Published on Nov 15, 2014
SPEECH OF THE MINISTER OF EDUCATION OF ALBANIA
Planned to be held in the Paralel Session “Experiences for Sustainable Development”
On 10.11.2014, time: 13.30-15.30
UNESCO Conference, Nagoya, Japan
On behalf of the Ministry of the Education and Sports of Albanian Government, it’s an honor and privilege for me to address this conference dedicated to education for sustainable development.
Today more than ever, we are conscious that sustainable development cannot be achieved solely by achievements in technology, either by financial or policy instruments. It requires a comprehensive approach that starts with the change of mindset that can result in a change of our behavior towards environment and natural resources.
Education for sustainable development it shall develop and strengthen the capacities of individuals that can make choices that benefit the sustainability of our world! Such education needs to promote the change of the point of view on how people aim to live in a better and more secured world, in a healthier and wealthier manner that can improve the way we live and the quality of our life.
In Albania, we are fully aware that we need to be engaged for a long-term in order to achieve high levels of consciousness for sustainable living. We are also aware that it can be established thanks to the education, as one of the key instruments to address today’s global challenges. We believe that education for sustainable development is vital and necessary for every country, including my own.
In Albania, the education on sustainable development and environment are part of the curricula and extra-curricular activities that make up the framework. Our new approach to the curriculum, based on gaining competences, represents a significant shift from the traditional curricula. It’s aligned with the curricula of European countries and requires profound changes that affect the whole educational system from documentation, the training systems, human resources, to physical infrastructure of educational institutions.
Our children today need to improve their attitudes and knowledge towards discovering the challenges of sustainable development from different point of view, starting from the impact of human activity to the environment, to issues related to population development, hunger and poverty, renewable resources of energy and how to save it; and that business and technological development meets the principals of sustainable development.
At the newly integrated sciences curriculum, the environment and its activities is highly regarded. In this form the subject of the environment teaching will not be left to the will of teachers, but becomes part of the curriculum requirement. This also requires that alongside the texts for students, teachers and schools will be supported by information and didactic packages on education for environment, such as the Green Pack. Moreover this interactive package makes students further interested on the subject by putting them at the center of the activities. We are giving to all schools the freedom to develop the environmental education within the context of each classroom or school.
Since many years now in our lower secondary education the Green Pack, a product of the Regional Environmental Center, serves not only as a resource material at school, but also as a model for curriculum development. In our opinion, the inclusion of education for sustainable development in our pre-university education system it serves to secure vertical coherence of environmental activities thoughout the education system of Albania.
Today, it is widely accepted that the traditional model of education is no longer adequate, because society needs from young people to be able to interact actively and use in practice the knowledge and insights gained from education. Therefore, the construction and use of new knowledge and competencies for life and work, at every level of the education system constitutes a key challenge of our curricula reform and its targets. We are facing this challenge by developing new policies that harmonise the development of new curricula with the reformation of
the Universities Schools of Education and the systems that support the training and professional development of our education specialists, teachers and heads of educational authorities at every level of management.
Finally, education, apart from being a basic human rights, it’s a prequisite for achieving sustainable development and a key tool of good governance, participatory decision-making that strengthens our democracy. It is because of these reasons that today, more than ever we are aware that education for sustainable development is a global and joint effort that helps us to achieve our vision for a europeanised and modern Albania.
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Aleksandër Moisiu University or officially Aleksandër Moisiu University of Durrës (Albanian: Universiteti i Durrësit Aleksandër Moisiu; short: UAMD) is the newest public academic institution of the Republic of Albania. The University is located in the ancient city of Durrës and has a branch in Peshkopi. It was inaugurated in 2006 and is using the American system of education, unlike the rest of the public universities in the country.
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At the age of 31, already a member of the Parliament in the Republic of Albania, Ms. Shkjau notes that she has 8 years of experience in volunteering activities. “I never thought I was going to be an MP” she confessed during the open forum organized by Epoka University International Relations students Club. Faith in and respect for Albanian youth is well grounded, yet the challenge remains involvement. Young people should be open minded and willing to try internships/exchange of experience that is not paid but is important to build experience. Ms. Shkjau is willing to get together with Epoka students to contact the Ministry of Youth and Social Welfare and several businesses so that to build some plans of activities and to facilitate internships.
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1999 - Present
Dr. Jerry Ashby
Tirana International School is a private, non-profit institution that opened in September of 1991 and offers a high-quality education in the English language for pre-school, elementary, and secondary students. Classes are small, allowing for ample individual attention for all students. The warm and welcoming school community makes it an ideal place to receive a quality education from QSI.
The academic program is rigorous, taking advantage of the strengths of a mastery learning approach within a framework of student performance-based principles. The high school offers a wide variety of Advanced Placement (AP) courses both on site and on-line.
The school offers a host of after-school activities to complement the academic program. Teachers and community members provide a mixture of free and for-pay activities for elementary students. For middle school and high school students, TIS participates in both sports and academic-related activities through the Central and Eastern European Schools Association (CEESA), the Tirana Association of International Schools (TAIS), and the QSI Balkans schools in Sarajevo, Podgorica, and Skopje.
