CARE International – Kosovo             

Isa Kastrati Street 113,
10000 Pristina, Kosovo

Tel: (+381 (0) 222 435/ 243 546/243864
Fax: +381 (0) 38 243 545

                                                                                                           

CARE International in Kosovo

Introduction:
CARE International in Kosovo started with education projects on 2000, 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.

Implemented projects during 2000-2007:

  • Community-Based Psychosocial Program, funded by PLAN International, UNICEF, CARE Austria (November 2000-November 2001)
  • Support Program for Traumatized Children in Kosovo, funded by German Government, KKS, CARE D (September 2000-May 2002)
  • Education for Peace and Tolerance I Project, funded by German Government, KKS, CARE D (June 2002-May 2003)
  • STEP Project under UNICEF’s Child Friendly School Program (April 2002-November 2004)
  • Education for Peace and Tolerance II, funded by German Government, KKS, CARE D (May 2003- June 2006)
  • Education and Inter-ethnic Dialogue for Advancing Human Rights-EIDHR, funded by EC and KKS (May 2004-April 2007)

Current projects:

  • Education for Peace and Tolerance, phase III (EPT III)

The project is the continuation of the EPT I and II projects implemented during 2000-2006 with selected schools of Prizren region. The EPT III project is financed by BMZ (Ministry for Economic Development and Cooperation), KKS (Karl Kubel Foundation) and CARE Germany, whereas is implemented by CARE International in Kosovo and local partner organizations such as SHNPFF/APACF (Shoqata për ndihmë psikosociale për fëmijët dhe familjen/Association for Psychosocial Assistance to Children and Family) and EPGj/EFA (Edukimi për të Gjithë/Education for All). The project started on September 2006 and will be finalized on December 2008.  

The project’s overall goal is to contribute to the process of reconciliation, democracy strengthening and sustainable peace development in Kosovo by promoting a culture of human rights among mono ethnic communities.

The specific objectives of the project are:

  • Building and enhancing the teachers’ capacity to transmit democratic principles and human rights, and create a positive learning environment in their respective schools.
  • Empowering children and youth to actively promote and demonstrate an attitude of respect for diversity and inclusiveness.
  • Promoting community and parental involvement in creating a child friendly learning environment where human rights values are respected.
  • Building and strengthening the capacity and competencies of the local partner organizations and stakeholders around peace and human rights education for ensuring sustainability of project interventions.

The project targets 13 mono-ethnic school-communities in central Kosovo, respectively municipalities of Malishevë/Malisevo, Gjakovë/Djakovica and Skenderaj/Srbica.

  • Empowerment of Roma, Ashkaeli and Egyptian Communities in Kosovo

The project “Empowerment of REA Communities in Kosovo” is based on successful experiences of previous projects (EPT I, II, III, EIDHR START I & II, REGS, etc.). The project is financed by EAR (European Agency for Reconstruction and CARE Netherlands, whereas is implemented by CARE International in Kosovo and local partner organizations SHNPFF/APACF and QPEA/CPE (Qendra për promovimin e edukimit dhe arsimit/The Center for Promotion of Education). The project started on April 2007 and will end on May 2009.  

The overall objective of the project is to contribute towards the social and economic sustainability and inclusion of the RAE communities in Kosovo. The project privileges the empowerment of the RAE communities, and in particular the strengthening of RAE NGOs, as a strategic means for achieving the overall objective.

Project objectives are:
By the end of the project period of 20 months a maximum of 20 RAE communities throughout Kosovo have improved their socio-economic well-being through the strengthening of ten RAE NGOs capable of facilitating:

  1. the enhancement of the RAE population’s economic security;
  2. a more responsible and equitable governance of their communities;
  3. access to quality and culturally-sensitive educational and health public services; and
  4. their participation in local decision-making processes that can contribute to the development of a multi-ethnic society in Kosovo.

Expected results:

  • School enrolment and retention rates of RAE children, especially of girls, has been increased, and quality and culturally-sensitive public health services, especially on sexual and reproductive health with a focus on women and youth, are provided in the selected RAE communities.
  • RAE communities have the capacity to design, plan and implement small income generation activities that improve their economic security and sustainability.
  • RAE NGOs’ organizational capacity has been strengthened, so that they can become active parts of Kosovo’s civil society and advocate for the fulfillment of the rights and the inclusion of RAE communities.

Teachers Manual
Teachers manual on “Human Rights Education and Interactive Teaching Methods” is compiled as a result of several years of experience of the local and international team of CARE International in Kosovo as well as local partner organizations such as EPGj/EFA, QPEA/CPE and Pedagogu/Pedagogue, within the framework of the projects: Education for Peace and Tolerance, phases 1, 2 and 3 and Promotion of Education and Inter-ethnic Dialogue for Advancing Human Rights in Kosovo.

This manual responds to the need for development of human rights education in Kosovo. It is a compilation of training information and materials from well known organizations and institutions that work in the field of human rights education as well as compilation of lesson models taken from the experience of teacher trainers of the above mentioned organizations and trained teachers by the program. The manual offers great support to the teachers and educators who introduce the human rights education in their working plans.

The manual consists of three main parts:
Part 1.  Introduction to Human Rights
Part 2.  Methodological Principles of Human Rights Education
Part 3.  Familiarizing Teachers and Learners with Human Rights Education  

With the request of CARE international in Kosovo, The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology has formally recognized the use of “Human Rights Education and Interactive Teaching Methods” manual as reference material for the Civic Society classes and for human rights education approaches.

 

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