To provide an example of the potential effectiveness of parental and community involvement in improving schools, the Basic Education Program organized a program of classroom renovation, involving teachers, parents and the community. BEP used the concept of a “makeover”, i.e. the transformation of a room over a short period. The concept was successfully piloted in a school in Vushtrri, which went on to renovate all the classrooms in the school with the help of parents and the local community. In 2011 the national television company, RTK, produced a series of six TV programs showing classroom “makeovers”.
Click below to see complete picture sets and videos from different Projects taking place throughout Kosovo:
- Elementary School Naim Frasheri, Vushtrri
- Elementary School 17 Shkurti, Malisheve
- Elementary School Naim Frasheri, Zaskok – Ferizaj
- Elementary School Lidhja e Prizrenit, Deçan
- Elementary School Gjon Sereqi, Kllokot
- Elementary School Gjergj Fishta, Prishtine
The Basic Education Program also developed a guidebook to help schools to organize their own renovations and will provide training courses for teachers and school boards to successfully manage their own classroom makeovers.
From 2012-14 BEP has supported makeover activities in different schools in Kosovo. The Program provided table tops of different shapes, display boards for displaying the works of students in the classroom, painting materials for walls, and a ‘learner-centered classroom’ course for teachers. While the program provided seed funding, the contribution of the community and schools reached 70% of the cost. Some schools, in cooperation with the community, continued the activity, renovating additional classrooms. See table below for more details:
In December, 2014, another documentary about ‘Classroom Makeovers’ was produced by the Program together with RTK and was transmitted nationally:
The final report on Classroom Makeover activity including the study on impact the makeover had on teaching and learning, can be found here