Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) professor Jeff Nowak will visit Kosovo October 6-14 to train teachers & do a classroom makeover. Follow along as we document his experience in creating a Basic Education Program (BEP) as part of USAID.gov and the Kosovo Education Center (KEC). Also on Twitter @IPFWinKosovo.

 

Jeff’s knowledge and enthusiasm for science and his skill at sharing that with the students in Kosovo was amazing. They were all excited to meet “Professor Jeff” and learn from him this week. I know they are all sorry to see him go.

Jeff’s knowledge and enthusiasm for science and his skill at sharing that with the students in Kosovo was amazing. They were all excited to meet “Professor Jeff” and learn from him this week. I know they are all sorry to see him go.

My favorite experience of the week was meeting each and every kid at Naim Frasheri. Seeing how excited they were to meet an actual American and the looks on their faces when I let them touch the iPad and take a photo (the iPad was the real star of the show here in Kosovo - it also allowed me to communicate with all of you efficiently and easily) from very remote locations. I’ll never forget the kids faces doing the experiments with Jeff and their smiles in their new classroom. How proud they all were.

My favorite experience of the week was meeting each and every kid at Naim Frasheri. Seeing how excited they were to meet an actual American and the looks on their faces when I let them touch the iPad and take a photo (the iPad was the real star of the show here in Kosovo - it also allowed me to communicate with all of you efficiently and easily) from very remote locations. I’ll never forget the kids faces doing the experiments with Jeff and their smiles in their new classroom. How proud they all were.

We will never forget our time in Kosovo and hopefully will return again to do more work with these students and schools in the country.

We will never forget our time in Kosovo and hopefully will return again to do more work with these students and schools in the country.

By working together as a class these students have acquired new skills for their academic future. They have seen firsthand how science can be fun. USAID along with their teachers and local community have fostered their love of learning and shown the importance of education.

By working together as a class these students have acquired new skills for their academic future. They have seen firsthand how science can be fun. USAID along with their teachers and local community have fostered their love of learning and shown the importance of education.

Jeff’s passion for science education and his energy inspired all the students and teachers he met this week.

Jeff’s passion for science education and his energy inspired all the students and teachers he met this week.

The students enthusiasm and love of learning has been evident this whole week.

The students enthusiasm and love of learning has been evident this whole week.

The new, completed science lab and classroom will allow all the students at Naim Frasheri to continue their love of science. Now they’ve seen how easy it is to use simple, everyday materials to create science. They loved each and every minute of it.

The new, completed science lab and classroom will allow all the students at Naim Frasheri to continue their love of science. Now they’ve seen how easy it is to use simple, everyday materials to create science. They loved each and every minute of it.

Jeff and Nehat have guided the students and teachers here to develop their science skills and knowledge using everyday materials.

Jeff and Nehat have guided the students and teachers here to develop their science skills and knowledge using everyday materials.

We have so many wonderful memories of our time here in Kosovo and what these kids have taught us.

We have so many wonderful memories of our time here in Kosovo and what these kids have taught us.

The kids say their goodbyes and pose for a few last photos.

The kids say their goodbyes and pose for a few last photos.