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30 March 2020

Activity Details (ID# 27078)  

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Title 3rd workshop for curriculum developers on revising EDC/HRE curriculum (subject and whole-school approach) 
Status Completed 
Date 14/05/2009 - 15/05/2009 
Location Pristina, Kosovo*
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 1.2 - EDC/HRE a. guidelines and recommendations on EDC/HRE curriculum development and reform produced. b. EDC/HRE materials translated(printed and on-line format) and used in decision making (initial and in-service teacher training) c. teacher trainers trained; new modules on EDC/HRE in the existing teacher training mechanisms developed d. the “Tool on Quality Assurance in EDC” accessible in the local languages. Information about piloting of the tool collected and analysed. e. the Democratic School Governance manual translated and disseminated. Awareness of headteachers and other educational staff raised on its implementation. Piloted in schools. New contextualised instruments developed.
Council of Europe Programme of Activities
I – Culture and intercultural dialogue
Line of Action ⇒ V.4 – Fostering intercultural dialogue
Programme ☆ V.4.1  Intercultural dialogue - Follow-up to the ''White Paper on Intercultural Dialogue''
Project 2006/DG4/898 Intercultural Dialogue and the Image of the Other in History Teaching
Expected Result 3 Countries concerned with bilateral co-operation are provided with assistance in the preparation of pedagogical materials and in the integration of new methods in teacher training in relation with cultural diversity and multiperspectivity.

Working Method

Organisation of meetings - Workshop (excl. training) 
Directorate (Service) Education, Culture and Heritage, Youth and Sport (Directorate of Education & Languages)
CoE Contact ADZOVIC, Emir   email
Web Pages
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1 http://www.ibp-kosovo.org  
Last Modified 01/12/2009 

Activity Synopsis (ID# 27078) (Hide Synopsis)

Objective(s) - Getting familiar with solutions in different countries (Iceland example).
•Framework curriculum;
•Teachers have liberty to bring goals of EDC into life;
- Three local textbooks from Kosovo (4, 6, 10 grade) were presented by the textbook authors.
•Intention behind writing the textbook
•Goal and objectives
•Actual use of the textbook
During the presentations the authors made clear that EDC textbooks reflect the current situation and the need in the society. Permanent revision of both textbooks and curricula is a normal process.

- 20 different lessons from the above mentioned three textbooks were selected and evaluated with the tools presented in the first two EDC seminars on competence-based curriculum. Lessons were evaluated by the participants and analysed regarding the inherent competences for EDC.
Output/Results •The Icelandic example made clear that a curriculum is ready for a revision “before the ink is dry” Sesselja Snaevarr (Ministry of Education Science and Culture Iceland). For the participants of the workshop this information took off some of the burden of writing or supporting a curriculum that has to full fill all the goals or all times. The expert from Iceland could also make very clear, that the traditions of a country cannot easily be changed and have to be kept in mind. For Iceland this means, that the high independence of teachers and school has its consequences on the way a national curriculum can be written and how much it can interfere into the routines. The many questions the participants had after the presentation had prooved, that Mrs Snaevarr was successful in presenting the Icelandic example in a interesting and active way.
•The presentation of the three textbooks by the authors was a very important element, since for the first time many of the present participants had an insight into the mechanisms and problems of textbook writing. The two authors were also very open about the way they would modify the books if they would have the opportunity. They also discussed an important question: how can a book be written so it surfs the purposes both of un-experienced and experienced teachers.
•The analyses of selected lessons from the three textbooks was a quite challenging exercise. To find hidden competences in the lessons made the participants rethink very clearly the concept of the three competences for Democratic Citizenship (competence to analyse, methodological competencies, competence to become active). The surprise for many participants was quite big when they found out, that the first two competencies could be found in almost all of the lessons, whereas the competence to become active is missing in many of the chosen examples.
Conclusions/Follow Up  
Consultants/Experts Afrodita SPAHIU (UNICEF Pristina)
Sesselja Snaevarr (Ministry of Education Science and Culture Iceland)
Rolf Gollob (Zürich University of Teacher Education/IPE Switzerland)
CoE Secretariat Emir Adzovic 
Total No. Participants 30 
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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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