After the successfully advocacy, lobbying and long-term support from DVV International in Kosovo, the NGO - KEC (Kosovo Education Centre) as the first local organization from Kosovo, is a regularly member within the EAEA. https://eaea.org/our-members/?country=kosovo .
Kosovo Education Centre (KEC) is a non-governmental and not-for-profit organization founded in 2000 with the idea of focusing on provision of in-service teacher training programs. This still remains an important aspect of its operations, nonetheless, in the course of time, KEC has expanded its scope of work in four key areas:
1) Quality of Education, 2) Human Rights, 3) Networking and participation in policy making, and 4) Education research.
Improving the quality of education
This category mainly includes training programs for teachers and school managers, but also for other participants. KEC has around 70 such programs through which over 30,000 participants were trained. Most of these training programs have been developed within international projects and are accredited by the Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI).
KEC has started implementing projects in the field of human rights since 2003, such as the “Multi-Cultural Education” project, which aimed at creating a new mindset on the role and importance of quality education and education on human for the prosperity of the Kosovar society, and active education for peace as the key precondition for the development of the citizens of Kosovo, regardless of their ethnicity, race, religion or their social, political, economic, gender or any other background and affiliation. Furthermore, the Academy for Education for Democratic Citizenship (EDC) and Human Rights Education (HRE) that contributes to strengthening the democratic culture in schools by training education professionals and community stakeholders, as well as by further developing their capacity to implement and promote EDC/HRE in their schools and communities.
Other projects in this area are those related to the rights of the Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian communities. These projects ensure inclusion of these communities into society, and improve the quality of educational services provided to them.
Networking and Participation in Policy Making
KEC has implemented numerous projects in networking and policy making with similar organizations from Kosovo and other countries, in order to build the capacity to participate in educational policy making and human rights. Such projects have helped the civil society organizations in Kosovo and other Balkan countries to be active in shaping educational policies at central and local level.
Research carried out by KEC is usually of the applied nature. The goal is to analyse certain education and research-related topics from the perspective of best practices or the state of affairs, and provide recommendations for improvements. In this regard, KEC conducts evaluation of projects implemented by third parties, but also the analyses that should inform decision-making on a particular issue.