School-based teacher training
More than 300 teachers from Kosovo* will receive basic training on how to teach for intercultural understanding, based on a four stage model of competence development in teacher education: developing sensitivity and awareness in concepts and principles of intercultural understanding, developing knowledge and understanding, developing individual practice and developing societal practice.
Interculturalism and the Bologna Process, an EU funded project managed by European Commission Liaison Office and implemented by the Council of Europe will organise school-based training sessions for 13 groups of local primary school teachers from seven different regions of Kosovo on 15-16 April 2011 coached by their trainers from the Pestalozzi Programme of the Council of Europe.
The local teacher trainers have been trained by experienced international trainers from the Pestalozzi Network of Trainers using the method developed by the Council of Europe training programme for education professionals. The whole process was carefully co-ordinated by the Kosovo Pestalozzi Liaison Officer nominated by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology of Kosovo. The training for the trainers was held from 2009 - 2011 in the framework of the Interculturalism and the Bologna Process and will culminate with the certification of the trainers in accordance with the valid accreditation issued by the Council for Accreditation and Licensing of MEST. While locally trained teachers will hold school-based seminars in multiple locations in Kosovo, training sessions will be organised for pre-service teachers at the Teachers Faculty in Leposavic and in Pristina.
*All reference to Kosovo, whether the territory, institutions or population, in this text shall be understood in full compliance with United Nations Security Council Resolution 1244 and without prejudice to the status of Kosovo.