Children of all ethnicities in Kosovo joined in Prizren on February 21 to celebrate International Mother Language. The children participated in a bookmaking workshop organized under the auspices of USAID's Basic Education Program. Six different native languages were represented.
The bookmaking activity aimed to promote creativity and an enhanced interest in literacy among primary school children by demonstrating a number of bookbinding techniques, including “pop-up” books. Students created books and filled them with their own illustrations and text in their native tongues.
A monthly mixer has quickly become a must-attend event for young entrepreneurs seeking to build relationships, share knowledge and hear from experts (and live bands) in a relaxed and congenial atmosphere.
New playgrounds, sidewalks, and street lights… these are a just a few of the projects that municipalities can implement to improve the lives of local residents. USAID and the Ministry of Local Government Administration recognized outstanding municipal performance at a February 14th event in Pristina at which incentive awards were presented to eight municipalities, following a competitive process.
On Thursday, January 17, Ambassador Tracey Ann Jacobson visited two USAID projects as part of a day-long visit to the municipality of Vushtrri. In the morning, the Ambassador and USAID Mission Director Maureen A. Shauket met with Mayor Bajram Mulaku and unveiled a plaque inaugurating a new public green space and sidewalk along an area previously used as an illegal dumpsite. With support from USAID’s Democratic Effective Municipalities Program (http://www.demi-ks.org/?cid=2,1), the municipality identified the removal of the illegal landfill as a community priority, based on feedback received from residents. The USAID program, in cooperation with the municipality of Vushtrri, also has provided signs in high traffic areas, expansion of the green space and creation of a running path along the SItnica River, improvement of the green areas in Smerkovnice and Bukosh primary schools, and the creation of a playground adjacent to the park.
USAID and the University of Prishtina signed a Memorandum of Understanding on January 22 under which the Agency agreed to support reform efforts for the administrative functions of the Office of the Rector. USAID/Kosovo Mission Director Maureen A. Shauket and University Rector Ibrahim Gashi signed the memorandum at a media event in Pristina. The initiative is the first to be undertaken as a result of a multi-million dollar higher education partnership between the U.S. Government and the Government of the Republic of Kosovo.
Last updated: October 20, 2014