activities to raise awareness, and offer better opportunities regarding welfare and education for Roma, Ashkli, Egyptian communities and others.

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Implementation Period

01/11/2016
ongoing

Budget

$ 40.000

Partners and Donors

Open Society Institute (OSI)

Personnel

Hana Zylfiu-Haziri

Together for Equity in Early Childhood

Project Description

This project is the second phase of the project “Together – Support to Integration of Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian children in preschool education.” The Project aims to improve the ECD outcomes and school readiness of disadvantaged Roma children aged 4-6 in 4 locations by improving the parenting skills of the parents, strengthening the link between parents and pre-primary institutions, expanding the access to integrated ECD services and raising the quality of teaching and learning. Additionally, with the selected relevant partners the project aims to support the improvement of the Early Childhood Development situation of Roma children throughout Kosovo by advocating nationally for the welfare and rights to the quality education. Project components and activities: Component 1: Improving participation in mainstream ECD services Its aim is to eliminate the existing barriers to pre-primary access and participation of Roma children aged 4-6 in the above localities by expanding access to preschool education, the provision of need-based material support, the provision of furniture and pedagogic materials to renovated preschool classrooms and intense communication and work with the RAE parents through pre-primary mediators and information campaigns. Component 2: Improving the parenting skills of Roma parents Its aim is to achieve visible improvements in the parenting skills and practices of parents (and mothers, in particular) of Roma children aged 4-6 in selected localities through informal literacy training and lessons in storytelling (Your Story); Parents school for building the awareness and skills to implement good parenting practices (Community events with parents on early childhood nutrition, health and education); and enhancing the interaction of parents with ECD and pre-primary institutions (Home-Pre-primary-Community liaison). Component 3: Improving the quality of ECD services Its aim is to improve the quality of teaching and learning of Roma children in pre-primary by strengthening the capacity of educators to provide child-centered education through tailored training on child-centered and inclusive education and regular on-site mentoring services. Component 4: Advocating for rights of quality education for Roma children This aim of this component is to create advocacy initiatives for raising awareness on the benefits of inclusion of Roma children in early childhood programs. Advocacy initiatives in cooperation with KRAEEYN - Kosovo Roma Ashkali and Egyptian Early Years Network will target the society as a whole, primarily decision makers at local and national level to create a more favourable educational framework in Kosovo.

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Implementation Period

01/09/2016
ongoing

Budget

€ 171,728

Partners and Donors

Roma Education Fund (REF)

Personnel

Driton Berisha

EU-SIMRAES II

Project Description

The overall objective of the EU-SIMRAES II is to support the Government of Kosovo in the development of democratic and multiethnic society by implementing the strategy of the Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian communities and its action plan. The specific objective is to ensure fair access of Roma children, Ashkali and Egyptian communities in pre-primary education, primary and secondary education by improving enrollment, attendance and attainment of children by providing community and financial support. Activities of the first component implemented by KEC:
  • Support the operation of 10 teaching centers.
  • Raise awareness of parents of Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian communities to enroll children in school on time.
  • Provide logistical support for Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian communities to attend primary education.
  • Hire individual mentoring and homework assistance for children.
  • Organize trainings against prejudice for teachers and parents, and provide mentoring /counseling to ensure implementation of competencies acquired.
  • Organize local events to help better integration of children of Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian at school level.
Expected results:
  • Inclusion of Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian children from 10 targeted municipalities in pre-primary, primary and secondary education and improvement of the results of their learning.
  • Improved access and continuity of Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian students in upper secondary education and improve their capacity to benefit from higher education.
  • Organizations working in the field of education of Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian communities improve their capacity to deliver quality services to their community members.

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Implementation Period

01/04/2016
ongoing

Budget

€1,300,000

Partners and Donors

European Union

Personnel

Drilon Krasniqi

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

Kosovo Education for Employment Network-KEEN

Project Description

KEEN project is a strategic coalition of four civil society organizations focused on the field of education, employment and social policies. KEEN aims to provide input to improve the employability of disadvantaged groups in Kosovo and their involvement in policy development, decision-making and monitoring at central and local level, by supporting and facilitating the dialogue between the institutions of education and training and business. KEEN project aims to approximate the interconnection between education and training programs with labour market requirements. KEEN Project implementation period is 48 months, from 28 December 2015 until 28 December 2019. KEEN Project is implemented through a coalition that is led by the Centre for Education of Kosovo (KEC) in cooperation with Balkan Sunflowers Kosova (BSFK), Employment Promotion Agency Kosovo (APPK), Academy of Training and Technical Assistance (ATTA) and Stichting SPARK. Key institutional partners of the Project are Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MEST), Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare (MPMS), Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports (MCYS), Association of Kosovo Municipalities (AKM), Kosovo Chamber of Commerce (KCC) and Kosovo Business Alliance (AKB). KEEN project activities are organized into four interrelated components: Component 1: Strengthening of KEEN Networking Component 2: Participation in policymaking at central and local level Component 3: Monitoring of policies at central and local level Component 4: Linking education and training with the labour market

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Implementation Period

28/12/2015
ongoing

Budget

€1,055,597

Partners and Donors

European Union

Personnel

Kushtrim Bajrami

Building Social Inclusion Through Education

Project Description

The overall objective of this project is to advance social inclusion in the field of education, through improved institutional responsiveness and better servicing of marginalized Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian (RAE) communities; The specific objectives: 1) Strengthened capacities of CSOs dealing with RAE to engage in the dialog with educational institutions and better respond to the priorities of their constituents in the field of education; 2) Enhanced peer-to-peer learning, knowledge sharing and partnering amongst experienced and grassroots CSOs in the bordering regions, to support inclusion efforts in the field of education.

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Implementation Period

15/12/2015
ongoing

Budget

€94.297

Partners and Donors

European Union

Personnel

Petrit Tahiri

Kosovo Academy for Education for Democtratic Cizizenship and Human Rights Education

Project Description

Kosovo Academy of Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights Education (EDC /HRE) is a training organized jointly by Kosova Education Center (KEC) , Municipal Directorate of Education (MDE) in Pristina, the Council of Europe (CoE) and the European Wergeland Centre (EWC). Academy aimed to strengthen the democratic culture in the schools of the municipality of Prishtina by traiing education professionals and community stakeholders, as well as by further developing their capacity to implement and promote EDC/HRE in their schools and communities. The main activities and achievements of the Project were:
  • Drafting of the academy concept and format
  •  The call for applications and selection process
  • Preparatory meeting for the academy
  • The five-day training
Academy outcomes were to:
  1. Facilitate sharing of experiences and good practices in EDC/HRE
  2. Support participants in the development and implementation of the school project
  3. Encourage cooperation and partnership between the different actors involved in education and between the participating schools
  4. Supports the creation of a network of professionals that promote EDC/HRE
  5. Facilitate the implementation of the Charter of the Council of Europe EDC/HRE and the use of materials of the Council of Europe at the local level.

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Implementation Period

01/12/2015
ongoing

Budget

€12,300

Partners and Donors

Council of Europe

Personnel

Ethics and Institutional Integrity

Project Description

The aim of the project is to create a climate of responsible personal behavior and organizational in central and municipal institutions, as well as in schools by strengthening the institutional leadership to implement ethical standards and institutional integrity in their work places. The aim of the project will be achieved through training of officials of the offices for the development of human resources of 5 ministries, municipal officials for the development of human resources in 3 municipalities, as well as directors and representatives of school boards selected from the three municipalities. Activities that will be implemented during the implementation of the project are:
  • Preparation of guidelines on "Ethics and institutional integrity"
  • Selection of the officials from the human resource offices from 5 ministries and 3 municipalities to participate in the training on "ethics and institutional integrity"
  • Organizing a two-day training on "ethics and institutional integrity" for 20 officials of the offices of human resource development at the central and municipal level
  • The selection of 12 schools from three municipalities to participate in the training on "ethics and institutional integrity"
  • Organizing of two-day training for school principals and representatives of school boards with the theme "Ethics and institutional integrity"
  • Implementation of action plans
  • Organizing three roundtables in three municipalities to introduce the results of the action plans
  • Participation in radio broadcasts
  • Drafting the final report

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Implementation Period

15/11/2015
ongoing

Budget

€10,850

Partners and Donors

Fondacioni i Kosovës për Shoqëri të Hapur (KFOS)

Personnel

Melinda Mula

Capacity Building for Kosovo Education Strategic Plan Development

Project Description

  The purpose of this project was to provide support to MEST in the drafting of the Strategic Plan for Education in Kosovo 2017-2021. The process began in June 2015 with the establishment of a whole planning and the assessment initiation of KESP 2011-2016. GIZ Project on Capacity Building in Basic Education (GIZ CDBE) has contracted the consortium consisting of PEM Consulting and KEC to provide technical assistance for the design of KESP 2017-2021, whereas the 2011-2016 KESP assessment was made of the United Fund Support of Education (ESPF). Activities of PEM-KEC consortium began in September 2015, since the evaluation of the 2011-2016 KESP have scored a significant advancement. Following a plan which was agreed with the Core Planning Team, the KESP was finalized and submitted to the Government in September 2016.

