Basic Education Program

USAID’s Basic Education Program works with schools and communities to develop 21st century skills for children in primary school grades one through nine.  It also assists Kosovo education institutions in undertaking reforms such as:  decentralizing the Municipal Education Directorates, improving the quality of teaching and learning outcomes of primary school students, and improving teacher professional development through school-based training.  The program enables Kosovo’s primary schools to attain a high level of educational excellence, preparing youth with necessary skills to succeed in the global economy. Additionally, the program aligns with global educational trends, EU standards, and USAID’s goal of improved early grade reading skills worldwide.

The Basic Education Program is possible due to a partnership between USAID, the Kosovo Ministry of Education, Science, and Technology, and the Municipal Education Directorates. 

The Basic Education Program improves the management of primary schools, provides professional development for teachers and school administrators, and strengthens school boards along with teachers’ and parents’ associations.


·         25 Professional Development Centers (PDCs) and 21st century classrooms in 24 municipalities to enable local, cost-effective, professional development for teachers.

·         The development of an Early Grades Reading Assessment (EGRA) in Albanian, resulting in 800 students being tested in a baseline study.

·         Learner-centered classrooms (LCC), action research, learning standards, along with professional development courses in science, technology, environment, English, mathematics, and reading were developed and  delivered to 15, 243 educators.

·         Classroom renovation projects were completed in more than 100 schools through community involvement.  Many schools renovated classrooms on their own initiative.

·         A Gender Issues in Education Working Group was established with the primary aim of identifying and coordinating work on gender issues in education.

Project Duration:                August 2010 – September 2015

USAID Contact:                   Antigona Mustafa  

Implementing Partner:        FHI 360 




Last updated: June 30, 2015

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