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KUSA Alumni Talks | Education Team: Empowering Student Engagement Building Sustainable Structures for School Club Activities

The upcoming KUSA Alumni Talk, scheduled for July 13th, will delve with the Education Team into the topic of “Empowering Student Engagement: Building Sustainable Structures for School Club Activities.” This session will explore a variety of effective strategies and sustainable structures that can be implemented regarding the topic. By attending this talk, one will gain valuable insights from policymakers and experts, as well as the opportunity to network with like-minded individuals and U.S. Embassy representatives.

Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to share your insights and be a part of building structures for Kosovo Education. Become part of the talk by emailing info@kusalumni.org.

Developing Institutional Mechanisms for Sustainable Extra-Curricular Activities (School Clubs)

Different people have different abilities and passions; one student may be gifted in creating artwork, another might be an IT pro, and the next might have outstanding communication skills.  Our IVLP alumnus Alban Krasniqi has developed a step-by-step school-club handbook for students to have the opportunities to further develop their hobbies and interests through the Alumni Small Grants project “Developing Institutional Mechanisms for Sustainable Extra-Curricular Activities (School Clubs)”!

The project’s primary goal was to enhance participation in extracurricular activities among pupils, teachers, and the community within Kosovo’s pre-university education system.

Throughout this project, a handbook curriculum was developed with a step-by-step guide on how to develop sustainable school clubs and how to implement them properly.

The handbook manual curricula contain the following information:

  • The School Club Structure, e.g. (What a school club is, What the Purpose of a School Club is, Criteria and Organizational Structure)
  • Proposals for different types of School Clubs, e.g. (Art Club, Debate Club, Education in Nature Club, Technology Club)
  • Proposed Workshops, Visits, Institutions, and Companies (For Participation in specific clubs)

This project’s outcome was sharing the Handbook Manual Curricula with the Directories of Education of the seven municipalities of Kosovo in order for them to be delivered to the students and teachers for future use.

KUSA is very happy to announce that the School-Club Manual has been developed and is now accessible to the public, so if you wish to check it out, you can find the Manual in the link here.

Community Greenhouse of Native Plants

Alumni Small Grants Program (ASG) 2022/23 funded the “Community Greenhouse of Native Plants,” a project initiated and implemented by YES alumna Tringe Sokoli and TLP alumna Medina Orana.  The main aim of this project was to create a community greenhouse of native plants within the University of Prishtina grounds. The greenhouse will be used as a place where students and professors will plant and grow various plant species. This greenhouse will not only serve as a live laboratory for students of biology, ecology, botany, and related fields but will also be enjoyed by the larger public. The official opening event happened on May 10th in the Courtyard of the Department of Philology on the main campus of the University of Prishtina! Distinguished guests, included the Rector of the University of Prishtina, Prof.Dr. Qerim Qerimi, and Prorector Arta Basha-Jakupi, both KUSA alumni, as well as the Academic staff members and students from the Department of Biology, along with valued partners, who contributed to the success of the project. An important contribution to the implementation of the project was given by KUSA alumni Bekim Ramku and OUD+Architects as project partners.

We are excited to see the greenhouse become a live laboratory for students and a beloved community space. Let’s continue celebrating our love for nature, education, and community!\




Systematic Visitations

To maintain the good overall health of children, one of the most important pillars of public healthcare is the education of the civic population on the importance of self-care. KUSA alumni Izet Sadiku and Merita Emini implemented the project “Systemic visitations and health education for primary school students,” funded by the Alumni Small Grants Program (ASG). The project aimed to train and educate the students and the teachers about healthcare through a series of lectures on the topics of obesity, diabetes, scoliosis, and dental hygiene. The systematic visits in all Prishtina schools were followed by the lectures held through a two-day info session where 80 teachers from Prishtina and nearby areas were informed on the importance of healthcare by experts in their respective fields, such as doctors, nutritionists, and physical health professors.

Before the information sessions started, speeches were delivered by the Director of Health, Dr. Izet Sadiku, and the Director of Education, Besiana Musmurati, who are both KUSA alumni. The information sessions were followed by engaging videos and lectures of KUSA alumni, Dr. Dafina Bytyqi in the field of orthopedics, and Faton Tishukaj in the field of the importance of physical health and sports.

Table Tennis for All

 “Table Tennis for All ” was one of this year’s projects implemented by KUSA alumnae, Medina Orana, and Tringe Sokoli, who turned their experience and lessons in the U.S. into a wonderful project which aims to use sports as a diplomatic bridge for marginalized communities in Kosovo to connect.

Through this project, the alumni team aimed to inspire the children with “Ping-Pong Diplomacy,” and along with table tennis training sessions, and fun team bonding activities, the children got to build bridges and connect them with one another.

The project’s outcome was the bond created between the children and the sport of table tennis, inspiring them to continue practicing the sport of table tennis beyond the Alumni Small Grants project. The project was officially completed with a friendly final tournament between the children who participated, and medals and trophies were awarded to the children.