Implementation Period

01/09/2015 to 01/09/2016

Budget

Partners and Donors

GIZ

Personnel

Dukagjin Pupovci

Schools as generators of democrative society

Project Description

In cooperation with partners from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Poland, in December 2014, we started with the project “Schools as generators of a democratic society”. The overall aim of this project is to develop an international cooperation and network among schools of the Western Balkan and Visegrad countries (Hungary, Slovakia, Czech Republic and Poland), as well as to ensure the understanding of the role of schools in the democratic processes within a society. The main project activities include: joint training for representatives of 10 schools from the five participating countries; projects among schools from various countries; presentation of project results in a conference. The project will last 18 months, and is financed by the Visegrad Fund.

Implementation Period

01/12/2014 to 30/04/2016

Budget

€6,650

Partners and Donors

Visegrad Fund

Personnel

Petrit Tahiri

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

Prevention of violence in schools

Project Description

The goal of the project was creating a safe and child friendly environment for schools through dissemination and implementation of the Protocol for the Prevention and Referral of Violence in Kosovo Pre-university Education Institutions. The main results of the project were: 1. Improved child protection mechanisms on violence against children in schools through implementation of the Protocol 2. Increased awareness of key institutions, civil society, media and community in general on prevention of violence against children in school Beneficiaries: Direct beneficiaries of the project are: children from all pre-university education institutions in seven municipalities involved in the project (upper secondary schools, lower-secondary schools, primary schools and pre-primary institutions) such as Prishtinë/Priština, FushëKosovë/Kosovo Polje, Obiliq/Obilić, Pejë/Peć, Ferizaj/Uroševac, Gjilan/Gnjilane and Gjakovë/Djakovica. Indirect beneficiaries of the project are: Government of Kosovo with all line-ministries (Ministry of Education, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Ministry of Work and Social Welfare, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Health), Council for Protection and Justice for Children (OGG of the OPM).

Implementation Period

20/06/2014 to 20/02/2016

Budget

€137.230

Partners and Donors

UNICEF

Personnel

Petrit Tahiri

Supporting the Quality Assurance Strategy Development

Project Description

KEC provided technical assistance to the project "Support to the implementation of PSAK 2011-2016" for developing a squalirty assurance strategy for pre-university education. At the beginning of 2015, a study visit to Austria was organized that aimed the final drafting of the Strategy, which sought the best practices of quality assurance in pre-university education. This made possible finalization of the draft strategy which was result of the process with broad participation and consultation at all levels. In December 2015, the Strategy was approved by the Government and was presented to the public. This strategy was integrated in the Kosovo Education Strategic Plan 2017-2021 as one of its seven pillars.

Implementation Period

18/06/2014 to 30/11/2015

Budget

€14,400

Partners and Donors

KulturKontakt - Austria

Personnel

Dukagjin Pupovci

Support to integration of Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian children in preschool education (TOGETHER)

Project Description

The objective of the project was to improve the early childhood development (ECD) outcomes and the school readiness of disadvantaged Roma, Ashkalia, and Egyptian (RAE) children aged 5-6 in selected localities by improving the parenting skills of the RAE parents, strengthening the link between parents and preschools, expanding the access to integrated ECD services, and raising the quality of teaching and learning. Project components, activities and expected results: Component 1: Improving the access to and participation in mainstream, non-segregated ECD services aims to eliminate the existing barriers to access and participation in pre-primary and of RAE children aged 5-6 in the selected localities by provision of need-based material and intense communication and work with the RAE parents through preschool mediators and information campaigns. This component includes activities to (a) address financial and transport barriers to preschool access of RAE children aged 5-6; (b) to facilitate access, enrolment and attendance of RAE children aged 5-6 in pre-primary level and transition of RAE children aged 6 into primary education through identification, recruitment and training of school mediators. Component 2: Improving the Parenting Skills and Practices of RAE Parents aims at achieving visible improvements in the parenting skills and practices of parents (and mothers, in particular) of RAE children aged 5-6 in selected localities through informal literacy training and lessons in storytelling (My Story), Parents school for building the awareness and skills to implement good parenting practices (Community events with parents on early childhood nutrition, health and education), and enhancing the interaction of parents with ECD and preschool institutions (Home-Preschool-Community liaison). Component 3: Improving quality of ECD services aims to improve the quality of teaching and learning of RAE children in pre-primary by strengthening the capacity of educators to provide child-centered education. This component includes activities for strengthening the capacity of pre-primary teachers to deliver child-centered education by improving the teaching and learning in pre-primary through capacity building activities promoting the child-centered approach to ECE.

Implementation Period

01/03/2014 to 31/07/2016

Budget

103.975

Partners and Donors

Roma Education Fund (REF)

Personnel

Driton Berisha

PROCON – Protecting Children Online

Project Description

The specific objective of the project was to ensure better protection of Kosovo children from online risks through awareness raising, empowerment and coordinated action of the Government, Civil Society and Industry to take appropriate protection measures. This project contains two interlinked components: 1) Protecting children online.– A multi-stakeholder group for online protection of children, composed of representatives from different stakeholders were set up to address the children online protection challenge at the policy and technical level. A study tour to Hungary was organized for the multi-stakeholder group to develop the capacity of its members to engage constructively and in a well-informed way in the multi-stakeholder policy making processes at national level. The program included a training seminar offered by ICSS (International Children’s Safety Service) and a number of site visits to learn from experience of Hungarian government agencies, schools and CSOs. ICSS also supported the participatory process of developing a national strategy for protecting children online which is expected to reflect the multi-sectorial nature of such intervention. The two-day regional conference for online protection of children served to disseminate project outputs to wider public and exchange experience with experts from other West Balkans Countries. 2) Stepping up awareness and empowerment. – A web page to facilitate the flow of information on the protection of children online was set up. Information materials for children, parents and teachers were developed by a team of Kosovo and EU experts based on the best models of the EU Safer Internet Program. At least 100 on-site information sessions were organized in primary and secondary schools for children, parents and teachers. Also, on-line information sessions were developed and posted on the project web page along with information materials to raise awareness about online risks and empower children to cope with them. The Project supported up to 10 school-based initiatives for improving online protection of children which may include various types of awareness raising and empowerment activities, and also run a campaign to raise awareness of the general public on the issue.

Implementation Period

24/12/2013 to 24/12/2015

Budget

€ 203,684

Partners and Donors

European Union

Personnel

Kushtrim Bajrami

Strengthening the Role of Teachers’ Union (SBASHK) in Education Policy Making

Project Description

The specific objective of this project was to strengthen the capacity of Teachers’ Union (SBASHK) for increased participation in social dialogue, policy and decision making. Project activities were clustered in three interlinked components in line with the respective expected results presented above: Component 1: Improve organizational capacity of SBASHK – with (a) organizing training seminars to train, mentor and coach SBASHK leadership and personnel, in addition offer on-job support, mentoring and coaching; (b) organize study visits for SBASHK leadership to two Education Trade Unions in the Region (Slovenia and Macedonia) to gain better understanding of the operation of trade unions in a new EU member country and an accession country; and (c) develop a medium term-term strategy for SBASHK (2015-2019) Component 2: Increase the membership base through developing and implementing communication plan and introducing new services – (a) develop new website and interactive portal, including distribution of quarterly e-Newsletters; (b) introduce new services for SBASHK members (legal services and facilitate access of SBASHK members to teacher professional development programs); (c) Launch a new membership campaign Component 3: Participation of SBASHK in the social dialogue and policy making – through (a) building capacity for social dialogue and policy making; (b) organizing a consultation forum with MEST and Association of Kosovo Municipalities on issues of interest for membership; (c) support and monitor teacher licensing process. The Project had three expected results: 1. Increase participation of SBASHK in social dialogue, policy and decision making by improving organizational capacity of SBASHK. 2. Increasing the membership base by improving communication with the members and introduce new services for the members. 3. Strengthening capacity of SBASHK for participation in social dialogue and policy making through provision of training and follow up expert advice.

Implementation Period

20/12/2013 to 19/12/2015

Budget

€213,256

Partners and Donors

European Union

Personnel

Melinda Mula

TalkOn–Capacity Development for Senior Educational Leadership

Project Description

The purpose of this project was to deliver a comprehensive capacity building program focused on implementation of the MEST Communication Strategy for high-to-mid level management staff of MEST and MEDs in three program areas: Leadership, Management and Communication. The target group were the staff of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MEST)and municipal education directorates (MEDs). The training program was delivered in form of nine seminars in a way that skills and knowledge acquired through one seminar are applied in practice between seminars and reported on the next one. Each module was organized as a 2-day long seminar, and is followed by on-the-job coaching related to assignments given in seminars. Each training module had 16 contact hours, whereas the whole program had 144 contact hours. On average each participant received 2 coaching hours per training module, in total 18 coaching hours. The program was accredited by MEST.

