Leadership training for the Twinning working group took place on the 14th to 15th of May in Prishtina. This time the training was a two day training, which will continue with the next part in the end of June. This session was the first in the year 2015. In 2014 the group had three meetings. The Twinning working group is going to have all together eight times two days trainings during the years 2015-2016. The group consists of about 30 members who are mostly from MEST, but also have some representatives from KPI, Faculty of Education, World Bank, EU office, Teachers Union, KEC, BEP, GIZ, and Parents council and MED in Prishtina. The Twinning working group’s members’ organizations task is to support the implementation of the new curriculum, at least in some way. The Twinning working group’s main task is to implement the new curriculum, at least in some way. The WG has an advisory role. The trainings were held by STE Mr. Markku Lepojärvi and STE Mr. Santi Martinez.

In the beginning of the training participants were asked what they are expecting from the working committee; what kind of added value/contribution each member of the working group has; and what they expect from it and what they as individual will do. These questions turned out to be a slight challenge to answer. However, there was some progress during the training.

This time the training was a bit out of the ordinary; participants got the chance to watch the movie “Twelve Angry Men” and later analyze it. STE’s Mr. Lepojärvi and Mr. Martinez had chosen a movie from the fifties, a black and white movie, which illustrated a jury meeting. In the movie, everything happens in one room. It is about a jury in a court. A boy has been accused for killing his father. If he is guilty he will be sentenced to death. Participants of the training were given seven questions, which helped them analyze the movie. The idea was to pay attention to each member of the jury instead of the story itself.

Instead of having the participants read a case, STE’s Mr. Lepojärvi and Mr. Martinez wanted to show a movie. With the help of the movie it is easier to identify people and learn to understand people. The characters in the movie might be a bit exaggerated, but some of the participants of the training said that they could recognize similarities with meetings in Kosovo.

STE Mr. Martinez spoke about how to work in a group and the reasons why people get paid in the first place. Often people think “they get paid because they do things”. Instead, they should change this way of thinking towards “people get paid because they get things done”. It is important to always keep the goal in mind, make the right decision and not to get personal. The movie was a good example, because the jury did what had to be done and they stayed in the room and discussed. STE Mr. Martinez said also that it is vital to have good manners in a working group. Members of a group can lose their content by the way they express things. Learning to listen is also a part of good group ethics. This was clearly shown in the movie where some of the jury members did not allow others to speak.

STE Mr. Lepojärvi had a small exercise about group dynamics. The idea of the exercise was to assess the members of the jury as a group and see what effect different members had. Groups were asked to give grades from 0...-...2 to each individual. Half points were also allowed. Once each member of the jury got their grades, their score was multiplied. Whenever the result of the multiplication is under 1, the group work is negative. On the other hand, when everyone are active, the group actually gives more.

Participants of the training were very pleased with the learnings they got. The movie triggered some good discussions and participants got a bit clearer idea of how they can make a change, and how will each member of the group contribute. STE Mr. Lepojärvi said that the common goal for the people working within the education sector is the children of the country.