This year, in International Youth Day, YMCA decided to highlight the theme of “Improving E-learning culture,” to make it more inclusive, accessible, and relevant to today’s pandemic world.
Young people’s views should be at the heart of any decision that concerns them. Through this activity, we got to see another angle and we let their voices be heard.
Education must combine knowledge, life skills, critical thinking, advance gender equality, human rights, and a culture of peace. Pandemic has left considerable consequences to the educational systems in Kosovo which were caught unprepared to respond to such situation, youth, and teachers struggle to implement their program online, due to the lack of experience. Hence it is essential to ask and consult our club members about the challenges they have faced in the education system, especially on their day.
In order to keep everyone safe, the only way to get more significant opinions of young people was through an online survey. From the survey, most of the answers collected were negative. When asked what would they change in the education system, they asked for more productive classes, the interaction between students and teachers to be higher, and to have classes that teach them about money management, time management, and self-confidence.
From the other question about their biggest struggle during online classes, we gathered different views. Someone said that it was a problem to focus and concentrate on the lessons; someone said that two classes were scheduled at the same time which made it impossible to keep up with the two of them; while someone complained about the low internet connection. They asked for less homework and more practical action. They asked for training of teachers about technology. And they asked for tolerance and acceptance.
This activity was part of the project “Men and Boys as Partners in Promoting Gender Equality and Preventing Violence and Extremism among Youth in the Balkans” implemented by CARE International Balkans in partnership with YMCA in Kosovo supported by the Austrian Development Agency (ADA) and Oak Foundation.