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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 164-168

From mathematics to psychosocial work: personal reflections on a decade of psychosocial work with children in Kosovo

head of the Curriculum Division in the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology in Kosovo and he is Executive Director of the local NGO QPEA, based in Ferizaj, Kosovo. website: www.qpea.org

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The author of this field report, originally a professor in mathematics, describes in a personal report how oppression and violent conflict in Kosovo effected a change in his career, and how he became the founder and director of a local nongovernmental organisation in the field of education and psychosocial support for children. After the conflict, many psychosocial activities were organised. Unfortunately, local experience was often ignored in these projects. After more than a decade of experience, the author stresses the pivotal role of teachers as the key agents in improving psychosocial support to children. Further, he emphasises the importance of strengthening local capacity, rather than international agencies implementing projects with expatriate staff.

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