Implementation Period

15/10/2013 to 31/12/2014

Budget

€164,468

Partners and Donors

GIZ

Personnel

Dukagjin Pupovci

Kosovo RAE Early Years Network (K-RAE-EYN)

Project Description

The specific objective of the project was to develop skills and good practice, establish effective partnerships and support capacity building of RAE and non-RAE professionals and paraprofessionals working with RAE children and their families for improving their own performance and the quality of provision in general. The project idea was based on the Romani Early Years Network (REYN), which was launched during the international ECD conference, organized jointly by the International Step by Step Association (ISSA) and Diversity in Early Childhood Education and Training (DECET) in October 2012. REYN is a joint partnership of ISSA and the Roma 'Kopaçi' Initiatives at the Open Society Foundations (OSF) Early Childhood Program. The aim of this Network was to particularly empower Romani ECD professionals and paraprofessionals working with Romani communities, offering them opportunities for professional development, training, study visits and international networking across the ECD sector.

Implementation Period

01/09/2013 to 01/09/2015

Budget

€ 118.323

Partners and Donors

Open Society Foundation (OSF)

Personnel

Hana Zylfiu-Haziri

HigherKos Evaluation 1&2

Project Description

In cooperation with the Swiss company KEK-CDC, KEC conducted an assessment of the "HigherKOS - Promoting institutional development of higher education and science in Kosovo", which was implemented by a consortium of Austria with financial support of the Development Agency of Austria ( ADA). The xxternal evaluation process was conducted with the combined expertise of Swiss and Kosovo in two phases. The intermediate evaluation was conducted in November and December of 2014, while the recommendations of the evaluation have served for corrections and improvements in the project strategy. However, the final evaluation was conducted in September and October of 2015.

Implementation Period

01/09/2013 to 31/10/2015

Budget

Partners and Donors

Center for Social Innovation (ZSI)

Personnel

Dukagjin Pupovci

Decentralization of finances in education

Project Description

The project aimed to analyze the level of implementation of the decentralization process in education as well as to evidence the challenges in its implementation. Furthermore, the project aimed at awareness-raising of schools to execute their legal competences as a prerequisite for an efficient implementation of the process in practice. The goal of the project was to establish an accountability and oversight relation between the municipal education administration, schools and citizens in 15 Kosovo municipalities. During the implementation of the project all involved schools in the project have co-operated with the KEC official to analyze their annual budgets, to review the opportunities for saving of expenses and a more ration use of school budgets. The schools involved in the project have co-operated with the municipal officials of education to provide for a more efficient planning of their school budgets, as well as to review-periodically- the expenses incurred. This influenced the establishment of a mutual accountability and oversight relation between MED and schools. Throughout their co-operation, MED managed to oversee the schools in planning and expending their budgets, whilst schools were held accountable for their requests and the expenses incurred. In addition, the organization of roundtables and participation in various radio shows were some of the activities that contributed in awareness-raising of schools to enhance their co-operation with MED in order to mobilize them for a fair and transparent allocation of school budgets. Activities and main achievements of the project were as follows: • Distribution and collection of questionnaires from the schools involved in the project • Data input and processing • Review of municipal education budgets and the method of budget distribution in schools • Bimonthly monitoring of financial statements for expenses of schools involved in the project • Organizing semi-structured interviews with various officials • Drafting of the final report • Organizing roundtables in 7 regions of Kosovo • Participation in 2 radio shows • Distribution of the report with the recommendation to all relevant structure.

Implementation Period

01/09/2013 to 30/06/2014

Budget

€11,350

Partners and Donors

Fondacioni i Kosovës për Shoqëri të Hapur (KFOS)

Personnel

Melinda Mula

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

Enhancing social Scientific Research in Kosovo and its Integration into the European Research Area

Project Description

The specific objective of the project was to strengthen the social scientific research capacity in Kosovo by developing human resources and research infrastructure, and facilitating participation in the European research programmes. The key project activities were: 1. Establishment of the Empirical Social Sciences Laboratory equipped with 15 PC’s, as well as statistical and text analysis programmes “SPSS software”, under the Institute of Social Sciences and Humanities (ISSH) of the University of Pristina. 2. Research training programme for International Social Scientific Research qualifications aiming to improve the methodological and managerial skills of Kosovan researchers. 35 young Kosovan social scientists participate in the programme. 3. Organizing large public launching conference “Horizon 2020” to improve the capacities and participation of Kosovan researchers in European research programmes. 4. 10 social scientists having graduated from the research training programme for International Social Scientific Qualifications were selected for participation in a Mentorship Programme, which includes a two week fellowship in Vienna. 5. International scientific workshop on “The social fabric of Kosovo- new research findings to evidence-base and enhance the political and socio-economic discourse about Kosovo” were organized resulting in an increased international perception of social-sciences in Kosovo and an exchange forum between producers of social-scientific evidence and its users. Main results: 1. A social sciences methods laboratory equipped with 15 PC's, as well as statistical and text analysis programmes was established and operated in the ISSH. 2. 35 younger Kosovan social scientific researchers working at different Kosovo research organizations have capacity to understand, apply and exploit state-of-art empirical social-scientific research methods and European databases through participating in research training programme. 3. The capacities of Kosovan researchers to improve their participation in European research programmes have been increased.

Implementation Period

04/07/2012 to 01/11/2014

Budget

€262,740

Partners and Donors

European Union

European Union

Personnel

Kushtrim Bajrami

PROSPECT

Project Description

The aim of this project was to enhance the capacities of the learning community centers, and to develop the network of stakeholders to support the establishment of a non-discriminatory and integrative school. The projects was financed by KKS (Karl Kubel Stiftung) and BMZ (German Ministry for Development), and implemented by KFOS, while KEC manages the professional development component of the centers. During the year, KEC conducted regular monitoring activities at all centers. In general, tutors were very much engaged. In some cases, tutors were changes, which caused obstacles in the work, since the new tutors were not trained. During the monitoring, the main focus was on supporting tutors to maintain the files children, so that they are able to document children’s development. Not all Centers have started to maintain individual children’s files. In October, in cooperation with KFOS, a training for the organization development was organized. The training was divided into two topics “Communication and Leadership” which was implemented by KEC, and “Advocacy” implemented by ATTA.

Implementation Period

01/07/2012 to 31/12/2015

Budget

43.560€

Partners and Donors

Fondacioni i Kosovës për Shoqëri të Hapur (KFOS)

Personnel

Hana Zylfiu-Haziri

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

Prevention of Violence in Schools

Project Description

The main objective of the project was creating conditions for primary and lower secondary schools in Kosovo to be transformed into child friendly schools and free of violence environment in order to become powerful teaching institutions. The main project activities were: 1. Support of the violence prevention network - Organizing the 1-day training with members of Municipal and Regional Committees for Protection of Children’s Rights. - Drafting of the action plan of the Municipal and Regional Committee for Protection of CR 2. Extending and empowerment of the violence prevention network Conducting meetings with MED representatives for the establishment of the Municipal and Regional Committees on Child Rights. Establishment of the Municipal and Regional Committees on Child Rights Monitoring and evaluation of the Regional and Municipal Committees on violence prevention Development of two day training with School director for drafting of the School Development Plans for the period 2010 -2015 (with objective: Creation of the Safe and Non-Violent Environments in School Environments) 3. Creation of Kosovar committee for violence prevention Drafting of the detailed guidelines of Kosovar Committee on Violence Prevention Organizing public discussion on Guidelines on the work of National Committee on Violence Prevention 4. Dissemination of the progress and achievements of the project intervention Preparation of the five exhibitions of changes done by the project (five pilot municipalities) Organizing a week exhibition on the positive changes from the project (15 municipalities of Kosova) Development of the regional conference in five centers (Gjakove, Gjilan, Mitrovica, Peja and Prizren) Preparation for organizing Child Rights Fair Main results: 1. Violence prevention network supported and strengthened; 2. Violence Prevention network empowered through conferences, training, round tables, exhibitions, media etc. ; 3. Violence Prevention network structure created at central level; 4. Special Protocol on prevention and response against violence approved; 5. National plan on prevention and response against violence drafted; 6. Monitoring and Evaluation framework developed;

Implementation Period

15/12/2010 to 15/12/2012

Budget

€96,985

Partners and Donors

UNICEF

Personnel

Petrit Tahiri

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

EU Support for Implementation of the RAE Strategy (EU SIMRAES)

Project Description

The main objectives of the project were to improve the socio-economic well-being of Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian communities in Kosovo by facilitating access to education, by preserving and promoting RAE cultural heritage and by improving information in/on RAE and the mainstream media. The main results of the action were: 1. Improved access and retention of RAE communities in pre-school and elementary education and improvement of their capacities to benefit from secondary and tertiary education levels. 2. Promotion of RAE cultural heritage and media/outreach skills development.

