The Bridge Program: English Language for Cross-Cultural Communication (Kosovo)

Deadline: 25-Feb-21 The U.S. Embassy in Pristina announces an open competition for organizations to submit applications to carry out a program to provide after-school English language instruction and enhancement activities to ethnically diverse groups of youth age 14-18 in six (6) Kosovo’s municipalities. (Ad) What tools do you need to raise funds for your organization? A grants database, a donor search option, sample proposals, a library of guidebooks on how to raise funds, a grants map, a deadline calendar, training from fundraising experts and an alert system to give you timely information about new opportunities. We have all of these in our Premium Membership service – now available at 50% discount. $49.99 per year only. Click here! Objectives Potential applicants should clearly address in their proposals how they intend to reach the below objectives one by one: Objective 1 – Before September 2021, the winning applicant will set up at least six (6) regional classes in following cities: Kamenica, Mitrovica, Gracanica, Peja, Prizren, and Sterpce, as evidenced by the number of classes established. Objective 2 – By the start of project implementation, the winning applicant will have reached out to rural areas to recruit at least 50% of participating students, as evidenced by the number of participants from rural areas. Objective 3 – By the start of the project implementation, the winning applicant will have recruited no less than 50% females, as evidenced by the number of males and female participants. Objective 4 – By the start of project implementation, the winning applicant will have recruited for all regional classes, depending on the municipality’s ethnic composition, a diverse group of student participants from no less than two of the following communities: Kosovo Albanian (K-Albanian), K-Bosnian, K-Turkish, K-Roma, K-Ashkali, K-Egyptian, KGorani and K-Serbian student participants, as evidenced by the number of participants from various ethnicities participating in a class. Objective 5 – By end of the two-year program, at least 80% of participating students will team up to learn and communicate with each other in English, learn about the U.S. culture and values, as well as each other’s culture, and engage together in innovative and creative activities and networking opportunities, as evidenced by the retention levels of students throughout the program. Objective 6 – By the end of the program, the ethnically mixed classes of students will have built a stronger sense of Kosovar identity and inclusion, and a stronger sense of the phrase “Kosovo is my home”, as evidenced by their inclusive individual and group narratives. Objective 7 – By the end of the program, at least 90% of participating students will have embraced American values of diversity, inclusion and inter-ethnic harmony, as evidenced by their shared views on these specific topics. Objective 8 – By end of the two-year program, at least 90% of participating students will have built a sense of solidarity with one another and an appreciation of each other’s culture and differences through joint regional networking events and activities, as evidenced by the number of joint activities participated in. Objective 9 – By the end of the program, all participating students will have improved their English communication skills through their participation in after-school activities, as evidenced by their English communication test skills. Objective 10 – By the end of the program, at least 10% of participating students will have made an attempt to enter a U.S. educational institution, as evidenced by the number of participants who either apply or take college admission tests. Objective 11 – By the end of the program, at least 80% of participating students demonstrate an increase in their media literacy and critical thinking skills, as evidenced by their narratives of social media use. Objective 12 – By the end of the program, at least 50% of participating students demonstrate an increase in their employment skills through participation in job interviewing role-playing activities, business writing and business field visits, as evidenced by the quality of such skills improved. Funding Information (Ad) How can I search grant information of my interest? Number of awards anticipated: one (1) award; Award Amounts: $400,000; Total available funding: $400,000; Performance Period: Proposed programs should be completed in two (2) years or less. Program Goal This two-year program provides Kosovo’s youth with a common language, English, in which to communicate – a key tool in overcoming the deep ethnic divisions in Kosovo that those seeking to undermine Kosovo’s sovereignty, as well as political and economic potential, seek to exacerbate and exploit. This English language program removes roadblocks to inter-ethnic communication and facilitates inclusion. The BRIDGE (Building Respect, Inclusion, Diversity, and Goodwill through English) program will bring between 3

The Bridge Program: English Language for Cross-Cultural Communication (Kosovo)

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