Prishtina, Kosovo 02-03.12.2015- In the framework of regional cooperation in South-East Europe, the DVV International Project has organised a bilateral exchange between experts of adult education of republics of Kosovo and Macedonia on 02-03 December 2015. The activity was organised by DVV International Office in Kosovo, in close cooperation with Livelong Learning Centre in Macedonia.
A similar meeting had been held in Skopje, Macedonia, on 26-27 November 2015, where the participants have had the opportunity to get closely acquainted with the good practices and adult education system in Macedonia.For the return visit by the colleagues from Macedonia, the DVV International in Kosovo has prepared a program of meetings with several key adult education stakeholders and other partner organisations from the NGO Sector in Kosovo .On the first day of the visit of the colleagues from Macedonia to Kosovo, a meeting with representatives of Adult Education and Lifelong Learning Department with the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology was organised. During the meeting, Ms. Afërdita Jaha, Head of Department of Adult Education in the ministry, through a presentation, provided the present with information on adult education system and organisation among educational institutions that operate under the auspices of the Ministry. In particular, the meeting provided the colleagues from Macedonia with information on formal adult education organised in 57 high professional schools in different towns of Kosovo.The second meeting was organised with the Kosovo Professional and Adult Education Agency. During the meeting z. Ragip Gjoshi provided the present with information on Agency’s role in supporting and developing adult education and activities that the Agency has carried out in the near past.On the first day of their visit to Kosovo, the group of experts from Macedonia had the chance to visit the Kosovo Education Centre (KEC) NGO. During the visit, the present got acquainted with the Multiintercultural Education Project. Mr. Petrit Tahiri informed the present about the Project, which has been implemented over the past several years in Kosovo by the NGO, with the financial support of the DVV International. The colleagues from Macedonia were particularly interested about the way in which the MultiIntercultural Education Curriculum and Manual used by NGO’s teachers of social sciences and trainers of different NGO’s dealing with democratic education and human rights in Kosovo had been developed.During the second day of the visit, the group of experts from Macedonia were informed closely about the operation of the Regional Vocational Training Centre in Pristina. The present were provided with information on trainings provided and successes that the Training Centre has achieved in reducing unemployment in Kosovo by Mr. Zejnullah Rrustemi, Centre Director. During the visit to the Centre, colleagues from Macedonia also got first-hand information on the project for the online learning of the German language called “Ich-Will-Deutsch Lernen”, which has been installed in the Centre by DVV International in Kosovo. Mr. Mentor Sahiti, who is providing mentoring to the people from Kosovo who have subscribed in the web portal, informed the colleagues from Macedonia about the way to sing up and use the portal.
On the second day of their stay in Kosovo, the colleagues from Macedonia could also visit the Training Centre for the Blind in Gjilan.
The Kosovo Blind Association (KBA) was supported by DVV International over the past several years in implementing trainings for the blind in all the regions of Kosovo. The Association manages 6 such training centers in several main towns of Kosovo (Pristina, Peja, Gjakova, Gjilan, Mitrovica and Ferizaj). During the visit, experts from Macedonia were closely informed about the illiteracy of the blind people according to the Braille Alphabet, trainings for the blind on information technology and the Program for Orientation and Mobility for the Blind. Following the implementation the program of meetings with different adult education organizations and providers in Kosovo for the colleagues from Macedonia, the group from Macedonia were given an Evaluation Form, and all the participants rated the visit with the highest marks and considered such an exchange of mutual experiences between Kosovo and Macedonia as very useful and as something that provides opportunities for coordinating joint activities in the future in the field of adult education in both neighbor countries. Such a bilateral exchange between adult education experts of Kosovo and Macedonia is a form of activity with benefits at multiple levels. At the professional level, it aims at intensifying the exchange of experiences, opinions and best practices between adult education experts, by building their individual and their institutions’ capacities. It also contributes to a close cooperation in the field of adult education between Kosovo and Macedonia in the future.