Implementation Period

01/09/2010 to 28/02/2013

Budget

€ 1.070.000

Partners and Donors

European Union

Personnel

Dukagjin Pupovci

Basic Education Programme (BEP)

Project Description

The main objective of the project is improving the capacity of Kosovo’s schools to provide relevant skills for its students. Its overarching goal is to improve the Government of Kosovo’s institutional capacity in the education sector and improve the quality of primary education. Main results of the project are: Component 1 - Enhanced School Management Capacities in the Decentralized Environment by improving the management skills of school directors, school boards, and Municipal Education Departments (MEDs) in the areas of planning, school management and quality assurance. Didactic and Training Centers (DTCs) are established at the municipality level to facilitate the professional development of managers and teachers. Component 2 - Strengthen the Assessment of Learning Outcomes by improving capacities to develop and implement new school-based (internal) and potentially national (external) assessments tied to the new curricula at the local, municipal, and central levels. This will support the establishment of an effective and reliable assessment system of student learning outcomes thus increasing the quality of education at the primary level. Component 3 - Improved In-service Teacher Training by assisting MEST in providing in-service teacher training reform, which includes certification requirements; supporting the MEST new Teachers’ Licensing foundation and establishing a teachers’ program that provides continuous professional development. KEC is responsible for implementation of Component 3 and for provision of requested services under two other components. Some of the key services provided by KEC are:
  • Establish Didactic and Training Centres (DTCs) in each municipality.
  • Increase the capacity of school directors to effectively manage schools.
  • Develop an improved, realistic, and sustainable school management structure.
  • Increase the capacity of school boards, student councils, and parent associations to support schools.
  • Assist MEST to develop national standards for school-based assessment.
  • Provide in-service professional development for teachers and school directors in SBA and assessment ethics.
  • Provide professional development to selected educators in test construction and develop an item-bank.
  • Develop the capacity of the MEST Assessment Unit to meet its responsibilities.
  • Provide relevant instructional materials and equipment to DTCs and schools.
  • Implement a teacher development program aimed at developing relevant skills in students and supporting the new curriculum.
  • Increase the number of qualified trainers and training providers.
  • Increase opportunities for teachers to participate in peer-support, professional networks, organizations, and research.

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Implementation Period

01/09/2010
ongoing

Budget

€12,600,000

Partners and Donors

USAID

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

Personnel

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

Support to the implementation of the education sector-wide approach in Kosovo (SWAp)

Project Description

The overall objective of this Technical Assistance (TA) project was to support the Kosovo Government in improving the quality and efficiency of the provision of education and training services, notably pre-university education, in a lifelong learning and employability perspective, in line with the agreed upon sector-wide approach (SWAp) for education, and in accordance with EU standards. Main results: Component 1: Capacity Development of MEST, at central and municipal levels: Detailed implementation plan for the education strategies has been drafted and endorsed by MEST and local level stakeholders; communication systems have been developed and systematically utilized by MEST Donor Unit. Component 2: A revised National Curriculum Framework; A steering group of curriculum development specialists of the MEST Curriculum unit, the Council for Curricula of Kosovo / Council for Curricula, Textbooks and Assessment (CCTA) and tertiary education institutions had training and hands-on experience to revise the National Curriculum Framework and to lead the various subject groups responsible for curriculum development to include specific measures to address minority inclusion in education. Component 3: Teacher Training Development: The Teacher Competency Profile, required for assessment of teachers, is revised in line with good practices in EU-member states; A credit system for the purpose of recognition of professional development of teachers is elaborated. The outputs delivered by the project for each component included:
  • Assisting MEST, both at central and municipal levels, in developing a costed and time bound action plan to be used as an operational tool associated to the education sector strategies.
  • Developing capacities of MEST units (at central and municipal levels) in order to carry out the MEST action plan, including recommendations on key areas to be strengthened.
  • Assisting MEST with the establishment of, and provide support to the State Council for the Kosovo Curricula.
  • Developing and implementing a capacity development programme (including institutional, organizational, and human capacities) of the MEST Curriculum Unit, members of the Council for Curricula and other key actors as appropriate.
  • Organizing and supporting the process of revision and redrafting of the National Curriculum Framework (NCF).
  • Developing guidelines for the design and implementation of new curricula based on the NCF and, thereafter, its application.
  • Assisting the MEST to establish a group of local education mentors/advisors/facilitators to secure a system of quality assurance in the curriculum development process.
  • Revising the existing Teacher Competency Profile according to the outcomes of the consultation and provide support to MEST for the finalization of the draft in view of its official adoption.
  • Developing a credit system similar to the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) for the purpose of recognition of professional development of teachers.
  • Developing and implementing a capacity development programme (including institutional, organizational, and human capacities) of the MEST Teacher Training Unit and other key actors as appropriate.
  • Putting in place appropriate systems to support roll out of new Teacher Training Programme. Elaborate an annual outlining the standards and procedures for accreditation of in-service teacher training providers and programmes ready for approval.
This TA was implemented by the Consortium led by Cambridge Education Ltd.

Implementation Period

01/10/2009 to 01/12/2012

Budget

€ 2,868,460

Partners and Donors

European Union

Personnel

Dukagjin Pupovci

Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights Education (EDC/HRE)

Project Description

Kosova Education Center (KEC) participated in different regional projects, which aimed at teacher training in order to apply the principles of Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights Education (EDC/HRE) in their classrooms. One of the projects that KEC continued to implement during 2014 was the “Human Rights in Action” project. The “Human Rights in Action” projects started to be implemented in Kosovo at the start of September 2013. During 2013, a questionnaire was drafted to assess the implementation level of EDC/HRE principles by social subject teachers in the upper-secondary school “Mehmet Isai” in Gjilan, which was part of this regional project. To have a clearer picture of classroom implementation of such principles, the researchers hired by KEC asked that the questionnaire is filled by 20% of teachers and 20% of students of “Mehmet Isai” school in Gjilan. The data gathered from the questionnaire were presented in a joint meeting with the teachers and students of this school on January 16, 2014. The possibility to involve students’ council in various decision making processes of the school were discussed during that meeting. The report became available to the public through the website of the “Human Rights in Action”, financed by the Council of Europe (CoE) and European Wergeland Center (EWC). A leaflet is also published in this website, which presents the activities implemented during 2013/2014 under this project in Kosova.

Implementation Period

01/09/2009 to 01/10/2009

Budget

Partners and Donors

European Union

The European Wergeland Center (EWC)

Personnel

Melinda Mula

Monitoring Education Finances Management in 5 Municipalities of Kosovo

Project Description

The project “Monitoring Education Finances Management in 5 Municipalities of Kosovo”  was implemented in the municipalities of Istok, Gjilan, Prishtina, Gjakova and Vushtrri. Such a choice was made to municipalities based on the dynamics of the participation of these municipalities in the decentralization process in finance education. The aim of the project was to create an accountability and oversight relationship between public administration and citizens. The main activities and results of the project:
  1. Prepare the monitoring framework- KEC in cooperation with experts and stakeholders has prepared a monitoring framework, in which it identifies areas and monitoring indicators.
  2. Training of 15 monitors- KEC chose 3 representatives each from 5 municipalities selected to prepare as monitors. All monitors have participated in 3 workshops with topics of:
  • Corruption - meaning, forms of manifestation and strategies to combat it,
  • Central and local finances - collection and expenditure with special emphasis on finance education,
  • Monitoring framework - practical aspects of monitoring.
  1. Selection of schools and the implementation of the first phase of the project
During 2010, within the project these activities were implemented:
  1. Data entry and processing of the questionnaire results- During February and March the monitors have input data in the data base and the results were arranged by categories: legislation, budget planning, own revenues and budget execution.
  2. Organization of half-structured interviews- In each municipality there were interviews held of:
  • Municipal Director of Education,
  • Finance Officer at MED,
  • Two school principals,
  • Chairman of the school board,
  • President of the parent council at the municipal level,
  • Internal Auditor of the municipality.
  1. Analysis of revenues
  2. Preparation of the research report and data presentation- research methodology and its results were summarized in a final report. The results of the report were presented during the organized roundtables. The report was sent to representatives of MEST, MED, those of the World Bank dealing with decentralization of budget MED and other relevant structures.

Implementation Period

01/09/2009 to 30/06/2010

Budget

€9,820

Partners and Donors

Fondacioni i Kosovës për Shoqëri të Hapur (KFOS)

Personnel

Melinda Mula

Concepts of Citizenship among Primary School Students in Kosovo

Project Description

The main objective of the project was to assess the level of understanding of citizenship concepts among Kosovo students and define modalities for interventions. The overall goal of project “Concepts of Citizenship among Primary School Students in Kosovo” was to contribute to the development of democratic citizenship society in Kosovo. The main activities of the project were: • A research on understanding of basic concepts of citizenship was conducted with school children all over Kosovo. 25 schools with 1500 students of 8th grade were the target of the research. A report from the research was prepared and published. The report was a basis for future interventions in this field. • A manual for teachers on civic education was developed. It relies pretty much on the outcomes of the research, and helps teachers to address important issues in teaching citizenship. In order to facilitate this process, trainings and informative session with teachers of civic education were organized. Main results: 1. The understanding of citizenship among Kosovo children is assessed through a research. 2. A manual on citizenship education is produced.

