Mary Ward Loreto Foundation in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Sports and Youth organized the launching of the research, in the northern region: “Ethics in the Education System in Albania”.
On May 19th, 2018, Hotel Rozafa in Shkodra was the venue for the conference devoted to the findings of the research study: “Ethics in the Education System in Albania.” The study was led by the Mary Ward Loreto Foundation in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Sports. The study was carried out by ACER—Albanian Center for Economic Research—led by Dr. Zef Preci.
The prevalence of unethical behavior in schools has never been measured before in Albania. Mary Ward Loreto Foundation, in partnership with the Ministry of Education, Sports and Youth, have initiated a nationwide research in all levels of education, from preschool to Master’s level, in order to measure the severity and frequency of unethical behavior. This research was conducted by the highly academic team of ACER led by Dr. Zef Preci, using a mixed methodology with a representative sampling for each level of education nationwide.
As an important actor in education in Albania the voices in the northern region added value and increased awareness of this situation. This voice brought to the table important issues in the education of young citizens in Albania.
The goal of the conference in Shkodra, was to spark new strategies and initiatives for the improvement of education for each child and for each young person in Albania.
170 participants attended this conference: Teachers, representatives of the Education Ministry, Parents, students, NGOs and representatives of municipalities from northern Albania.
The panelist and speakers of the conference were:
Ms. Rozalba Medani Head of Policy and Strategy Sector Education in Ministry of Education, Sports and Youth;
Sr. Imelda Poole President of Mary Ward Loreto Foundation;
Dr. Skerdi Zahaj ACER—Albanian Center for Economic Research;
Dr. Shpresa Delija Moderator of the conference and the board member of the MWL Education Project;
S. Kadri Ymeri Regional Education Directorate of Shkodra;
Dr. Elona Mëhilli MWL Education Project, Board Member;
Dr. Elona Dhembo MWL Education Project, Board Member;
Dr. Gerda Sula Education Expert and coordinator of the research work.
Sr. Imelda Poole – MWL Foundation President, gave a deep talk on WHY THIS RESEARCH IS IMPORTANT:
“At a time when Albania is working towards its full membership in the EU, the Albanian government has committed to revising its conceptual framework for quality education, following the recommendations of the Council of Europe’s Education Programs, which point to democratic Education, life skills learning and character formation.
Mary Ward Loreto Foundation is committed to execute its core value on Freedom, Justice and Sincerity and eliminating human trafficking. None of those values can be achieved or the goals aimed for if the systems in Albania are not functioning at the all levels of excellence and especially in education.
Before any change, there has to be research to see what breaks excellence. This research is a first step. Research leads to recommendations and recommendations lead to change, if they are followed.
In the North mobility is an obstacle that is not being addressed, and the school system is not serving the community. We have come to Shkodra because your reality is different; you need to be heard and responses need to be made to suit your needs.
Following the first national conference in Tirana, MWL’s Education Project in collaboration with the Rogationist school in Lezhe, is implementing the Service-Learning methodology.
Service learning involves students in service projects which apply classroom learning in collaboration with local organizations that exist to effect positive change in the community. It is defined as ‘a philosophy, pedagogy, and model for community development that is used as an instructional strategy to meet learning goals and/or content standards.’
Service learning is learning through action. The students apply what they learn in class to community issues and at the same time learn from the experience as they achieve real objectives for the community. It leads to a democratization of the school system.
MWL Foundation in collaboration with ANTTARC, supported by EU and in the framework of PACT project, are implementing the project entitled: “Learning, Practicing and Influencing Integrity Fellowship”. MWL Youth Project, led by Gazmir Memaj, is now in Lezha and is implementing this project. The target of the project is the need for youth to actively participate in the decision-making and monitoring processes of local public policies and the need to combat unlawful practices and unprofessional corrupt behavior by public institutions.
The main goal is democratization of the working of the municipality and transformation for systemic change.
We will answer to this auditor and follow up all the action points which came up and especially we will evaluate the impact of the findings of this research. This study report is shared in all schools that have participated in the research. We are planning to share it even in other schools.”
Please click the link below to read the full minutes, including all discussion points, of the MWL Education conference. We hope you will find these minutes an interesting addition to the excellent Research project now published on this website. Minutes: Conference – Ethics in the Education System in Albania, 19.05.2018.
Please click the link below to find the PRESENTATION: METHODOLOGY AND FINDINGS OF THE RESEARCH from Dr. Skerdi Zahaj – ACER https://prezi.com/igjb9w1yqr2f/etika-ne-sistemin-arsimor/
Please click the link below to find the presentation of Dr. Blerta Bodinaku – ACER: Recommendation of the Research. Please click here to download it.
Pictures below taken from the conference in Shkodra:
Shkodra, May 19th, 2018
The Mary Ward Loreto Women’s Project and students from Rogationist School, participating in the MWL Service Learning Project, joined “The Cooking Festival” on 6th May, in Lezhe. This event is organized by the Municipality of Lezha. Many businesses attended the event and presented their products and culinary items specific to the area.
Mary Ward Loreto was proud to present handcrafted items made at the women’s center in Kallmet.
The students of the Service Learning Project were invited to present two of their mini projects that they are implementing at their school.
They were very eager to take an active role in presenting these two projects that educate and facilitate discussion about bullying and the communist regime in Albania; “Bullizmi” and “Kujtese per te mos Harruar”.
