Lack of education can lead societies to crisis and stagnation. In our modern world, one of the most aggressive developments is Modern Slavery, a phenomenon that is rarely talked about. In our last research into the ethics of the Albanian education system, we found that proper ethics as a foundation and as a curriculum for all ages was missing. To help the education system, MWL’s main trainer, Zana Guri, created the first module of an Ethics Training which will be delivered in teacher communities throughout Albania. We had the chance to deliver 2 sessions of this training in Lezha after the invitation from Beslidhja high school with the facilitation of Aferdita Gjoni, MWL Social Worker.
In these sessions, 44 teachers of the high school participated and shared their experiences and difficulties in their everyday work. Their struggles were enormous, but their dedication was much stronger. The training methodology was created to reflect reality, making it as realistic and applicable as possible. They were presented with real cases and engaged with the resources to problem solve. This training will be followed by more sessions. We look forward to continuing to spread this work.
The Mary Ward Loreto Education Project celebrated the fruits of this project called “Service Learning” on Monday, January 7th in Lezhe, in Northern Albania. This is where the project was implemented as a pilot project under the leadership of MWL and in joint partnership with the Rogationist school and the local community. Besides the training of all staff in the pilot school, parents became involved and many of the higher students were trained and became the leaders of the action. Two community initiatives were successfully implemented: “Bullying in schools” and “Remembrance not to forget”. The last one was a project dedicated to the terrible impact which the communist regime had specifically, for this project, on the community of Lezhe. Albanians had suffered for 50 years from the tyrannical rule of this Communist regime. The fruits of this initiative were celebrated on the day with local partners, schools, education authorities, parents as well as community members of Lezha.
The project aimed to actively engage the students in solving real problems in the community through projects undertaken and implemented by them. It also helped to improve their communication skills and other aspects of personal development especially in deepening their ability to reflect and work with others and to become active members of the community. It helped both students, school and the community to work together and not to remain in isolation.
This project revealed that the methodology of Service Learning, initiated by CLAYSS in Argentina, as an excellent way to learn through dialogue, reflection and active service, engaging students to acquire new knowledge not only for their personal benefit but also for the benefit of the whole community. The Local Regional Education authorities welcomed the methodology and expressed their gratitude as well as their readiness to collaborate and promote every initiative that promotes a qualitative learning process.
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Aferdita Gjoni: Project Coordinator Mary Ward Loreto
Mary Ward Loreto Foundation, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Sports and Youth organized the launching of the research: “Ethics in the Education System in Albania”, in the southern region of Albania at the Restaurant Event Mustafa in Vlora.
The study was led by the Mary Ward Loreto Foundation in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Sports. MWL employed ACER(Albania Centre for 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. The research used 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 southern 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 Vlora, was to spark new strategies and initiatives for the improvement of education for each child and for each young person in Albania.
We thank the speakers of the event for their gratitude, appreciation and sharing of educational issues together.
Thank you to Mrs. Rozalba Medani: Head of the Department of Education Policy and Education at the Ministry of Education and Sports, the Mrs. Albana Hodaj Director of DAR in Vlora, Mr. Zef Preci and the Researchers from ACER. We also thank Mrs Edlira Gjoni for moderating the conference, the Board of MWL Education who led this work to its completion, Mrs. Brikena Puka Executive Director in Vatra who assisted us with her local knowledge and Mr. Shaban Mehmeti Deputy Mayor of Vlora for his presence and carefully constructed words. We are grateful to all for such great collaboration throughout this process.
Please find below the most important issues which were discussed by the audience in the conference:
“ETHICS IN THE EDUCATION SYSTEM IN ALBANIA”
The participants were: Teachers from Vlora, Fier, Gjirokastra, Tepelena, Berat, Durres, Elbasan etc; Parents form Vlora; Students from Vlora
The participants discussed in round tables about the questions which were displayed on the monitor then they came up with their own comments and questions addressed to the reps from the MASR, MWL and ACER. The following are the issues discussed in the last part of the conference.
Hoping all these findings from the participants’ comments will help MWL and MAS to come up with a detailed action plan on teacher and parent training and we wish great success in the endeavor to develop a greater ethical Education System in Albania.
Please find below a reportage done by the local media in Vlora and some photos of the event:
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 southern region of Albania.
Date: 27 October 2018
Place: Hotel Mustafa Event, in Vlora 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 Southern regions of Albania will add value and increase awareness of this situation. This voice of the South, spoken throughout this research, needs to be heard out loud and in public bringing to the table issues which are important in the education of young citizens in the Southern Regions of Albania.
Please contact us for more information about the research and about participating in this exciting event.
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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