Implementation Period

01/08/2009 to 30/09/2013

Budget

€264.419

Partners and Donors

Rectors' Conference of the Swiss Universities of Applied Sciences (KFH)

Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC)

Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC)

Zurich University of Education (PHZH)

Personnel

Petrit Tahiri

Mapping Policies and Practices for Inclusive Education in the Balkans

Project Description

The objective of the project was mapping and analyzing the existing policies and practices of pre-service and in-service preparation of teachers with a view towards exploring scope for improvements in development of the skills, and competences required for inclusive education practices by teachers from primary and secondary education. In 2009, the ETF initiated a study on “Mapping policies and practices for the preparation of teachers for inclusive education in contexts of social and cultural diversity of the Western Balkans countries”, that was concluded in 2010. The overall objective of this research project was to contribute to the promotion of inclusive education and training policies, and practices in Western Balkans countries in contexts of social and cultural diversity. The Project implementation was divided into four phases:
  • Drafting of a conceptual framework based on the contemporary research findings in areas of inclusion, teacher education and teacher thinking.
  • Identifying the gap between a desired image of a teacher competent for inclusive education practices and the existing policies, and practice of pre-service and in-service training of primary, and secondary school teachers. The work was done through desk research, survey and country mission.
  • Drafting of country reports for seven Western Balkans countries: Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Macedonia, Albania, Kosovo and Montenegro.
  • Producing the cross-country report to synthesize the findings of the 7 country studies.
During 2010-2011 the ETF conducted the Regional Report “Teachers for the Future”. The report draws together and analyses research findings from the seven country reports. The primary purpose of this exploration was to provide evidence for improving policies and practices for the development of teachers, pre-service and in-service in the Western Balkans. Main results:
  1. Common methodology and outline for the country reports;
  2. Country reports;
  3. Conceptual framework for the comparative study of the national reports;
  4. Synthesis Report

Implementation Period

01/07/2009 to 01/09/2010

Budget

€255,000

Partners and Donors

European Training Foundation (ETF)

Personnel

Melinda Mula

Advancing Participation and Representation of Ethnic Minority Groups in Education (APREME)

Project Description

The objective of the project was to advance participation and representation of minority ethnic groups in education systems in the Western Balkans Countries by promoting good practices and supporting local initiatives. The Project “Advancing Participation and Representation of Ethnic Minority Groups in Education” aimed to empower students, teachers and parents to build initiatives that advance participation and representation of ethnic minorities in elementary (compulsory) education. The project started by qualitative research to solicit the opinions of parents and other community members on the current practices of school-parent-community involvement strategies of schools in regards of creating an inclusive participatory environment, i.e. the efforts to engage parents belonging to ethnic minorities into school level governance. National surveys and the Regional summary were published in English and the languages of the Region. The findings were summarized and discussed on regional level. Collection of good education stakeholders’ practices to reduce inequity and raise the quality of education took place in parallel to the above. It included a review of different types of interventions initiated and/or implemented through stakeholder participation (school students and parents in particular) with the aim to advance educational inclusion and quality at school and local community level and provide mechanism(s) for horizontal learning and best practice exchange thus supporting sustainable initiatives on institutional and local level. Final product was a book with good practices. Following this, local communities engaged in actions planning to translate their views on inclusion and quality into practical programmes at the local level. These local initiatives, in order to promote inclusion and quality culminated in regional conferences, which showcased and discussed the outcomes of the project.

Implementation Period

19/05/2009 to 18/05/2011

Budget

€391.700

Partners and Donors

European Union

Open Society Institute (OSI)

Personnel

Dukagjin Pupovci

Prevention of Peer Violence

Project Description

The main objectives of the project were: • To raise awareness of the schools on issues related to children’s rights • To build a positive self-image of children • To overcome the intolerance among children and teachers • To define the forms of peer violence and raising awareness among children and teachers Monitoring and evaluation activities were carried out in 10 primary schools, which were willing to participate in the project and 3 teachers from each school were involved in trainings. They were expected to disseminate knowledge and learned skills among other colleagues. One local coordinator for each of participating schools was appointed among psychology graduates who, in the meantime, established the new organization – Foundation Together Kosova. The project had a “pyramid structure”. Initially, seminars for 30 teachers were organized in cooperation with Foundation Together Slovenia. Each seminar was followed by its own phase of the project, with specific goals and tasks. After the seminars the teachers were obliged to train their other colleagues with the help of local coordinator. The coordinator works with schools, providing them support and empowerment when needed. Coordinator is supervised by professionals from the Foundation Together Slovenia. Main results: • Handbook for work in schools prepared and distributed to the participants • Two seminars successfully executed • School Programme developed and implemented

Implementation Period

01/02/2009 to 31/12/2009

Budget

€32,050

Partners and Donors

Foundation Together Slovenia

Personnel

Ardita Kabashi

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

Promoting the Rights of the Child in the field of Education

Project Description

The objective of the project was to raise awareness on the situation of children’s rights in the field of education in Kosovo by organizing concerted monitoring action of civil society organizations in cooperation with central and local authorities and building capacity of schools to contribute to this endeavor. The project had two major components: 1. A system for monitoring and reporting the situation of children’s rights was developed in close cooperation with the MEST and local authorities. 30 schools from Prizren and Prishtina region were selected. In those schools monitoring process actively involved school committees for protection of children’s rights. Particular attention was paid to schools with substantial number of ethnic minority students, students with disabilities and students from other disadvantaged groups. In addition, a control group of thirty schools matching target school in multiple ways was selected, also for the purpose of monitoring of children’s rights in the field of education. Following the training of external monitors and school monitors, the monitoring action was carried out four times during the lifetime of the Project. Annual monitoring reports allowed the comparison of results between the two groups of schools, with slightly better situation in targeted schools due to activities of school committees. 2. This action entailed a lot of work with committees of children’s rights in Kosovo schools, which started by establishing new or mobilizing existing committees, to continue building their capacity for monitoring action, and awareness raising activities in their area of responsibility. In each targeted school, 2-3 teachers/parents were involved in working with committees, and they also benefited from capacity building activities of the project. Main results: 1. A system for monitoring and reporting situation of children’s rights in the field of education was developed. 2. Improved capacity of students to identify and address cases of violation of children's rights in the education system.

Implementation Period

15/01/2009 to 15/07/2011

Budget

€140,600

Partners and Donors

European Union

Fondacioni i Kosovës për Shoqëri të Hapur (KFOS)

Personnel

Ardita Kabashi

Kosovision

Project Description

The Kosovision Project is a national contest in which all primary schools in Kosovo participate, more specifically, fifth grade pupils of all ethnic backgrounds. The number of participants is 30,000-35,000 per year. The children deal with topics present in their immediate environment: living together, education, economy, infrastructure, environment. From the methodological point of view this corresponds to the process of Education for Democratic Citizenship as it is promoted by the Council of Europe. The main objectives of the project are enhancing the abilities and skills of the Kosovision Contest participants (pupils) to address real life community issues in a creative and responsible way. The aim of the project was that by the academic year 2014/2015, to transform the Kosovision Contest into a regular activity of primary education in Kosovo. During the period of September 2008 - June 2014, the project was funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), meanwhile starting from September 2014-June 2017 the funding was offered by MEST, based on an agreement of understanding with SDC, with an annual amount of 93,000 EUR. The project will constantly try to integrate kosovar serbs pupils into the project. Main results: 1. Three cycles of Kosovision Contest are completed. 2. Teachers are capable to promote participation of children in democratic processes. 3. MEST takes the necessary measures to integrate Kosovision Contest in the regular education system.

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Implementation Period

06/09/2008
ongoing

Budget

€ 1.465.132

Partners and Donors

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

Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC)

Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC)

Personnel

Ardita Kabashi

Quality of education in the region of Dukagjini

Project Description

The Kosova Education Centre, in partnership with Avsi (Italy) and Cesal (Spain) organizations, implemented in 2009 a research in the Dukagjini region, including municipalities of Peja, Gjakova, Klina, Istog, Rahovec, Junik, Deçan, and Malisheva. This research included most of the schools in these municipalities. At the same time, the research involved all teachers and principals in the selected schools. For a better implementation of the research, Didactic Centres of Peja and Gjakova were mobilized to provide logistical support, such as distribution and collecting of questionnaires. The total number of teachers included in this research was 1277 from the Peja region and 1492 from the Dukagjini region; there were also 111 school principals who participated in the research. The good cooperation between partners in the research increased performance and allowed for efficient implementation. The project produced a sizable report, which offered substantial data and useful recommendations that were presented before all stakeholders. Apart from the report, the project organized other activities that aimed at increasing capacities of Didactic Centers.