(“Bullying” and “Remembrance Not to Forget”)
The Service Learning methodology involves learning, practicing, and civic engagement. This event allowed our women and students to practice these by taking action in the community.
We look forward to more events like this!
Mary Ward Loreto Foundation and the Ministry of Education, Sports and Youth are happy to announce the Launching of the Research: “Ethics in the Education System in Albania”, in the northern region of Albania.
Date: 19 May 2018,
Place: Hotel Rozafa, in Shkodra City,
Time: 10:00 – 13:00, (Registrations start at 9:30)
Young people have a right to be empowered with a social and moral awareness in order to thrive in our society. This means preparing young people to be citizens ready to influence the growing democracy. Such values are not only taught but need to be demonstrated by all actors in the life of a school.
The prevalence of unethical behaviour in schools has never been measured before in Albania. Mary Ward Loreto Foundation, in partnership with the Ministry of Education, Sports and Youth, initiated a nationwide research in all levels of education, from preschool to Master’s level, in order to measure the severity and frequency of unethical behaviour. This research was conducted by a highly academic team of ACER led by Dr. Zef Preci, using a mixed methodology with a representative sampling for each level of education nationwide.
As an important actor in education in Albania, the voice in the Northern regions of Albania will add value and increase awareness of this situation. This voice of the North, spoken throughout this research, needs to be heard out loud and in public bringing to the table issues, which you consider important, in the education of young citizens in the Northern Regions of Albania.
Should you be interested to participate, please contact us:
Tel: +355 44 500 388
Fondacioni Mary Ward Loreto dhe Ministria e Arsimit, organizon prezantimin e studimit: “Etika në Sistemin Arsimor në Shqipëri”, në zonën e Veriut të Shqipërisë.
Data: 19 Maj 2018
Vendi: Hotel Rozafa, Shkodër
Ora: 10.00 – 13.00 (Regjistrimi fillin ne 9.30)
Të rinjtë kanë nevojë për ndërgjegjësim social dhe moral gjatë arsimimit të tyre, me qëllim që t’i shërbejnë sa më mirë një shoqërie demokratike. Prandaj është e domosdoshme që qytetarët e rinj të përgatiten për jetesën e përbashkët demokratike. Vlera të tilla nuk jepen vetëm në mësim, por tregohen në zbatim nga të gjithë aktorët në jetën shkollore e universitare.
Mes sfidash të tjera, natyra e sjelljeve joetike në sistemin arsimor është një fushë ende e pa ezauruar në Shqipëri. Fondacioni Mary Ward Loreto Foundation, në bashkëpunim me Ministrinë e Arsimit ndërmori një kërkim shkencor kombëtar në të gjitha nivelet e arsimit që nga kopshti deri në nivel Master, me qëllim matjen e sjelljeve joetike nga të gjithë aktorët: mësuesit, prindërit dhe nxënësit. Kërkimi u realizuar nga një ekip akademik dhe profesionistësh kërkimorë të udhëhequr nga Dr. Zef Preci, duke përdorur metodologji të kombinuar sasiore e cilësore, me një kampionim përfaqësues për secilin nivel arsimimi në gjithë Shqipërinë.
Si një aktor i rëndësishëm në arsimin në Shqipëri, zëri i zonave të veriut të Shqipërisë do të shtojë vlerën dhe do të rrisë ndërgjegjësimin për këtë situatë. Ky zë, i folur përmes këtij hulumtimi, duhet të dëgjohet, duke sjellë në tryezë çështje që ju i konsideroni të rëndësishme, në edukimin e të rinjve në Rajonin e Veriut të Shqipërisë.
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The Hämeenlinna conference turned out to be once again a place where researchers could meet, exchange ideas, projects and research via workshops, training, educational activities, interactive sessions, transformational labs, and other opportunities for cooperation and discussion. The included conference papers will take you back to Hämeenlinna and the most interesting findings shared during the conference.
Mrs. Shpresa Deliaj, Board Member of the MWL Education Project since the beginning, presented in this conference the findings of the MWL Education research “Ethics in the Education System”.
Please find in this publication the MWL Education Project paper and the findings of the study report “Ethics in the Education System” shared during the conference.
Please click here to download the EAPRIL 2017 PROCEEDINGS. (You will find the MWL Education output on the page 310 – 319.)
The MWL Foundation in a joint effort with Rogationist school in Lezhe is implementing the Service-Learning methodology which is planned to be a pilot study project. The pilot study is ongoing in partnership with a local school and local community activists.
Service learning involves students in service projects which apply classroom learning in collaboration with local organizations that exist to effect positive change in the community. It is defined as “a philosophy, pedagogy, and model for community development that is used as an instructional strategy to meet learning goals and/or content standards.”
Service learning is learning through action. The students apply what they learn in class to community issues and at the same time learn from the experience as they achieve real objectives for the community.
The pedagogical staffs of Rogationist School are working closely with the MWL staff and the students planning all together the implementation of this new learning approach. Through the service learning programme, the young people involvement will increase their communication skills and their interpersonal development, particularly the ability to work well with others. In addition, they will develop personal leadership skills.
The training of the pedagogical staff and 37 students from the School government means that they have been introduced to the methodology and have prepared for the stages of the project implementation.
The students have been trained in the project cycle management to understand what are the stages of a Service Learning project in order to apply these stages into the concrete implementation of the SL projects which will be initiated by the students. Please click here to read the full report.