Visit of the Regional Director of DVV International for the Caucasus and Southeast Europe to Youth Centers in Kosovo and Meetings with Partners

From May 7 to 9, 2024, Mr. Thomas Lichtenberg, Regional Director of DVV International for the Caucasus and Southeast Europe, visited several Youth Centers and met with relevant actors and partners of the DVV International organization in Kosovo. His visit followed a workshop held on April 4th, 2024, co-organized by DVV International, the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports, and 7 Youth Centers in Kosovo. During this workshop, the Youth Centers were informed about the upcoming three-year phase of the DVV International program and were invited to apply for collaboration to launch Adult Education and Training within these Youth Centers, with several expressing interest by submitting applications for cooperation opportunities.

From May 7 to 9, 2024, Mr. Thomas Lichtenberg, Regional Director of DVV International for the Caucasus and Southeast Europe, visited several Youth Centers and met with relevant actors and partners of the DVV International organization in Kosovo. His visit followed a workshop held on April 4th, 2024, co-organized by DVV International, the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports, and 7 Youth Centers in Kosovo. During this workshop, the Youth Centers were informed about the upcoming three-year phase of the DVV International program and were invited to apply for collaboration to launch Adult Education and Training within these Youth Centers, with several expressing interest by submitting applications for cooperation opportunities.

On May 7th, Mr. Thomas Lichtenberg, along with Mr. Ramadan Alija - Director of DVV International in Kosovo, and Mrs. Merita Shala - Coordinator of the DVV International office in Kosovo, visited the NGO Local Youth Action Council in Peja. Following the signing of the MoU between DVV International, the Municipality of Peja, and the NGO LYAC - Peja, the parties discussed the need to renovate the center to provide suitable conditions for the development of holistic and inclusive courses and programs for adult education in the municipality of Peja. They agreed to issue a call for the renovation of the facility and the recruitment of staff.

On May 8th, 2024, the visit continued to the Municipality of Viti, where a meeting was held with the Deputy Mayor of the Municipality, Mr. Hasan Aliu, and the representative of YC, Mrs. Donjeta Sadiku. The purpose of the visit was to assess the technical and professional capacities of the center, workspaces, programs, and collaboration with the municipality. Among other things, Mrs. Sadiku emphasized that this center focuses on the inclusion of housewives, persons with special needs, and municipal officials in their activities, aiming to enhance non-formal learning capacities for adults. Deputy Mayor Mr. Aliu confirmed the municipality's ongoing support for ALE in infrastructure and human capacities.

Further discussions were held with representatives from the University of Prishtina, Mr. Naser Zabeli and Mrs. Fjolla Kacaniku. They thanked DVV International for the support and ongoing cooperation regarding the Global Curriculum program, which aims to enhance the professionalism of adult educators through the implementation of Training of Trainers programs. The program is awaiting accreditation and will soon accept applications for participants.

On May 9th, the visits continued to the Youth Center in Klina, where Mrs. Vitore Zefi emphasized the center's history and activities, as well as the need for non-formal education, especially for the age group of 40-45-year-olds who are mostly unemployed and inactive.

Furthermore, at the meeting at the Hareja Youth Center in Vushtrri, the center's representative, Mr. Bajrush Kosumi, presented the center's educational programs, which include coding, robotics, programming, language courses, design, and tailoring. He emphasized that the center's human capacities and infrastructure are key assets, offering opportunities to promote diversity and equal opportunities for both youth and adults. Both centers expressed their willingness to cooperate with DVV International to improve their educational offerings.

Mr. Lichtenberg concluded his visit with a commitment to integrate these Youth Centers into DVV International's three-year plan from 2025 to 2027.

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