Implementation Period

01/09/2008 to 01/09/2008

Budget

€7,000

Partners and Donors

AVSI-CESAL

Personnel

Petrit Tahiri

Creation of safe environments in Kosovo schools

Project Description

The main objective of the project was to contribute building safe environments in Kosovo schools. The project was divided into two major components. The Advocacy Component related to outputs 1&2 and consists of various awareness raising and networking activities, including conferences, promotional activities, and exchange of information. In its training component, the project focused on 300 teachers who would be empowered to facilitate creation of safe environments in their home institutions. The main project activities were: 1. Awareness raising activities • Organizing round-tables, debates, and a national fair, • Distributing of educational materials for safer schools, • Organizing school-based promotional and activities. 2. Network for promoting safe schools • Working with school committees for safety. • Developing a manual for school committees, • Establishing municipal committees for school safety. 3. Development of training program • Developing the safe school concept in a participatory way, • Developing training program for trainers, • Developing training program for teachers. 4. Capacity for creating safe school environments • Provision of a 5-day training program for 30 trainers, • Provision of a 2- day program for 300 teachers and monitoring. Main results: 1. Improved awareness on the role and importance of creation of safer, non-violent and human environments in the educational institutions. 2. A stable and powerful network for promotion and implementation of a safer school concept built. 3. Training program for building and empowering local capacities for implementation of the idea of safer schools developed. 4. Capacity for implementing and promoting safe, non-violent and friendly school environment built.

Implementation Period

01/09/2008 to 31/08/2009

Budget

€62,895

Partners and Donors

UNICEF

Personnel

Petrit Tahiri

PCM Training for the MAFRD

Project Description

The Project Cycle Management Training for officials of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Development (MAFRD) was implemented by Kosova Education Center (KEC) during the 15 weeks of interactive work, with a mutually agreed break during the summer holidays. In order to best achieve the foreseen project results, a double track strategy was applied: 1. The theory and training part: a simulation project was developed in a phased approach during the contact sessions (“Institution and capacity building for Regional Advisory Centers”); 2. Practical – hands-on part: Students were divided in four groups and coached through a phased approach of writing a concrete real project proposal. Both training and practical part witnessed a lot of interaction and discussion going on between trainers and students, but also among students, with some moderation by trainers, in the process of building project proposals. There were also a few presentations (theory part) by the trainers and by the trainees (phased presentation of project proposals). The implementing agency and trainers made all materials for work available to the trainees on a continuous basis in electronic format through the web platform, and in hard copy during the plenary session and group work.

Implementation Period

09/06/2008 to 05/12/2008

Budget

€7,000

Partners and Donors

European Union

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

Coaching of projects in support of RAE Communities education

Project Description

The main objective of this project was the improvement of implementing capacities of the three organizations implementing projects in support of education of Roma, Ashkali, and Egyptian communities. The project included the following activities: • Monthly reporting by the Centers • Field visits • Organization of meetings between the Centers • Training of teachers working in Centers • Training for public school teachers • Printing of a brochure. Main project achievements were the following: • Non-governmental organizations: Association “Durmish Aslano” in Prizren, “Centre of Ashkali Community” NGO in Dubrava and the Bethany Christian Services (BCS) in Gjakova, were expected to submit regular monthly reports on their work and implemented activities. These reports were later merged in a single report that presented a comprehensive outline of the project implementation. The reporting mechanism served also as a lever for timely implementation of activities. • Field visits were organized by KEC with a purpose to provide a closer view into implementation of activities. These visits did not target only NGOs involved in project implementation, but also beneficiaries, partners and other stakeholders. These provided additional information into the dynamics and quality of implementation of project activities. • Other achievements of this project were the several joint meetings with representatives of the three Centers engaged in project implementation. These meetings were good opportunities for exchange of experience and resulted in new initiatives for development of various activities that would contribute in the field of education of RAE communities. • Training events with staff engaged in the Centres / NGOs and with teachers working in public schools with children from RAE communities contributed to the adequate and timely implementation of activities. These trainings helped to increase capacities of the Centres and, at the same time, endowed them with knowledge on new teaching methods and contributed to alleviate and mitigate prejudices, stereotypes and discrimination. For the same purpose, a brochure was designed and published as part of the project campaign against discrimination and segregation.

Implementation Period

15/03/2008 to 31/12/2008

Budget

€9.123

Partners and Donors

Fondacioni i Kosovës për Shoqëri të Hapur (KFOS)

Personnel

Dukagjin Pupovci

Educating Divided Citizens

Project Description

This research is part of a larger project entitled "Devided education – devided citizens?" which was conducted in eight countries: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Estonia, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Latvia, Romania, Slovakia and Tajikistan. The research was coordinated by the Network of Education Policy Centers (NEPC) headquartered in Croatia, while the research activities in Kosovo were conducted by the Kosovo Education Center. The research began with two focus groups, one composed of Albanians and the other of Serb students. Then, a survey was conducted of 597 students and 94 teachers from schools with instruction in Albanian and Serbian language teaching. Based on the analysis the following recommendations were provided:
  1. Kosovo's institutions should respect all rights granted by the Constitution and law to facilitate the integration of the Serb community in Kosovo education system, using the incentives where considered appropriate.
  2. Without prejudice to the right of the Serb community to adopt plans and programs of the Republic of Serbia, while they are not in contradiction with the principles of coexistence and peaceful coexistence, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology should provide the opportunity of the formalization of these contents, including those in the educational curriculum of Kosovo in Serbian language teaching.
  3. Children and young people of all communities should be able to learn more about the prospects of other communities. This can be achieved through a multi-perspective approach to teaching history, where children, in addition to the interpretation of historical events from the national perspective, can learn about the views of other communities in relation to the same events.
  4. Learning environment on an optional basis is another tool for building understanding between young people from different ethnic communities, as well as organizing joint educational activities.

Implementation Period

10/01/2008 to 28/02/2008

Budget

€5,341

Partners and Donors

Personnel

Ardita Kabashi

The interaction between human capital development and technological change: evidence from the Western Balkans (GDN)

Project Description

This study addresses the link between technological change and employer-provided training in the Western Balkans. It is hypothesised that firms subject to technological change have an increased demand for skills and one mechanism to accommodate this demand is by providing additional training for their workforce. To test this proposition data are extracted from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development-World Bank Business Environment and Enterprise Performance Survey (BEEPS) from waves 2002 and 2005. Probit and tobit estimations are used to analyse the impact of technological change upon training incidence and intensity. The findings of this analysis suggest that firms that undergo technological change are indeed more likely to provide training and there is some evidence that they provide a greater training intensity. This positive association between technological change and training suggests that one way to address under-investment in training in the Western Balkans is by enhancing incentives for firms to undertake technological change.

Implementation Period

01/01/2008 to 31/12/2008

Budget

$9,995

Partners and Donors

GDN/CERGE-EI Foundation

Personnel

Dukagjin Pupovci

Coordination of Research Policies with the Western Balkans Countries (WBC-INCO.NET)

Project Description

WBC-INCO.NET’s core objectives were to support the bi-regional dialogue between the EU, associated FP7 countries and the Western Balkans Countries (WBC) and to enhance the participation of WBC researchers in European RTD projects by structural measures. The consortium included 29 partners. Among them were the ministries for science as well as ministries for economy from Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, FYR of Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia. In addition, S&T ministries from Austria, Bulgaria, Germany, Greece, Slovenia and Turkey participated in the consortium to add critical mass and momentum. The political dimension at the bi-regional level was closely intertwined with the Steering Platform on Research for WBC, implemented under the Austrian EU Presidency together with the EC in 2006. WBC-INCO.NET also supported the dialogue within the region and an information exchange with several EC Directorates General and international stakeholders, such as UNESCO or World Bank. The dialogues were substantiated with several analytical inputs. For this purpose, top European and regional S&T analysis institutions participated in WBC-INCO.NET. It aimed, e.g., to identify research areas of mutual benefit in an inclusive and comprehensive manner. Moreover, WBC-INCO.NET monitored the take-up of identified research areas in forthcoming RTD programmes and the participation of WBC researchers in collaborative FP7 projects. Existing cooperation patterns were analyzed by social network methodologies and barriers of cooperation explored by empirical investigations. WBC-INCO.NET also put emphasis on the building of capacities and the facilitation of networking opportunities for researchers in order to improve absorption quantities and qualities and to enhance a better international recognition of existing WBC potentials. Several renowned European NCP-organizations and research agencies have committed their capacities to join WBC-INCO.NET and to support the integration of the WBC region into the ERA.

