The strategies that KEEN will develop to achieve its aims will focus on improving the capacity of civil society organisations to participate in the development and monitoring of policies at both central and local levels. Capacity development activities will include training programs, expert advice, learning from associates and exchanging experiences.
PARTICIPATION IN POLICY-MAKING
The KEEN project, in cooperation with other civil society organizations will contribute to the development of national and local policies and legislation in the field of education and employment, whilst prioritizing policies that address the needs of vulnerable groups. To support and facilitate dialogue with policy makers, KEEN will set up a number of specialized groups, develop discussion papers, enunciate positions for advocacy and organize open discussions on certain topics and/or areas in the field of education and employment.
KEEN will support 15 municipalities in developing local action plans for implementation of national policies in the field of Education & Employment. In this way, Civil Society will engage in a meaningful dialogue with the government and improve its own participation in the decision making process.
MONITORING THE IMPLEMENTATION OF POLICIES
KEEN will monitor implementation of at least three national policies in the field of Education & Employment, and at least 15 local (municipal) action plans for the implementation of national policies. This will entail establishing monitoring teams of civil society to examine the implementation of national policies and local action plans. The teams will collect data and compile monitoring reports with recommendations for improvements. KEEN will publish 9 monitoring reports on implementation of national policies in the field of Education & Employment and 30 monitoring reports on implementation of local action plans. Monitoring the implementation of education and employment policies provides a unique and valuable opportunity for civil society to mobilize and induce positive changes in the lives of vulnerable groups.
Evidence-based advocacy at local and national levels is vital for ensuring the dominance of good practices in Education & Employment. KEEN will support at least 10 advocacy initiatives aiming at improving the position of vulnerable groups in this respect.
LINKING EDUCATION AND TRAINING WITH THE LABOR MARKET
KEEN will facilitate dialogue between the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MEST), the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare (MLSW), the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports (MYCS), Association of Kosovo Municipalities (AKM), Kosovo Chamber of Commerce (KCC) and the Alliance of Kosovo Businesses (AKB) on making education and training more relevant to the needs of the labour market whilst keeping in mind the interests of- and constraints on- vulnerable groups. KEEN will conduct an assessment of the links between education and training, and labour market needs, in particular, focusing upon the nature and extent of existing links between the labour market and the VET sector in Kosovo, as well as creating new ones. 10 educational and training institutions will be supported to make new links with businesses.
KEEN PROJECT IMPLEMENTING PARTNERS
An EU funded project “Kosovo Education and Employment Network – KEEN” is implemented by a coalition led by Kosova Education Center (KEC) in partnership with Employment and Promotion Agency in Kosovo (APPK), Balkan Sunflowers Kosova (BSFK), Academy for Training and Technical Assistance (ATTA) and Stichting SPARK. Other main institutional partners are Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MEST), Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare (MLSW), Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports (MCYS), Association of Kosovo Municipalities (AKM), Kosovo Chamber of Commerce (KCC) and Alliance of Kosovo Businesses (AKB).