CARE International in Kosovo
contributing to a sustainable peace

CARE International in Kosovo started with education projects on 2000, after the emergency phase with the finalization of the emergency phase. In the first two yeas, the projects were focused on training of teachers on providing psychosocial assistance to traumatized children. The projects were mainly focused in rural and semi-urban areas which were severely affected by the armed conflict during 1998/9.

Later on, education projects were expanded in terms of beneficiaries as well as in terms of activities. Except the psychosocial and life-skills work with teachers and students, the focus of projects was on equipping teachers with interactive methods (child centered) and human rights education approaches to enhance their everyday work as well as build their knowledge and skills on a more qualitative teaching. Moreover, these projects are focused on improving relationship and cooperation between schools and parents in terms of creating a more child friendly school environment. The overall objective of the education projects in CIK is to contribute to the process of peace-building in Kosovo.

CARE International in Kosovo cooperates closely with all relevant governmental and non-governmental educational actors at all levels in improving the quality of education provided. All training offered by CIK are officially recognized by the Ministry of Education Science and Technology (MEST) in Kosovo and are part of the formal in-service teacher trainings coordinated by MEST.

Project name: Education for Peace and Tolerance II & III

Location of the Action: Municipalities of Gjakovë/Djakovica, Skenderaj/Srbica and Malishevë/o

Donors to the Action: BMZ - Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development & Karl Kuebel Foundation

Period of Implementation: 01/08/2006 - 31/12/2008

Project Description:

The EPT project aims to promote a change of attitude toward the “other” and encourage a behavior of tolerance of respect that can be conducive to minority integration and sustainable peace in those areas. More generally, by bridging the gaps that separate ethno-national communities, promoting a culture of tolerance, and generating a climate of diversity and inclusion, the project aims to contribute to the process of reconciliation, democracy strengthening, and sustainable peace in Kosovo. The project has targeted approximately 7,300 primary school students (grades I-IX, 6-15/16 years of age) 120 youth (13 to 16 years of age), 300 schoolteachers and school board members, community members, and representatives of central and municipal government institutions. The idea behind the selection of the target groups was that the stakeholders would help spread the knowledge gained and raise awareness regarding tolerance and human rights.

The project has exceeded most of its targets by involving more participants than planned in trainings and other activities. All activities have been implemented with target groups and stakeholders.

During its implementation phase, the project involved 9,400 children in 24 communities in Gjakovë/Djakovica, Skenderaj and Malishevë/o Municipalities who were traumatized by the effects of war and violence. A total of about 500 teachers were involved in the project activities directly or indirectly. In addition, around 5,000 parents/family members, community representatives and local decision-makers of the corresponding primary schools were also included.

Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development Karl Kuebel Foundation

Project name: Education and Inter-ethnic Dialogue for Advancing Human Rights (EIDHR)

Location of the Action: Municipalities of Ferizaj/Urosevac, Viti/Vitina, Gjilan/Gnjilane and Shterpcë/Strpce

Donors to the Action: European Initiative for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR)

Period of Implementation: 01/05/2004 - 30/04/2007

Project Description:

The Promotion of Human Rights Education and Inter-ethnic Dialogue in Kosovo Project is a 3-year project. Its overall objective is to strengthen the reconciliation process in Kosovo and to encourage the development of a vibrant civil society based on democratic values and human rights. The project aims to: (a) Foster the dialogue between different ethnic groups (e.g. Albanians, Serbs, Ashkaelia/Roma) within selected rural and sub-urban communities, and to contribute to the reconciliation process in Kosovo; (b) Target groups are roughly 7,800 primary school children and adolescents (grade I-IX, 6-17 years of age) in 25 communities, together with their families.; and, (c) Transmit knowledge on psychosocial and life skills, on human and children’s rights, and on learner centred instruction (LCI) to teachers, local NGOs, selected young people (youth promoters) and community members, and puts it into practice at school and community level. The project is implemented in the municipalities of Gjilan/Gnjilane, Ferizaj/Uroševac, Viti/Vitina and Štrpce/Shtërpcë in the Gjilan/Gnjilane Region of Kosovo.

Progress has been achieved in all areas of intervention and the general agreed time schedule for the planned activities could be kept. Progress has been made in the following areas: (a) Capacity building of teachers regarding child-centred educational concepts and practices of respect, promotion, and protection of human rights; (b) Empowerment of children and youth to actively promote tolerance and human rights; (c) Community mobilisation to support and undertake activities that foster inter-ethnic dialogue and cooperation and (d) Capacity building of local NGO partners to proactively support human rights activities in the selected schools and communities.

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