School of Politics
School of Politics
School of Politics is one of the first non-formal political education programs in Kosovo and the oldest program that is still active. Since 2003, the School of Politics is implemented by the Prishtina Institute for Political Studies with the support and under the umbrella of the Council of Europe.
The School of Politics of Pristina was established with the aim of empowering political, economic, social and cultural leaders, to help the transition process of Kosovar society by supporting the creation of a modern society, democratic political culture, through providing a space for dialogue and exchange between current and future leaders, coming from a variety of fields. In a broader perspective, the work of the School of Politics is related to addressing the democratic deficit, the rule of law and the issue of human rights. The participants of the School are selected from a wide range of groups, actors and organizations such as political parties, public administration, civil society, media, minority groups, business and academia. The educational focus of the School can be described with the idea of strengthening democratic principles and practices. The School's modules include topics such as: the functioning of the democratic order with participation, representation and inclusiveness, good governance, human rights, security policies, foreign policy and international relations, development policies such as energy and the green agenda, as well as parties politics and the role of the media.
Each academic year, the school accepts a group of up to 30 participants who are selected based on their professional skills, taking into consideration other relevant political, social, ethnic, gender, and geographical factors. A significant number of former participants of the School of Politics hold key positions in political and social life in Kosovo. Moreover, the School's lecturers are experts in various fields, involved in political processes and public life, academics, representatives of institutions and organizations, diplomats and journalists, local and international.
The School of Politics program is supported by the Council of Europe.