Enhancing the rule of law and access to justice through technology

The project “Enhancing Rule of Law and Access to Justice through Technology” was funded through the 2022 Alumni Small Grants (ASG), and it was implemented by KUSA alumni Alban Krasniqi and Dalian Zogaj. The project aimed to ease access to laws, jurisdictions, and other documents for Kosovo citizens and law practitioners, and students through the development of the digital legal research platform Lexdoks. The digital platform, marked a significant milestone for legal professionals and citizens in Kosovo, offering easy and accessible access to laws, bylaws, court decisions, and other essential documents pertaining to the rule of law.

The launching event of the project was held on the 2nd of March, and it gathered representatives from various institutions, including the Constitutional Court, the Judiciary, the Prime Minister’s Legal Office, the Ministry of Justice’s Legal Office, the Bar Association, universities, and public and private legal professionals. Attendees discussed potential collaboration opportunities to provide access to the Lexdoks platform for relevant actors in the rule of law field.

Lexdoks platform will be an invaluable asset for all actors in the rule of law field as it ​​will enhance the efficiency and accuracy of legal research and advance the justice system for legal professionals and citizens in Kosovo.


Saloon Talks

Are you on the hunt for thought-provoking podcasts that challenge conventional thinking? The “Saloon Talks-Podcasts” is the end result of the Fulbright Alumni Small Grants Project implemented by Kosovo Serb alumni Viktor Popovic and Milivoje Raicevic. This innovative podcast series combines engaging interviews, lively discussions, and insightful reflections, making it a rising star in the world of alternative media. With a commitment to Freedom of Speech and tackling controversial topics, Saloon Talks has set itself apart from traditional media outlets and is gaining popularity with a growing audience. The podcast engaged in interviews with the Kosovo-Serb community, featuring guests from various fields, such as music, politics, law, and activism, who bring their unique perspectives and experiences to the show.

The podcast’s format and commitment to authentic and diverse content have garnered positive feedback from its primarily young adult audience. To promote the podcast and engage with its audience, Saloon Talks has expanded its social media presence with Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube channels, with over 5,000 unique views to date and an average of 150 viewers per episode. The podcast’s success can be attributed to its commitment to Freedom of Speech, addressing taboo topics, and providing a platform for insightful conversations and alternative perspectives. As Saloon Talks looks to the future, it can build on its success by improving consistency, diversifying guests and topics, and incorporating interactive multimedia content.

In conclusion, as Saloon Talks continues to grow, it will remain a vital alternative media source for young adults seeking to stay informed and engaged in today’s rapidly changing world.

“Saloon Talks Podcast” YouTube Channel Link

Teachers as agents for change for environmental sustainability- TACES

Teachers as agents for change for environmental sustainability- TACES” project, implemented by Fulbright alumni Zeqir Veselaj and Arlinda Beka, was part of the 2022 Fulbright Alumni Small Grants (FASG). The project aimed at building the capacities and skills of in-service teachers for integrating education for environment and sustainability into classroom activities. Throughout the project’s implementation, the Faculty of Education, in collaboration with the Institute for Research and Development of Education, has certified 60 teachers and awarded the best-performing ones, making it the first training of its kind in Kosovo to integrate sustainability education as a cross-curricular issue, as required by the Kosovo Curriculum Framework.

The project involved developing a comprehensive training manual and implementing three hybrid training sessions on integrating environmental and sustainability topics into the curriculum. Fifty teachers were certified with 16 licensing training hours according to the MESTI Decision on Accreditation of the training “Integration of education for sustainability in the classroom.” The selected participants were from 14 municipalities, from both urban and rural areas, with 95% being female and over 50% having 2-5 years of working experience.

This project is a significant contribution to the teaching community in Kosovo, with 28 schools benefiting from certified teachers trained to integrate sustainability topics into their curriculum planning and classroom activities. The project has also raised awareness about the importance of including environmental sustainability issues in national curricula and has paved the way for broader projects to include more teachers in the field of education for sustainability.

Developing cybersecurity education and awareness program for small and medium-sized enterprises in Kosovo

The project “Developing cybersecurity education and awareness program for small and medium-sized enterprises in Kosovo” was funded through the 2022 Fulbright Alumni Small Grants (FASG), and it was implemented by Fulbright Alumni, Arianit Maraj and Besnik Duriqi. The project aimed to train and raise awareness among employees about the risks they may face while working on the Internet. The project’s primary goal was to train at least 120 employees and managerial staff from 10 different business organizations; however, the project exceeded expectations, training 144 employees from 25 organizations.

All the training sessions focused on the importance of cybersecurity and how employees can actively participate in protecting personal and sensitive business data. Through questionnaires designed for training sessions, the project identified the shortcomings of the company’s staff and worked to educate employees on how to avoid falling prey to cyber-attacks. The results of the questionnaires showed that the training had a direct impact on the cybersecurity of the targeted organizations. The project successfully raised awareness among employees of small and medium-sized businesses in Kosovo and helped them become more vigilant in protecting personal and sensitive business data. The interest from businesses to join the training sessions was very high, and the success of the project has highlighted the need for similar activities for other organizations in the future.