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06 April 2020

Activity Details (ID# 25426)  

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Title Seminar 1 – introductory seminar 
Status Completed 
Date 25/04/2009 - 26/04/2009 
Location Skopje, ''the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia''
Countries Others: Kosovo*
  Joint Programme Activity - Kosovo-IBP
Joint Programme EC/CoE
JP Kosovo-IBP - Education in Kosovo: Inter-culturalism and the Bologna Process*    (Logframe)  (Activities)
Project Purpose 1 - 2008/DG4/JP/1763   Education in UNMIK/Kosovo : Inter-culturalism and the Bologna Process
Expected Result 1.3 - Teacher training for multiculturalism a. teacher trainers and teachers trained in the key competences for intercultural education and dialogue and mediation and peaceful resolution of conflicts as well as in appropriate methodology of teaching and training b. regional awareness of the fundamental role of intercultural education and appropriate methodology of teaching raised, including exchange of views on the role of education for the future; views on educational initiatives in the areas mentioned above exchanged c. cooperation, exchange of experiences and mutual support between teachers trainers and teachers put into operation
Council of Europe Programme of Activities
I – Culture and intercultural dialogue
Line of Action ⇒ V.1 – Education and linguistic diversity: promoting democratic culture
Programme ☆ V.1.1  Organisation and contents of European education for democratic citizenship and intercultural understanding
Project 2002/DG4/94 Linking policy and practice for democratic citizenship, human rights and intercultural education
Expected Result 3 Sustainable mechanisms, guidelines and methods for increasing the qualification and professionalism of educational staff in EDC/HRE are developed.

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Organisation of meetings - Seminar 
Directorate (Service) Education, Culture and Heritage, Youth and Sport (Directorate of Education & Languages)
CoE Contact KEATING, Sarah   email
Last Modified 22/09/2009 

Activity Synopsis (ID# 25426) (Hide Synopsis)

Objective(s) -To present our professional backgrounds and contexts and discuss our expectations for the training;
-To determine the framework and the working procedures we will engage in together;
-To introduce the matter of ICE and intercultural understanding;
-To support team building.
Output/Results The expected outcomes of the seminar were reached: the group (participants and team) got to know and appreciate each other; we were able to agree on the process for our 2 ½ year collaboration; participants were launched in a reflection about teaching for intercultural understanding.

The strengths of the seminar were:
-The logistics were well organised by the CoE office in Pristina (venue, interpretation, materials, etc).
-The aims and the methodology of the seminar: the approach was learner centred and achieved a good motivation for participation.
-The institutional support we got from the ministry was essential to this achievement.
-The work process, leadership and cooperation within the international team of facilitators were of good quality. This was equally highlighted by participants during the seminar.
-Participants were motivated to participate and they accepted to achieve the tasks at hand (pilot activities in their classrooms, train their colleagues, plan on multiplying the learning...).
-Interpreters were very helpful and motivated.
-There was a good combination of well chosen activities and input sessions, useful to the process.

The areas of improvement are:
-If the lack of preparatory meeting was manageable for this seminar, this will not be the case for the modules. Unless provision is made for a preparatory meeting, this will hinder the establishment of clear and harmonious procedures for the training. All preparation cannot be done online especially with a set of 6 “rotating” facilitators.
-The team and participants do not share the same language; in this situation it can be very challenging to pilot the learner-centered approach where we promote learning-by-doing. We will have to set up particular processes (interpretation, rules, well adapted activities...) for this in the modules.
-The absence of the 5 Serbian-speaking teachers was regrettable. Efforts will have to be engaged by all to include them further in the process, by Module 1.
Conclusions/Follow Up For the follow up phase we suggest to focus on the following issues:
-The process is now well launched and we are ready to plan for the module series: the modules will follow the following structure for professional development of teachers:
oModule 1 : raising awareness on intercultural issues and developing sensitivity
oModule 2: developing knowledge and understanding
oModule 3 changing our individual practice
oModules 3: influencing institutional and societal practices
-We will need to plan a one day preparatory meeting before each module.
-It would be beneficial to have the same team of interpreters for the whole modules series. Part of the preparatory meeting will be dedicated to working with them before the modules to coordinate our work and therefore alleviate the language barriers between team and participants and allow for the learner centred approach we wish to use.
-Set up training processes that help push participants’ in their analysis of their own situation regarding intercultural understanding (suggested activities are: self and peer evaluation, peer training, meetings between participants on site between modules, holding professional development diaries, etc...). The aim of this approach is to avoid that participants stay at a superficial level of understanding of intercultural education, and accept to put their professional practices in question.
-Flexibility about the rotation of trainers: 3 out of the 6 trainers will be present during modules. Depending on the needs that develop through the project, we will need to be very flexible about this rotation of trainers.
Participants -representatives from MEST
-Kosovo Pedagogical Institute
-trainers of teachers
-organisations working on training programmes
Consultants/Experts Rasa Askinyte, Ildikó Lazar, Pascale Mompoint-Gaillard, Gudrun Ragnarsdóttir, Hans Peter Schmidtke 
CoE Secretariat Josef Huber 
Total No. Participants 45 
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  * All reference to Kosovo, whether to the territory, institutions or population, in this text shall be understood in full compliance with United Nations Security Council Resolution 1244 and without prejudice to the status of Kosovo.  
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