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Training teachers of humanities in secondary education

Prishtina, 22.9.2009. The project "Training of humanitarian science teachers of secondary education and senior officials of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology for intercultural field of education" implemented by the Kosovo Education Center has begun to be implemented in July 2009 and completed in month September 2009.

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Learning, Writing and Reading for Women in Rural Zones of Kosovo

Prishtina, 15.1.2009. From August 2008 to January 2009, "Women for Women international" in Kosovo, with financing from dvv international (ARrK), implemented a project in which 184 women in rural areas in Kosovo learned reading and writing.

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Training of second group of unemployed in training Center GTC
Pristhina. 31.7.2009. Upon successful completion of training for the unemployed in the region of Mitrovica last year, this year the project was implemented for training the second group of unemployed in the Mitrovica region. The training lasted from 02.05.09 to 31.07.09.
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Training in German Training Centre “German Training Centre-GTC” in Mitrovica

1 October 2008 - 31 December 2008. Mitrovica is one of the most underdeveloped regions which suffered the most from the last war in Kosovo. Considering the big number of unemployed in this region, Association ARrK (DVV International) in cooperation with “German Training Centre-GTC” have organized a training of three groups of each 15 young participants from Mitrovica region who are breadwinners of families on post-war social assistance.

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Skills enhancement of women and girls from rural areas of the Municipality of Mitrovica by the training centre “German Training Centre”

1 October 2008 – 30 December 2008. After successful completion of the courses dedicated for women and girls from rural parts of Mitrovica municipality, who have a very low education record and who have completed four years of the entry school as per project “Window of Life” during the last two years, there was a need for further professional training for these women so that they could better place their food products in the market and have a better perspective in the labour market.

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Training of Trainers on Business Administration from the Centres for Professional Training

27-28 November 2008. Association ARrK (DVV International) has organized a two-day training of trainers on Business Administration in Centres for Professional Training that operate in the framework of the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare in Kosovo.

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Conference “Education for Peace” in Prishtina

24. 11. 2008. On 24 November the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MEST) and Association of Adult Education of Kosovo (ARrK-DVV International) have jointly organized and implemented a conference on “Education for Peace”, held in the premises of Grand Hotel in Pristina. The conference gathered 163 participants, representatives of state institutions for education, local and foreign NGOs and foreign representatives and experts from Europe and the Balkans.

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Earlier activites in Kosovo, in 2008, 2007, and 2006

Courses on English and German languages

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20 October 2008

As of 20 October 2008, Association for Adult Education in Kosovo has organized and implemented courses on English and German language for the unemployed people in the roster of the Regional Employment Centre in Pristina (REC). A Memorandum of Cooperation between the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare and the Association ARrK has been signed for the training of 50 persons in English language and 20 persons in German language. Selection of candidates has been carried out by the REC in Pristina whereas the implementing partner will be the licensed organization for foreign languages in Kosovo – English Centre.

After an entry test prepared by the English centre that candidates had to take, their selection on the levels of English and German languages has been carried out on the basis of previous knowledge of the candidates. The courses have been intensive and have finalized on 20 December 2008.

Opening of the Mobile Training Centre in Skenderaj

02 October 2008

skenderajMunicipality of Skenderaj is one of the most underdeveloped municipalities of Kosovo with a high rate of unemployed people. Some 17.500 unemployed people have been registered in the roster of the Municipal Office for Employment in Skenderaj, who need to improve their professional skills in order to compete in the labour market.
In order to soothe the unemployment in this region, Association ARrK (DVV International) has on 02 October 2008 made possible for the opening of the mobile training centre in Skenderaj.
This training centre has materialized in cooperation with the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare (MPMS) and Municipal Assembly in Skenderaj.
Association ARrK has provided the necessary equipment for this centre to ensure the progress of training in Information Technology as well as remuneration of trainer for the first three months of the training.
MLSW has welcomed this project and has provided the list of unemployed people from Skenderaj municipality who will participate in training courses provided by this centre and has also committed that the centre will sustain and will be managed by MLSW resources for the next three years.
The Municipal Assembly in Skenderaj has provided the premises to carry out training courses which is located in the House of Culture in Skenderaj by renting it for the next three years with a possibility of extension in order to provide training for the unemployed people from this municipality.
The centre was inaugurated on 09 October 2008 by the Mayor of the Municipality of Skenderaj Mr.Sami Lushtaku, representatives of MLSW, director of DPP Mr. Defrim Rifaj and representative of Association ARrK (DVV International) Mr. Ramadan Aliu

