Winning Entries for “Junior Oscars”

Certificate of Merit for winners
Certificate of Merit for winners
Ardian Thaqi, USAID Basic Education Program

For Immediate Release

Friday, January 20, 2012
Jeremy Faber

The USAID/Basic Education Program (BEP) ( is using project based learning to reform teaching and learning in schools throughout Kosovo, and one of the teaching tools is a video competition. Over 30 schools submitted student-produced films for the competition, dubbed the “Junior Oscars”. ‘Best Films’ were selected in five categories: Best Story, Best Documentary, Best Film in Albanian, Best Film in English and Best Film by grades 1-5. The content of the films submitted was remarkably mature and addressed important issues relevant to adolescents including: human trafficking, internet safety and violence in schools.

Students and teachers from four of the winning schools were invited to the Pristina ‘Skena-Up’ International Film Festival, where the winning films were screened during a ‘Junior Oscars’ Ceremony. USAID and program staff visited the winner in the grade 1-5 category and held a ceremony at the school.

The winners were:

Best film in English – Green School” from Pristina – Title: “Safety in Internet”

Best Film in Albanian – “Zekria Rexha” school from Gjakova – Title: “Look before You Leap”

Best Documentary – “Meto Bajraktari” school from Mitrovica – Title: Recycling Technology

Best Story – “Yll Morina” school from Gjakova – Title: Modern Day Slavery”

Best film by students from Grades 1-5 – “Zekeria Rexha” school from Gjakova – Title: “The Autumn”

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