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Pejë and Sabac exchange experiences on vocational education


A delegation from Sabac, Serbia, led by mayor Nebojsa Zelenovic and municipal assembly chairperson Nemanja Pajic are staying for a two day visit to Pejë town within the framework of the program “Support to Education and Employment Development – SEED” funded by the Austrian Development Agency (ADA). 

On Tuesday, mayor of Sabac town visited the vocational centre in Pejë town, whereby the director Rexhë Gashi and other teachers explained the functioning of this centre and the vocations taught in it, writes “Koha Ditore”.

This project is being implemented in Kosovo, Albania and Serbia and aims to contribute to employment, reduction of poverty and to influence economic and social development in these three countries.

“This project is important through which we can share our experiences. I saw now that this vocational centre exists in Pejë and we should have a similar one in Sabac. We have a centre where we provide trainings, but this one here is very practical, because for a short time people are trained in practical part of a vocation. Now we will look at the impact of our work and the work of this centre and compare them,” Nebojsa Zelenović the mayor of Sabac stated for Koha Ditore newspaper during the visit of this vocational centre.

They visited some cultural heritage sites and the village of Gorazhdevc, inhabited by Kosovo Serb community.

“This is my first time in Kosovo and Pejë. I am impressed because Pejë looks very much like Sabac. It is very open and friendly, it takes care of its citizens, regardless of their nationality, be them Albanians, Serbs, or members of another community. I was convinced about this when I visited the Patriarchy, Gorazhdevc, and in meetings with people,” Zelenovic said. 

According to him, if these two municipalities start to communicate well with each other, this will be only the first step of cooperation and the next one will be to bring the businesses of the two municipalities together to discuss common interests. “If that happens, there will be no more borders and who knows how many benefits it will bring,” Zelenovic said.

Besim Avdimetaj, the Director of the Education Department in Pejë, who was accompanying Zelenovic, said that this visit is a positive possibility. He stated that this is their third meeting.

“This was a return visit as we have been there twice. We were there last year and in April within the framework of the vocational education and labour market,” Avdimetaj said.

He also added, “We will look at the possibility to establish cooperation in the field of agriculture. We hope we will get saplings from Sabac next year and we will distribute them to the farmers.”