 

Opening of the Mobile Training Centre in Kaçanik
 

01 October 2008

Kacanik

In the framework of policy development to soothe unemployment in Kosovo, especially in less developed parts of Kosovo, Association ARrK (DVV International) has on 01 October 2008 made possible the opening of the mobile training centre in Kaçanik. This training centre has materialized in cooperation with the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare (MLSW) and Municipal Assembly of Kaçanik. Association ARrK has provided the necessary equipment for this centre in order to provide for the training progress in Information Technology and Business Administration as well as compensation of trainer’s fee for the first training quarter.
MLSW has welcomed this project and has provided the list of unemployed persons in the Municipality of Kaçanik who will take training courses in this centre committing themselves that the centre will be taken care of and managed by the MLSW resources for the next two years.
Municipal Assembly in Kaçanik has provided the premises for training courses which is located in the house of culture in Kaçanik by renting it for the next two years with a possibility of extension in order to provide professional training courses for the unemployed people in this municipality.
Inauguration of this training centre has been held on 08 October 2008 by the Mayor of Kaçanik, MLSW representatives and a representative from Association ARrK (DVV International).
Municipality of Kaçanik is one of the most underdeveloped municipalities in Kosovo with high rate of unemployment with an estimated 8500 adults that have registered with the Municipal Employment Office and who have expressed their desire to take professional training courses in various topics. Based on a labour market analysis it has been proven that there is a big need for training on Information Technology and Business Administration, therefore the final objective of this project is to improve skills of unemployed people on these topics in order for them to compete in the labour market.

Training on EBC*L (European Business Competence License)

22 September 2008 – 03 March 2008

ebclAfter the beginning of the privatization process in Kosovo, business is one of the areas which is considered as one of the most important and which should be supported in particular as a possible alternative for economic development and employment in Kosovo. Association ARrK has observed the importance of this area and has supported the training of 50 young businessmen who have started their businesses or are in the process of opening new businesses in Kosovo. Selection of candidates who have submitted their applications to take the EBC*L training has been made in cooperation with the licensing centre Smart Bits which has carried out the training and certification of selected candidates. Training has been organized in two groups each composed of 25 persons. Association ARrK has organized training courses in the past three years in cooperation with the licensing centre Smart Bits for various groups like: women from rural parts of Kosovo who see their perspective in their private businesses, trainers from professional training centres etc.

 

Informative and Preparatory Seminar “CONFINTEA VI” Brazil 2009

13 June 2008

 BrazilIn the framework of the regional project “Lifelong Learning Advocacy” which is a coordinated project from DVV International, Association for Adult Education in Kosovo (ARrK) has organized an informative and preparatory seminar for the participation of Kosovo representatives in the World Conference on Education which will be held in Brazil in 2009. The preparatory seminar was held on 13 June 2008.
Representatives of Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare, Ministry of Trade and Industry, Kosovo Pedagogical Institute, Kosovo Education Centre, AGEF etc.
Ms. Anela Dimitrova – Regional Project Coordinator “Lifelong Learning Advocacy” has been invited in the seminar who offered knowledge to participants on the importance of drafting a national report on achievements and shortcomings of adult education in Kosovo as well as its submission to the UNESCO Institute and on importance of Kosovo’s participation in the global conference.
Kosovo’s participation in this global conference on lifelong learning would pave its way to become a permanent member of UNESCO and have access on basic global documents on adult education and lifelong learning.

 

 Conference “Lifelong Learning and Career Development”

18 April 2008

llw2008In the framework of the festival “Lifelong Learning” – 2008, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare along with its partners: American Economic Chamber (AEC), Association ARrK, Swisscontact, Kulturcontact and GTZ have organized a conference under the slogan “Take your life in your hands”. Apart from Kosovo participants, the conference brought together international experts who offered to participants knowledge related to the importance of information systems and career guidance. Career guidance is important for the youth and people of all ages to obtain skills in order to manage successfully with changes in their professional and private lives. Trends in the labour market change rapidly and as a result an individual should be able to learn continuously in order to adapt to these changes.

Association ARrK and other organizers of the project together with GTZ have implemented the workshop entitled “Adult education in Kosovo and career development”, which offered to participants useful recommendations.