Implementation Period

01/01/2008 to 30/04/2014

Budget

€3,048,470

Partners and Donors

European Union

Personnel

Dukagjin Pupovci

Civil Society for Increased Participation in Education (CSIP)

Project Description

The specific objective of the project was to mobilize local resources in order to increase the participation of children from disadvantaged groups in pre-school and primary education by strengthening the capacity of civil society organizations to engage in cooperation with parents, schools, as well as local and central authorities. The Project focused on strengthening the capacity of partner organizations to improve access to pre-school and compulsory education for children from disadvantaged groups, including children from low income families, disabled, minorities, and so on. The main beneficiaries of the project were two local associations, Union of Education, Science and Culture of Kosovo (SBASHK) and Kosovar Association for Human and Children's Rights (KAHCR), whereas the role of two other project partners, the Kosova Education Center (KEC) and the International Step by Step Association (ISSA) were to offer expertise in order to build a solid and sustainable Network of education organizations. The major activities were: • Building organizational and management capacities of partner associations by providing exposure to experience within the Region; specific training focused on organizational change and development, participatory planning skills (PCM), monitoring and evaluation; and on-site consultancy based on needs of partner associations. • Setting up a Network of participation for the civil society organizations from Kosovo and develop its short-term strategy. • Building capacities of partnership with organizations to advocate and engage in policy analyses and formulation with central and local authorities by providing an appropriate training • Develop policies related to participation and retention in education • Train 500 members of SBASHK and KAHCR for children’s rights, anti-bias, and advocacy in local level. Main results: 1. A functioning strategic network between the three local partners (KEC, SBASHK and KAHCR) was built. 2. Policies related to participation and retention in pre-school and primary education formulated in cooperation with central and local authorities. 3. Members of SBASHK and KAHCR have capacity to influence participation in education at local level.

Implementation Period

06/02/2007 to 06/08/2008

Budget

€309,343

Partners and Donors

European Union

Personnel

Dukagjin Pupovci

Education, establishment and monitoring of mechanism for fighting corruption.

Project Description

The project goal is to increase transference and to reduce corrupt practices in the society by promoting active citizenship and by mobilizing citizens in the fight against corruption. The goal of the project is to increase citizens’ awareness on risks coming from corruption, as well as the importance of and ways for fighting it. The main Project activities were: • Preparing the training materials, • Organizing 10 trainings sessions of two days for 300 representatives of Kosovo authorities, community, civil society, and youth organizations in 10 different venues in Kosovo, • Organizing 7 round table discussions on the topics of fighting corruption, • Organizing youth programs on radio and on TV on the topic of fighting corruption, • Organizing a week against corruption in seven regions, • Designing and printing of leaflets on the war against corruption. The main project results were: 1. Building of institutional and community capacities for education against corruption. KEC in cooperation with the Kosovo Agency against Corruption (KAC) have prepared the needed materials for all sessions during the two day trainings. Apart from materials, KEC has also distributed the book “Education against corruption” for all those who were interested to obtain more information on the phenomenon of corruption and the ways of including the idea of efforts against corruption in social subjects of secondary schools. The distributed materials can serve as primary information for a wide spectrum of citizens interested to understand and to include them in various anti-corruption activities. KEC in cooperation with KAC have organized 12 seminars of two days all around Kosovo, with 309 participants from different institutions. The project was planned to be organized in ten seminars, but the small number of participants in these training events required organization of two additional seminars in order to reach the indicator of 300 participants in trainings as per approved project document. KEC has organized 8 round tables. 2. Awareness raising among the youth on causes and consequences of corruption through the “Week against corruption”. KEC, in cooperation with representatives of youth organizations and several local NGOs, organized a week of the fight against corruption in seven bigger towns of Kosovo. The week against corruption was organized from June 24 till July 1st in Prizren, Istog, Gjakova, Gjilan and in Mitrovica, whereas from June 27 till July 5 it was organized in Ferizaj and in Prishtina. Activities organized during the week against corruption include the following: • Distribution of leaflets and posters • Surveys with citizens • Wearing of blouses with the “Stop Corruption” inscription on them • Anti-corruptions statements of the citizens presented on TV • Round table discussions • Seminars with young people • Competitions on the best essays written by secondary school students • A fine arts exhibition • Participation in radio and TV programs • Distribution of the Law Against Corruption

Implementation Period

01/01/2007 to 30/09/2007

Budget

$23,140

Partners and Donors

USAID

Advocacy, Training and Resource Center (ATRC)

Personnel

Melinda Mula

Multi-Cultural Education

Project Description

The aim of Multi-Cultural Education project was creating a new mindset on the role and importance of quality education and education on human and children’s rights for the prosperity of the Kosovar society, education for active peace as the key precondition for the development of the citizens of Kosovo, regardless of their ethnicity, race, religion or their social, political, economic, gender or any other background and affiliation. The main objectives of the project were: • Increase the awareness of the role and importance of the multicultural education; • Development of local capacity for multicultural education; • Develop a manual for multicultural education; • Develop multicultural and multiethnic activities The main activities were: • Developing ToT (Training of Trainers) program, • Organizing ToT with trainers of “Education for Children’s Rights”, program • Training of the teachers, mainly engaged in social sciences in accordance with the program “Multicultural education”, • Developing the manual for Multicultural education, • Developing the curriculum on Multicultural Education, • Organizing multicultural social events. Main results: 1. 25 counsellors for Child Rights were included in ToT (Training of Trainers); 2. 120 teachers, mainly engaged in social sciences were trained in accordance with the “Multicultural education” program; 3. Various social activities based on multicultural education were held in different locations in Kosovo; 4. 10 discussions and debates on multicultural education were organized; 5. Manual on Multicultural Education was drafted; 6. A curriculum on Multicultural Education was drafted. 7. Lesson plans on Multicultural Education were developed and distributed to teachers

Implementation Period

01/01/2007 to 31/12/2015

Budget

€73.066

Partners and Donors

Open Society Institute (OSI)

Association of the Education of Adults in Kosovo

DVV International

Personnel

Petrit Tahiri

Education for Social Justice

Project Description

The main objective of the project was promoting equality and diversity in education system in Kosovo, by building capacities of stakeholders in the field of Social Justice. The programme “Education for Social Justice” was a training programme that aimed to establish critical awareness in order to understand cultural, linguistic and ethnic diversity as human values. Acceptances of the other without any prejudices, being tolerant and open, are core traits of every citizen and a condition for creating a democratic society. Such an approach allows every citizen to be accepted and treated in a fair and equal way in the individual, social and institutional aspect. The main activities were: • Translation of the Manual on ESJ (Education for Social Justice) • Delivery of ToT (Train of Trainers) • Delivery of field trainings • Organizing social events with teachers and children Main results: 1. Manual on Education of Social Justice translated in Albanian. 2. Training capacities in the field of Social Justice built. 3. Teachers, school administrators and students from different communities trained. 4. Social events with children.

Implementation Period

01/01/2007 to 31/12/2011

Budget

€50,629

Partners and Donors

Open Society Institute (OSI)

The World Bank

US Embassy

OSCE Mission in Kosovo

Personnel

Petrit Tahiri

Advancing Educational Inclusion and Quality in South East Europe

Project Description

The project “Advancing Educational Inclusion and Quality in South East Europe” was an international research project supported by Open Society Institute Education Support Programme. It corresponded to the decision of OSI-related representatives of 10 SEE countries (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania and Serbia). The main objectives of the project were: • Better understanding of the causes of disparities in education quality and equity, by carrying out national surveys of school directors; • To support sustainable initiatives on local, national and regional level to improve quality and inclusion.
  • Project activities were divided into three groups:
  •  National surveys of school directors to discover their capabilities, values, attitudes, and practices;
  •  National surveys of parent’s needs, expectations and experience in regards of school efforts toward their engagement in school life; and
  • Action research to initiate new and document existing community-based initiatives that are successful in improving educational quality and inclusion.
Main results: 1. Surveys and survey reports on the capacities, values, attitudes and actions of school directors towards advancing educational inclusion and quality at school level in eight SEE countries. 2. A number of thirty participatory action research projects carried out in the 10 SEE countries with the involvement of about 800 to 2000 participants, including students, parents and teachers and the related reports. 3. Country volumes in local languages on the findings of the national surveys of school directors, and the results of participatory action research. 4. A regional synthesis volume of the country survey and action research findings in English.

Implementation Period

01/01/2007 to 31/12/2010

Budget

600,000

Partners and Donors

SOROS Foundation

Personnel

Dukagjin Pupovci

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

Roma Inclusion in Education

Project Description

The purpose of this project was to facilitate the development of the Strategy for Integration of Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian Communities in Kosovo – Education Component 2007-2017. The integration of Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian communities in education is one of components of a more comprehensive strategy for integration of these communities in Kosovo, which is being developed under the aegis of the Prime-Ministers Office. Drafting of the strategy in the field of education has been sponsored by the Ministry of Education, Science, and Technology (MEST) and supported by the Kosovo Foundation for Open Society (KFOS). The process of development of the education component was coordinated by the Kosovo Education Center (KEC) and was characterized by a broad participation of all involved parties: government, Roma, Ashkali, and Egyptian communities representatives, civil society, political parties, international organizations engaged in human and children’s rights (OSCE and UNICEF), etc., who all engaged in continuous efforts for reaching consensus in all key issues. The development of this document benefited significantly from the fact that the Government of Kosovo had already developed and approved its Strategy for Development of Pre-University Education for the years 2007-2017. Both these documents emphasize universal inclusion in education by offering equal opportunities for all, which laid sound grounds for developing the strategy for integration of Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian communities in education. This strategic plan envisions 25 measures which can further be elaborated into dozens of concrete projects through which to implement the necessary transformation from the current situation to the fulfillment of the mission of this Strategy. The document was approved by the Ministry of Education in October 2007.

