On 23rd of March, 2012, Shkëndije Nagavci and Laura Pruthi, teachers from “Zekeria Rexha” Primary School in Gjakovo, were voted third place in the Teachers Prize at the European Innovative Educators Forum in Lisbon Portugal. This qualifies them to attend the Microsoft Global Forum with teachers from all over the world, which this year will be held in Athens in November.
In February, the two teachers won first prize in a national competition organized by USAID’s Basic Education Program, Microsoft Partners in Learning and Ministry of Education, Science and Technology. This qualified them for the visit to Lisbon, which was funded by Microsoft and the Municipality of Gjakova. The pair were in competition with over 80 participating projects from throughout Europe. Their project, “Fractions everywhere”, involved a range of innovative practical activities to help their students get a better understanding of a mathematical topic they had found difficult. Not only did the students improve their mathematical knowledge and skills but they found that mathematics can be fun. The work of the teachers was even more impressive, bearing in mind that their school was closed for two weeks due to heavy snowfall in the months before the competition.