 

 Training and Certification of Unemployed in IDI Training Centre
(Information Development Initiative –Cisco Networking Academy)

07.04.2008 – 09.05.2008

IDI 04.2008In cooperation with the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare (MLSW) and training centre Information Development Initiative (IDI), Association ARrK has organized the training and certification of 25 unemployed people who have announced themselves in Centres for Registration of Unemployed People in Kosovo.
Selection and previous testing of the candidates has been carried out by IDI and ARrK whereas information related to the unemployed people have been offered by the centres for registration of unemployed people in Kosovo.

Information Development Initiative is Cisco Networking Academy under the identification number 43124 and it offers training programs which are licensed by CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate). Programs offered by IDI consist of:

• IT Essentials – PC Hardware and Software
• IT Essentials 2 – Network Operating Systems
• Fundamentals Java Programming
• Fundamentals of UNIX

Selected course takers will take the first level training which takes place three days a week and lasts for two months and after the training they undergo a test and certification. Moreover, an agreement has been reached with MLSW to train five trainers from centres of vocational training (CVT) in level three and four. About 30 people will take the training in order to have better chances in the labour market.

 

 Training in the European Licensed Centre Smart Bits and Certification of Two Groups of Women and Girls on EBC*L

07.04.2008 – 30.04.2008

ebcl 2008In the framework of education of women and girls from different areas of Kosovo, Association ARrK (DVV International) has begun this year to support the training and certification of two groups of 10 persons, women and girls who have launched their businesses or will launch in rural areas of Kosovo. In the aftermath of the success shown, it has been determined that such training has resulted in the employment of trainees and improvement of their business skills. The selection of candidates who will benefit from this training during this year has been realized in cooperation with the organization “Women for Women International”.
Association ARrK has supported consistently the education of women from rural areas of Kosovo through the programme “Window of Life” which aimed to evaluate and diminish illiteracy amongst women and girls in rural areas of Kosovo, level I-IV.
Discrimination in education and within the family of a Kosovan woman is the main reason that many women and girls in Kosovo do not follow even the primary education and that has no financial means to continue with the learning process, in order to have a better access in the labour market.
The right to education still belongs only to males in many parts of Kosovo.
This is exactly the reason why the Association ARrK (DVV International) has decided to support the training and certification of these women and girls who need to improve their skills in the field of business.
After the certification of these women and girls the second phase will commence which will be financed by “Women for Women International”, to ensure the progress of these businesses run by women and girls and the opening of new businesses.

 

 

 Training of Electro-technical Trainers from Centres for Vocational Training (CVT-MLSW) in KEK’s Training Centre

26.11.07 – 06.12.07

kek 12.2007In cooperation with the MLSW (Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare) and KEK’s Training Centre (Kosovo Energy Corporation), Association for Adult Education in Kosovo (ARrK) has implemented the training of six trainers in the field of electro-technique in Centres for Vocational Training which operate in the framework of the MLSW. An agreement between KEK’s Training Centre and Association ARrK has been reached for these trainers to be trained and certified in a two-week intensive course in KEK in order to gain knowledge in modules which are not being implemented in Vocational Training Centres (VTC) in Kosovo.
Direct beneficiaries of these training courses are trainers from centres of vocational training who will pass on these skills to new course takers in these training centres.
The training had to do with the basis of the programmable logical controller (Program Logical Control-PLC). After the training participants should be able to explain concepts of PLC programming and sketch situation lists, level diagram and functional block-diagrams. Participants should demonstrate skills to write simple applicative programs as well as their start-up at work, their attestation and elimination of applicable defects.
After the training, all participants have successfully passed the probation phase and have been awarded with applicable certificates from KEK’s Training Centre.

 

 “Organization, forms and working methods with adults in professional schools” - Two-day Seminars in Five Regions of Kosovo

November-December 2007

semIn the framework of professional schools, the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MEST) is offering education for adults, respectively persons who have discontinued their education and who need to return to the education system.
Adult education is being developed in 28 professional schools in Kosovo and around 1200 course participants have been registered who in addition are taking classes in these schools in several towns of Kosovo.
According to MEST decision, course participants are taking classes in the following vocations: car mechanic, farmer, electrical installation, pluming and sewage, heating and air-conditioning installation, traditional costumes, blacksmith, construction, carpentry, tailoring, technician of industrial electronics, technician for office equipment, assistant for business administration etc.
Besides monitoring of these schools and reports we have obtained from the MEST officers, we have noticed obstacles in organizing classes and the work methodology with adults.
Association ARrK (DVV International) realized the importance to support these schools and together with the MEST took the initiative to influence the upgrade of the teaching quality for adults in these schools, through the training of teachers in seven regions of Kosovo where adult education is being implemented. Which hosted around 120 teachers were organized in the regions of Pristina, Prishtina, Prizren, Gjilan, Peja, Gjakova, Ferizaj und Mitrovica.

