German Corporation for International Cooperation (Giz)

  • Capacity Development in Basic Education (CDBE)

    Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development
    (Bundesministerium für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung, BMZ), Germany
    Lead executing agency: Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MEST), Kosovo
    Total Project term: 2010 to 2018

    The quality of basic education is improved.

    The project takes a multi-level approach and systematically addresses central problems. Existing
    interdependencies are being analyzed and incorporated into the intervention strategy. MEST and six
    pilot municipalities are developing and piloting model solutions for the problem areas of education
    management, teachers’ professional development with focus in math and science classes, public participation and the support to children returning from migration with focus on ethnic minorities. The basis of this work is the Kosovo Education Sector Plan (KESP) and the National Development Strategies.

    Strengthening education management
    A communication strategy and a comprehensive action plan have been developed and adopted by MEST
    in a participatory process with the aim of improving access to information, transparency and
    accountability in the education sector.

    Also, school directors and Municipal Education Directorates (MED) are receiving support with education
    management issues such as:
                - reliability and transparency of data and information (Education Management Information
                  System - EMIS);
                - integrated capacity development programmes on management, communication and                         leadership;
                - strengthening school management and school governing boards;
                - raising awareness of the significance of inclusion.
                -“Learning communities”

    Teachers’ Professional Development/TPD
    Comprehensive support is given to reforming teachers’ professional development:

               - development of a market for teachers’ professional development;
               - professional teachers’ professional development programmes (specialist subject-related                  and
                 methodological training in mathematics and natural sciences);
                - support for the implementation of a licensing system for teachers.

    Support for future-oriented issues for the education sector
    Support is provided for integrating new cross-cutting topics such as “Environmental Education” and
    “Career Orientation” into the curriculum. The political and public discussion of educational issues is also
    supported, for example by offering training sessions for spokespersons and journalists, by awarding a
    journalism prize or by holding conferences on future-oriented topics such as the Programme for
    International Student Assessment (PISA) or “The Economics of Education” (agenda setting).

    Some exemplary results achieved so far

        Establishment of a Better Information management 

    E.g.: Improved EMIS reporting: 224 members of school-staff have been trained;

    Capacity Building in educational administration and management

    E.g.: Communication strategy for the education sector: a cohesive training programme for 66 key personalities within the staff of MEST and MED on relevant issues relating the strategy on improvement of management, communication and leadership on all levels have been implemented;

    Improving school-management 

    E.g.: Strengthening planning processes in schools: 474 school directors, deputies, and senior teachers have been trained; >90% of the pilot schools have developed and are implementing school development plans;

    Implementation of learning communities and peer-learning mechanisms

    E.g.: Improvement of communication and management: ten learning communities with 43 schools are learning from one another through regular exchange between schools;

    Teacher professional development

    E.g.: Improved specialist and methodological competence of teachers through the development of 7 accredited trainings for math and science. Now: more than 70% of the 1,400 teachers are successfully implementing new methods in their classrooms;

    Awareness-Raising in educational topics within Kosovo

    E.g.: Strengthening the participation of civil society: capacity development for spokespersons and educational journalists; award of a journalism prize, coverage of educational topics in the press has increased by more than 41%.

    Support for competence centres in the context of vocational education and training reforms in Kosovo
    Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
    Country: Kosovo
    Lead Executing Agency: Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MEST)
    Overall term: 2014 to 2016

    The training offered at competence centres and other selected vocational schools has improved.

    The project supports the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MEST) in implementing the reforms to the vocational education and training system. The Government of Kosovo attaches particular importance to developing competence centres in sectors that promise particular business development potential, and to the creation of a new Agency for Vocational Education and Training and Adult Education (AVETAE). Through this agency, the project will support the further development of the competence centres. In cooperation with the private sector, it is striving to establish demand-driven vocational education and training programmes, both in the competence centres and in the schools aspiring to become competence centres.
    The project is advising the Ministry on establishing the AVETAE. Through training measures for the agency’s staff, for the management and teachers of the schools and for representatives of the private sector, the project is building up its partners’ capacities to take over management tasks and to bring sustained improvements to the services on offer. The project is also assisting the competence centres and other effective vocational schools in various regions of Kosovo to develop demand-oriented and sector-specific training courses, as well as other labour market services.
    The project cooperates closely with other donors supporting the development of Kosovo’s vocational training system. MEST and the Hamburg Institute of Vocational Training (HIBB) have concluded a formal agreement for their direct cooperation.

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