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Adolescent and Youth Perspectives on Education Quality - Case study from Kosovo - Presentation held in Geneva, 19 October 2011

Adolescent and Youth Perspectives on Education Quality - Case study from Kosovo - Presentation held in Geneva, 19 October 2011

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  • 1. KOSOVO CASE STUDYAferdita Spahiu, UNICEF Kosovo19 October, Geneva
  • 2. About Kosovo Kosovo newly declared independent country Political status pending on UN recognition 83 countries recognize Kosovo, including 24 EU member states Population almost 2 m:87 per cent K-Albanian 7 per cent K-Serb 1.8 per cent Roma, Ashkali & Egyptian 4.2 per cent Bosniak, Turks, Gorani & others
  • 3. Some figures on education Net enrolment rate for primary schools 88% Less than 10% of children 3-6 y have access to early childhood education Only 10 % of children with special needs attend school Less than 75% of children who complete compulsory education continue to enrol in upper secondary school 55% of K-Albanian girls and 40% of non-Serb minorities. Almost no Roma girl continues secondary education 70% youth unemployment rate
  • 4. Key findings of the study Most of the Kosovar youth have rated education above average or better Very small percentage rated poor or somewhat poor Older youth are less enthusiastic about quality of education comparing to the younger ones
  • 5. …most of Kosovars highly value education,because education is important: for all aspects of life preparing for a job ensuring a better status in society good citizenship and helping me develop this country widening my perspectives
  • 6. More education 93 per cent of respondents request more education 13-18 want more than 19-24 youth high percentage of those who have dropped out from school reqeusted more education
  • 7. … Main factor that contributed to achievement of their desired level of education was "personal interest and motivation“ For Serb youth: financial means is the main factor.
  • 8. … Neither of the subgroups mention politization as a factor that influenced their education attainment Youth very often expressed their concerns on the frailer to fully implement educationrefoms throughout Kosovo
  • 9. How to achieve qualityeducation Their priorities are diverse and range from addressing the lack of space to school safety A frustrating mismatch between the curriculum and exam content at the secondary level
  • 10. Call for practical skills Extreme poverty is twice the regional median youth unemployment more than 70 percent Kosovo’s labor market cannot absorb graduates
  • 11.  a higher proportion of youth have no confidence in government to deliver high quality services youth dissatisfaction with government outpaces their dissatisfaction with education quality
  • 12.  Youth in both Albanian- and Serbian-majority areas express curiosity about one another’s lives They suggest more forums for youth to discuss and compare their education concerns within and across communities
  • 13.  Youth across Kosovo want increased youth involvement to urgently address their concerns and ideas and meet their strong demand and expectations for high quality education
  • 14. advocacy messages The demand of the Kosovo adolescents and youth for improved quality of education is the last call for all stakeholders to strengthen the support in secondary and higher education The economic growth and social inclusion are pending on investments in education, empowerment and participation of youth
  • 15. Follow up plans The Kosovo Case Study will be translated into local languages Publication and dissemination of the study Round table discussions on the findings of the study and recommendations Opportunities for review of the existing and ongoing programmes: CFS, Violence Prevention in Schools, Youth Innovations Lab etc.