REC collaborates with Kosovan Ministry of Education to present Green Pack training seminars
By Nathan Johnson
The REC, with financial support from the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, has launched a five-year programme titled "Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in the Western Balkans: Turning Education into Action for Sustainable Futures". The first two-year action plan focuses on Kosovo*, Montenegro and Serbia, and involves: 1) activities supporting educational reforms that include sustainable development concepts and practices as part of school curricula; 2) the development and implementation of new educational tools and methodologies promoting ESD at school level; and 3) the organisation of ESD training programmes for teachers.
This new programme is a natural successor to an ESD project that the REC implemented in Kosovo* over the past four years, which saw the introduction of the Green Pack, a REC-developed multimedia educational toolkit. One key challenge of follow-up activity is to further integrate the Green Pack into Kosovan schools through a series of comprehensive teacher trainings.
Two preliminary trainings were held in May 2012: an Albanian-language seminar in the municipality of Shterpce and a Serbian-language seminar in the municipality of Gracanica. Within this ESD programme, Gracanica is the first predominantly Serbian-speaking municipality in Kosovo* to collaborate with the REC and the Kosovan Ministry of Education (KMoE).
Twenty teachers from Gracanica were trained during a one-day seminar in how to use Green Pack materials. Leading experts from the REC, REC Office Kosovo* and the KMoE were on hand to share their know-how and experience with participants.
Organisers were very pleased with the seminar outcome. The atmosphere was friendly and collegial, the day was full of surprises, and participants responded positively to the interactive Green Pack materials. Such a result offers hope that further cooperation and integration within Kosovan society is not only possible, but evident.
* This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.