During the month of July (on the dates 04-05, 20-21 and 27-28.07.2023), DVV International in cooperation with the National Qualifications Authority, organized the six-day workshop entitled "Support of non-governmental organizations for accreditation and implementation of the component - Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) in Kosovo".
The opening of this training was done by Mrs. Bleta Kadriu from NQA, who expressed her gratitude towards DVV International organization for many years of work and cooperation with the National Qualifications Authority (NQA). Also, Mrs. Rozafa Aliu - the project coordinator from DVV International emphasized, that DVV International will continue to support educational institutions and adult education (ALE), with a special focus on non-governmental organizations, in the component of Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) in Kosovo, and reiterated the research and preliminary work that has been done in this direction.
The training was organized in three 2-day session, and was held in the premises of: Villa Germia, the Prishtina Hotel, and the Emerald Hotel. The primary objective of these sessions was to enhance the capabilities of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and Education and Professional Training Institutions (IVET) in implementing the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) program on a national scale. By promoting RPL, the training aimed to expand opportunities for certifying professional qualifications for the purpose of employment and supporting the concept of lifelong learning.
These three sessions had a total of 90 participants, who represented Non-Governmental Organizations, institutions, associations from various industries and fields, as well as other providers engaged in education and training for adults. These sessions provided valuable insights and information on policies, current legislation, the process of implementing RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning), and the advantages and opportunities that RPL offers from the perspectives of providers, individuals, and different sectors.
The key topics that were discussed during these sessions are:
- Institutional and program development with the possibility of implementing the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
- Enhancing the capacities of Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for practitioners, Coordinators, Mentors and for internal and external Evaluators
- The application process for accrediting institutions for the implementation of Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
The training used a participatory approach, which included presentations, group discussions, and interactive exercises. Participants were encouraged to share their experiences, knowledge, and challenges related to RPL implementation.
During these workshops, participants were divided into several working groups. They were given dedicated time and space to engage in group exercises, followed by presentations and discussions with experts for standards of profession. The experts further presented the topic of Evaluation and Certification through RPL. Additionally, participants were informed about the tasks and roles in implementing Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for Coordinators, Mentors, and Evaluators. They learned more about these roles through working groups, which is essential for RPL development in Kosovo.
After the training, the staff involved received participation certificates from NQA (National Qualifications Authority). These certificates qualify them for one of the RPL practitioner roles, which greatly contributes to the project's success. Their improved capabilities and knowledge gained from the training will play a crucial role in successfully implementing RPL initiatives and achieving the project's objectives.
Furthermore, the training enabled cooperation between NGOs and Professional Education and Training Institutions in Kosovo, creating a networking platform for future collaboration.
The workshop ended with a presentation and discussion about the different stages of accreditation needed for the successful implementation of RPL.
Participants developed action plans to implement RPL practices within their respective organizations.
Experts explained in detail the process and how to apply for accreditation using the online platform. Participants received clear instructions on what steps to take to ensure the RPL is effectively implemented.
We extend our gratitude to the National Qualifications Authority and all participants for their dedication and enthusiasm throughout the training sessions. Their commitment on promoting RPL will undoubtedly play a vital role in advancing education opportunities in Kosovo. We look forward to further collaborations and success in the future.