Implementation Period

01/12/2006 to 30/11/2008

Budget

€32,775

Partners and Donors

Fondacioni i Kosovës për Shoqëri të Hapur (KFOS)

Personnel

Dukagjin Pupovci

The strategy for the reorganization of CSK

Project Description

Within this project, KEC has provided professional support to the Ministry of Public Services in the process of developing the Strategy of Civil Service of Kosovo 2007-2012. Support has been reduced on planning and facilitating workshops and methodological aspects of the planning process, while, in substantive terms, work was carried out by a committee of experts established by the Ministry.

Implementation Period

20/03/2006 to 01/11/2006

Budget

€6,570

Partners and Donors

Fondacioni i Kosovës për Shoqëri të Hapur (KFOS)

Personnel

Dukagjin Pupovci

Evaluation of projects supporting education of RAE communities for the period of 2006-2007

Project Description

The object of evaluation were KFOS projects that focused on the education of Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian communities which were conducted during 2006 and 2007 by three non-governmental organizations: Association "Durmish Aslano" in Prizren,  the NGO "Centre of Ashkali Community" in Dubrava and Bethany Christian Services (BCS) in Gjakova. The evaluation used the qualitative methods of analysis that were conducted through the study of the project documentation, field visits and meetings with all relevant stakeholders in the implementation of projects. From the evidence gathered it was concluded that KFOS funded projects have contributed to the achievement of their common goal - improving the integration of children of beneficiary communities in society.

Implementation Period

18/02/2006 to 15/03/2006

Budget

€1,880

Partners and Donors

Fondacioni i Kosovës për Shoqëri të Hapur (KFOS)

Personnel

Dukagjin Pupovci

Development of the General Education Strategy

Project Description

The purpose of this action was to facilitate the development of the General Education Strategy for Kosovo 2007-2017. A series of workshops with wide participation across various education levels, sectors, aspects, and segments, started from identification of weaknesses and strengths, identified the fields to be addressed, defined the vision and mission of the strategy, set out strategic objectives of development and finally provided concrete measures and actions which would best advance the education system in the important years to come for the Kosovar society. These measures were further made more operational in the detailed plan of action and the budget for the years 2007 – 2012. The role of KEC was to provide overall support to the process including expertise and logistics. This Strategy document was approved by the Government of Kosovo in April 2007 and serves as basis for donor coordination in the education sector. Following the Strategy development process KEC prepared a comprehensive monitoring framework for the Ministry of Science, Education and Technology, which provided a tool for monitoring the implementation of strategic measures and achievement of strategic objectives.

Implementation Period

01/01/2006 to 30/06/2007

Budget

€151,130

Partners and Donors

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

Personnel

Dukagjin Pupovci

Quality Basic Education For Human Development

Project Description

This research aimed to form a series of recommendations on the basis of discoveries made, which will encourage activities and actions in building a functional system of quality education for all in Kosovo. The main objectives of the research were:
  • To ascertain the quality of infrastructure, curriculum / textbooks, and teaching and learning in basic education in Kosovo
  • To provide systematized and reliable information on the condition and quality of basic education in Kosovo;
  • To ascertain the quality of basic education impact on human development;
  • To organize a constructive debate in order to ensure Quality Education for All in Kosovo that will have an impact on human development and social capital of Kosovo.
The research results were presented at the international conference held in November 2006 dedicated to the development Strategy 2007 -2017 of the pre-university education.

Implementation Period

17/11/2005 to 30/06/2006

Budget

€25,3000

Partners and Donors

Fondacioni i Kosovës për Shoqëri të Hapur (KFOS)

Personnel

Dukagjin Pupovci

Higher Education for Minorities

Project Description

The one-day International Conference on "Higher Education for Minorities in Kosovo" was organized on 18th of May, 2006 in Prishtina with the financial support of the "Forum 2015". By organizing this conference, "Forum 2015" aimed at opening a genuine dialogue to address the important aspect of the education of minorities in Kosovo, in spite of the efforts of the Kosovars to be part of European integration. The primary purpose of the conference was to open a debate on Kosovo society modalities of higher education for minorities in Kosovo, in an effort to meet the needs of ethnic communities to be educated in their mother tongue. The conference was preceded by a study drafted by Georg Woeber, higher education expert from Austria, participants from Kosovo and European countries who have positive experiences in solving the problems of minorities were invited.

Implementation Period

16/02/2005 to 31/07/2005

Budget

€19,000

Partners and Donors

Fondacioni i Kosovës për Shoqëri të Hapur (KFOS)

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

Supporting the education of Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian communities

Project Description

The overall objective of this project was to improve the socio-economic integration of RAE communities in Kosovo. The main aim of the project was to assist the RAE community in improving their participation in education. The idea was to implement the project in three pilot centers and undertake a range of activities within communities and schools in order to increase the interest for education among members of the community and help them work better in education. The project was organized in three locations: Ashkali community in Ferizaj- Through the establishment of contacts between MED and KEC in Ferizaj, it became possible to engage a teacher by the MEST for pree-school ashkali children, a class which opened in the primary school of Zaskok. The Roma community in Prizren. KEC organized additional classes to the community through the centers of this community, and also it organized the preschool teaching for 20 children of this community in a private nursery. For community needs the association "Durmish Asllna" was adopted. Egyptian community in Gjakova- The center coordinator found out  that most of the children of this community were not vaccinated. As an emergency activity, the center in collaboration with the Ministry of Health did the proper vaccination for these children. In order to increase the interest of parents for children's health they organized debates and discussions with the citizens of this community.

Implementation Period

28/09/2004 to 31/12/2005

Budget

€106,144

Partners and Donors

Fondacioni i Kosovës për Shoqëri të Hapur (KFOS)

Personnel

Dukagjin Pupovci

I.M.PACT

Project Description

I.M.PACT (Introducing methodology in Education for Democratic Citizenship Initiatives of the Stability Pact) Project was an initiative for South-East Europe aiming at developing management capacities for EDC projects by introducing and disseminating a comprehensive methodology for participatory project planning and self-evaluation. Involving six beneficiary and partner institutions from six participating countries – Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Kosova, Moldova, Romania and Serbia – the project was developed to respond to the need for capacity building in project design and management, which was identified in the Monitoring Report of the EDC–Working Group. The Project was also aiming at developing the “evaluation culture” as a mean for quality insurance in EDC projects implementation. The following main activities where implemented within the project:
  • Training of the representatives from the partner institutions;
  • Development of a training toolbox and translation in the languages of the partner countries;
  • Selection of trainers from each participating country;
  • Training of trainers in participatory project planning and self-evaluation;
  • Selection of in-country training participants and delivering of trainings;
  • In-county follow-up activities;
  • Reference group meeting and self-evaluation session.

Implementation Period

01/09/2004 to 31/12/2005

Budget

Partners and Donors

Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC)

Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC)

Personnel

Dukagjin Pupovci

Education for Children’s Rights

Project Description

The purpose of this action was to advance the rights of the child in Kosovo by building local capacity to deal with children’s rights in education system and by bringing the children’s rights issue high on the political agenda. The main components of the Project were: 1) Building local training capacity; 2) Building capacity for child rights counseling in primary schools; 3) Improving the situation of child rights in schools; 4) Developing a child rights curriculum at the Faculty of Education; 5) Raising public awareness of child rights. This Project has contributed to building an effective capacity within the education system:
  • 49 children's rights trainers,
  • 1,200 teachers trained for children's rights counselors in schools,
  • 500 school committees on children's rights established,
  • 3 books published,
  • Children's rights curriculum for the Faculty of Education developed

Implementation Period

01/11/2003 to 31/10/2006

Budget

€345,765

Partners and Donors

Trocaire-Ireland

American Bar Association

SOROS Foundation

UNICEF

Personnel

Ardita Kabashi

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

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

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

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 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. The Program is awaiting accreditation from the Ministry of Education. 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

Ministry Empowerment Project

Project Description

This project was funded by the World Bank and the objective was to train 50 staff from the MEST based on the following training program: 1. Interactive Learning (24 hrs) 2. School-Based Evaluation (24 hrs) 3. Integrated planning and evaluation of education projects (30 hrs) The project activities were completed from March 4-April 24, 2002. KEC was contracted to deliver the same training program to the staff of municipal education directorates and education development offices, but the decision was later suspended by the World Bank because of administrative reasons.

Implementation Period

26/01/2002 to 06/07/2002

Budget

€32,000

Partners and Donors

The World Bank

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