"Teacher practices need to be improved to ensure better quality and inclusive teaching in the school system"
Date: Nov. 3, 2020

In Kosovo, Consortium member and Project Coordinator Kosova Education Center will be closely cooperating with Network of Peace Movement (NOPM) to implemen actions aimed at mitigating the impact of poverty on students' well-being. NOPM’s mission is to promote public participation in decision-making, transparency, education, human rights, and democratization of society, empower women and youth as marginalized groups of Kosovar society as well as promote peace, avoid ethnic discrimination, create tolerance and a democratic environment in the country.


Its interventions aim to have an impact at the local and regional level and positive change through democracy-building, promoting education for all, providing social services, diversity, transparency, and active citizenship, pluralism for minority groups, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, human rights, and equal opportunities.

NOPM places a priority on developing relationships with policies makers, local government officials, and local citizens (youth and women) to inform them of the existence and capabilities of the group involving different youth groups (regardless of race, religious affiliation and national) on various multi-ethnic activities that are based on creating an environment of tolerance and interethnic cooperation. It supports the emancipation of women in a democratic society, protects the right to health, and disability insurance, and enforcement of law and order through different activities.

The members of NOPM are up until this moment still active and constantly introduce new activities with the focus to deliver peace to all ethnic groups in Kosovo. NOPM continues to help the youth with organizing different training sessions and campaigns like peacebuilding, human rights activities through trainings, debates, seminars, awareness, and advocacy campaigns. During its course of work, the organization has established great relations with municipal administration authorities and civil society activists. The organization has been engaged mainly to establish a two-way road that means to connect problems of citizens with municipal structures and making investment and avocation toward them. 

As the current challenges regarding the inclusion of children from low SES (socio-economic status) background in their community NOPM considers the following: 

  • an inadequate integration process of children followed by isolation, social exclusion, and disorders in the social ties between the child and the class or school/society, 
  • lack of the empowerment of the child by society for active participation in social life, 
  • families with low Socio-Economic Status (SES) and single mothers, as supporting families, face the burden of childcare due to limited access to financial resources for school fees and other necessary school materials, 
  • inequalities in the distribution of financial resources, health services, access to schools and school supplies, and the quality of life among the children with low SES

They consider the priority in addressing these challenges is to improve school systems and early intervention programs in order to reduce some of these risk factors. Therefore, increased research on the correlation between SES and education is essential and necessary. Furthermore, early childhood development, child-centred teaching, and teacher practices need to be improved to ensure better quality and inclusive teaching in the school system. School conditions/classrooms also need to be improved because they contribute more to SES changes in learning norms than family characteristics. Finally, a more focused focus on improving teaching and learning, creating an information-rich environment, building a learning community, continuing professional development of teachers, involving parents, and increasing funding, and resources from the municipality and the government.

Through ARISE, NOPM will intervene at the school level, to address the emergency needs of students with low socio-economic status background while also providing helpful lessons and additional suggestions for policies.

To learn more about the Network of Peace Movement, visit their website and follow it on Facebook.