School of Politics is one of the first programs of non-formal political education in Kosovo and the oldest one that is still active. Since 2003 the School of Politics has been implemented by the Pristina Institute for Political Studies with the support and under the auspices of the Council of Europe. The purpose of the program is to promote a new political culture for young leaders in line with the three key principles of the Council of Europe: democracy, rule of law and human rights. During one calendar year 30 participants from political parties, media, civil society, public administration have the opportunity to attend lectures with eminent local and international speakers. The program is currently implemented in 22 countries around the world and the graduates are certified by the Council of Europe and the Secretary General of this organization.
The educational purpose of the School can be described with the idea of strengthening democratic principles and practices. The curricula of the School of Politics modules include a variety of topics such as political theories, democratization, good governance, electoral process, political parties, foreign policy, EU enlargement policy and public communication. Due to its longevity and quality, the Prishtina School of Politics has become one of the central platforms of public debate among public actors in Kosovo. The program has proven to be a valuable experience for all individuals motivated to be involved in the positive change of Kosovar society through civic activism.
The participants are selected on merit based on their professional ability, taking into account other relevant political, geographical, social, ethnic and gender factors. A large number of School of Politics Alumni have held and continue to hold positions in key institutions in Kosovo. On the other hand, the lecturers of the School of Politics are experts in the fields involved in political processes and public life, coming from different spheres: politicians, policymakers, representatives of institutions and organizations, academics, journalists, diplomats and businessmen. As such, the School of Politics also offers participants a unique opportunity to expand their network and contacts.