Main objectives of these seminars were the familiarization of teachers with:

  • Organization of adult education based on legislation on adult education in Kosovo;
  • Introduction on forms and didactic methods for adult education;
  • Introduction with the specifics of subjects and the possibility of adaptation for adults;
  • Upgrade of quality in teaching organization etc.

 

 

 

 Inauguration of the New Mobile Centre in Deçan

01.10.2007

decanIn the framework of cooperation between the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare and Association of Adults in Kosovo, the new mobile training centre was inaugurated for unemployed people and those on the social scheme that were registered in the regional office for employment in Deçan region.

Direct beneficiaries of this project are the unemployed persons who actually seek training courses in the field of business administration and information technology. Priority will be given to those on social assistance, women from rural areas, youth above 16 years old who are not involved in regular education, minorities, disadvantaged people etc.

The premises were found in the centre for social labour in Deçan and an agreement was signed to use this space for the next three years with a possibility of extension, whereas the supply with equipment and furniture was provided by the Association ARrK.

The teaching material for business administration and information technology has been prepared by the MLSW based on the modular professional advancement.

This training centre will be managed by the MLSW and monitored by the Association ARrK according to the agreement and handover document signed between the two parties.

 

 

  Seminar on “Introduction on Democratic Education”

22-23 June 2007

demokratik seminariDemocracy lives on citizens’ cooperation. The condition for engagement is knowledge. Only those who have basic knowledge on the mechanisms and institutions of a democratic country can be included. For this reason, the transmission of this knowledge is one of the most important tasks of political education aim of which is the maturity of a citizen.
In the framework of democratic education upgrade and in order to incite the implementation of knowledge on democratic education in Kosovo schools, Association ARrK (DVV International), in cooperation with the German organization “Pharos”, has organized the two-day seminar called “Introduction on Democratic Education”. Representatives from the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, professors, multi-applicators of social sciences, KEC and Kosovo based NGO representatives actively participated in this seminar.
Seminar lecturers were ms. Ingrid Halbritter – Pharos (D@dalos) and ms. Nora Hasani – journalist.
Main topics that were discussed during this seminar were:

  • Political democratic education: aims and tasks
  • Politics as an object of democratic education
  • Didactic principles as a precondition for a professional political education
  • Practical examples: teaching units on a political subject
  • Creation of an independent thinking
  • Active learning methods
  • Group puzzle as a method of political education on the EU subject etc.

By the end of the seminar there were discussions to reach an agreement between the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Association ARrK, KEC and the organization “Pharos” to draft a teacher training programme who would then as future trainers carry on the training of teachers in different regions of Kosovo.

 

 

 Training of women and girls in entrepreneurship – EBC*L

07.05.2007

grat per graIn the framework of support to the education of women and girls from different parts of Kosovo, Association ARrK (DVV International) is continuing with the training and certification of the first two groups of 10 persons, respectively women and girls that have started their businesses or will start them in different rural parts of Kosovo. The selection of candidates that will acquire knowledge from this training was made in cooperation with the organization “Women for Women International” while the training was held in the training centre “Smart Bits”.
Association ARrK has supported before, the education of women in rural zones in Kosovo through the implementation of the programme “Window of Life” which aimed to evaluate the skills of women and girls and uproot illiteracy in rural zones of Kosovo, level I-IV.
The second part of the project is expected to commence after certification of participants. It will be financed by “Women for Women International” and it will deal with the wellbeing of businesses managed by these women and girls as well the opening of new businesses.

 

 

 Seminar on the “Foundations for Adult Education”
 

27 – 28 April 2007

27 prillIn the framework of teachers’ training from professional schools and trainers from Centers for Professional Vocation of Adults in Kosovo, a seminar on the “Foundations for Adult Education” was organized and implemented on the 27th and 28th of April 2007 in Hotel Prishtina premises. Training representatives from the NGO “Women for Women International” took part in this seminar.
In order to convey the foundations for adult education to participants during this seminar, two experts from Albania were recruited, Mr Alqi Mustafai, Head of the Department for Professional Vocation from the Institute for Professional Vocation, Curricula and Standards in the National Agency in Tirana and Ms Mirela Andoni, Head of the Department for Standards and Teachers’ Training, National Agency in Tirana.

Aim of the Seminar: The Seminar aimed to familiarize participants with specifics of adult learning and with the principles of andragogy, as well as to enable them to draft training programmes and implement learning methodologies which are suitable for adult learners.

