Over 230 school representatives from 20 pilot schools participated in 2 regional peer learning events, organised on 24 March in Pristina and 25 March in Peja/Peć. School teams were made up by teachers, school principals, parents, community members and pupils from each school.
Parallel thematic workshops on different topics took place, including strategies on combating bullying and violence in schools, peer learning and social inclusion (international examples of good practice), drop-out prevention (including cooperation with parents, mediators and learning centres), gender education (raising awareness of gender stereotypes and roles), and enhancing parental involvement. For each topic gender was treated as a cross-issue topic, as to how these different phenomena affect girls and boys differently.
The presence of pupils contributed further to fostering a democratic school culture. A special workshop was organised for them, were they presented the results of their work in the plenary session at the end of the training day. Moreover, schools presented the changes they have already introduced into their schools as a result of their involvement in the project. It was obvious that schools are making efforts to improve teaching and learning processes.
These two days were characterised by a positive and constructive atmosphere, as school teams seemed to cooperate and to appreciate their roles.
The events were organised as part of the Horizontal Facility Action "Fostering a democratic school culture and diversity in schools in Kosovo*", which is co-funded by the European Union and the Council of Europe and implemented by the Council of Europe.
* This designation is without prejudice to positions on status and is in line with the UNSCR 1244 and the ICJ opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.