By: Dardan Hajrizi
The Teach For Kosova team had the pleasure of meeting Director Ismet Ferizi while conducting school visits. During our first meeting, Mr. Ferizi expressed an interest in the program and stated that he was unsure how much he could offer the Teach For Kosova team as he was nearing retirement in the coming two weeks. Although he was nearing retirement- Mr. Ferizi had the energy and charisma of a youthful leader and his passion for education was contagious.
He organized the Teach For Kosova team’s classroom sit-ins in which the team was able to experience what it means to be a student at Frang Bardhi High School, gather valuable data about the teaching methodologies practiced in today’s classrooms, and identify key characteristics that Teach For Kosova’s fellows will possess when the recruitment phase begins.
The team conducted multiple visits to different schools each day that they were in Mitrovica- and by chance they came across Mr. Ferizi as they were on their way to another school. Unbeknownst to the team a valuable conversation about the current state of Kosova’s education system, the obstacles that exist within it, and the tools necessary to overcome these obstacles, unfolded. According to Mr. Ferizi, the youth are the answer to the challenges that exist within the current education system and that if we can attract talented youth into the field of education, the barriers that exist will crumble. He firmly believes in the Teach For Kosova cause and stated that he would be willing to support the program even after he retires.
It is rare to come across someone as passionate about education when they are on the cusp of retirement, as Mr. Ferizi. His dedication to his school, students, community, and the country of Kosova have not gone unnoticed. Thank you, Mr. Ferizi for your service, valuable advice, and unwavering belief in Kosova’s youth and the Teach For Kosova program.