Objectives of the Seminar:
By the end of the seminar, participants were able:

  • To describe the specifics and features of adult learners;
  • To make differences between andragogy and pedagogy;
  • To explain the process of learning of an adult learner;
  • To list specific needs of adult students;
  • To show the specifics of planning and applying of adult teaching as well as the factors apparent during these processes;
  • To list the components of an adult training programme;
  • To formulate teaching objectives for adult education;
  • To select teaching contents in compliance with the specifics of adult education;
  • To select teaching methods in compliance with the specifics of adult education;
  • To construct evaluation mechanisms in compliance with the specifics of adult education;
  • To plan working fields and adequate teaching tools for adult education;

Around 40 participants took part in this two-day seminar that were properly instructed and supplied with necessary materials in order to communicate this knowledge to their institutions where they provide adult teaching. Participants were also issued certificates by the Association ARrK (DVV International) as a proof of participation in the seminar.

 ECB*L Certification of Trainers from Professional Vocational Centres
 

22 March 2007

ebclIn the framework of the partnership between the Association ARrK (DVV International) and the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare (MLSW), Association ARrK made possible during 2006 the training of trainers in the field of “Business Planning” which offers trainings for jobseekers in eight Centres for Professional Vocation in Kosovo.
The project was implemented in cooperation with the organization “Smart Bits” which is the only European licensed centre in Kosovo to issue ECB*L certificates.

The aim of this training was the certification and improvement of skills in entrepreneurship amongst the trainers from Professional Vocational Centres, who will pass on the same skills to other jobseekers that participate in their professional training centres in Kosovo.

During the ceremony organized on 22 March 2007 in the Training Centre in Prishtina, were present Ms Jehona Namani – Chairperson of the Division for Professional Vocation, Mr Bekim Kasumi – Director of the Training Centre “Smart Bits”, Mr Ramadan Aliu – Director of the Association ARrK (DVV International, Kosovo), trainers who participated in the training courses in “Smart Bits” Training Centre, as well as high representatives from the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare of Kosovo.

 

January 2007
Signing of Agreement of Cooperation – 2007, ARrK-APPK – “Licensing Centre” - Hannover

European Computer Passport “Xpert”
European Examination Centre in Hannover represents “Xpert” system

Being the first institution of a kind in Germany, European Examination Centre based in Hannover has developed the concept of a professional course and examination for the labour market back in 1982. This very rich experience has led to the creation of the European Computer Passport “Xpert” that signifies a very high standard of qualification.
Also, the extension of Agreement of Cooperation has been signed for 2007 between institutions mentioned above, and in addition, 200 exams are foreseen to take place for different groups of adults in Kosovo.
Achievements
Since the foundation of Association ARrK, over 600 exams were carried out, which prove the excellent work of the Association ARrK-APPK and European Examination Centre in Hannover in conceptualizing and implementation of all demands related to this type of qualification.
Modules
The system is composed of eight modules (components). Each of the modules ends by a standardized examination throughout Europe. Every successful completion of the examination is awarded by a certificate.
Course material significant for each of the modules has been adapted according to the needs of the course and examination.
Content of each module is presented in detail through a catalogue of objectives (aims), which is constantly updated.

  The Festival “Lifelong Learning” Implemented for the Second Time in Kosovo from 11 through 15 December 2006

December 2006

llw 2006Association ARrK in cooperation with the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Labour, Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports and donor community: the OSCE, GTZ and Swiss Contact have organized the second in a row Festival “Lifelong Learning” in five regions of Kosovo; Prizren, Peja, Gjilan, Mitrovica and Pristina.

In general, main objectives of this festival could be grouped into four categories:

  1. To sensitize about the importance and benefits of constant learning (during lifetime and beyond mandatory education),
  2. To represent and illustrate the variety of possibilities and existing offers to learn,
  3. To stir cooperation between interested parties,
  4. To convey achievements of individuals or groups in the field of learning,
  5. Besides its general objectives, the Festival “Lifelong Learning” aims to materialize the specific objective in order to:
  • To further enrich and develop the concept of adult education and lifelong learning,
  • To provide support to lifelong learning as a public duty,
  • To drag the attention of decision-makers on the need to create a sustainable system of lifelong learning,
  • To offer information and contacts between providers and communities,
  • To create a network of providers of lifelong learning and all stakeholder institutions involved in this process.
Organization – Implementation of Activities
Organization of the Festival “Lifelong Learning” began in September 2006. Organizational Working Groups composed of MEST, MLSW, MCYS, ARrK, OSCE, GTZ, Swiss Contact and Kosvet program (EAR), created small working groups which operated in their respective regions in order to organize conferences and fairs.
Working group participants endeavoured and gave their utmost contribution as well and managed to organize conferences and fairs in five Kosovo regions: Prizren, Peja, Gjilan, Mitrovica and Prishtina.

