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  • 5 to 10 students
  • up to 1 semester
  • English, Shqip

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Local products(Resource ID: 318)

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This seminar will enable students to become self aware of the advantages of local products and the benefits of using them and how they influence the better quality and economic development of the country. Businesses are included in the seminar as partners. The contribution of the seminar is how to instruct the companies to increase clientele by increasing the quality of the production after the students critiques it. In this case, businesses will increase productivity which will increase the number of workers, which will mean more people employed and thus providing a more stable economy in the country.

The main purpose of this seminar is to raise awareness of the population of the local products and the way it influences stable economic, social and financial sustainability.

First, for the organisation of such a seminar is needed to explore the companies and enterprises that have local products. Such information can be taken from the companies’ registration office. This will be followed by the creation of a web page, in which all the info about this seminar will be uploaded and published. At the same time it is better to make the production companies who are not registered at the businesses registration office know and in this way, we  can create a network by introducing companies or producers with the same interest. The web page also serves for the promotion of the local products of such producers.

The training is divided into three parts:

The first day will be mostly in the form of a workshop where the local producers will display and introduce their products and at the same time they will have conversations through a questions and answers session with the producers and the participants of this seminar, who will mainly be university students. Therefore, the first day will be divided in two parts

  • In the first part, it will be held at a fair, where local products will be displayed. Every business will have its section and in it, they can also display leaflets and posters.
  • In the second part of the first day, it will be apply The Participating Observation method, and the representatives will also show their products and highlight the difficulties and positive sides of their products. The students will also be able to ask questions.  

The second day will be a lecture, where the students will be lectured about the benefits of the state and the business and if the local products use has increased. Likewise, a person from the Chamber of Commerce might come and lecture on economic and social stability. After this, it will be necessary to use the Canvas method about national products and what the local products business should do to increase their sales. First, the students will be divided into groups. Each group will have a printed model in the form of a poster on which they will work. Initially, each group will be assigned a participating company in the fair. The students need to be motivated through questions on the local products, to make it clear what is being asked by them. This needs to be done in the form of brainstorming. They will write their ideas on small pieces of papers that will be stuck on the poster. Knowing that Canvas model has 9 fields, the students work on each field for 10 to 20 minutes per field. In the end, every group will make a presentation of their model in front of the others and they will also have time for some feedback.

Third day will include the Fieldwork method; a visit to any of these companies that deal with the production of the local products and which participate in the fair. The purpose of this visit is to see their work, how do they do it, and how they develop their products. At the end of the visit, the students will make a questionnaire and submit it to them. The questions will focus on the products, weak points, and improvements for better success in the market. The suggestions should be available in written form and each production company will have the opportunity to improve based on the given weak points provided by the students.

Integration of Social Stakeholders
Businesses are included in the seminar as partners, students will have the opportunity to observe them closely and get to know the local products better. This seminar will also serve as a bridge for both parties: the company will increase the number of clients, because looking at the manner in which the product is produced makes it more trusted; and also the companies will have the opportunity to improve the quality of products, thanks to the critiques from the students. In this way, the businesses will increase the production and it will influence the number of employees, which means more employed people and thus a more stable national economy.

Actors:
– Production businesses
– economic field (domain)
– Students
Strength
– Businesses will have more clients
– There will be better relations among producers.
- Students will get to know nearby business better.
– Students will have the opportunity to learn about the economic and financial stability.
– Students will learn about the benefits of using local products.
Weakness
– ignoring students’ recommendations
Learning Outcomes
– Students will learn about economic, social and financial stability and also about the products that are produced locally.
– They will have the opportunity to see the production closely.
– Businesses will benefit, since they will have the opportunity to see the real needs and preferences of the population.
Relevance for Sustainability
– stable consumption
– sustainable economy
Related Teaching Resources
No specific previous knowledge / related resources required
Preparation Efforts
Low
Preparation Efforts Description
– The representatives from the Chamber of Commerce should be prepared and have knowledge of economic, social, and financial sustainability. – The businesses should be informed of the production process and the difficulties they encounter during the production process.
Access
Free
Assessment
None
Credit/Certification Description
None
Sources and Links

http://siteresources.worldbank.org/INTKOSOVO/Resources/KosovoCEA.pdf

http://www-sre.wu-wien.ac.at/ersa/ersaconfs/ersa99/Papers/a139.pdf

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This teaching resource, realised within the project ConSus, has been funded with the support of the TEMPUS of the European Union. The contents reflect the views of the authors, and the European Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

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Vjosa Hajdari
vjosahajdari(at)gmail.com
This teaching resource is allocated to following University:
UPHZ - University of Peja "Haxhi Zeka"
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University Haxhi Zeka
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