Category Archives: changing policy

Registered! Gjelane’s going to school :-)

So Friday was a great day, the Hollywood shot, as the children stepped out en masse across the mahalla to claim the education that was theirs by right. But what was done at the ‘big school’ on Friday was only … Continue reading

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Dear Minister, this is why we want to go to school

‘Imagine I’m the Minister for Education…’ I begin.  The children are looking blank.  I’m attempting to build a classroom of advocates – kids who are self-confident and know their rights and have some of the skills to assert them. ‘What … Continue reading

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Definitely before September; the stakes get higher.

The Human Rights Co-ordinator in the Government of the Republic of Kosovo has quite a lot on his plate.  And now he has us too; it is he who has been given responsibility for following up the issue of getting … Continue reading

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Gjelane and friends meet the system

I was marking the maths books when my phone rang this morning.  It was the Ministry of Education official responsible for minority community education.  She was ten minutes away and wanted directions to our classes.  She’d expressed a polite interest … Continue reading

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Getting Elhame to school

Guest blogger: Zsofia Kuszenda “My name is Zsofia Kuszenda, I am a volunteer of The Ideas Partnership.” This has been my line for more than a year now; this is how I start e-mails and this is how I introduce … Continue reading

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Getting Gjelane to school before the Cannes film festival

I stood up in a room of fifty or so people.  I cleared my throat and they all listened to me. No, I wasn’t in our school in Fushe Kosove, but in the government building in Pristina, attending a conference … Continue reading

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The law on school picnics

It’s Friday afternoon and I’m in a room with some very tired people.  A Swede, a Serb, an Italian, some Kosovars.  They work in one of the many organisations that has been in Kosovo since the war in 1999 to … Continue reading

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