Children at Xhavit Ahmeti primary school in Pristina visited a centre for stray dogs

A citizen in, out and around

Children in Kosovo* have few opportunities to be active citizens and little awareness of their rights. Teachers at Xhavit Ahmeti primary school in Pristina, are trying to change that.

They planned the project “A citizen in, out and around” while attending the 2014 Regional Summer Academy in Montenegro. Back at the school they started to provide opportunities for students to become more involved in the community.

Social media was used actively in the project. The children were also offered lessons in human rights and the international days for tolerance, safe internet and mother languages were used to put focus on those topics.

During debates and activities the students showed a particular interest for animal welfare. It was therefore decided to organize something to help animals. The students took the responsibility on themselves and decided to visit a centre for stray dogs, where the students helped walk and feed the dogs. The centre provided the students with brochures on how they should treat stray dogs in everyday life.

The students, who participated in the project, were very positive about the experience.

“We learned things that will benefit us for our whole life”, a student called Delvina said.

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