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3. Project synopsis

3.1. Overall objective (ToR)

The overall objective of this project is ‘to support the Kosovo Government in improving the quality and efficiency of the provision of education and training services, notably pre-university education, in a lifelong learning and employability perspective, in line with the agreed upon sector-wide approach (SWAp) for education, and in accordance with EU standards.’


3.2 Project purposes (ToR)


‘To provide support to the Ministry of Education Science and Technology (MEST) through targeted technical assistance with the aim to:


Strengthen and build capacity within MEST to manage the education sector, with the coordinated support of donor partners, and to effectively forecast the financing of the education sector as well as to monitor the progress of implementation of the education sector strategies (Component 1).


Update and further elaborate an agreed upon draft National Curriculum Framework including capacity building and training of curriculum developers and other relevant stakeholders required for  effective roll-out and implementation of the new curriculum. The support is to include measures to promote minority inclusion in education through curriculum development. (Component 2).


Updating and further elaborating an agreed upon Teacher Competency Profile and updating the teacher training catalogue as well as strengthening capacities for teacher training policy development and teacher training provision inside Kosovo in order to promote quality improvements in primary and secondary education in Kosovo (Component 3).


Terms of Reference - Results

The results for each component are detailed in the ToR and addressed in this report in Section 4 below. The specific project outputs/key deliverables by component are summarised as follows:


Component 1 

·         Cross departmental working group established

·         Education strategies in time bound actions, milestones and monitoring arrangements including regular and systematic progress reporting

·         Overarching structure for the SWAp, including SWAp Task Force, SWAp Secretariat, SWAp Stakeholder Forum, established and maintained

·         Joint Annual Reviews prepared, initiated and supported 

·         Requirement for Financial planning software tool reviewed, tool designed and utilised

·         Organization and implementation of Annual Budget Planning Workshops supported

·         Planning tools designed for central and municipal use

·         Training provided for MEST and MEDs in use of planning tools

·         Capacity requirements of MEST and MED staff reviewed

·         Common understanding secured within MEST at Central and Municipal levels on building SWAp and steps required to achieve it

·         Need for development of monitoring and evaluation tools to complement EMIS reviewed

·         Monitoring and Evaluation tools developed

·         Capacities of selected MEST units at central and municipal levels developed, as  required;

·         SWAp web page designed and set up

·         Peer learning and exchange activities with peer institutions in the region and EU member states ensured

·         Tools for improved donor coordination elaborated and proposed

·         Donor-supported Projects’ Technical Coordination group established and supported

·         Donor focal point supported.

Component 2

·         Revised NCF submitted to MEST which is fully inclusive of all students and addresses the needs of non-majority communities[1] 

·         Public consultation process on the draft NCF and curriculum revision completed

·         Steering and subject groups appointed and trained

·         Subject syllabus development guidelines produced

·         MEST’s capacity to manage the implementation of the NCF is developed. Quality assurance guidance is developed for the  implementation process

·         Phased implementation of the NCF, beginning with  a number of ‘lead’ schools

·         Monitoring and evaluation system in place and implementation feedback received.

·         A system of quality assurance for the curriculum development process.

Component 3

·         Teacher Competency profile agreed with all stakeholders

·         Teacher credit system adopted by MEST

·         Teacher training catalogue ready for printing and distribution

·         MEST’s capacity to manage In-service Teacher Training (INSETT) within a national teacher training framework developed

·         Links made between HE ITT institutions and INSETT providers

·         Manual of INSETT provider/programme standards and procedures ready for approval

·         Coordinated system for teacher training provisions and performance monitoring in place (the national teacher training framework).


3.4. Beneficiaries

The key beneficiaries of the EU Education SWAp are MEST, Municipal Education Departments (MEDs) and Kosovo schools. MEST, according to Article 3 (a-l) of the Law on Education in Municipalities (2008), remains responsible for ‘developing and promoting a non-discriminatory system of education, non-formal and lifelong learning, inclusive policies for integration of persons with disabilities in the system of education, a comprehensive system of certification for all teachers in Kosovo, and participation of parents and community in education activities and other forms of school-community partnerships at the local level’.


Municipal Education Departments (MED) are responsible for issues such as hiring of teachers and school directors, paying teachers’ and staff salaries, infrastructure and school maintenance, training of teaching and administrative staff, monitoring of schools at all pre-university levels. In addition, municipalities with non-majority communities are entitled to additional rights in education including organisation of higher education institutions and teacher education institutions (as is the case with the municipality of Mitrovica North).


[1] UNICEF has begun the process of developing the National Curriculum Framework, working with UNESCO/IBE. The EU Project will support the process of implementation, starting with subject syllabus development. 






Last Update: January 18, 2013


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