Workshop Organized by DVV International and Agency for Vocational Education and Training and Adult Education (AVETAE)

On July 8, 2024, the workshop "Coordination of Actors for the functionalization of Programs in Adult Education in the Context of Lifelong Learning: Provision of Short-Term Courses and Level 3, 4, and 5 Programs" was held at the premises of Sirius Hotel, jointly organized by DVV International and the Agency for Vocational Education and Training and Adult Education (AVETAE).

The workshop gathered 19 participants, including representatives from AVETAE the National Qualifications Authority of Kosovo (NQA), as well as directors and professors from vocational schools and competence centers.

 

On July 8, 2024, the workshop "Coordination of Actors for the functionalization of Programs in Adult Education in the Context of Lifelong Learning: Provision of Short-Term Courses and Level 3, 4, and 5 Programs" was held at the premises of Sirius Hotel, jointly organized by DVV International and the Agency for Vocational Education and Training and Adult Education (AVETAE).

The workshop gathered 19 participants, including representatives from AVETAE, the National Qualifications Authority of Kosovo (NQA), as well as directors and professors from vocational schools and competence centers.

The purpose of this workshop was to assess the current situation, identify the challenges and determine the necessary actions for the implementation of the programs developed by the cooperation between DVV International and AVETAE. This initiative aims to enable the provision of these programs in Competence Centers and other adult education institutions, expanding the selection of programs in schools and increasing the quality in Vocational Education and Training and ALE.

The workshop was opened by Ms. Fikrije Zymberi, Acting General Director of AVETAE, mentioning the achievements from the cooperation with DVV International, including the development of curricula for professions such as Automechanic, Metalworker, Tailor, Electrical Installer and Builder-Mason and the program for the qualification in the Informatics-ICT profile. Meanwhile, Mr. Ramadan Alija, Head of DVV International's office in Kosovo, appreciated the long-standing cooperation with AVETAE and emphasized the importance of this workshop for the implementation of these developed programs.

Furthermore, Mr. Muhamer Ibriqi and Mr. Jetmir Berisha from AVETAE, during their presentation, recalled and analyzed the recommendations from the analysis and research on offering short-term modular courses for adult education within Competence Centers (CC) and Vocational High Schools (VHS). The recommendations from the previous research indicated the need for these courses, but the implementation of these programs depends on their validation by the National Qualifications Authority in Kosovo (NQA).

During this workshop, a reflection on the developed programs was also made by the curriculum developers for Adult Education (ALE) in the professions: tailoring, metalworking, auto mechanics, central heating and air conditioning, electrical installation, construction/masonry, and information and communication technology (ICT). They also emphasized that the programs can't be implemented due to the lack of professional standards, program validation, infrastructure, technical capacities, and human resources.

Ms. Donjeta Nimani Binqe from NQA presented in detail the criteria and procedures that must be followed for the validation of qualifications and the accreditation of institutions. She explained that the procedures for applying for accreditation will be improved and facilitated through the launch of an online platform by NQA. 

In the second part of the workshop, participants were divided into two working groups to draft recommendations that will enable the implementation of these programs. The first group analyzed the existing capacities and challenges for the implementation of short-term modular courses for adult education, highlighting recommendations for legislative changes, improving existing programs, creating new programs and teaching materials, incentivizing and compensating teachers, and drafting guidelines for assessment and certification, among other things.

On the other hand, the second group focused on recommendations for the assessment and certification process according to the modular system programs for Adult Education. They emphasized the need for andragogical knowledge, standardization of teaching materials, and drafting operational guidelines for the assessment process,etc.

All the recommendations emerging from this workshop will be addressed to the Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI), the Agency for Vocational Education and Training and Adult Education (AVETAE), the Kosovo Accreditation Agency (NQA), DVV International, and other relevant stakeholders in Kosovo.

These programs will offer an advanced modular approach tailored to the demands of the labor market, increasing access to education for marginalized groups and adults who have left the education process in Kosovo.

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