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June 20, 2016

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CLOSING-OUT PROJECT ANNOUNCEMENT

Kosovo Basic Education Program (BEP) is a USAID-funded project implemented by the Family Health International 360 (FHI360).

FHI360 herewith provides notice to all its creditors that the BEP Project ends on July 31, 2016. Creditors / Vendors are herewith invited to submit their request for payment for any unpaid amounts due under the subject project together with the necessary documentation supporting their requests.  Requests must be received no later than July 10, 2016 to the address specified below

USAID BASIC EDUCATION PROGRAM

“Third Millennium” School Compound

Isa Kastrati street n.n.

Pristina, Kosovo

 

    Requests received after that date will not be honored.

On the May 27th 2016, Basic Education Program of USAID in cooperation with Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MEST) organized the one day conference with the theme “Supporting the development of local education system”.

The conference aimed at gathering the main Program stakeholders and give an overview of the multidimensional approaches to USAID’s Basic Education Program.

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Today, Brian Fahey, USAID Kosovo Acting Economic Growth Director and Arsim Bajrami, Minister, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology opened the “Education Technology in schools and Design Challenge 2016” event in Pristina organized by USAID Basic Education Program and IPKO Foundation. The event took place at the “Zahir Pajaziti” square, where school students demonstrated the use of modern technology introduced by USAID and their acquired 21st century skills.

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February 24, 2016

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Today, H.E. Greg Delawie, Ambassador of the United States of America to the Republic of Kosovo visited an activity to mark the International Mother Language Day, at the Professional Development Center in Novo Brdo established with USAID support. USAID’s Basic Education Program invited teachers and students of different communities from Kosovo to participate in various activities that promote diversity and inclusion.

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5Through these activities, students interacted with each other and fostered their understanding for different cultures and languages. The main focus of the day was book-making and writing in mother language. The books made by students were in three book-making techniques: Pop-up books; Simple ribbon book; and Hand-sewn Paperback book. A final display of students’ group work was presented to all participants.

At the end, the multi-language books created, accompanied by illustrations, were uploaded to www.libroteka.org, a website created by the USAID Basic Education Program, which gives opportunities to young writers to publish their work outside their school for a larger audience.

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The purpose of this event is to encourage cross-cultural communication; promote inclusion and diversity; and understanding for other languages. At the same time, it enhances students’ skills of writing, creativity, innovation, teamwork and information technology.

International Mother Language Day (IMLD) is observed every year since February 2000 to promote the richness of voices around the world. It was first promoted by UNESCO. The United Nations recognized the important role of language diversity in making 2008 the Year of International Languages. This year’s theme is “Quality Education, Language of instruction and Learning Outcomes“. Since the theme is very general, the Program has decided to focus on the topic “Quality education in my language”

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International Mother Language Day reminds us of the value of our own language and culture. It also encourages celebration of the diverse heritage of people in the same country. It helps inspire understanding, inclusiveness, tolerance and dialogue among people.

Basic Education Program is a five year partnership funded by USAID and the Government of Kosovo and Implemented by FHI 360, in partnership with the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology and Kosova Education Center.

When Hajriz Abazi began work as a technology teacher in 1997, he had to do so without any computers or other technical equipment. All he had were textbooks. One day a parent saw that Hajriz had made a model keyboard from clay to help his students understand. The parent was impressed with Hajriz’s initiative that he donated a computer to the class. Everything changed for Hajriz after he attended a technology course organized by USAID’s Basic Education Program (BEP). Hajriz teaches in two different schools and each received a kit of equipment enabling students to learn 21st Century skills in electronics, mechanics, computer coding, computer control and robotics. Hajriz’s students have subsequently entered and won national competitions in the field of technology,

Haxhi Abazi, teacher

“At high school and university, I was only taught theory. I always wanted to teach in a practical way but couldn’t do so. Things changed when BEP provided us with equipment.”

-Haji Abazi, Technology teacher

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Luljeta Rama has been a teacher in “Eqrem Cabej” primary school, Mitrovica for 15 years. In 2012, she attended a workshop organized by USAID’s Basic Education Program (BEP). The workshop was intended for potential authors and illustrators of children’s literature, The workshop aimed to identify local talent who could write a series of graded story books for beginner readers and enrich the reading experience in early grades. Luljeta was not initially selected as an author but the course enhanced her interest in reading and she attended other BEP courses, before becoming a reading facilitator, training other teachers in teaching and assessing reading skills. Luljeta used the Program’s books with her students, and was inspired to write stories for them.

“BEP has had a great impact not only on my professional development but also in my personality. From being a shy person, with no self-confidence, who always was looking and working on her own, now I am a person who raises my voice on professional and private issues. I share my professional experience willingly with others, especially with new enthusiastic teachers for their professional development.”

Luljeta Rama, Teacher,“Eqrem Cabej” primary school

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When USAID’s Basic Education Program began in 2010, Berat Bejtullahu was an technology teacher in the city of Gjakova. “I just taught students the basic use of computers,” said Berat. However, after being involved in the piloting of a technology course developed by USAID’s Basic Education Program (BEP) he understood the broader use of Information Communication Technology (ICT) in education and in particular its ability to control devices made by students.

“The BEP course has changed the way technology teachers work,” said Berat. “Students work practically in groups.”

Berat Bejtullahu, Tech. teacherBerat attended other BEP courses and qualified as a national trainer. He also acts as an instructor in national robotics camps. The projects he carried out with his own students, have won prizes in national competitions and, in 2015, he was selected, as an innovative teacher, to attend a conference in the US where he visited Microsoft’s headquarters. In addition to his school duties he now works as an instructor in a Maker Space, established by a private company in Gjakovo.

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FHI360’s Basic Education Program inspires teachers to innovate

Pleurat Rudi is a mathematics teacher in the municipality of Gjakovo. A math course organized by USAID’s Basic Education Program (BEP) in 2012 changed Rudi’s attitudes to his teaching and led him to train as a facilitator and mentor in BEP. In 2015, he took the initiative of organizing the first mathematics conference for school teachers in Kosovo.

“For us teachers this course made us more creative, equipped with new concepts and new ways of teaching math,” says Rudi.

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And Gashi is now in his first year at High School but previously he attended his local school in a rural village outside Kosovo’s capital city, Pristina. When he was in 6th grade he first took part in his first Design Challenge, a competition organized by USAID’s Basic Education Program (BEP).

“We didn’t succeed at first because we didn’t follow the criteria”, he admitted, “Next year I followed the criteria more carefully and we won first place.”

And’s prize was to take part in a robotics summer camp organized by BEP. Since then, he competed in other design challenges in school. His interest grew and he joined an NGO, developing his skills in computer control and robotics. With a partner he is now starting a company called “Exobite” and plans to develop electronic toys. He has also won a scholarship in the U.S.

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When USAID’s Basic Education Program (BEP) began in 2010, most classrooms in Kosovo were drab spaces, with only desks and chairs, devoid of educational equipment and materials. From the Program’s inception, BEP staff realized that making a significant impact on improving learning environments was only possible if local support was given and developed the strategy of “Classroom Makeovers”, with community contributions. The Program piloted the activity in “Naim Frashëri” school in 2011 and got a positive response from the school and community members.

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