The conferences aimed to mobilize providers of lifelong learning. They also aimed to expand the participation of responsible persons from different institutions involved in lifelong learning.
Fairs that were organized throughout the festival targeted the vast public and aimed to sensitize and mobilize it to participate or to orientate towards lifelong learning activities. These activities aimed to gather as many people from different age groups involved in lifelong learning.
Around 15.000 people from different age groups had visited the fairs during their implementation in all Kosovo regions.

 

 

 Equipment Supply for the Opening of New Workstation in the Professional Vocation Centre, Peja – Profession “Business Planning”

December, 2006

In the framework of supporting Professional Vocation Centres which aim to train the unemployed people in Kosovo, Association ARrK has provided necessary equipment to PVC in Peja in order to inaugurate the new workstation which will carry out training in “Business Planning”.

 

 Local Seminar to Train History Teachers in the Framework of the Project “Oral History”

 December 2006
 

history 06The national seminar to train history teachers in the framework of oral history, took place on the 1st of December in Pristina. It aimed at providing opportunities to use regional methods in the history teaching system of history in Kosovo schools.
The seminar gathered 37 participants from different regions of Kosovo who were tutored by Ms Vanja Ivanova – Regional History Project Coordinator and Ms Violeta Stoicheva, who informed them about the History Project and in particular about oral history.
A working group was formed in the framework of Ministry of Education which involved representatives from the most relevant institutions of history in Kosovo, who shall discuss further about the recognition of such history teaching methods in Kosovo.
More information in obtainable in www.historyproject.iizdvv-bg.org

 

 Training of the Second Group in “EBC*L”

December 2006

Smart Bits carried out the Training of Trainers from Professional Vocation Centres on “Business Planning” from 04 through 06 December 2006. Besides other participants, there were also civil servants from the MPMS. The second group of trainees gathered ten participants.

 

 Evaluation of Course Participants on Basic Reading and Writing for Women and Girls from Rural Areas of Kosovo; Project “Window of Life”

October 2006

In the framework of local structures of adult education in Kosovo, Association ARrK in cooperation with the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, UNESCO and UNICEF have successfully completed the first part of the project “Window of Life”.
Project “Window of Life” entails teaching curricula for grades I to IV which are dedicated to groups of women and girls from rural areas who have terminated their education in the early years of elementary education.
The project is devoted mainly to facilitators in order for them to evaluate efficiently and in a professional way course participants in the process of filling out the activity evaluation form.
Two thousand women and girls were evaluated in October 2006 and were awarded certificates by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology. UNICEF has provided a special contribution to this project in the last five years in Kosovo in cooperation with the Ministry of Education, and since its founding, Association ARrK has also become a project stakeholder.
The project is expected to implement curricula for grades IV to IX in cooperation with the Ministry of Education, UNICEF and UNESCO.

 

  Portfolio, Formative Evaluation

September, 2006

PORTFOLIO

In the framework of the project “Window of Life”, Association ARrK has made possible the publishing of Portfolio, which was used to evaluate 2000 women and girls from rural areas of Kosovo on levels I to IV, respectively “Basic reading and writing for women and girls”.
This Portfolio was handed over to the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology and was used by the facilitators who have evaluated course participants.

September 2006

The International Conference on “Lifelong Learning and Adult Education – Key to Economic and Social Regeneration in Southeast Europe” took place on 19 and 20 September 2006 in Sarajevo. Delegations from ministries of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Macedonia, Romania, Slovenia and Serbia were represented in the conference, which was organized and supported by the Institute for International Cooperation of the Association of High German Folk Schools (IIZ/DVV) in Bon.
This conference superseded the conference held three years ago in Skopje, during which the ministers signed a joint statement according to which all respective countries would engage in order to promote developments in the field of adult education and lifelong learning. Participants in Sarajevo conference reported and exchanged information regarding positive developments and difficulties endured.
Kosovo delegation was led by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Mr. Fehmi Ismajli, Mr. Dukagjin Pupovci, Director of KEC, Mrs. Radica Berishaj, Sector of Lifelong Learning in MEST and Mr. Ramadan Aliu, Director of Association ARrK.

