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 Education Project and its dynamic working board, 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.
Sr. Imelda Poole – MWL Foundation President, gave a meaningful input 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 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.
We will respond to the needs expressed and follow up all the action points which arose at the conference 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 here to read the study report “Ethics in the Education System in Albania”, in English.
DEMOCRATISATION AND YOUTH.
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.
The MWL Education project in Service Learning, joined “The Cooking Festival” in Lezhe, on 6th of May, 2018.
The Mary Ward Loreto Women’s Project and students from Rogationist School, participating in the MWL Education Project in the component of Service Learning, 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 Service Learning 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 to educate and facilitate discussion. The topics were:
2) ‘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!