21st Century Technology for 21st Century Students

    On 25th April the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MEST), USAID Basic Education Program and USAID Young Entrepreneurs Program organized an Educational Technology Exhibition, a one-day exhibition of teaching and learning aids available for schools. Primary school students demonstrated the use of modern technology introduced by USAID and businesses that provide educational [...]

Earth Day and Global Youth Service Day in Kosovo

On April 21st and 22nd USAID’s Basic Education Program marked “Earth Day” and “Global Youth Service Day”. Young students from Kosovo joined the 175 countries around the world to celebrate these international days.  “Think globally act locally” describes activities organized on these days by Green Clubs from three schools in Pristina, “The Green School”, “Hilmi [...]

Kosovo innovative teachers win the third prize in Europe

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 [...]

“Connecting Girls, Inspiring Futures” – Celebrating International Women’s Day

  On 8th of March, USAID’s Basic Education Program joined thousands of celebrations, events and rallies around the world to mark International Women’s Day.  Sixty girls from 16 primary schools came together for a girls and technology day. The girls eagerly engaged in experimenting with different forms of educational technology coupled with conducting online research [...]

Microsoft Innovative Educator Forum

  The USAID Basic Education Program, Microsoft Partners in Learning and Ministry of Education, Science and Technology has organized the first “Microsoft Innovative Educator Forum” an event where teachers shared innovative educational projects they have organized in their schools. Teachers from seven schools in Kosovo shared their projects in an exhibition held before the awards [...]

Celebrating the International Mother Language Day, 21 February.

On 21st February, at the “Green School” in Pristina, USAID’s Basic Education Program invited students from different parts of Kosovo to celebrate the “International Mother Language Day”, the theme was “Voices of Kosovo” – value your own mother language while appreciating the language of others!. Working in groups with students of different languages, the students [...]

USAID’s Basic Education Program launches its ‘Classroom Makeover’ guide book

On 10th February, USAID’s Basic Education Program organized a promotional event at the Ministry of Education Science and Technology (MEST ) to launch its ‘Classroom Makeover’ guide book. The book contains practical examples and photographs from the 30 minute programs recently broadcast on national television as well as additional ideas from international and local experts. [...]

Enhancing the professional culture of teachers

During 2011, USAID’s Basic Education Program (BEP) screened a series of movies, with educational themes, in a number of cities. These proved popular with the teachers who attended these events, which included a panel discussion. The Kosovo teachers’ union, Sindikata e Bashkuar e Arsimit, Shkencës dhe Kulturës (SBASHK), which works both to defend its members’ [...]

Primary school students leverage business support through “Green”activities

  “Green Clubs” are one of the innovative ways that USAID’s Basic Education Program is getting students to be more active in their learning, engaging students in practical projects which develop problem-solving competences, creative and entrepreneurial thinking, communication and ICT skills, and involve the use of modern educational technology. These are all key elements of [...]

USAID’s Basic Education Program salutes its learning facilitators

In Kosovo there is a lack of training capacity for new approaches in teaching and learning.  One of the key priorities of the Kosovo Education Strategic Plan (KESP) 2011 – 2016 is the building of training capacity. Strategic objective 6 of the Teacher Development area states that: “By 2016 MEST in cooperation with the NQF [...]