Sister Imelda Poole was made Member of the Order of the British Empire in recognition to her service to end modern slavery.
On 9 June 2018, Sr Imelda Poole, IBVM was made Member of the Order of the British Empire in The Queen’s Birthday Honours 2018, for her achievements and services to end modern slavery.
She receives this honor as the President of Religious in Europe Networking Against Trafficking and Exploitation (RENATE) and President of Mary Ward Loreto Foundation (Albanian Mission Against Human Trafficking).
Sister Imelda Poole is a British religious sister who for nearly 10 years has led the RENATE (Religious in Europe Networking Against Trafficking and Exploitation) network fighting modern slavery across 28 countries in Europe. Through her outstanding leadership, the organisation has made a significant difference in improving religious sisters’ support to victims of human trafficking and strengthened the religious orders’ cooperation with law enforcement to bring perpetrators to justice. She has brought great credit to the UK, and made a significant contribution to the Prime Minister’s objective of eradicating modern slavery. This contribution is in addition to a lifetime of service in support of the most marginalised people in society including Manchester, Glasgow and Middlesbrough in the UK.
On learning of her award Sister Imelda Poole said:
“This is an honour which I accept on behalf of the Female Religious and coworkers who are contributing, through the mission of many international networks such as RENATE, to combating modern day slavery and on behalf of the dedicated staff of Mary Ward Loreto in Albania who are passionate in this same cause. May this award expose even further the terrible crime of human trafficking which, as Pope Francis has declared, is a crime against humanity itself.”
On the announcement of the award, the British Ambassador to the Holy See, Sally Axworthy, said:
“I am delighted to learn that Sr. Imelda Poole has been awarded this honour by Her Majesty The Queen.
It is well-deserved recognition of Sr. Imelda’s outstanding service in combatting human trafficking and modern slavery, through the European religious sisters’ anti-trafficking network RENATE which she leads, and through and Talitha Kum, the religious sisters’ worldwide anti-trafficking network.
Sister Imelda is a key ally in Her Majesty’s Government’s campaign to eradicate modern slavery. It is wonderful to see such a distinguished friend of this Embassy honoured in this way.”
Sister Imelda Poole, a British Loreto nun (IBVM), has been made a Member of the Order of the British Empire, in Queen Elizabeth’s Birthday Honours 2018, for her achievements and services to end modern slavery.
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