European Schoolnet welcomes the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology in Kosovo as an observer country

On Friday 15 December, two representatives of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MEST) in Kosovo (Mr. Valmir Gashi and Ms. Hanemsha Latifi) visited European Schoolnet for the first time. After various exchanges during 2017, we are delighted to announce that we close the year with MEST, Kosovo joining European Schoolnet in an observer capacity, with the hope to become a full member in the near future.

Learning about the current national education priorities for Kosovo, as well as areas of work covered by European Schoolnet of particular interest to MEST, were important focal points of the meeting. As Kosovo has recently introduced a new competence-based school curriculum and is keen to progress in the pedagogical use of ICT in the classroom, MEST's entry as an observer country to European Schoolnet is very timely.

The meeting was an opportunity for our new observer Ministry to get more acquainted with European Schoolnet's core areas of work, projects and services. European Schoolnet's key milestones during its first 20 years of cooperation were discussed, as were education areas needing future action. European Schoolnet's contribution to these key areas was also presented, via four future priorities: supporting learners to become active and responsible citizens in a digital society, capacity building of teachers, new learning environments, and scaling innovation.

The meeting concluded with a visit to European Schoolnet's Future Classroom Lab, an inspirational learning environment challenging visitors to rethink the role of pedagogy, technology and design in the classroom. We hope it will inspire the effective integration of technology in learning spaces in Kosovo, as it has in many other countries across the globe.

We look forward to our future cooperation.