KOSOVO CASE STUDYAferdita Spahiu, UNICEF Kosovo19 October, Geneva
About Kosovo Kosovo newly declared independent country Political status pending on UN recognition 83 countries recogniz...
Some figures on education   Net enrolment rate for primary schools 88%   Less than 10% of children 3-6 y have access to ...
Key findings of the study   Most of the Kosovar youth have rated    education above average or better   Very small perce...
…most of Kosovars highly value education,because education is important:   for all aspects of life    preparing for a jo...
More education   93 per cent of respondents request more    education   13-18 want more than 19-24 youth   high percent...
…   Main factor that contributed to achievement of    their desired level of education was "personal    interest and moti...
…   Neither of the subgroups mention politization    as a factor that influenced their education    attainment    Youth ...
How to achieve qualityeducation   Their priorities are diverse and range from    addressing the lack of space to school s...
Call for practical skills   Extreme poverty is twice the regional median   youth unemployment more than 70 percent    K...
   a higher proportion of youth have no    confidence in government to deliver high    quality services   youth dissatis...
   Youth in both Albanian- and Serbian-majority    areas express curiosity about one another’s    lives   They suggest m...
   Youth across Kosovo want increased youth    involvement to urgently address their concerns    and ideas and meet their...
advocacy messages   The demand of the Kosovo adolescents and    youth for improved quality of education is the    last ca...
Follow up plans   The Kosovo Case Study will be translated into    local languages   Publication and dissemination of th...
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Adolescent and Youth Perspectives on Education Quality - Case study from Kosovo

  1. 1. KOSOVO CASE STUDYAferdita Spahiu, UNICEF Kosovo19 October, Geneva
  2. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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.

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