Why was the “Club for Better Education” founded?
During the last decade, many analyses, studies and surveys have been carried out on the quality of education system in Kosovo. A study of this nature was also conducted by UNICEF in 2010, based mainly on youth perception, collected through direct meetings with them. Moreover, the results of the study have demonstrated that according to the youth, Kosovo does not stand poorly in terms of quality of education. Driven by the results of this study, the Student Council of Kosovo (SCK) with the support of the Kosovar Youth Council (KYC) has taken the initiative to launch an awareness campaign on factors that determine the quality of education and the importance of student involvement in the design of policies, legislation and programs related to the field of education. Initially, the Student Council of Kosovo established a special body – working group known as the Club for Better Education (AL: Klubi për Arsim më të mirë – KAM), composed of pupils, students, teachers and experts in the field of education.
One of the main objectives of the Club for Better Education (KAM) is to helping the Student Council of Kosovo (SCK) to identify the main obstacles and challenges related to student rights and needs, by shedding light into specific policies and legislations, while at the same time providing concrete recommendations for institutions responsible for the management and maintenance of the Kosovar education system.
Achievements of the “Club for Better Education”:
• The results of the Club for Better Education (KAM) have provided a realistic picture of the quality of education system. KAM’s work emphasizes secondary schools, and student attitudes on steps necessary to be taken to influence the increment of the quality of education in Kosovo.
• The Club has identified the main obstacles and challenges associated with the special body – working group and at the same time have provided concrete recommendations designated to the responsible educational institutions for the management and maintenance of the education system.
• The introduction of these positions has affected the establishment of SCK and students, as important actors in educational policies and decision-making processes. As an outcome, the involvement of SCK in the monitoring process the State Matura Exam, has led to suggestions on the State Matura Law and the Law on Pre-University Education.
• The Position Paper of KAM was also published and presented in central media.