September 25, 2023

The Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Innovation, in close cooperation with UNICEF in Kosovo, has presented the Law on Early Childhood Education, which was approved by the Assembly.

Minister of Education, Science, Technology and Innovation, Arbërie Nagavci, has considered very important the creation of the legal basis for determining norms for care, development and education in early childhood.

Minister Nagavci said that the finalization of this Law is the fulfillment of a commitment for which we are proud as the Government and as the Ministry of Education.

“It is our obligation, as citizens of Kosova and as parents of the new generation, to create the conditions and offer the best opportunities for our children to grow up healthy, prosperous and nourished with knowledge”, said Minister Nagavci.

Nagavci also said that, the new Law on EChE brings some significant innovations, compared to the existing legal framework, that is, on the basis of this law, from the school year 2024/2025, pre-primary education becomes mandatory.

Among other things, Nagavci said that the approval and ratification of this law is not the end of our work, but is a new starting point towards the practical implementation of the law, expecting that the work will continue at the same intense pace, with dedication and seriousness. 

Minister Nagavci congratulated the working group for the drafting of the Law on EChE, for the tireless work and for the contribution to this very important process, including our development partners – especially UNICEF, which has been involved in every step of the process.

The head of UNICEF in Kosova, Nona Zicherman, said that the adoption of the Law on EChE is a reform in education policies because for the first time in Kosova, a legal framework is being offered, which covers services in early childhood education.

Zicherman said that this Law aims to raise the quality, increase participation and provide the necessary conditions for early childhood care and education.

Otherwise, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development in the world (OECD) considers quality education in early childhood as a key indicator in assessing the health of a nation’s economy. Furthermore, UNESCO strongly supports the EFH as one of its Sustainable Development Goals.

Last modified: September 25, 2023

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