Brings More Kosovo Students into Digital Age: Over the past two years,the USAID Basic Education Program has succeeded in establishing student technical support clubs at 22 Kosovo primary schools to maintain the schools’ digital equipment and to train other young people to do the same. The initiative has become so popular that the RTK public television network has launched a 10-part series of programs called “21st Century Students”. The first episode was filmed at a school in Gjakovë/Djakovica and aired last Saturday (April 13).
USAID and the Czech Development Agency have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to provide more educational opportunities for Kosovo’s Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian (RAE) community. U.S. Ambassador Tracey Ann Jacobson, USAID Mission Director Maureen A. Shauket and Czech Ambassador Jiří Doležel participated in the signing ceremony in Pristina on Monday, April 8, which is recognized as International Day of the Roma. The Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs Office of the Coordinator of U.S.
As part of a broad program designed to improve basic education, USAID organized regional book-making workshops for teachers, most recently in Novo Brdo.
U.S. Ambassador Tracey Ann Jacobson, along with the head of Kosovo's Judicial Council Enver Peci, chief State Prosecutor Ismet Kabashi, and local court officials, have inaugurated renovations to the Rahovec/Orahovac courthouse.
The residents of Caglavica/Cagllavice village in Gračanica/Graçanicë municipality have improved the life in their community through good local governance and good citizen cooperation with local officials to identify needs and priorities. On Friday, March 22, Deputy Mayor Igor Aritonović joined USAID Acting Mission Director Christopher Edwards in the inauguration of a new park and playground in Caglavica/Cagllavice, one of the largest villages in the municipality.
The USAID Small Infrastructure for Water and Sanitation Program assisted the Government of Kosovo to publicize water conservation messages on March 22, which is World Water Day on the UN calendar.
USAID Acting Mission Director Christopher Edwards and Kosovo’s Minister of Health Dr. Ferid Agani inaugurated a new pediatric emergency care facility on March 19, 2013 at the University Clinical Center of Kosovo in Pristina. The facility is the result of a partnership involving the Ministry of Health, which funded construction, Rotary Clubs in Kosovo, Turkey, and California and U.S. foundations Assist International and Project CURE, which provided equipment. USAID through the American International Health Alliance provided project design, furniture and training for medical staff.
U.S. Charge d’Affaires Kelly Degnan addressed a conference in Pristina this week (March 20) on the importance of local government in investment and promotion and retention of businesses. The purpose of the conference, sponsored by USAID, the Ministry of Local Government Administration and the Investment Agency of Kosovo, was to establish closer coordination among the national government, agencies and local government in attracting investors. The Charge’ told the participants that all levels of government will have to work together to address the challenges to economic growth in Kosovo.
A hospitality industry association supported by USAID is now functioning independently and has emerged as a major promoter of Kosovo as a tourist destination. The Kosovo Alternative Tourism Association (KATA) was founded in 2010 by a small group of hotel and travel agency owners as an alternative to the country’s national tourism association. USAID through its Kosovo Private Enterprise program assisted the nascent organization by sending the group to neighboring countries to learn more about best practices in alternative tourism.
Last updated: July 11, 2014