On 11 October 2018, a conference in Pristina marked the conclusion of the joint EU/CoE project on “Fostering a Democratic School Culture and Diversity in Schools”. Implemented in October 2016-October 2018 in twenty pilot schools throughout Kosovo* and involving a network of 200 school professionals (school principals, teachers, parents and community representatives), the project aimed at creating welcoming environments and promoting diversity in schools.
The final event of the project brought together around 200 participants, representatives from the pilot schools, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, officials from municipal directorates for education, civil society organisations and international organisations, representatives from the Council of Europe and the European Union Office in Kosovo.
The Project has provided a mixture of training and in-school mentoring for teachers with the main aim of developing competences for democratic culture based on Council of Europe standards and practices. In addition to the work carried out at the grassroots level, the Project also supported the policy makers with a roadmap document, which was developed based on practices and experiences from the field.
The Conference was opened by Ms. Isabelle Servoz-Gallucci, Head of the Council of Europe, Mr Shyqiri Bytyqi, Minister of Education, Science and Technology, and Mr Libor Chlad, Deputy Head of Cooperation of the European Union Office in Kosovo.
In her opening remarks, Ms Servoz-Gallucci emphasized that the final conference concludes the project, but should not end this process. She expressed hope that the work and efforts introduced by the schools will continue beyond the project and will expand to other schools so that every child feels welcome and respected. The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology representatives expressed their readiness and commitment to implement recommendations from the policy roadmap.
At the end of the conference, the participants received certificates for their participation in the project.
* This designation is without prejudice and is in line with the UNSCR 1244 and the ICJ opinion on the Kosovo Declaration of Independence