December 30, 2022

The Minister of Education, Science, Technology and Innovation, Arbërie Nagavci has presented the achievements and the work that has been done at all levels of education, in science, technology and innovation throughout the year 2022.

At the end-of-the-year media conference, the minister spoke about early childhood education, where, among other things, she mentioned the approval of the Draft Law on early childhood, the establishment of the advisory committee for early childhood education, the approval of the Guide to Healthy Nutrition in Early Childhood.

She also spoke about building nurseries and the adaptation of facilities in kindergartens for children.

Speaking about pre-university education, Minister Nagavci mentioned the allocation of 1.7 million euros for teachers in poor health, the maintenance of the standards of 1,600 teachers, the employment of 100 assistants for children with special needs and the allocation of the budget for the employment of another 300 assistants in the next year.

 The legal infrastructure has also been a segment that has been given importance and Minister Nagavci mentioned the finalization of the Law on school textbooks, which was approved by the Government a day ago.

As for the improvement of the physical infrastructure, she emphasized the construction of 11 primary and lower secondary schools as well as the construction of 7 physical education halls. The launch of the unique joint Kosova-Albania Primer and the start of piloting of dual education were also mentioned by the minister as achievements this year.

A very important work finalized this year, said Minister Nagavci, is the drafting of the Education Strategy 2022-2026, which is the main document for the development of the education sector in Kosova for this period. Among other things, the minister spoke about the competition for the admission of 20 education inspectors and said that next year 20 more will be admitted.

As for higher education, the minister singled out the Government’s approval of the Law on Higher Education, the allocation of 3,978 scholarships to outstanding students for studies at various levels in the country and abroad, as well as the return of the Kosova Accreditation Agency to ENQA as an associate member. The re-functionalization of the National Science Council, which has already finalized the National Science Program 2023-2028, was also a success mentioned by the minister in the field of science.

Minister Nagavci also spoke about Kosova’s achievements within the Horizon Europe program, where Kosova has successfully completed the membership process as a fully associated member. As for innovation, Minister Nagavci emphasized the fact that the concept document of research and innovation in Kosova is being drafted, which will reflect the new developments in this field.

Meanwhile, speaking about the increase in the MESTI budget for education, he emphasized the fact that for 2023 it will be 82,799,243 euros or 9,712,412 euros more than in 2022, which represents an increase of 12 percent. From this budget, 6.5 million euros are planned for equipping schools with information and communication technology.

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