Basic Education Program

USAID’s Basic Education Program works with schools and communities to develop 21st century skills for children in primary school (grades 1-9). It also assists Kosovo education institutions in undertaking reforms such as: decentralization of 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 the skills to succeed in a global economy. Additionally, the program aligns with global educational trends, EU standards, and USAID’s goal of improved early grade reading skills worldwide.

The program seeks to achieve these aims by working to improve the management of primary schools, providing professional development for teachers and school administrators, and strengthening school boards and teachers’ and parents’ associations.

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.

Results to date:

  • 25 Professional Development Centers and 21st century classrooms established in 24 municipalities to enable local, cost-effective, teacher professional development
  • Early Grades Reading Assessment (EGRA) developed in the Albanian language, with 1600 students tested in a baseline and midterm study
  • Professional development courses in science, technology, environment-related learning, English language, mathematics, reading, learner-centered classrooms, action research, and learning standards developed and delivered to 25,951 educators
  • 625 schools actively involved in activities
  • Classroom renovation projects completed in more than 126 schools, through community involvement
  • 250 more classrooms renovated by teachers, schools, and communities at their own initiative
  • Gender Issues in Education Working Group established to identify needs and coordinate work on gender issues in education.


Partner: FHI 360 

Geographic Target: Kosovo

Project Duration: August 2010 – July 2016

Contact: Antigona Mustafa  


Last updated: August 04, 2016

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