Pupils, teachers and school leaders came together on 12 July 2021 to celebrate the achievements of the 21st Century Schools programme in “Abdyl Frashëri”, school in Prizren and to draw attention to the need of coding, critical thinking and problem-solving skills in the future job market. This programme is taking place across Kosovo and the Western Balkans.

Mr. Maxhun Krasniqi, director of the primary school “Abdyl Frashëri”, said: ”We have seen remarkable work being done by our pupils and teachers who attended the 21st Century Schools programme. It is a reminder that such progammes are essential in the times we live in”.

Pupils, our young innovators, faced many challenges during the pandemic but they were continuously encouraged to keep on working on their micro:bit projects despite the difficulties and eventually got a chance to present their amazing projects. Pupils from "Abdyl Frashëri" school in Prizren presented some of their projects that they have worked on in their Coding Club. These projects are related to a variety of problems the community faces everyday such as environment protection, COVID-19 prevention and some educational projects for children and adults.

On this occasion Mr. Jacob Webber, Deputy British Ambassador in Kosovo said: “With a young population and easy access to the internet, developing 21st century skills like coding can not only help students be best placed for future careers but also help develop Kosovo’s future economy”.

Mr. Angus Bjarnason, Director of British Council in Albania and Kosovo added: ”These wonderful projects of the students are the reason why we are so proud to work with all the schools in Kosovo and the Western Balkans, in the 21st Century Schools programme. We are working together because these are the skills that every student in the UK and Kosovo should have”.

Ms Arbërie Nagavci, Minister of Education, Science, Technology and Innovation: ”Facing the great challenge of preparing our children for the future, we must work together to help them develop the critical and creative thinking, cooperation and skills needed to be competitive in the job market. The future will also offer jobs and professions that have not yet been created. Therefore, our young students must be equipped with skills and competencies for these jobs, for individual and social development. Apart from being competitive in the region and the world, young people must follow the developments and precede them as well".

The meeting was also attended by the Director of the Municipal Directorate of Education in Prizren, Mrs. Xhemile Vezgishi and the Mayor of Prizren, Mr. Mytaher Haskuka, who highlighted how proud he is that the schools of the Municipality of Prizren are part of this programme and that they are working to provide students with "appropriate competencies for the job market”.