Project-based learning develops problem-solving skills

Publication Date April 06, 2020

Fjolla, Dominik, and Sonila are members of the Culture Club at the Xhevdet Doda School in Pristina. In October 2019, the Club was working on the famous historical play, “The Tragedy of Julius Caesar” by William Shakespeare. Fjolla, Dominik, and Sonila volunteered to help by making costumes. Their teacher, the supervisor of the Culture Club, offered them the opportunity to gain practical skills in a cross-curricular project. To develop the costumes for the play, they used computer design and the use of a computerized sewing machine provided by the After School Support for Teens Program. When asked about the possible challenges they faced during their work on this project, all three agreed that the work went surprisingly well.

“Coordinating tasks and managing time with each other was easy to do, since we were all in the same classes every day and shared the same school schedule” said Fjolla.

The process of design sketching. October 2019.

“Working together on this project has helped us develop our communication skills, patience and flexibility” said Sonila.

Although research on the costume design for the play was done at the beginning, they were able to put their creativity into action during the making of the costumes, when solving problems and adding some modern patterns to the costumes. Fjolla explained how they had little time to panic and how they had to be quick at solving minor issues that they faced while working on the costumes.

“We loved exploring different designs that we could do with the computerized sewing machine as we were working together, it was incredible!” added Dominik.

After watching the play, all three were impressed with the results. They said that they look forward to working together again and are willing to share their knowledge on how to work on such projects with other students. This project, implemented jointly by Xhevdet Doda and Eqrem Çabej schools, filled students with hope and ambition to follow arts throughout their academic careers. Seeing the play staged at a city theater allowed them to feel proud of the work they had done and the skills they had gained.