Kosovo—Support to Improve Quality of Pre-University Education

Client: European Union

Duration: 2021-2025

Region: Eastern Europe and Central Asia

Country: Kosovo

Solutions: Governance Education

Kosovo’s education system has undergone substantial reforms in the past few decades and improving the quality of education is central to the country’s efforts to foster European integration. While the frameworks have been established, implementation needs to be reinforced.

Our team is therefore working to foster a quality-based, accountable education and training system in Kosovo, in line with the best international practices in pre-university education.

In Kosovo, the relatively recent decentralization of the education system requires consolidation. The project seeks to strengthen municipal education directorates (MEDs) and schools to fulfill their assigned functions related to school recruitment, teacher professional development, and quality assurance. One of our project’s main tasks is to strengthen the implementation of a merit-based, non-discriminatory, gender-equal, and transparent recruitment system of teachers and principals, and to enhance their continued professional development.

A further key area of focus will be on further operationalising the core role of quality coordinators at the central, MED, and school levels. Activities will support the Ministry of Education and Science (MESTI) and other relevant stakeholders in the preparation of the framework for quality assurance and monitoring of teacher professional development.

High-quality textbooks underpin teaching and learning and one of the first activities of the project was to support MESTI to develop the new law on textbooks which will further strengthen all phases of the textbook development and selection process. The project will also carry out targeted capacity building of the Textbooks Council and develop the capacities of schools and other relevant institutions to engage in processes related to drafting, implementation, and revision of textbooks.

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Sample Activities

  • Establish a mechanism for quality, non-discriminatory, gender-equal, and criterion-based recruitment of school directors and teachers.
  • Develop a strategic plan for a periodic and ad-hoc evaluation of schools’ performance and initiation of monitoring processes for a new outcome-based curriculum at the central and local levels.
  • Enhance a more integrated and well-defined legal and regulatory framework—in line with international and European standards and practices—to underpin the drafting and digitization of school textbooks.
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