As part of the project titled “Development of short-term (modular) adult education programs and use of these programs within the six Competence Centers (CCs) and Vocational High Schools (VET) in Kosovo”, on November 9, 2022, the research results of the initial state of the technical and professional capacities of the CC and VET were presented.
Representatives of the Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI), Central Committees and VET attended the workshop.
According to the authors of the research report, Muhamer Ibriqi and Jetmir Berisha, the research on the need to provide and implement short-term modular courses in Vocational Education and Training Institutions (VETI), will serve the Agency for Vocational Education and Training and Adult Education (AVETAE), MESTI and other stakeholders in Kosovo, as a guide for the development of curricula and necessary syllabuses for this component of qualifications, based on the specifics of the labor market in the country.
The authors pointed out that 14 vocational schools from various cities in the Republic of Kosovo, including Prishtina, Prizren, Mitrovica, Gjakova, Gjilan, Ferizaj, Podujeva, Lipjan, Vushtrri, Skenderaj, Malisheva and Vitia were part of the survey, which through answering 28 open and closed questions, had the opportunity to present the actual situation and indicate the possibilities of providing short-term courses in AE, given the conditions provided by their respective schools. Further, through the questionnaire, the schools had the opportunity to express demands regarding their needs in carrying out training for teachers or equipping workshops for the implementation of practical work.
According to Ibriqi and Berisha, the data collected from the research create opportunities to make assessments, analyzes and comparisons between VETIs, related to the provision and implementation of short modular programs and also to identify the needs and opportunities of the current education system in Kosovo associated with this component. The development and implementation of new AE programs will support the inclusive approach in adult education programs, especially for marginalized and other groups of adults excluded from the education process in Kosovo.
Otherwise, the development of new programs for AE within the project implemented by AVETAE, with support from DVV International, will be based on the standards validated and approved by the National Qualifications Authority (NQA) and in line with the National Qualifications Framework of Kosovo.