May 2006
vhas tagAssociation of High German Folk Schools has organized on the 4th and 5th of May the 12th Conference in “Berliner Congress Centrum” using the slogan:
“Coming together – learning new things – building the future”
Representatives from the main institutions of education in Kosovo took part in activities and forums. Kosovo delegation was represented by Mr. Fevzi Berisha, Deputy Minister of Education, Science and Technology, Mr. Ylber Shabani, Director of Department for Labour and Employment from the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare and Mr. Ramadan Aliu, Director of Association ARrK.

 

19 May 2006
mundesiaResearch on the Needs for Education and Professional Qualification of the Members of Roma and Ashkali Communities in Mitrovica

Association ARrK in cooperation with the NGO Mundesia materialized the research on the needs for education and professional qualification for Roma and Ashkali communities who live in Mitrovica. The research was carried out through the method of surveying of the above mentioned communities including both genders of adults’ age group.
The direct survey included 151 members of these communities, 111 male and 40 female.
On the grounds of these research data, only 3% of respondents had had the opportunity to participate in different courses of trainings whereas only 11 respondents were employed on regular basis.
Unemployment of members from these two communities comes as a consequence of difficult socioeconomic conditions in Kosovo as well as from the lack of their education and necessary skills for the current labor market.
Some 98.02% of respondents expressed their readiness to upgrade their educational and professional skills.
On the occasion of data promotion that derived from this research, representatives of different public institutions, local and foreign NGOs that work in Mitrovica region were present.

Centre for Professional Qualification in Mitrovica has taken the lead for immediate incorporation of respondents into training courses for different professions which are being implemented in this centre. Other representatives of public and private institutions and NGOs that work in Mitrovica region showed their preparedness to do the best in their ability to include members of these communities in processes of education in Kosovo.



13 May 2006
Fit@schoolImplementation of the Project Fit@school, D@dalos

Kosovo Education Centre (KEC), in cooperation with the Association for Adults Education in Kosovo have organized and co-funded the implementation of the project Fit@school, which deals with the building of capacity to offer professional training for teachers in the field of information technology and communication.

The project has started on the 13th of May and will conclude on the 30th of June 2006, including the training of 14 trainers from the Kosovo Education Centre as well as 84 teachers who work in public schools in 7 different locations of Kosovo. In the framework of this project, training participants will receive some 50 CD-ROMs and translated reading material in Albanian language. Professor Wolfgang Schumann of the D@dalos project will be the trainer and will indicate the results of the implementation of this project.

19 – 20 April 2006
Smile seminarTraining of high school professors from different regions of Kosovo

In the framework of the regional cooperation, project SMILE (Seeding for Multiethnic and Intercultural Learning Experiences) has been implemented in most of the south European countries. Association of Education of Adults in Kosovo took the initiative to organize and implement a two-day training course for teachers of different subjects who teach at various public schools in different regions of Kosovo.

Some 44 participants took the course on teaching methods like “World Café” and Open Space Technology.

What are “World Café” Conversations?

Conversations grounded on the idea of World Café comprise an easy method to create a living network of a dialogue on collaboration about important issues of life, work or the community. Conversations “World Café” were developed in a number of countries where the need to gather many participants in a process of dialogue emerged, in order to further develop traditional dialogues and rounded processes.

Open Space Technology

OST in an alternative method of conference organization and has been used successfully in meetings with up to two thousand participants. It is an effective way to break the limits of moderation and traditional meetings which require intensive preparation and which are limited in the dose of interactivity between the presenters and participants.

This training was held by:
Emilia Ilieva – Smile Project Manager, and
Dragomira Shuleva – Manager HRM consultant, CMC


9-10 March 2006
Seminar Victory 03.06Possibilities to Organize Adult Education in Professional Schools

Goal: The two-day workshop was organized in order to reactivate non-formal education in professional schools.

Objectives of the workshop were:
1. to define criteria that school are required to meet in order to organize education for adults,
2. to define the list of primary profiles,
3. to define the regulation for the disbursement of incomes generated in schools,
4. to identify training needs for teachers, school managers and to materialize education for adults.

