Closing Ceremony of the “Blackboard Competition

Closing Ceremony of the “Blackboard Competition

Yesterday, on 21 February 2018 from 13:00 at “Sheshi 21”, in Pristina, German Cooperation together with the Peer Educators Network (PEN) NGO held the Closing Ceremony of the “Blackboard Competition”, which is part of the Campaign for Better Education in Kosovo.

The ceremony was a great event to look back to all the engagement of numerous representatives of municipalities, school directors, teachers, parents and students in the respective municipalities and to publicly share their reflection on inclusion and equal opportunities as good practices.

The event was moderated by GIZ Education Expert Zana Dobruna and PEN representative Sihana Bejtuallhu.

The program started with the moderators presenting the process of the competition and its outcomes. Out of 252 applying schools in total, 117 have won with their creative ideas of showing an inclusive and welcoming school culture. They were awarded with a total of 1,300 German blackboards as well as painting sets to improve the appearance of the classrooms through a joint community action between students, parents, teachers and the wider community.

The participants were honored by the inspirational speeches of the Minister of Education, Science and Technology Mr. Shyqyri Bytyqi and the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany, his Excellency Mr.Christian Heldt.

The participants were entertained by 12 performances of students from 12 project municipalities.

Municipal Education Directorates from the respective Municipalities were invited to accept a token of appreciation for their cooperation during the whole process of the blackboard competition and they were further entrusted to disseminate certificates for the winning schools.

The Video of the Pledge for Common Action of the Campaign for better Education was launched for the first time, once again inviting everyone to commit and raise the quality of education in Kosovo.

Closing remarks were given by the head of component Ms. Sophie Meinke and PEN representative Ms. Mimoza Pacuku.

The blackboard competition event was closed with the hope that the schools will  keep up the spirit of inclusion and that they will work on sharing it further.

Link: Photos from the Ceremony 

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