Tirana International School is situated on a 5.5-hectare site at the edge of the city in an upscale, growing residential area. The new facility offers ample space and amenities for students of all ages—including a full-size gymnasium; a cafeteria/auditorium; terraces, balconies, and informal study areas to support group work; two computer labs; and an outdoor sports complex that features a soccer pitch, track, lighted tennis court, and multi-purpose court.
Geography and population: Albania is a country in the south-eastern Europe on the Balkan Peninsula and spans across an area of 28,748 km ². The neighboring countries include Macedonia, Greece, Kosovo, Serbia, and Montenegro. Its western side is flanked by the Adriatic Sea and the Ionian Sea borders its south-western side. It has a population of 2,994,667 as per 2011 census. Albanians constitute 97% of the population, followed by 1% Greeks.
The remaining 2% is comprised of Vlachos, Roma, Serbs, Macedonians, Balkan Egyptians, and Bulgarians. Capital: The capital of Albania is Tirana which is also the largest city. It occupies an area of 16 sq. miles and has a population of about 800,000. It is bound by the Dajti Mountain to the east and the Tirana River runs through the city. Tirana is the center of the social, political, economic, educational and cultural life of the country.
Climate: The climate of Albania is predominantly mild. The lowlands have a Mediterranean climate with cool summers and rainy winters. The highlands however are cold and experience snowfall from November until March.
Language: The Language is Albanian. Besides, the people speak Italian and English as well.
Religions: The major religions of Albania are Islam and Christianity. In Albania 70% are Muslims, 20% are Albanian Orthodox Christians, and the remaining 10% are Roman Catholics.
Currency: The currency of Albania is called Lek and is issued by the Bank of Albania. Frequently used are coins with denominations of 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 Lek. Similarly, most frequently used banknotes are of 200, 500, 1000 Lek.
1 US$= 123.9 Lek (approx.)
1 €= 140.2 Lek (approx.)
Society: The country has a strong culture which students are likely to participate in while living here. The strong history here is also a key component and it is evident on everything from the country's architecture to the religious elements present. The countryside is remote and lush. They make for the ideal opportunity for the individual to explore the natural beauty of this area. However, in the larger cities, every modern amenity is available including access to the Internet.
For more detailed information please refer to: http://www.mapsofworld.com/albania/facts.html
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Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have opened new doors for free online learning that lends itself well to ICT-related subjects. Meanwhile, employers seek candidates with relevant web skills. The Supply and Demand of MOOCs Infographic shows what skills are most in demand and what MOOCs are available that teach those skills, based on the results of a study conducted by the European Commission.
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Published on Dec 29, 2014
Albania is currently experiencing a labor shortage in technical skills. Although there have been substantial investments in VET programs, Albania has reported a lower than average quality of students with adequate skills to join workforce. See here why!
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Few entrepreneurs can claim to have contributed to building their own country. But two brothers fromAlbania, Thanas and Vangjel Rula, can. As founders and owners of Europa Construction, which produces metal infrastructure used in tunnels, dams, sports arenas, cinemas and industrial facilities, they are responsible for work that has become, quite literally, part of Albania’s landscape.
And, as successful businessmen in a transition country, they also set an example of how to build a stronger, more competitive private sector. The relatively under-developed small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) sector has the potential to modernise and create more value in the Albanian economy, which is still too reliant on imports.
When the brothers first established Europa Construction in 1995, they had experience building petrol stations and tanks. Private car ownership was booming and petrol stations were mushrooming all over the country.
“We thought: why don’t we do it ourselves?” recalled Thanas. “We bought the machinery and the facility and we started with the first private petrol station of an Italian company.”
The brothers established their company’s premises in 1,000m2 of space on the outskirts of Elbasan, one of the largest Albanian cities, in a huge disused district built in the 1970s for a metallurgic plant and celebrated as industrial jewel by the then Communist regime. The market economy was bringing new life to the area and Europa Construction was one of the first companies to have reclaimed this strategic space from industrial archaeology.
Soon demand for their products started to grow, especially from large foreign companies operating in Albania. Guaranteeing higher quality standards therefore became a priority for the company’s future. At this crucial time, EBRD Small Business Support (SBS), with funding from the Netherlands, matched Europa Construction with an expert consultant to guide the company through the ISO certification process.
“Only a few Albanian companies in this business have ISO standards so we gained a real advantage,” explained Ermal Rula, Vangjel’s 32-year-old son, who is involved in the family business as a project engineer. “Now our suppliers too need to be certified so other companies are complying with better standards.”
Further SBS support funded by Luxembourg helped the company develop a new strategic plan for the future. Its implementation required investment for the expansion of the workshop area and acquiring new technology. The successful drafting of the business plan resulted in Europa Construction receiving a loan from a local bank for over half the investment needed.
Enhancing local skills and strengthening SMEs’ performance is at the heart of the EBRD’s work via SBS. The ultimate goal is to enhance the competitiveness of Albania’s SME sector. Now European Construction operates a 6,000m2 facility, the production system is more streamlined, security for the 48 employees has increased and costs and construction defects have diminished.
“It’s a great time for us,” said Ermal. “The ISO certification and the business plan opened up many opportunities. We recently landed a huge order from a leading French company doing engineering works for the Banja Hydropower plant, on the Devoll river.
“Our pipes will feed water from the lake to the turbine that generates power. It’s a huge achievement that makes us proud.”
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