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Conference: Non-Formal Education and Training, Key Factors for Economic and Social Development in Kosovo

Grand Hotel, Prishtina, 27-28 April, 2011

Acknowledgement

We would like to sincerely thank all those who participated in the conference Adult Education - Non-Formal Education and Training Key Factors for Kosovo Economic and Social Development, held on 27-28 of April 2011 for their interest and commitment in supporting the development of adult education in Kosovo, specifically the non-formal education and training, as the most important factors of Kosovo development.

We would also like to thank all the presenters, working group chairs and members who were very successful in developing debates motivating the participants to work and show their interest to additional commitments in drafting the recommendations from the conference.

Ramadan Aliu,
Project Coordinator

 

1. Introduction

The Institut für Internationale Zusammenarbeit des Deutschen Volkshochschul-Verbandes (dvv-international) has a successful cooperation with the key Kosovo education and training stakeholders, including Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MEST), Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare (MLSW, Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports (MCYS), private education providers, NGOs and various local and international donors operating in the field of education in Kosovo, in particular, in the field of adult education, and non-formal education and training in Kosovo.

Ftese__per_mediat_Konferenca_27-28042011_Hotel_Grande_047_edCG_450pxThe conference "Adult Education – Non-Formal Education and Training, Key Factor of Kosovo Economic and Social Development" held on 27-28 April 2011 has been organized in close partnership with and under the auspices of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, and active participation of the Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare and the Ministry of Culture Youth and Sports of Kosovo.  

 The objective of this conference has been the awareness raising for the role and importance of adult education, non-formal education and training of the citizens and stakeholders in Kosovo, as well as for the importance and encouragement of reform aimed at providing better conditions for and further promotion of the non-formal education and training in Kosovo.

 

2. Conference

Adult Education – Non-Formal Education and Training, Key Factors on Kosovo Economic and Social Development

27 April 2011,
Number of participants: 113

28 April 2011,
No. of participants: 53

The Conference was opened by Mr. Agim Bërdynaj, Head of the Department for the Development of Pre-University Education (MEST), who after his introductory remarks and greetings gave the floor to Mr. Ramë Buja, Minister of Education, Science and Technology in Kosovo.

Ftese__per_mediat_Konferenca_27-28042011_Hotel_Grande_061_edCG_450pxAmongst others, Mr. Ramë Buja pointed out that non-formal education in Kosovo has a special emphasis in the agenda of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, stating that the annual budget share allocated by the Ministry for this field of education has marked a significant increase reaching the tune of 7 per cent.

Mr. Defrim Rifaj, Head of DPP, Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare, after continued by highlighting the role of vocational education and training and the achievements of the Department of Labour and Employment in the training of the unemployed in Kosovo.

Further on, the floor was given to Mr. Ramadan Aliu, representative of dvv international, who described the Program and the objectives of the Conference.

During the first day of the Conference, the participants were able to hear presentations by the following contributors:

Mrs. Afërdita Jaha, MEST: "Current status of non-formal education in the vocational schools and Strategic Plan 2011-2016 in the field of non-formal education in Kosovo"

Mr. Burim Mexhuani, MCYS: "Role of the Department of Youth in strengthening the involvement of the youth"

Mr. Dëfrim Rifaj, MLSW: "Training of adults and their employment"

Mr. Ramadan Aliu, dvv Intenational: "Confintea-VI, process in the South Eastern Europe"

Mr. David Handley , KosVet-V: "The challenge of improving the chances of qualification for the adults – European perspective"

Mr. Milot Hasanxhekaj (National Qualification Authority- NQA): "Role of NQA in the improvement of education and training quality in Kosovo"

Following the end of presentations, the participants had the opportunity to ask questions to the Conference presenters and panelists.

The second day of the Conference continued with presentations of best practice examples in Kosovo in the field of non-formal education and training by the following presenters:

Mr. Remzi Bytyqi: "Organizing adult education at the High Technical School in Suhareka"

Mr. Sinan Gashi: "Organizing vocational education at the Vocational Education Centre (VEC) in Prizren"

Mr. Bekim Kasumi: "ECDL certification in Kosovo"

Mr. Anton Gojani: "Adult education training at Don Bosco"

 

3. Recommendations

Working group sessions were held during the second day on the most relevant topics dealing with non-formal education and trainings for adults in Kosovo.

Amongst the most relevant recommendations, the following have been pointed out:

  • Immediate need to enhance inter-institutional coordination in the field of adult education, non-formal education and trainings, particularly between the following actors: Vocational Education and Training Council (VETC), National Qualification Authority (NQA);
  • Harmonization of the following laws: Law on Education and Vocational Education, Law on Qualifications, and Law on Adult Education in Kosovo;
  • Establishing a joint database IMS (Information Management System) for adult education and non-formal education;
  • Setting up a specific department within MEST on the adult education and non formal education;
  • Awareness raising on adult education through printed and electronic media;
  • Building public-private partnerships at the local and regional level;
  • Development of resources for non-formal education within vocational schools, vocational education and training centers (by training of teachers on adult teaching methods and by enabling the public providers for self-generation of funds);
  • The adult education except in high schools should also be held at the primary schools, and the priority should be given to the regions with higher number of adults in need for education;
  • Review of current vocational education programs and development of new short term ones used by the public providers that should be compliant with the needs of labor market;
  • Financial sustainability of the non-formal education through tax incentives for non-formal education providers, specifically for those involved in the provision of this form of education to vulnerable groups under social assistance;
  • Special access provided to the people with disabilities by the provider of non-formal education, etc;
  • Greater interest to apply for EU funds; and
  • Coordination of funding between public and private sector, as well as with donors.

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Report compiled by Ramadan Aliu,
dvv International representative in Kosovo, PRISHTINA, May 2011

 

 

 

 
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