The German Government through its implementing organization Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, has organized 2nd salon on the topic “How gender stereotypes are influenced by the Kosovo’s education system?”
Panelists were: Mrs. Arbërie Nagavci, member of Parliamentary Commission for Education, Mr. Besim Avdimetaj, Head of AKM Education Collegia, Mrs. Nazmije Demolli, member of Parents Council, Ms. Agnesa Qerimi, Executive Director, “Kosovo Youth Council (KYC)”, Ms. Marigona Shabiu, Executive Director “Youth Initiative for Human Rights – Kosovo (YIHR KS)”.
The salon was opened by general findings of the YIHR report in Kosovo, that on 2017 has published a research on discriminatory language in school textbooks of high schools bringing to spotlight the fact that school textbooks deepen the division and discrimination based on gender, ethnicity etc.
The conclusions of this research and the activities of YIHR in that regard were presented in the panel by Ms. Shabiu, who mentioned specific discriminatory expressions from the analyzed texts and gave concrete recommendations on future steps that should be undertaken to address this problem.
After the presentations, the panelists have stated few words, each from their own position and perspective on how this issue is addressed by Parliamentary Commission on Education, Municipal Education Directorates, Parents Councils and students overview.
After these statements, the attendees that were representatives of MEDs, School management bodies of all levels, NGOs and parents gave their contribution in the discussion and shared their concerns regarding the content of school text books. The debate was focused on how to tackle this topic with young children and who shall be involved. The participants agreed that this issue lays at everyone’s responsibility, starting from parents, teachers, school directors, MEDs and Civil Society, while it was emphasized that Ministry of Education, Science and Technology shall be more proactive when it comes to these sensitive issues and as a result come up with standardized textbooks.
This event was closed with the main conclusions as follows:
• The issue of the discriminatory language in the school textbooks will be taken up as a special point in the next MED Collegia meeting, which is a most powerful forum where all Municipal Education Directors can be informed on this issue.
• All the stakeholders of this field need to complement one another to achieve positive results as soon as possible
• More attempts need to be made to have MEST leading the process of the textbooks reform which promote gender equality