The deputy minister of education, Mr. Fevzi Berisha presented the opening remarks during the first plenary session and emphasized the importance of adult education in Kosovo. He pointed out positive changes which were made in professional schools during the last years, thanking also the partners of professional education, international donors and local entrepreneurs for their involvement. These changes are now very evident in professional schools and especially in pilot schools which are equipped with contemporary workspaces like in western countries. Moreover, Ms. Luljeta Demjaha, Leader of Professional Education Sector elaborated more on the subject and summarized the report from the seminar of last June. Also Mr. Ramadan Aliu, coordinator of ARrK Association spoke about different aspects of adult education in Kosovo schools from the perspective of civil society.

Recommendation

Adult education is very important for Kosovo. More than 50% of adults have been identified as functional illiterates. Therefore, there is an urgent need to start the education of adults. Education of adults is everyone’s obligation in the society and hence it should represent a priority in the government institutions.


15 -17 December 2005
The Festival “Lifelong Learning”

Lifelong learning in Kosovo has a special importance if we take into consideration creative skills of people from all age groups, in order to lower the level of poverty, strengthen democratic processes, educate citizens for a civil society and ensure ethnic and gender equality.
The festival (or week) “Lifelong Learning” is a set of public activities which develop within a determined timeframe which aims to place lifelong learning in the centre of attention.
In general, main objectives of this Festival could be grouped in four categories:
1. To sensitize regarding the importance and benefits of continuous learning (lifelong and beyond mandatory learning)
2. To represent and illustrate the variety of choices and existing offers to learn.
3. To stir up cooperation amongst the interested.
4. To celebrate achievements of individuals or groups in the field of learning.
To reach its objectives this festival was organized for the first time in Kosovo. The festival was divided in two main activities; the conference which took place from 15-15 December 2005 and the Fair from 15-17 December 2005. Both activities were held in Grand Hotel in Pristina.
About 200 people, representatives of the most important institutions of education in Kosovo and from various European countries took part in the conference. On the other hand, some 74 institutions, public and private providers as well as NGOs which operate in Kosovo placed their exhibits throughout the fair.
The entire activity was organized by the Ministry of Education, Science and technology, Ministry of Culture, Youth, Sports and Non-residential Affairs, Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare, the Association “Education of Adults in Kosovo” (ARrK-IIZ DVV), European Training Agency, Kosvet Program, OSCE, GTZ, Swisscontact.
All organization costs for the lifelong learning festival were covered by the OSCE, GTZ and ARrK.


07 March 2006
Training and Certification of Trainers with International Certificates on Engagement

In the framework of cooperation between the Association ARrK and the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the ministry (MLSW), Association ARrK and the Certified Training Centre Smart Bits.

Through this memorandum of cooperation it is intended to upgrade the competencies of trainers who work in Centers for Professional Qualification in Kosovo, who upon completion of the course and reception of European Certificates on EBC*L, are expected to pass on the acquired skills to other course beneficiaries in their respective centers.

MLSW will provide this training course for 20 persons during this year. All training and certification costs will be covered by the Association for Education of Adults in Kosovo – ARrK.

17-20 November 2005
Conference “Let’s Remember for the Sake of the Future”

Histori ConferenceIn the framework of cooperation of the regional offices of the Institute for International Cooperation in Southeastern Europe of High Folk Schools of Germany (IIZ DVV), and the Association “Education of Adults in Kosovo” (ARrK), a conference on history was organized which aimed at increasing the knowledge about different methods of teaching history in the context of adult education. Twenty seven representatives from different southeast European countries took part in the conference as well as 14 participants from different institutions of Kosovo.
The conference aimed to advance the regional cooperation between historians, history teachers, experts from the ministries of education in the context of syllabus, and then between experts from different institutions which deal with non-formal education on history, representatives of museums and different memorials.

25 September – 08 October 2005
Certification of Welding Professors and Trainers from Kosovo in Bulgarian-German Training Centre in Stara Zagora in Bulgaria

schweisser ZertifikateIn the framework of regional cooperation of the Institute for International Cooperation in Southeastern Europe of High Folk Schools of Germany (IIZ DVV), and the Association “Education of Adults in Kosovo” (ARrK), an agreement was reached between the Bulgarian-German Training Centre in Stara Zagora in Bulgaria and the Association ARrK to train and certify 12 welding professors and trainers who teach at high professional schools and vocational centers in Kosovo. Another welding trainer who is affiliated with the KEK (Kosovo Electro Energetic Corporation) Training Centre took part in the course. All of the participants showed satisfactory results during the certification process and all of them are certified according to European standards.
This is the first time that Kosovo participants were certified in the welding form of the module “WIG”, and we hope that the acquired knowledge by our professors and trainers could be implemented in professional schools and centers for professional qualification that are active in Kosovo.
 
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