The mission of BONEVET is to empower and support children and young people in turning their ideas into reality.
BONEVET, which means "Do it Yourself" in Albanian, is a child-friendly learning environment where natural abilities are nurtured, and young people are encouraged to discover their individual talents and interests through play and technology. The mission of BONEVET is to empower and support children and young people in turning their ideas into reality.
Lira, a student who has attended BONEVET's STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) courses for a year, is a testament to the value of this innovative learning environment. The STEAM classes helped her to develop ideas with value, imagination, and creativity, as well as equipping her with the technical and creative skills necessary to bring those ideas to life.
Now six years old and in her first year of school, Lira has developed an understanding and thought process that allows her to solve challenges in various aspects of life. She has completed courses in programming, robotics, and the arts.
Lira used mTiny, an early childhood education robot for kids that she calls the Panda Robot, to join the world of programming and robotics. The robot's colourful and visual puzzle blocks were tools for her to "guide/program" it. Lira also enjoyed the art class, which allowed her to visualize her ideas and unleash her creativity. Moreover, classes such as Froebel Gifts enabled her to make connections between her learning and the real world.
BONEVET offers this variety of courses to complement each other and touch different aspects of children's development. According to Lira, "BONEVET is a great space for me. It has many children where they can take part in one class but can also visit other classes and see if they like it."
BONEVET's interdisciplinary approach to learning also helps children in their real life. As Lira explains, "BONEVET teaches you about school, mathematics, shapes, and it teaches children very, very, very well."
As Kosovo is working in increasing access to proper early childhood education, BONEVET has an immeasurable impact on the education of children. Supporters such as UN and partners are invaluable allies who contribute to the education of thousands of students. BONEVET has centres in Gjakova/Đakovica, Pristina, Kamenicë/a, Kaçanik-Kačanik, and Mitrovica south, making it possible for children all over Kosovo to participate in their courses.
UN Agencies such a UN Women, UNDP etc, are engaged with BONEVET since it’s onset, with the latest notable partnership around Manifesta Biennale 14 in 2022, with UNICEF and Development Coordination Office, when part of an ‘Animals. Once upon a time. In a present time’ installation was done by the artist Driant Zeneli with a group of children and youth. LINK
BONEVET functions as a network of connected centres, and this article was written by, Rinë Fetahu, Managing Director of the Pristina BONEVET Centre. For more information, please see www.bonevet.org.